An Ethereal Garden Wedding at Northbrook Farm in Orillia, Ontario

Kelly-Ann Singer (25) and Michael Mageean (25 and a general contractor) celebrated their nuptials with a dreamy wedding at Northbrook Farm in Orillia,

Kelly-Ann Singer (25) and Michael Mageean (25 and a general contractor) celebrated their nuptials with a dreamy wedding at Northbrook Farm in Orillia, Ontario. The farm’s beautiful property provided a picturesque backdrop for Kelly-Ann and Michael to exchange vows. “The venue itself was beautiful, with lovely perennial gardens, tall trees and lush greenery,” Kelly-Ann says. “Not to mention the 1800s home on the property, which my girls and I got ready in.” The couple said “I do” in a short and sweet ceremony on the farmhouse’s lawn. “Michael fell in love with the house instantly,” Kelly-Ann says. “He is extremely handy, so he hollowed out the large birch stumps for the foxglove flowers and ferns that went inside each one. He also made the gorgeous arbor that we got married under.” Other DIY touches included jars of honey, which were given as favors, and a rustic backdrop behind the king’s table, which Michael and his dad made by disassembling old pallets and sanding and standing the wood. “I felt it was necessary to have beautiful greenery and flowers for my decor to really bring the outside in for the tented reception,” Kelly-Ann says. Florals included white lisianthus, garden roses, foxgloves, eucalyptus and other lush greens. “I chose to have a very organic look to my flowers,” Kelly-Ann says. “It was my vision to have flowers that had an earthy appeal, as if they had just been picked and gathered.” After Kelly-Ann and Michael said “I do,” guests sipped sangria on the lawn during cocktail hour, then enjoyed a pig roast and dancing in the tent. —Marissa Hermanson

Kelly-Ann and Michael held their ceremony and reception at Northbrook Farm in Orillia, Ontario. “The owners are the most amazing people and made the entire process of planning so much easier and less stressful,” Kelly-Ann says. “I would recommend this venue to any couple in the area looking for the perfect outdoor venue.”
Originally seeking out a sexy, body-hugging mermaid-style gown, Kelly-Ann realized that wasn’t what she wanted at all. “Once I tried on my Casablanca ball gown, and my mom started crying and said I looked like a princess, I was sold. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever had the privilege of wearing.”
On the day of her wedding, Kelly-Ann gave bridesmaids matching rose gold rings, which they wore to celebrate their friendship.
Kelly-Ann and Michael met one snowy night at a nightclub in Barrie, Ontario. "My mouth dropped open when I saw him," Kelly-Ann says. A few weeks later the couple went to Dave and Buster's, and they’ve been together ever since.
After driving back from visiting her mom in a terrible storm, Kelly-Ann arrived home to find a note on the door instructing her to go upstairs and put on a dress. Upstairs, Michael had laid out a dress for her. She came downstairs, and rose petals were sprinkled all down the stairs and throughout the house with tealights everywhere. Chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of champagne on ice were on the table, and balloons filled the room—each with a photo of the couple. Kelly-Ann walked to the fireplace to pick up a note that said “lift me,” and then another note instructed her to “turn around,” where Michael was in front of her in his best suit, on one knee with an engagement ring in hand. “It was absolutely wonderful,” Kelly-Ann says. “The rest of the night we drank champagne in our PJs on the couch.”
Michael sported a classic navy tuxedo, and groomsmen wore complementary navy pants and vests.
Northbrook Farms provided a picturesque backdrop for the couple and their bridal party to have their photographs taken. “The venue itself was beautiful, with lovely perennial gardens, tall trees and lush greenery outlining get property,” Kelly-Ann says. “Not to mention the 1800s home on the property, which my girls and I got ready in.”
The wedding ceremony was held on the lawn at Northbrook Farm in Orillia, Ontario, with the aisle located directly in front of the farmhouse. “Michael fell in love with the house instantly,” Kelly-Ann says. “As he is extremely handy, he hollowed out the large birch stumps for the foxglove flowers and ferns that went inside each one. “He also made the gorgeous arbor, which we got married under.” The couple had a 25-minute ceremony with traditions like a unity-candle ceremony.
Kelly-Ann and Michael had their own wine made from a winery in Barrie, Ontario: a white pinot grigio and a red zinfandel for each table. “We thought it would be more fun to have something different and save a bit on the cost,” Kelly-Ann says.
Friends and family filled a mason jar with handwritten words of wisdom and wishes for the newlyweds, such as "Always give yourselves time for a date night,” and “Never go to bed angry at each other,” and “Always keep kissing each other."
On each place setting, Kelly-Ann and Michael placed thank-you notes and jars of honey that were stamped with honeybees.
In lieu of a guest book, Kelly-Ann and Michael had friends and family take photos of themselves with a Polaroid camera and then affix their photo to framed chicken wire with a clothespin.
Behind the king's table, a backdrop was made by the groom and his dad from wooden pallets that they broke down and stained. The backdrop was decorated with romantic string lights and a "Mr. and Mrs." sign.
The newlyweds danced to “Bloom” by the Paper Kites. “I can’t hear it without crying now,” Kelly-Ann says.
The dessert spread included a simple small white cake with vanilla cream frosting for the newlyweds to cut, along with cupcakes and an array of tarts for guests.