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 foot 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 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 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
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

Outdoor 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

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

Intimate 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, a beautiful countryside wedding near Magog and a microwedding in Georgeville.

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