Sarah + Derrek | Rustic Ontario Barn Wedding


Sarah and Derrek got married on one of the warmest days in September. The sun was shining, and we were surrounded by green fields + wildflowers at their Century Barn wedding.  All of their family and friends were on hand, from decorating the arch under which they said their vows, to singing them the song for their first dance. It was the perfect show of support and happiness to being a lifetime of wedded bliss. 


How They Met

[We met at a] friends' cottage in Dunnvile. Our best friends were getting married to each other and were having a cottage weekend. Sarah walked in while Derrek was climbing a tree. Then we didn't see each other for 6 months until Derrek's friend's birthday, where we talked all evening, then we started dating a week later.

The Proposal

At Sarah's cottage. Derrek dressed up secretly while Sarah was starting a fire and when she turned around he was standing in the doorway. She said "what are you doing?" , "why are you wearing that?" , and "are you serious?" before she said "YES! YES! OF COURSE YES!"

Wedding Vision

The colours were pinks and golds. We wanted an outdoor, rustic, and elegant atmosphere.

[We had] 90 [guests].

Wedding Venue

It was exactly what we were looking for. We fell in love with it instantly. We'd checked out a couple before but none spoke to us.

The Ceremony

The ceremony was short and sweet. It took place on in a grove behind the barn, on the grass and in the shade. We wanted it to be respectful to both of our families. We also wrote our own vows.

The Reception

The reception was in an 18th century barn, with natural light and it had it's own beauty, we didn't' have to decorate it much. We didn't want the traditional Hall experience. We chose round tables so people could mingle easier and be surrounded by more people than if it had been straight tables. We used the soundtracks from Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2 during the meal- we love the feeling of all the oldies songs. What really made our wedding/reception special for us was that all of our family and friends were able to participate and contribute in some way, such as speeches, first dance song, wedding games, MCs, making the cake, and setting up and tearing down. As much as it was OUR wedding day, we really wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves.

The Flowers

Sarah's Bridesman Patrick Beh did all the work. We told him the colours and feel we wanted and he took it and ran with it. We wanted pinks and golds like our wedding colours, but also flowers that were in season. He hooked us up with a bulk supplier and then the day before the wedding the entire wedding party gathered in a hotel room and made ALL the arrangements under the direction of Patrick. It was epic.

The Cake

Our last names are Drake and Birch, so we wanted the cake to look like a birch tree and we had a male duck a.k.a. a Drake sitting on the cake. Derrek's aunt Sylvia Muir made the cake as her wedding gift to us.

The Favours

We had a late night popcorn bar with 3 different flavours and take away bags. The best part was stickers on the bags that said Thanks for Popping By.


Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli

Shoes : Nordstrom

Veil - bought from Sarah's friend who recently got married,

Jewelry - diamond earrings from Sarahs Mom, antique from Sarah's grandmother on her father's side who had passed away, and a blue turtle necklace from Derrek from People's as a wedding day gift

Groom: Suit|Moore's, Shoes|Brown's, Tie|Love and Dapper

Bridesmaids: Henkaa

Music: Century Barn House DJ

Catering: Hawley Crescent

Popcorn - Hollywood Popcorn

Flowers - Patrick Beh