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Rylee and Dan had a beautiful backyard wedding in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. The house had a large yard with beautiful gardens that were perfect for the wedding ceremony. The backyard backs onto a vineyard, giving us so many options for photographs.

From the moment we started talking about their wedding, I knew it would be a backyard wedding to remember. Rylee is a talented artist who focuses on paintings. Her creativity and artist talent comes through in everything she does, so it is no surprise that her backyard wedding in Niagara on the Lake was full of creative details.

Rylee and her mom designed the details like the centrepieces, picked out chairs and beautiful farmhouse-style tables for the backyard reception. They spent the day before decorating the backyard and, it looked beautiful.

Rylee’s aunt, Paula Mori, is a talented florist and, she created all the flower arrangements for the wedding. Rylee’s uncle Mike Gordon officiated the wedding ceremony. It was a family-focused wedding.

It was also a wedding that focused on the experience. Rylee and Dan wanted to be in the moment and spend as much time as possible with their guests. They had a first look and got the majority of their couple portraits done before the wedding ceremony, which allowed them to be more relaxed and spend more time together. After their ceremony, they could hang out with friends and family.

Rylee’s dad has a tiki bar that he fully stocked for the celebration and lots of seating options for people to chat and mingle throughout the backyard. The kids even went swimming. After dinner, some emotional speeches (the best kind) and some surprise rain, Rylee danced with her father.

Rylee and Dan had a beautiful first dance after the rain stopped. It was the last traditional wedding event of the night. As the sky got dark and some family left, the bonfire got started. They ended their wedding celebration with a bonfire, how cool is that?!

The biggest takeaways from Rylee and Dan’s backyard wedding in Niagara on the Lake… be yourselves, celebrate how you want to and focus on the experience instead of the expectations.

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