Kawartha Lakes Farm Wedding

Kathleen & Robbie

I shot this lovely couples Kawartha Lakes Farm wedding last year, and was so impressed with their planning and resilience through a very last minute and stressful situation. The whole day came together perfectly and I adored it. I had Kathleen and Robbie write me a story about how they met, and what went into completely re-planning a wedding two weeks ahead of time!

How they met:

It was a Thursday night downtown Toronto at the Underground, Robbie was with his best friend (and best man) Jake and I was out for my friends birthday. I played volleyball at the time and thought I recognized Jake as a sub on my team. He came to talk to our group, quickly I realized it was not him and he lied to come talk to us. Robbie noticed I was wearing a back pack and sandals to the bar and started making fun of me. Then later in the evening we saw each other again and exchanged numbers to hang out as friends. He was going to Florida the next day for the weekend and I was going to Florida the weekend after. Then he was going to Montreal and I was going the weekend after. So after a few weeks of texting we hung out at his house with Jake and went to our mutual friends house party with my sister and friends. From that night on we were together!

A story about why they got married where they did:

Our wedding was going to be at Wards Island because the summer beforehand we had bought a sailboat at the Toronto island marina and started going to the island frequently.  We fell in love with it. We had planned the full wedding on the island quite quickly after getting engaged. But it was cancelled two weeks before our wedding due to the flooding. My sister had been married at the farm (my step mom and dads house) in 2015 and a few other wedding receptions (including my dad and step moms) had occurred there too.  But ours was the first to have the ceremony there too (no church for us!)
I had called my dad when the flooding got really bad to very meekly ask about using it as a back up, as I knew how much work went into preparing the property for the wedding. He agreed it was the only option. We looked into downtown venues but none were available and within our budget at such short notice. Once it was finalized that the island was cancelled, everyone (friends and family) came together and over the next two weeks the farm was ready.
It was a massive group effort! Since then my step brother David got married there, and my other stepbrother peter is getting married there as well to another of my friends, so it’s turned into a special place where our blended family have all been married.

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Vendor list

Rentals – Gervais (tent, tables, lights, tableware, chairs, linens, etc.)
Ceremony dress – Brides project Toronto, a cancer charity selling donated dresses.

Robbie suit- Harry Rosen

Music – dj WNKLR

Food – Grill Time Leaside
Florals – our florist cancelled on the Tuesday before the wedding so me and my bridesmaids bought a bunch of greenery and did it all ourselves

Chairs for ceremony – mine and my parents collection of seating!

Make up and hair – Liliana make up artistry,

Bridesmaids all bought their own white dresses
Groomsmen all bought their own navy suits

Music during ceremony was our family members playing instruments