Rustic wedding ceremony in front of floral arch

Eastern Townships wedding on an alpaca farm

On a hot summer day, I drove out to the countryside to photograph this Eastern Townships wedding. Chelsey and Danick planned for their wedding to be an intimate gathering of family and friends. They hosted the special event at a gorgeous family-owned alpaca farm nestled at the food of Mont Pinacle. Wow Freli Alpacas is owned and run by Chelsey’s dad. The property, with its winding mountain paths and romantic woodsy setting, was the perfect outdoor venue for this rustic-chic wedding.

Bride peeking out doorway before wedding ceremony

Groom smiling down at bride during wedding ceremony

Silhouette of wedding couple drinking water in rustic cabin

Putting together a DIY rustic-chic wedding

When I arrived at the farm, I was greeted by the sight of the groom and his friends and father-in-law hard at work putting together the rustic ceremony location. In a small area covered in wood chips, they were assembling wooden log benches. Chelsey’s aunt and uncle arrived carrying an abundance of flowers. Then, they began attaching them to an elegant archway for the front of the ceremony. The sounds of chainsaws whirred in the heat as all the last-minute preparations were coming together.

Man driving small tractor carrying wedding party supplies up a gravel road on a hill

Man and woman carrying an arch of wedding flowers up the hill past a tractor

Man setting up the floral wedding arch

Father of the bride shirtless and lighting a cigarette

Groom and father of the bride using a chainsaw to build log benches

The bride’s preparations

Inside the house, I found Chelsey in a soft-toned room. She was getting the finishing touches of her makeup ready. What a contrast with the noisy guys outside! The bride was in peaceful haven with her friends. The gals popped some champagne and enjoyed it together as they got ready in the quiet space.

Bride wedding dress hanging up in a pale cottage doorway

Bride silhouetted against window as she gets her wedding hair done

Bride laughing and texting someone

Opened bottle of rosé and a cork

Bridesmaid sitting on the floor and drinking rosé

Bride laughing in mirror as she gets her hair done

I remember it being so hot that day! I was a sweaty mess, but as the wedding photographer, I’m always behind the camera, so it’s all good! The bride and her mom took turns standing right in front of the fan to cool off.

Black and white photo of bride cooling off in front of a fan

Bridesmaid smiling at bride

Friends of the bride showing her a mr & mrs banner decoration

Attaching the wedding veil

Chelsey kept peeking out the window to check on the wedding progress. Each time, she would keep seeing her future husband still in his sweaty working clothes, not yet dressed for the wedding. I think she was nervous he wouldn’t be ready in time. In the end, it all worked out perfectly.

Bride looking out the window nervously

Nervous bride getting her veil pinned on

Mom buttoning up her daughter's wedding dress

Groomsman peeking around the doorway holding the rings

Hands reaching around man's neck as he gets a bow tie on

Daughter adjusting her father's bow tie

The groom getting ready

As the first early guests were starting to show up at the farm, Dan headed off to get ready with his best man and father. His father helped him with his bow tie. Then, as he headed up the path to the ceremony location, his mom found him to pin on his boutonnière.

Flat lay photo of groom's accessories on wooden floor (shoes, bowtie, watch, socks and belt)

Groomsman fixing a broken suspender

Wide room photo of a cabin with pool table and groom getting ready

Groomsman brushing his beard and looking in the mirror

Father of the groom helping him with his bow tie

Groom's mom helping him pin on boutonniere

Groom walking up a gravel road with wedding guests including a woman in a boot cast

Two swans in a pond

Alpaca in barn

Wedding guest looking at alpacas in barn

Wedding guest waiting for ceremony to begin

Violonist playing at outdoor wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Finally, friends and family had all arrived for this Eastern Townships wedding. It was time for the ceremony to begin. Chelsey’s brother officiated the wedding. His son was the ring bearer. The wedding guests were seated on the log benches, surrounded by tall trees, and witnessed this special ceremony to unite the couple.

Bride and father walking up stairs

Groom watching bride approach in outdoor rustic ceremony
Outdoor rustic wedding ceremony in Eastern Townships

Bride looking at groom during wedding ceremony

Groom smiling down at bride during wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony included a sand ceremony. The couple took turns pouring different coloured sand into a clear jar, layering the different colours. This ritual symbolizes how a wedding unites two people. Just like the individual grains of sand cannot be separated again and poured back into their original jars, their lives will be blended and be forever mixed together.

Sand ceremony

Bride putting ring on groom at rustic wedding

Bride and groom holding hands in front of floral archway at outdoor wedding

Wedding couple exiting the

Bride raising up her bouquet after rustic wedding

Wandering the grounds for rustic wedding portraits

After the simple wedding ceremony, the guests cheered and the bride and groom ran off down the small wooden steps. I left the guests to enjoy cocktail hour with some string musicians. Then, I made my way across the grounds of the woodsy farm to take rustic wedding portraits of the newly wedded couple.

Black and white wedding portrait in Eastern Townships

Bride and groom walking down gravel path in mountains in Eastern Townships

Further down the property, a small vineyard with a sheltered archway of vines was a great spot for a few cozy portraits.

Wedding portrait framed by vines

Wedding portrait in an archway at a vineyard

Due to the heat, we headed to the cabin for some shade and water. With its large windows letting in soft light and a view of the pine forest beyond, this pit stop became a great setting for some beautiful portraits as well. Then, we headed back outdoors for a few more bride and groom portraits along the path through the woods.

Silhouette wedding couple drinking in front of window with view of pine forest

Bride and groom sitting inside rustic cabin

Groom looking at bride inside rustic cabin

Wedding portrait in front of pile of wooden logs

Wedding portrait near rustic logs

Bride and groom walking up forest road

An Eastern Townships wedding reception under a tent

This rustic chic wedding reception was held under a white canopy tent. The tent’s position on the hillside afforded it a stunning backdrop overlooking the rolling hills and mountains of the Eastern Townships.

Wedding tents on side of hill

Small ceramic rose and antler wedding place card holder

Rustic chic wedding table decorations

Table setting with a mountain top view of the Eastern Townships

Rustic chic floral centerpiece on outdoor wedding table

Rustic chic wedding centerpiece of flowers in a wooden box

Wedding cake with mountain view behind

Local honey wedding favours

Alpaca barn

Cocktail service under a tente from Domaine Pinnacle

Bride and groom with friends

Bride and groom giving welcome speech

Wedding guests laughing at dinner

Grandmother holding bride's hand

Friend hugging bride's mom

Wedding guests lighting lampions

Bride and groom kissing at wedding reception under tent

The wedding dinner was catered by a friendly team from Restaurant Lyvano (a local Frelighsburg favourite) and featured down-to-earth fare with creative twists.

Catering staff from Restaurant Lyvano preparing wedding food

Wedding meal

Wedding guests raising glasses in toast

Wedding guests high fiving

Wedding guests at dinner with candlelight under tent

Nighttime wedding reception

Wedding guests chatting at night time reception

Wedding couple cutting the cake

Bride feeding cake to groom

As night fell, the moon rose and colourful lights came on to light the tent and the nearby swan pond.

Bright fountain at night

Close up of wedding rings with flames behind

After dinner, Chelsey and Danick had a romantic first dance as their friends and family proudly watched. Then the wedding guests joined them on the dance floor.

Wedding couple dancing first dance under tent

Groom dipping bride during first dance

wedding guest taking photos

Wedding guests dancing 01

Wedding guests dancing 02

Wedding guests dancing 03

Wedding guests dancing 05

Man dancing with his child at wedding

Wedding guests laughing together

Wedding guests laughing at table at night

Wedding reception tent at night lit by LEDs

Chelsey and Danick, thank you for trusting me with your wedding photography.

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More Eastern Townships wedding photos

For more wedding photo inspiration, check out these past weddings in the same region of Quebec: a lovely mountaintop wedding in Sutton and a beautiful countryside wedding near Orford.

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