Garden Wedding by Simply Rosie Photography
Garden Wedding | Simply Rosie Photography | Joy Wed blog |

Magical gardens, the perfect ceremony location, fairy lights illuminating the reception and the sweetest of details makes LeighAnn + Paul's Manitoba Garden Wedding hard to beat. Captured by Simply Rosie Photography and put together by some of Canada's leading wedding industry vendors this wedding has all the elements of a truly magical day!

LeighAnn and Paul: Trying to think of our “favourite” parts of our wedding was truly a difficult task. So many parts of the experience were personal for us; LeighAnn’s brother officiated the ceremony, our son (Huxley), Nieces (Kaya & Isla) and nephew (Meeko) accompanied us down the aisle and Paul’s brother Marc was the Master of Ceremonies. 

Being able to share the day with so many of our friends and family was huge. After 7 years of being together, one child and few moving days, I’m sure many of our guests thought this day would never happen. We’ve always been lucky to have great friends and family that we can count on, which is represented in our 16 person wedding party. And of course having Huxley be old enough to understand the implications of the day made it even more amazing.

Having a wedding outside the city made it impossible to control some of the planning, but thanks to Amanda, we were able to enjoy our day with friends and family without the worries of all the happenings behind the scenes. She really went above and beyond, even walking the kids to the bathroom in the rain.

Seeing LeighAnn’s ideas come to life through the decor was also something that stands out. I handled a lot myself, spending many nights over the last 12 months in my “craft room” making centre pieces, programs and even wooden crates. I also worked closely with Lauren from Stone House Creative on the floral arrangements, flower crowns and bouquets. Although wanting to have input, I left the creative side to Lauren who did not disappoint. Seeing the arrangements, most notably the arbor hanging directly above us while we said our vows was really beyond what our imaginations had imagined.

Despite the sweltering heat, the intense humidity and the mini storm, Rosie and Mark made it look like we were modelling for a wedding magazine instead of trying to stay dry. We had done shoots with them before however the moments they captured for us we will cherish forever. Their professionalism and willingness to work around an overheated, tired and sometimes cranky three year old was truly remarkable.

Lastly, the atmosphere in the beautiful venue was probably the thing we will remember most. From the moment we made our “grand entrance”, after walking through the rain, the crowd was raucous and you could feel the energy build through the dinner, gain momentum through the toasts and culminate on the dance floor. Like every great wedding should.


Photographer: Simply Rosie Photography | Day of Coordinator: Amanda Douglas Events | Flowers - Stone House Creative | Caterers & Desserts: Urban Prairie Cuisine | Hair: Salon Venator | Commissioner: Dale, Brother of the bride | Makeup: The Bee­-You­-Tee Factory | Venue: Cielo's Garden | Band: Saint Beach Boys | Transportation: Tony’s Team Transport