Kyle and I met through Bumble, and spent our first couple years together exploring and enjoying our local area. When we planned our wedding, we wanted something simple and intimate with a hometown feel. Venues for 2022 were hard to find with Covid regulations up in the air, so we were lucky when we found the adorable former schoolhouse at Badenoch Community Centre (Kyle is a teacher and I am a museum curator, so it was perfect). I had originally planned to make my own dress, but when I tried on Style #2297 at The Modern Bride, I fell in love! It was perfect for our rural June wedding. My mom helped me purchase my dress, just like her mom helped her. It was really special.
I chose my Mikaella dress because I loved how it fit our vision of a local wedding with vintage touches. I appreciated that the dress was made and designed in Canada. I was also so happy when I learned that the company pays a living wage and are committed to size inclusivity – things that I value deeply! I’m so glad I bought the dress too, because I picked it up one day before Kyle and I moved to Alberta for my job.
Our wedding had already been planned in Ontario, and family and friends had already booked flights to join us in Puslinch, so we returned in June for our wedding. Our best friend, Mary Anne, helped us with the final parts of planning as our ‘on the ground person’. Our goal was a low cost, DIY wedding – with lots of local businesses. When we arrived, Mary Anne and I visited thrift stores to find a collection of table cloths, small vases for florals, and went for a trip into the country to find a flower stand. Boy did we luck out with A’Daylia Gardens!
Nothing about our wedding would have happened without the support of our parents financially, and help physically from our friends. We spent the Friday before the wedding with our families decorating the hall. My brother, friends, aunt, and grandma helped to set the final pieces of the wedding up on the morning of June 18th. My in-laws found lawn games for our guests to play before lunch, Kyle’s sister played live music before & after our ceremony, and Mary Anne helped officiate and MC. Out of town friends grabbed the lunchtime meal for us, and everyone helped with serving and cleaning up. It was truly a day that made us feel loved and part of a community, and I’m happy that the dress I picked fit in so beautifully.