I am utterly head-over-heels in love with today’s real wedding by Melissa of Sugar and Soul Photography . I know I don’t often showcase Winnipeg weddings but you’ll realize after this that there’s loads of unbelievable talent in terms of wedding vendors. Danielle and Jon, today’s beautiful couple opted for a more rustic theme, paying homage to their “country” roots. Planned by Tammy of Divine Weddings , no detail was left unplanned and I can’t help but get more smitten with burlap and green succulents. Enjoy!


What was your favorite wedding day moment?

That’s a tough one to nail down. I would have to say seeing him at our “first look” (our photographer did a fantastic job of executing it) or seeing his face the moment I stepped out to walk down the isle. I didn’t know if I was even going to be able to walk! I wondered before if doing the first look would take away from the specialness of walking down the isle but it definitely didn’t…I am glad we got to spend the whole day together because of it. I am certain I would have been a complete mess had I not seen him previously!!


Danielle and Jon had an outdoor jewish ceremony. Seats were arranged in a half-round making the ceremony feel more intimate. Just how cute is the flower girl in the tutu holding balloons?


What was the overall inspiration for your wedding decor?

I wasn’t one of those girls that had dreamed about my wedding since I was a little girl so I basically had ZERO idea of what I wanted, I just knew from attending other weddings what I really didn’t want. I hope that doesn’t sound mean! I searched around on wedding blogs and took into consideration what time of year we were getting married. I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate being raised in the country into the grand scheme of things too - if that makes any sense! So out came the “girly” side of me with the lace and the burlap representing my “country roots”. I know it’s also been a huge, possibly one of the biggest trends of weddings in 2011 though. It seemed I saw a couple of them and then everyone was doing it! I’m sure this is how many brides feel.

Any advice for future brides-to-be?

  • don’t sweat the small stuff no one else will ever notice anything not being the way it’s “supposed’ to be.
  • Take some time to just be with your husband at some point during the day, we’re jewish so it was easy for us as we have yichud….but I highly recommend it to everyone. You’ll be able to have a moment to just hold each other and say “holy S%&T, we’ve done it!! We’re married!!”
  • If it’s in the budget, hire a wedding planner (even just for the day of) I didn’t want to my sister, bridesmaids, Mom, MIL or myself worrying about anything.
  • Enjoy every moment - it slips by so quickly and it’s truly the best day ever! When will there be another time in your life when you will have most of your family and friends together in one room?!


Venue: The Gates on Roblin
Photographer: Melissa Johnstone / Sugar and Soul Photography
Videographer: Don & Lori McNeill:
Planner: Tammy Ouellet / Divine Weddings
Dress: Lore Lionetti / Bliss Bridal
Groom: Custom made 3 piece suit by Ralph Lauren:
Groomsmen: Tommy Hilfiger / Moores Clothing:
Florist: Peggy Wiebe / Little Flower Shop:
Cake/cupcakes: Danielle Correia / Chocolate Zen Bakery
Linens: Kylee Houlahan / Planned Perfectly
Invitations: Lillian Wilson / Hello Lucky
Make-up artist: Tara Suffield
Hair: Sylvie / Edward Carriere
Candy bar: Ashley Curry / Sweetness Buffet
Bridesmaid dresses: MOH - BCBG Maxazria: cloud grey “maud silk georgette and lace” & White Toronto - Amsale: G558C in champagne, G553C in blush and G429C in vanilla.

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Melissa Johnstone (@Sugarsoulphoto) on March 30, 2012

This wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever attended, even if we were freezing!! LOL Jon wanted it to be outdoors and he was right, it worked out very well. We didn’t get to meet him that day but have met him since at another family wedding and they are a wonderful couple. We wish them much happiness always!!
PS - we are Danielle’s GREAT uncle and aunt.

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What size and where did you find that canvas for your guest book? Love that idea!!!

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    Hi Allison - it looks like the canvas is a 2 foot x 3 foot. Hope that helps.

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Hello, I love the guest book canvas. Where did you order this from?

Thank you!

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I am having my guest sign on a canvas as well! What type of pens did you use?

Jen on November 05, 2012

    Hi Jen - A sharpie would work well. Any permanent marker that’s thick enough should work fine.

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