From Ashlee: Alyssa and I met 2 years ago and knew very quickly that we wanted to marry each other. We both feel incredibly blessed to live in a country that recognizes same-sex marriage rights and we wanted to be able to celebrate our love in front of our closest friends and family. Our vision was to have a small, intimate backyard gathering in Alyssa’s mom’s backyard with about 35 guests. The wedding ended up being a labour of love for us as we DIY’d just about every aspect of the day – from the invitations, to the flowers, to the appetizers and the homemade spice blends we gave as favours. I loved the idea of wearing a fun rainbow dress, and Alyssa had a bowtie made to match. We wanted the day to be as fun and colourful as possible so there was plenty of rainbow décor, which ended up being a good thing since the day dawned gray and rainy. Everyone kept telling me the rain was good luck and that the clouds would pass soon, but it poured all the way through our ceremony (which we had inside the tent instead of under the trees, as we had envisioned).
Despite the rain, we wouldn’t change a thing about the day. Our ceremony ended up being so love-filled and intimate. When Alyssa and I were escorted into the tent (under a big umbrella) everyone erupted into a giant cheer for us! It’s so cliché, but it really was the best day of my life. In the end, the rain finally stopped and we were able to get some great pictures outside, and even shared our first dance together outside as the sun was setting. After dinner Alyssa and I changed into matching wedding hoodies, and our guests put on their comfy clothes. We had a bonfire, played with sparklers, ate homemade smores (with custom maple and vanilla flavoured marshmallows!)… and we danced the night away under the stars. I’ve been known to be a wee bit of a control freak, so I think this was Mother Nature’s way of telling me to just roll with the punches sometimes. In the end our wedding day was perfect, and I’m married to my best friend. Who could ask for anything more than that?
Photos courtesy of Miller Ellis Photography.