The Hubbards Barn, a venue I had heard of, but never been to, so I was quite excited when Shauna contacted me and told me that she and Andrew were getting married there. I do love rustic venues like barns.
Shauna and Andrew came in from Alberta for the wedding as did a number of their guests, so this was more of a destination wedding for a large contingent, which meant for a nice and relaxed atmosphere. You could probably tell this was a relaxed wedding just by looking at the choice of footwear for Shauna and Andrew. One of their first planning decisions was to wear their sandals, a decision designed to set the tone of the day right from the outset.
With a ceremony time of 4:00, we wrapped up the portraits at about 3:50 and took Shauna aside to wait. And wait she did. 4:00 came and went, and there was no sign of the officiant anywhere. 4:15 and still no officiant, but Shauna wasn’t worried at all, she was so calm, saying that they would just have a mock ceremony if need be, and get it officially done later. Andrew was mingling with guests and keeping an eye out for the officiant at the entrance to the barn while Shauna waited out back.
It wasn’t until 4:30 that the officiant revealed herself. I say revealed because she said she was standing at the ceremony spot long enough to have spotted us doing photos in the field. Why she didn’t look for us before the ceremony was 30 minutes behind schedule is beyond me, but that’s a debate for another time. The ceremony went ahead at about 4:40 to some music played by one of the groomsmen. A few laughs, and a few tears were shared before it was all said and done, and the wedding party dispersed as the guests took their chairs inside for the reception.
After the ceremony we took a few more pictures and then let everyone enjoy themselves. The rain held off aside from a few little sprinkles, so the back patio got some use as well as the sandbox for the little ones. The barn was the hub of activity though, and the dinner went off without a hitch. The cake cutting followed dinner, and I thought it was an awesome cake (by City Girl Cakes), and the couple had a tiny cat which looked identical to their cat, as a cake topper.
There were only a couple of speeches, and they were done on the dance floor just before the dances started. It wasn’t a big wedding, so you don’t expect the same kind of dancing as a large wedding, but people got up here and there and danced, and everyone enjoyed some good conversation with friends. It was the perfect casual wedding that Shauna and Andrew were hoping for.