Woodsy Wedding on Waseosa Lake | Robin + Richard

How’s this for romantic: Richard surprised Robin with a beautiful proposal on the dock of his family’s cottage on Waseosa Lake, and then they proceeded to get married at the very same spot! With the lake gleaming behind them, Robin and Richard exchanged vows in a ceremony during which Robin’s brother recited a reading he had written, making their Mr. and Mrs. moment all the more magical.

These two made the most of their woodsy venue—the reception was held beneath a clear tent to make the most of that gorgeous canopy of trees and night sky. When choosing her gown, Robin fell for Joy’s clean lines and modern vibe, in which she felt totally herself and looked like a star.

From Robin (who headed to east Asia for an incredible honeymoon!):


How did you choose your gown?


“I knew I wanted something minimalist and simple but with some personality, that would also be practical for a woodsy wedding. When I tried on the Joy dress with its beautiful full pleated skirt, shorter front hemline, and plunging neckline, it just felt like me. I also love the way its modern clean lines contrasted the rustic woodsy scenery. It was just perfect!”

wedding dress: Astrid & Mercedes Joy via the flagship Toronto bridal boutique | photographer: Evelyn Barkey Photography | scroll down for full vendor list

Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?


“We wanted our wedding weekend to feel very comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly fun! The cottage was the perfect setting for us to enjoy the day with our guests, share some laughs, a few tears, and dance the night away until 4am!”

What’s your funniest wedding day memory?


“It was so hot on our wedding day that we ended up taking a couple minutes of shelter after our bridal portraits in the only air-conditioned room on the entire property—the portable washrooms (pictured below)! My amazing friend and hairstylist also ended up restyling my hair 3 times to battle the humidity!”

What was your favorite wedding day moment?


“Our entire ceremony was so special and personal, but I’d have to say my favourite moment was when my brother recited the original reading he had written for us. His words were so beautiful and meaningful that it brought just about everyone to tears.”


Where did you go on your honeymoon?


“We saved up our vacation days and went to South East Asia for 3 weeks… we visited Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam and had the most incredible trip—truly the trip of a lifetime!”

Robin + Richard’s Waseosa Lake Wedding Vendors

wedding dress: Astrid & Mercedes Joy via the flagship Toronto bridal boutique | photographer: Evelyn Barkey Photography | bridesmaid dresses: Bari Jay via Jealous Bridesmaids  | makeup: Make Me Beautiful |  hair stylist: Reign Salon | dinner tent + tables: Westway Tents |  florals: Blush & Blossom 

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