If you love handmade details, an intimate garden setting, a glowing bride, and, most importantly, an emotional groom, then we’re pretty sure you’re going to adore Christa and Jorden’s wedding.

Anastasia Giaouris of Olive Photography beautifully captured all the wedding day action, including the wonderfully heartwarming moment when the groom teared up watching his bride walk down the aisle; it’s pretty much the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen!

Intimate garden wedding

Christa, 29 & Jorden Blanchard, 27

Newcastle, Ontario (Canada)

Wedding Date: July 15, 2013

Number of Guests: 73

Wedding Cost: under $15,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Bloomfield Gardens

Wedding Reception Location: Bloomfield Gardens

wedding direction signs

wedding rings on moss

brooch bouquet

wedding cake monogram

bride on red chaise lounge

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted to make sure we just had our close friends and family who have impacted our relationship there.

Bride's house

blue satin wedding shoes

bridal party getting ready

Bride getting her make-up done

wedding dress hanging up

bride getting into her wedding dress

Bride getting ready

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Choosing the guest list and finding the right intimate venue.

groomsmen portrait

barn wedding party portrait

bridal party portrait in front of barn

groomsmen in front of barn

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Yes it was.


bride and groom on the porch

bride and groom in muskoka chairs

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

We did have issues, as a lot of family members from outside of Canada were not invited.

wooden wedding signs

groomsmen heading to the ceremony

outdoor wedding set-up

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

When my mother-in-law finally stopped crying, seeing Jorden so emotional (it was very heartwarming), our flower girls, and of course our kiss… Loved it.

groomsmen at the altar

father walking daughter down the aisle

emotional groom at the altar

outdoor wedding ceremony

outdoor wedding ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

Our speeches were all amazing; there was a surprise song by one of our groomsmen and my maid of honour performed a song which I loved. Everything was so personal for us and we loved every minute.

Wedding punch
young wedding guest
bridesmaids helping bride with her dress

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

We got to spend time with everyone. It was so easy for us to mingle and we didn’t have to worry about anyone feeling left out.

wedding tent
seatin chart in vintage picture frames
wedding card table
wedding guest book
pink vintage table setting
wedding favor in mason jar
deluxe dessert station
pink wedding cake
wedding head table
bridesmaid performing at wedding reception
bride and groom listening to speeches

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Stand firm and choose who and what you want for YOUR wedding. It’s your day, so it really is about what you want.

Bride and groom with thank you sign


Photographer: Anastasia Giaouris of Olive Photography

Flowers & Boutonnieres: Mother-In-Law, Barb Blanchard

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang

Other:  all decorations and personal touches down to every detail were hand made by Barb Blanchard.