Raewyn & Charlie TRUE LOVE. TRUE LUXURY.
Charlie and Raewyn met while playing on a beach volleyball team that was organized by a mutual friend. The friend would often drive Raewyn to the games and one day, they made a stop to pick up a new player, Charlie. “He literally “hopped” into the convertible and it was love at first sight!” remembers Raewyn.
“We were up at my family farm—Braeburn Farms—where the wedding took place, for a beautiful weekend last September. We had been planning to go on a hike, but one of my horses was hurt and the vet had come to look at her. So I went down to the barn for a few hours with the vet, which is a totally normal thing, but for some reason Charlie was very stressed out.
When I got back from the barn he was really raring to go on this hike. We argued a bit about which way to head off (he REALLY wanted to go down the hill, which is not the way that we usually go! This has turned out to be a good life metaphor). We went his way, and I soon found out why! At the bottom of the hill are these big, beautiful willow trees. Once we got there, we stumbled upon a picnic blanket, with champagne on ice, chocolate pastries and roses. That is when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
We drank the champagne in the sun and did end up going on the hike up to a beautiful pond—it was truly the perfect day!”
A DISTINCT OCCASION
Their June 23, 2012 wedding was planned by Crystal Adair-Benning of DISTINCT OCCASIONS. “I always knew that I wanted help planning my wedding, especially since we were having it at our farm,” says Raewyn. “But having it there made everything so much harder. We had to create a full kitchen in the middle of a field to serve a gourmet meal to 170 guests! Crystal went so above and beyond. I was able to relax and enjoy my day, without the worry of the little details on my mind.”
Raewyn wore a Chantilly lace gown by Elizabeth Fillmore, purchased from Toronto’s MRS. BRIDAL BOUTIQUE, along with a veil by Claire Pettibone. Underneath the gown, she wore a garter designed by Etsy retailer MAMIE AND JAMES. Her diamond and emerald vintage earrings from CYNTHIA FINDLAY ANTIQUES, were a wedding present from Charlie. Her makeup and hair (which featured a crown of flowers) were styled by LIFT BEAUTY BOUTIQUE.
Charlie wore a Lanificio Filarte suit, purchased from GOTSTYLE MENSWEAR.
PALETTERA CUSTOM CORRESPONDENCES created letterpressed save-the-dates, the invitation suite and day-of stationery, while incorporating the willow tree theme (in honour of the romantic location of Charlie’s proposal).
“The farm has been in my mother’s family since the 1960s, and my grandmother designed the initial garden. We were married under a trellis, overlooking Georgian Bay.” -RAEWYN
Even though the forecast for the day of the wedding called for rain, the couple were married under a clear blue sky in the garden of Raewyn’s family farm.
The couple wanted the flowers at their wedding to feel local and organic, as if they had been picked from the garden that morning. Wedding day decor was under the direction of Paras Mehta of PARASEVENTS with flowers by MIMOSA FLOWER STUDIO.
“We didn’t have a specific colour theme, but instead used all forms of pastels. Because the bridesmaids’ dresses (by Amsale) were a simple colour, we were able to use a lot of colour in the bouquets.”
After the ceremony, the couple were whisked off in a golf cart by their photographers. The group headed down to the willow trees where Charlie had proposed, for some photographs. “There was a cool breeze, and we were so exhilarated about the fact that we had just gotten married! It was a moment of pure joy, and the first moment we had alone together as a married couple,” reflects Raewyn.
LETTING THE OUTDOORS IN
The reception took place in a tent located on a field at the bottom of the property. “We added an outdoor sitting area that was a huge hit, and truly created a feeling of flow between outdoors and in,” says Raewyn. “It was such a beautiful night that people really gravitated towards the patio, and even stepped off the patio to dance in the field!”
Inside the tent, PARASEVENTS and MIMOSA FLOWER STUDIO created a whimsical, woodland-inspired reception. Trees covered in floral were whimsically placed in the centre of tables, along with floral arrangements situated in grapewood, cork and moss. A giant chandelier of flowers cascaded down over the dance floor. In the early evening, the couple’s beautiful wedding cake sat underneath the floral chandelier, lit up with a spotlight. The five-tier masterpiece by THE CAKETRESS featured the signature willow detail (in sugar) cascading down the side, along with sugar flowers. The cake was served for dessert and featured white chocolate with strawberry filling.
A PERSONAL FAVOR
Peony watercolour paintings were hand-crafted by Raewyn’s Aunt Rundi as guest favors. “It was an incredibly personal touch to the wedding and I will be forever grateful,” says Raewyn. “She mounted them in a beautiful shadow-box that made for an incredible package to take home. I found a calligrapher on ETSY who created the “thank you” tags, which we tied on to all the paintings. They were displayed on shelves at the entrance to the tent, so they were a large part of the decor.”
The couple wanted to stick to the idea of local and organic for their reception menu so an in-season menu, catered by THE FOOD DUDES, was served to the guests. There was even an ice cream sandwich bar!
After dinner, guests danced the night away to the live musical entertainment provided by ST.ROYALS—a seven-piece band. “Through a recommendation of a friend, we stumbled across the St. Royals,” says Raewyn. “They are a group who do weddings with anywhere from three to seven musicians. We splurged a little bit and went with the seven-piece band, because we loved the eclectic sound of the horns added in to the mix. They were lively, energetic, and had the entire party dancing!”
After a relaxed, down-to-earth wedding the couple opted to go somewhere exotic and adventurous for their honeymoon. Upon the recommendation of the maid-of-honour, they chose Bali, Indonesia where they stayed at the OBEROI BALI, the BATU KARENG LEMBONGAN RESORT, and THE UMA VILLSD. The couple now reside in Toronto where Raewyn is an equestrian and Charlie is an engineering sales manager.