Francis & Joan’s Snowy Canadian Wedding

Plus the most amazing fur coat!

Francis, Chemist & Joan, Family Physician

Photographer: Photobox Photography 

Soundtrack for reading: “Warm Love” by Van Morrison

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Two bird lovers get hitched on a chilly Canadian March day, made warm with love, laughter, and crazy dancing!!

Other cool stuff we should know about: The best parts of wedding planning were all the DIT craft projects—reception backdrop, feather boutonnières and hair pieces, bird place cards, invitations and programs, maple syrup favors, bird nest and cage centerpieces. Not only did we save money, but we had plenty of bonding time with friends, family, and each other in the busy months leading up to the wedding. Also premarital counseling and writing our vows together.

The hardest but most rewarding part of wedding planning was being forced out of my people-pleaser comfort zone and actually speaking my mind and standing up for our baby family’s wedding wishes. Several tears and sleepless hours were spent willing myself to push back against the unwanted advice/feedback/ultimatums, and certainly compromises were made, but I’m a stronger more assertive person now as a result.

Favorite thing about the wedding: Joan—Francis’ face when I walked down the aisle and when I read him our vows in my not-at-all-fluent French. Laughing until my face hurt during dinner (our kissing game was to tell a joke and people certainly complied). Crazy dance party with everyone I love—in which the months at the gym paid off as I boogied my heavy dress around the dance floor. Francis—That I got to marry Joan. The beautiful rustic venue and decor. Our excellent venue that took care of everything for us. The delicious food—even our guests with specific dietary restrictions raved about their dinners!

Best wedding advice: Have a mantra or five to keep yourself grounded. My own mantra of “Don’t miss this” helped combat my propensity to worry ahead, and all of APW’s words of wisdom helped with the rest (your wedding is not a show, your wedding is not an imposition, the people you love won’t stop being themselves for your wedding day so enjoy them for who they are).


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  • Laura C

    Love the silvery-gray and red wedding party outfits!

    • Ellen

      Totally agree! I love how they pop!

    • Stacie

      YES! I had a moment of “hrmmm… should I switch our colors?” when I saw this gorgeousness!

    • Manda

      ‘Exactly’ to this! Alfred Sung Dresses + Cozy Cardigans = Bridesmaid Perfection. And they boys look pretty spiffy too.

  • MC

    !! The picture toward the top of the two of you laughing together makes my heart SO happy. That is exactly how I feel with my fiance and exactly how I hope we feel at our wedding.

    And, I love the idea of people telling you a joke for a kiss game, much better than glass-clinking. May have to use that myself…

    • Emma Klues

      I was recently at a wedding where the whole table had to get up and sing a song with the word “love” in it to get the couple to kiss. Talk about bonding with strangers, and hilariousness ensued!

      • M.

        Love it.

  • Winny the Elephant

    Ahhh this is the first time I’ve seen our wedding photographers on APW! Yay Kristen and Jeremy of Photobox Photography. I would so highly recommend them to anyone getting married in Ontario, they are amazing to work with (they stayed totally calm after our dog went berserk and took off into the ravine during our engagement shoot- bonus points), they create the most amazing photos (see evidence below) and best of all THEIR PRICES ARE REASONABLE! Seriously they were the first quote that I got back that didn’t want to make me cry “I’m never going to have beautiful wedding photos!” which was a meltdown that may or may not have happened *cough*.

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  • KD

    That dress!!!!!! Sooo beautiful. I used to live in Cambridge, so when I saw these pictures, I thought I recognized it (yet thought nooo, there are tons of places like this.) Such a lovely location; I often wished that we had gotten married there, as it is so gorgeous, but I didn’t find out about it until JUST after our wedding. So it’s awesome to see this on APW :)

    • BW

      I also recognized it, I lived close to Cambridge Mill. Kind of exciting to see something so familiar featured on APW!

  • OnionCityResident

    So beautiful! I love every piece of this we can see here, about to have my own snowy wedding in a few weeks and this makes me even more exdcited about it!

  • Hannah Franklin

    Smiliest bride I’ve ever seen. <3