Farms are not often thought of as a primary choice for a weddings. But this farm wedding was a dream and I had the privilege of capturing Melodie and Josh as they said I do with apple trees, fields, and dairy cows in the background.
The day was bright, sunny, and everyone was very relaxed and excited to have a great time. It started off as most weddings do – getting decorations together, doing hair and makeup, and hanging with the bridesmaids. This wedding was special though. Melodie was getting ready in her childhood home where her parents own a dairy farm.
I suppose you don’t immediately think of a dairy farm as a potential venue for a wedding. But I have to say, this farm was beautiful. Rolling green fields, tall pines, flowers and a beautiful farmhouse defined this day. The ceremony and reception was held in the backyard on the patio. Due to the pandemic and restrictions, Josh and Mel had to adapt their wedding and host it on private property as their original venue was not available. This leads me to say, I’ve been noticing a trend since the pandemic struck. I find that many couples end up enjoying their day more than they would have if they got married at a big venue with tons of guests. The intimate feel of having a intimate wedding is priceless. It allows you to fully absorb the day and spend quality time with less people, rather than being spread thin and trying to talk to your hundreds of guests. If you’re planning your wedding in this time, do not fear over having an intimate wedding! They are so special.
Reception and Sunset
The reception at this farm wedding was intimate, simple and elegant. Catered food was delivered and served with wine and beer for those who wanted it. The food was delicious as well. And the siblings made heartfelt and funny speeches. At sunset I pulled Josh and Mel away to take photos in the wheat fields across the road. I had serious Gladiator vibes (you know, that scene when Russell Crowe is walking through the wheat fields to reunite with his family).
The light was stunning and it was a surreal view to see Josh and Mel in these fields. It was a photographer’s dream. And to top the day off, Mel’s parents and siblings set off surprise fireworks. I’m talking big fireworks.
Overall it was a dreamlike farm wedding that was so much fun to document. As a last note, if you don’t have a family farm, and are looking into farm venues in Ontario for your wedding check out: Cambrium Farms, Glen Drummond Farm, Earth to Table, Stonewall Estates, and one of my favourites, Brooklands Farm in Muskoka.