A country picnic themed wedding at Steckle Heritage Homestead

Rachel and Michael wanted a Country picnic themed wedding. The reception took place in a beautiful barn with a raised platform for their head table. They used old milk delivery boxes, white chairs, lush greens and more to pull their vision together. Here’s their story….

Bride & Groom: Rachael Content and Michael Wayda

Wedding Date: September 30, 2017, “it was our 5 year anniversary!” -R&M

Ceremony & Reception Location: Steckle Heritage Homestead, Kitchener Ontario (bingemans.com) “It’s a beautiful property that had the barn style I was hoping for.  It’s a real working farm and that added a lot of character to the setting.” – R&M

Colour Palette: Dusty Rose, Peach, Cream and Grey


Wedding theme: “We incorporated an outdoor ceremony with white chairs and lush greens as isle décor.  We also made use of the vast property to host places for outdoor games, live music, and a picnic area where hors d’oeuvres were served (indoors as well).  The reception took place in a beautiful barn with a raised platform for our head table.  My father-in-law handmade old milk delivery boxes and garden tool boxes that we placed mason jars with roses and twinkly lights in.  Each box was made differently and they spanned a variety of colors to keep each table unique.  We also placed our wine bottles in the centerpieces.” – Rachel

Flowers: Brant Flowers (brantflorist.com) “They were absolutely amazing in every way and did all of the flowers and arrangements for the wedding. In my bouquet we used Jumbo Dahlia, Regular Dahlia, Juliet Garden Roses, White O’Hara, Garden Rose Stock, Veronica, Greens-Seeded Eucalyptus, Dusty Miller, Italian Rucus.  We carried the roses and Dahlia throughout the centerpieces and bridesmaid bouquets with rustic foliage.” – R

Décor: “We did not hire anyone specifically for the décor.  The location came with the barn fully set with beautiful string lights.  Our caterers provided the tables/table clothes/chair/chair covers.  They were very helpful with placing the centrepieces properly on the tables and making sure the wine was added. My mother-in -law and father-in-law spent a great deal of time finding the perfect pieces at flea markets and repairing/repainting items that needed a little help to fit the bill for the day.  I gathered family photos created our picture door as well as the seating chart.  All of the decorations were hand made.” – R&M

Fav décor element: “The antique wood doors and the handmade wood centrepieces were my favorite.  I love the warmth that wood brings to a country setting.” – R

DIY: “All of the decorations were hand made by myself or my in-laws.” – R

Music: Michael Constantini Music (michaelconstantinimusic.com) “A guest gave us the gift of live music.  She and her husband are connected in the music world and they provided a wonderful musician named Michael Constantini who played for us going down the aisle and all afternoon outside where guests were playing games and sitting and having a drink.  Our music choice was the Beetles for going down the aisle and during the ceremony and he did just a beautiful job.” – R&M

Invitations/stationery: Vista Print (vistaprint.ca) “It was so much cheaper and I made exactly what I wanted.  They forgot to add envelopes with one order and within 2 days I had all new cards and envelopes at my door.  Could not be happier with that.” – R

Cake: Sassy Cakes – “Possibly the best cake I have ever eaten.” – R 

Wedding favors: “Ordered from an online sale at PURE Infused Maple Syrup (pureinfusedmaple.ca) and my mother prepared them in wonderful little bags she found on sale at a craft store.” – R

Groomsmen and Groom’s attire: Moore’s clothing for Men (mooresclothing.com)

Bridesmaids attire and accessories: Henkaa the Sakura convertible dress (henkaa.com).  “Bridesmaids were able to choose the way they wore the dress and choose their own jewelry.” – R

Bride’s dress and accessories: Sash and Bustle in Toronto (sashandbustle.com) “My beautiful dress was designed by Hayley Paige, the dress was the Willow.  My jewelry and hair piece were gifts from my mother.  My necklace was a wedding present from my wonderful husband!” – R

DJ: Maurice Willoughby from RJM Sounds (rjmsounds.com).  “Maurice also MC’d for us and helped keep the wedding on track.  Very supportive and awesome.  Danced all night!” – R&M

Hair & make-up: “Crystal from Salon Haven (salon-haven.com) was awesome! Makeup was by Cait Mizzi who did the entire wedding party and managed to convince me to put on fake eyelashes.  A decision I did not regret one bit. Thanks, Cait!” – R

Catering: Bingemans (bingemans.com)

Photographer: A Nash Photograph (anashphotograph.com) “I heard about Amy through word of mouth.  Several friends/co-workers had worked with her or been to a wedding she was photographing.  I looked at her pictures online and was totally sold on her talent.  I chose Amy because of all the photographers I spoke with, she was the only one who was actually a real person.  She asked me what I wanted and gave very good suggestions that my husband and I really loved.  Working with Amy is very easy, she tends to blend in with your wedding but is always present to catch your special moments throughout the day.   All the pictures we really wanted she shot and she also came up with some great ones that we love! My favorite part of my wedding photos is that the moment was very real.  Our pictures are real, you can see the love, the excitement, sometimes the stress. But they are beautiful because they are real.  Not manufactured beyond recognizing Michael and myself.  I look at them and I see us.  I see my family and our day.” – R&M

Biggest Challenge: “My husband..just joking!  It was the small things. You never really know all the little details of planning a large event until they fall on your lap and a decision needs to be made.  I found it difficult to keep up.  I just made each decision the best I could and moved on to the next thing.” – R

Fav wedding memory: “Well I suppose it would be when Michael tried to put the wedding band on my finger.  I was a little nervous the day before and managed to consume an entire bag of chips.  This of course meant I was carrying a little extra water weight from the salt…  So naturally the ring wouldn’t go on and I just started laughing and saying I ate chips! He kind of just looked at me with a confused expression and started laughing too.  So I jammed that ring onto my finger and haven’t taken it off since!  I would also say walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my soon to be husband holding our son.  I started to cry then and there.  I also have to say dancing with my Dad is something I will hold onto forever.  He chose the song and didn’t tell me what it was.  He chose my favorite Beetles song without knowing it.” – R

Advice from one bride to another: “Know what you want and what you can’t live without.  Be open minded to ideas and suggestions from the professionals you hire as well as your close friends and family (they know you the best, they also will tell you anyways).  If you want something to be white, or a certain flower or a certain location, it’s your day.  Keeping it your day and true to who you are as a couple is important.” – R

Photo: A Nash Photograph | Venue: Steckle Heritage Farm
Photo: A Nash Photograph | Venue: Steckle Heritage Farm

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