A Rustic Eco-Chic Wedding at Piper's Heath Golf Course in Milton, Ontario

For their late summer wedding in Milton, Ontario, Barbara Co (28 and a holistic nutritionist) and Lou Viera (35 and an electrician) planned a fun, rustic affair that paid tribute to Barbara’s Chinese roots and the environment. “We are both eco-conscious and wanted our wedding to be environmentally-friendly while still looking chic,” says Barbara. From the recycled paper invitations to the non-floral centerpieces and menu that feature organic and local fare, the couple incorporated sustainable and green elements wherever possible.

Piper's Heath Golf Course served as the backdrop for the celebration, offering both a striking natural setting for the ceremony and an elegant banquet hall for the reception. The day unfolded with an outdoor overlooking a quaint pond, where Barbara and Lou exchanged vows under a rustic wooden gazebo. As a nod to Barbara’s roots, the couple performed a traditional tea ceremony, and Lou, as well as Barbara’s family, donned vibrant red Rainforest Alliance Certified roses.

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing in Piper Heath’s banquet hall. Staying with their eco-conscious theme, the couple ditched the idea of traditional florals and decorated their tables with rustic flourishes like sliced tree trunks, pinecones and upcycled glass jars wrapped in lace and twine. Guests placed their cards and well wishes for the newlyweds in a set of vintage suitcases, and found their seats with the help of wine cork escort cards. “The banquet hall at Piper’s Heath was elegant and had so much character,” says Barbara. “And the chiavari chairs definitely enhanced the overall look.”

Our green-approved decor included centrepieces made of wooden stumps from fallen tree branches post-Toronto ice storm, pinecones and re-used glass jars decorated with lace and twine to hold natural beeswax votive candles. Our entry table consisted of vintage suitcases for cards and red pockets and was decorated with wooden stumps and pinecones as well. Escort cards were displayed in wine cork stumps.

After a dinner of fresh local eats, struck a pose at the couple’s Slomo Booth and danced the night away. At the end of the evening, Barbara and Lou surprised everyone with a fireworks show and jars of local and organic honey from Fairhaven Farms.

A tip for the taking from Barbara and Lou: “This is your special day so make sure it reflects who you are and don't let anybody stand in the way of you achieving this.”