For many couples, marriage is an occasion of significant change. You leave a family home, your roommates, or bachelor(ette) pad to live with your marriage partner. You fill out all the paperwork. Maybe you even change your name. You're choosing to embark on a whole new life.
Sometimes, however, you're choosing for things to remain exactly the same, forever.
In the 10 years Rozlyn and Kris have been in love, they've grown up, made decisions as a team, adopted dogs and bought a home together. There has never been any doubt that this life, lived together, is the one for them. In choosing to get married, Roz and Kris celebrate the love they've shared so far, and announce their intention for things to remain exactly the same.
On the morning of their wedding, steam is rising from the big mug of tea Rozlyn is holding. Downstairs, we hear the dogs barking at squirrels on the lawn. She and I are sharing a quiet moment, taking deep breaths, and surveying the mountain of makeup I've laid out as we get ready for the big day.
After Amanda laces Roz into her emerald green wedding dress, and we hear that he has arrived, tensions begin to mount for the first time. Even though we all went out for breakfast together just hours ago, there's something about seeing Kris dressed as a groom that quickens Roz' heartbeat.
Rozlyn and Kris, yours was the coziest of wedding days. You both looked incredible, your venue was magical, and your love for each other just sparkled. Brian and I were so honoured to document your day!
Rozlyn's green Alfred Angelo gown is from The Coach House. The black dress is a vintage find from Sunshine in the Cellar.
Their whimsical invitations were created by pixelpaper.
Amanda, the maid of honour, helped Roz into her dress.
These beautiful flower clips were purchased from saras boutique. Rozlyn's wildflower and lavender bouquet was from Coriander Girl.
Rozlyn and Kris opted to do a first look, where they saw each other before the ceremony. This is always a wonderful choice, as it ensures ample time for bride and groom portraits. Brian snapped these photos of Kris as he waited for his bride to arrive.
These next two by Brian:
Photo above by Brian.
Kris' thistle boutonniere was purchased at Scottish Imports. Photo below by Brian.
After the first look, we headed to the reception. Their venue, Slainte Irish Pub, in Hamilton, Ontario was simply stunning.
Rozlyn explains what they had in mind when planning the reception:
In terms of planning, we wanted our wedding to be as relaxed and eco-friendly as possible. We went ‘green’ by using old jam jars as candle holders and antique wallpaper as table runners. We also wanted to include our love of nature and animals in some and I think we achieved that by gathering woodland creatures from vintage stores within the area. One of our main inspirations for our wedding was Harry Potter. We wanted to recreate the cozy corner pub feeling, and by adding a love and little magic we were able to make it all happen.
Rozlyn and Kris were so lucky to have the most amazing wedding planners: Jennifer Burns (Rozlyn's sister) and her friend Jenna Eager. These two scoured the city to source all the decor. The centrepieces were created using vintage teapots from thrift stores and filled with flowers from Coriander girl.
The brief but very emotional ceremony was officiated by Dennis from All Life's Milestones.
These peanut butter/chocolate and champagne strawberry cupcakes (By Jenna Eager) were the best cupcakes any of us had ever tasted.
After dinner, Roz and Kris took to the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple!
We'll finish with a couple of fun ones: Roz being laced into her super hot dancing dress; the bride and groom sharing an enthusiastic kiss on the dance floor.
Other Credits: DJ: Jake Gow | Printable table numbers and signage: iDiY: I do-it-yourself