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An Intimate Rustic Country Wedding in Manilla, Ontario


For Kelsey and Ryan, a rustic country wedding wasn’t exactly what they initially planned for their nuptials. “Our wedding was originally planned in a banquet hall, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it had to be postponed,” Kelsey shares. “Ryan and I still wanted to get married on the date, as the day was special to us, so we planned a last minute ceremony in my grandparents’ backyard—they live in the country, so the theme seemed fitting.”

When they first started planning their wedding amidst the pandemic, the restriction were different, so the couple thought it would be only the two of them when tying the knot. When restrictions lifted, they were able to have their closest closest friends and family present. “Although the pandemic may have changed our plans, I was super happy with how it turned out, and it was super special having our wedding on my grandparents’ property.”

Square bales of hay served a seating during the ceremony—the one detail that was stressful to procure. “Who knew that it would be so hard to find square bales—everyone was selling round,” Kelsey explains. “Luckily, grandma’s neighbour had some for us to borrow. We absolutely love how it turned out.”

Kelsey walked down the aisle in a dress from Lulus, one that she had been eyeing for some time but didn’t know when she would wear it. “We are still having a reception next year for everyone, so I’ll keep my original wedding dress for then,” she says. “The dress from Lulus fit like a glove for something I purchased online.”

One of the highlights of the day was taking fun photos at a neighbouring alpaca farm. “It made the photos so unique and fun,” Kelsey shares. “We felt bad as due to the restrictions we were unable to have a reception, and all our guests were driving out from pretty far—the alpacas definitely entertained everyone!”

Kelsey Dearborn and Ryan Azevedo, June 19, 2020, Manilla, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Amos Photography.

Venue: Bride’s grandparents’ private property
Bridal gown: Lulus
Flowers: Juli’s Rose Floral Design
Groom’s tux: 4Men United
Alpacas: Salem Alpacas

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