A Magical Winter Wonderland


For most couples planning an outdoor December wedding in 2020 (thank you, covid restrictions), having snow in the forecast may be a nightmare. For Mark and Sara it was a gift that added a truly magical touch to their already beautiful winter wedding. For weeks Mark and his family had been working hard to erect the small cabin that would become the backdrop for their intimate ceremony on their newly purchased organic garlic farmstead in Erin, Ontario. Decked out with garlands of green and with the firepits burning bright and warm, it was a charming place for the wedding of two people who could not have been more clearly in love. When I arrived to the ceremony location I could immediately see the care and attention that these two had given their wedding day. Each guest was given a blanket for if they were cold, hot apple cider and cookies for after the ceremony, and multiple fire pits to keep everyone toasty.

Charming outdoor cabin wedding ceremony set-up.
Plaid blanket with the tag "to have and to hold, in case you get cold"
A wreath hanging above the door to the cabin.

Before making her way to the ceremony, Sara got ready surrounded by her family and maid of honour. She was the picture of elegance in her custom gown by Lovable Victoria, a local dress maker from Toronto. Seasonally appropriate pinecones peeked out from amongst her bouquet of white and green.

The mother of the bride helping the bride put her shoes on.
Wedding shoes under a veil
The bride looking out the window with a smile

The snow held off just long enough for us to get the ceremony started, but soon we were all engulfed by the cozy stillness that only a fresh snowfall can bring. A couple who deem themselves less outdoorsy than Mark and Sara may not have fared well, but these two really embraced the snow and leaned into it rather than letting it ruin their day.

A rustic wooden sign with the couple's names written on it.
Bridesmaids standing in the snow
The groom seeing his bride for the first time down the aisle.
The bride and her father walking down the aisle.
The bride and groom together during the ceremony
The groom reading his vows in the snow
The mother of the bride looks at the couple with pride
The bride reading her vows in the snow
The bride and groom's first kiss in front of a cabin with falling snow
The newlyweds standing at the end of the aisle
Hot apple cider for after the ceremony
Bride and groom walking in the snow
Bride and groom portrait in the snow
Groom dipping bride in the snow
Bride and groom share a kiss in the snow
Newlywed couple embracing in the snow
Newlywed couple walking off into the distance in the snow.

It is my belief that a winter wedding is always better with a fresh snowfall, and Mark and Sara could not have asked for fresher. Clearly something was keeping these two warm on their wedding day, and I think I have an idea of what it could be. You know how the old adage goes; cold hands, warm heart.

The couple's cute dog in the snow