carly + ryan | backyard tent wedding in guelph

I first saw Carly dressed as a princess not on her wedding day, but way back in the mid-90s when we were just a couple of kids. Sunburns on our shoulders, glitter on our cheeks, and a girl gang that could rule the world. 

The stories of our lives hit a fork in the road when my family moved away from our small town. Never in a million years did I think I'd be standing by her side when she put on a wedding dress and walked down the aisle towards her perfect man. Carly & Ryan -- thank you for this amazing blast from the past, and for trusting me to document this insanely perfect wedding day! 

How gorgeous is this Hayley Paige gown?! Carly had two looks for the occasion, a long and sleek Pronovias dress for the ceremony, and this fun party dress for the reception. I honestly couldn't choose a favourite! 

A bride who does her own makeup... She's basically a unicorn. 

Classic groom details, right down to the monogrammed cuffs. 

She's this beautiful on the inside, too. Trust me <3

Carly and Ryan were married at home, with the ceremony taking place on the front lawn and the reception in the tented backyard. It was a dream, and such a perfect fit for them!

So sweet! This moment was so full of joy. 

Dancing their way down the aisle and towards the party :)

This one gave me goosebumps. Carly's mama hasn't aged a day since we were young. I still have so many memories from sleepovers at Carly's house, or that time her mom took us to the circus! To see that they're still so incredibly close makes me happy :)

Can you believe this is the field behind their house?!

Fave, fave, fave. 

Every square inch of the reception was personalized with little details about the whirlwind love story of Carly and Ryan. Within a few minutes of meeting him, Ryan told me he started shopping for a ring about 3 months after their first date!

An adorable first look after her switch to the party dress:

Carly & Ryan -- my loves. I am so thankful to have spent a day with you; one that was memorable and perfect in every way. You are blessed to have found each other. Hold on tight to one another and celebrate this beautiful life that you both deserve. I love you guys!


Hair: Valentini's (Guelph)
Florals: Sweet Violets
Bride's Ceremony Dress: Pronovias from The Modern Bride (Guelph)
Bride's Reception Dress: Hayley Paige from The Modern Bride (Guelph)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff 
Invitation: Minted
Coordination: Jessica Hirst from The Modern Bride (Guelph)
Videography: Bright Sky Weddings

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