Lara & Neil's Summer Intimate Wedding

December 16, 2017

Baby it's cold outside!  It may be chilly temperatures from where I'm sitting right now, but not for this sweet couple! 


Lara and Neil not too long ago had a summer wedding held at the Idlewyld Inn & Spa in London, Ontario.


This is what Heather from HRM Photography had to say about this special day! 


Perhaps one of the sweetest weddings we've had the pleasure of photographing - small in numbers, big in LOVE. Lara & Neil shared their vows in an intimate ceremony with just their immediate families on a weekday in September.






Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Relaxed weekday garden wedding.


What are your favorite memories of your wedding day?


Bride: Having a relaxed breakfast at the Idlewyld together on our wedding day. How much my heart was pounding before seeing Neil in his wedding attire for the first time. Taking a moment by ourselves in the Civic Gardens after the ceremony and before we drove back to the Idlewyld for dinner.


Groom: The beautiful, sunny day. Killing time and eating room service before the big moment. When my family arrived and we put on our flowers. Debating whether to scare Lara during our first look. Choosing not to (at the last minute) and just soaking in her beautiful dress! The look of forgiveness in Lara's eyes when we realized I forgot the marriage license at the hotel! The beautiful small ceremony. Driving away with beer cans on the car. My first dinner as a married man at the Idlewyld.






Best wedding related decision:


Bride: Getting married on a Thursday! Having two wedding events (the Thursday legal ceremony and a party with our friends and family in Toronto on Saturday) allowed us to spread out the festivities and celebrate our marriage the way we wanted to.


Groom: Overall, asking Lara to marry me was a pretty great decision. On the day, wearing funky socks, I guess.







Favorite detail:


Bride: My dress was made by my Gramma. It was originally my Mum's wedding dress in the 1970s (and had large cape-like sleeves and a bigger skirt) and I had it altered to update it. My Gramma passed away last year, so it was significant to wear something she had put love and energy into.


Groom: The park/gazebo turned out to be a perfect place to get married. We loved that some older folks sat and watched from a bench and we felt lucky to have such a beautiful day.







Advice for future brides & grooms:


Bride: Make decisions that are meaningful to you instead of the way it's "supposed" to be.

Groom: I second Lara here. Tradition shmadition. Do what feels like 'you' and you can't go wrong.





Best surprise of the day:


Bride: The flowers! They were more wonderful than I had imagined. I had loved the idea of having anemones but our florist Tania told me she didn't know if she would be able to get them. Then on the day she surprised us with Neil's anemone bout, and there were some in my bouquet as well. And my flower crown was a last minute-ish decision which Tania whipped up and it was so perfect. She is such a talent.


Groom: I wasn't nervous. It was peaceful and happy, through and through.








Photographer: HRM Photography

Dress: Shoppe & Tailor

Floral Designer: Tania Floral Design 

Ceremony LocationLondon Civic Gardens Complex

Reception: Idlewyld Inn & Spa



Happy Wedding Planning!






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