{Reality Wedding Story} Historic Family Farm brings this Rustic Wedding to Life

London Ontario couple, Michael and Stephanie, wanted to bring the rustic and historical feel of the century old farm to life at their summer wedding. With loads of DIY, help from family and friends, and a ‘rustic vineyard’ theme, this couple had the gorgeous tent wedding they were dreaming of!!!

Bride & Groom: Stephanie & Michael Ford

Wedding Date: July 16, 2016

Ceremony: St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, London, Ontario “The cathedral basilica is breathtaking and the organ is perfect” – Stephanie & Michael

Reception: Tent reception on the Ford farm in Dutton, Ontario “The farm has been in Mike’s family for over a century. Mike and his uncle still farm it today.” – Stephanie

Photographer: Have Heart Photography (haveheartphotography.ca)

“We chose Have Heart Photography for their pricing, glowing recommendations and talent. They were a great duo and they were so accommodating, easy going and patient.” – Stephanie & Michael

Colour Palette: Deep purple, gold and ivory

Theme: Rustic vineyard, our decor, the venue and favors pulled it all together.

Flowers: Dutton Flowers (duttonflowers.com“We had simple small white roses for the boutonnière’s and corsages , the flower girls held small pomanders that mimicked our bouquets, my bridesmaids and I had a beautiful mixture of white and lavender roses and Dahlias with moon carnations to get the deep purple color.” – Stephanie

Decor: “An amazingly talented & creative friend of mine, Sarah King, helped me bring my whole vision together…

“We had wine barrels for the bar, cork filled vases, flower filled wine crates, gold wine bottles table numbers, an arbor to enter the tent and a big chandelier above the dance floor. We had Stephanie Antunes of Antunes Event Design (facebook.com/Antunes-Event-Design) do the draping and lighting. Paired with the simple ivory linens and golden chivari chairs from A-B party and tent rental (a-bpartyrental.com).” – Stephanie

Favourite Decor Element: “The centerpieces! We had three styles: tall vases filled with corks and flowers on top, similar smaller round vases and the wine crates filled with flowers. We also had an old Case steam engine parked outside of the tent that became a great photo-op throughout the night.” – Stephanie & Michael

DIY: “Almost all the decor! All of the centerpieces, ceremony programs, seating chart, the cake (my sister & I), the mini wine bottle favors.” – Stephanie

Invitations: vistaprint (vistaprint.ca)

Cake: “My sister Jacqueline and I made a three-tier gold ombré cake, although this one was artificial we have taken on many wedding cakes! for dessert we served cake from The Original Cakerie (cakerie.com) as well as tuxedo truffle mousse, white chocolate raspberry cream and lemons & cream shortcake.” – Stephanie

Wedding Favours: Wine that they bottled themselves at Danny’s Wine and Beer Supplies (dannyswineandbeer.com)

Groomsmen and Groom’s Attire: Bud Gowan (budgowan.com)

Bridesmaids Attire and Accessories: Morilee dresses and Necklaces from Etsy

Bride’s Dress and Accessories: Garber’s Bridal (garbersbridal.com) Shoes: Le Chateau (lechateau.com) Earrings & bracelet: Etsy

DJ: DJ Alpha Productions (djalpha.ca)

Hair: Linzi Bishop of Spada’s Village Salon and Spa (spadasalon.ca)

Make-up: Ashley Clements-Woolsey

Catering: Traditional Portuguese feast including an amazing midnight seafood buffet, all catered by Europa Catering LTD (europaconventioncentre.com).


When it comes to having a tent reception, you literally have to think of everything.

We had to do everything from planting grass where a bean field once was to remembering to have salt and pepper shakers for the tables. Planning a tent wedding means you can’t actually walk through your venue, nor can you control the weather that you’ll be somewhat susceptible to.”

– Stephanie

Best Memory: “We both agree the first moment we saw each was the best. Super cliché, but it really is the best moment. All the planning and stress can cloud what you’re doing it for and it’s that moment that makes it all worth while.” – Stephanie & Michael

Advice From One Bride to Another:

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Not everything will go perfectly but it shouldn’t ruin your whole day and procrastination will make the whole experience a whole lot more stressful, just don’t do it!

Contacting Have Heart Photography

Ashley & Jason at Have Heart Photography can be reached by email through the form below. 🙂 You can also visit Have Heart Photography online at haveheartphotography.ca.

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