This microwedding during the COVID-19 pandemic will have you wishing you went ‘micro’!

Bride and groom dip kiss at their microwedding in Mountain ontario


Microweddings…it’s the new buzzword for the 2020 wedding season, right next to ‘social distancing’ and ‘homemade bread’ (…thanks COVID-19). But you know what? I kind of like it…Actually…I love it! To plan a day that feels slower-paced, intimate, and with only the very closest people in your lives  by your side  6 feet away, is honestly such an unexpectedly special thing to come from this pandemic. This was a day that Olivia and Mackenzie had been organizing for over a year, with a planned gathering of over 100 people on a family property in rural South Mountain. Of course, given the mandates currently in effect of limiting social gatherings to under 50 people for wedding ceremonies, that big dream was forced to condense into a ‘microwedding’ or ‘petite wedding’ with just over 20 guests in attendance.

What came from this day was not only a newfound appreciation for smaller weddings (tho I’ve always loved backyard weddings) but an appreciation for weddings in itself. For months now, the wedding industry has been forced to shut down and over 90% of weddings have been postponed to 2021. To see things open up again just in time for Olivia and Kenzie’s wedding this June was somewhat of a miracle! Cute signage around the backyard showed that these high school sweethearts had been dating for exactly 4144 days (…that level of accuracy is amazing) and it was clear that they didn’t want to wait even another day to tie the knot as the McMillans.

We laughed, we cried, and we celebrated the marriage of these two high school sweethearts and world travel partners on one of the warmest and sunniest days of the year. Some of my very favourite details from their day was Olivia’s cathedral veil – edged with lace from her mother’s wedding dress; the picture wall, made from rustic doors and a custom calligraphy sign; the long harvest tables that decorated the small outdoor reception, which – fun fact! – were made by Kenzie; and the fact that the girls all YouTubed their own makeup (I mean if that isn’t a sign of the times…)! The truth is, this wedding didn’t need to be huge to be a success; it was perfect just the way it was.

Congratulations Olivia and Mackenzie! Your story is one to be passed on to generations, much like these photographs. We hope you’re loving every minute of your ‘minimoon’ and – if we’re resetting the clock – loving your 6th day of married life! Enjoy this sneak peek!

Wedding dress and invitations at microwedding
Oval diamond ring with curved wedding band microwedding
Three white gold rings
Crystal earrings from Etsy for microwedding in Ottawa
Oval diamond ring with bubble wedding band
Mother helps daughter get dressed at microwedding
Bridesmaids fan out bride's catheral veil at microwedding
Mother of bride helps her get dressed at microwedding
Bride has long eyelashes at microwedding
Bridesmaids help bride get dressed at microwedding
Bride wore a veil with pieces from her mother's wedding dress
Bridesmaids help pin veil in bride's hair

This next series of of daddy-daughter first look photos between Olivia and her dad…cue the tears!

Dad's reaction at bride prep during microwedding
Dad's reaction during bride prep at microwedding
Dad hugs his daughter on her wedding day
Dad hugs his daughter when seeing her for a bride at the microwedding
Bridesmaids cry during first look with dad
Daddy daughter first look reaction at microwedding
Country mailbox with calligraphy
Groomsmen hang out on patio during microwedding groom prep
Accessories for groom for his microwedding
Groomsmen smile in dark blue suits
Groom ties his tie at microwedding
Groom ties his shoes at microwedding
Groomsmen take a shot and make a face at microwedding
Oval diamond ring with side diamonds at microwedding
Bride looks at camera before first look at microwedding
Bride walks towards groom for first look at microwedding
Bride and gorom's first look at microwedding
Wind blows bride's cathedral veil during microwedding
Bride and groom at their microwedding
Bridal party walking at microwedding
Bride and groom portraits during microwedding
Bride and groom walk through forest at their microwedding
Dusty blue and navy bridal party walk towards camera
Bride with her young ringbearers at a microwedding in Mountain
Groom at his microwedding
Bride and groom smile with a cathedral veil on their microwedding
Bride and groom at their microwedding
Wedding party walking at microwedding in Mountain ontario
Guests gather for microwedding
Dusty blue dresses with white flowers for microwedding
Bridesmaids in light blue dresses for microwedding
Mom hugs her son on his wedding day
Bride and groom kiss goodbye before heading to ceremony
Bride's long cathedral veil at their microwedding
Rural house for backyard microwedding
Bridesmaids walk down the aisle spaced at 2 metres for microwedding
Bride walks down the aisle with her father at microwedding
Groom looks at bride during microwedding ceremony
Ring bearer plays in grass during ceremony for microwedding
Outdoor wedding ceremony with less than 50 people for microwedding in Ottawa
Guests watch bride and groom get married during COVID-19 wedding ceremony with 50 people or less
Bride reads her vows at microwedding
microwedding ceremony
Bridesmaids crying at microwedding during ceremony
Bridal party stand 6 feet apart at microwedding
First kiss at microwedding
Bride's veil blows in the wind at microwedding
Walking up the aisle in the recessional as newlyweds microwedding
Rustic photo wall with custom calligraphy sign for microwedding
Sweetheart table at microwedding
Lawn games at microwedding
Framed photo of loved ones at microwedding
Candlestick table decor at microwedding
Letterboard wedding signage in outdoor microwedding
Social distancing at microwedding
Wine bottles with custom labels at microwedding
Bride and groom dip kiss at their microwedding in Mountain ontario
Toast with wine at microwedding
Bride and groom sit at sweetheart table for their microwedding
Ring bearer without shoes microwedding
Bride and groom lean on wooden fence at microwedding
String lights over the wedding dance floor at sunset for microwedding
Choreographed first dance at microwedding
Parent dances at microwedding
Groom picks up bride and twirls her on the dance floor at microwedding
Sunset photos at microwedding
Groom kisses bride in the road at their microwedding

Want to see even more backyard weddings? Check out Katie and Matt’s Backyard Wedding on an Alpaca Farm or Emily and Alex’s Backyard and Byward Market wedding in Ottawa!

Special thanks to the following vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Microwedding in South Mountain
Hair: Devon Turcotte Hair Design
Florist: Flowers by Jenna
Jewellery: JoaillerieDaisy
Jewellery: Bob Thompson Jewellers
Wedding Dress Designer: Truvelle
Wedding Dress Store: Revelle Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Dress Store: Azazie
Suit Rental: Jimmy the Suit Guy
Caterer: Simply Baked Catering
Supplier: Chez Lili
Photography: Amy Pinder Photography

PS. I love hearing your thoughts and kind words for my couples! If Olivia and Kenzie’s Backyard microwedding photos get 10 or more comments, I’ll give them a surprise gift with a favourite wedding image! Comment below :)


  1. Andrea Snowdon Reply

    Love everything about this!! Amy, you were the perfect gal for capturing everything special about this wedding. These pictures are amazing 💕

  2. Reagan Brugmans Reply

    Such a beautiful wedding! Such a lovely couple inside and out. Amazing photos!

  3. Julia Wouters Reply

    Even though Olivia went through so much getting thrown at her during the pandemic she always kept her cool and saw the positive of things. The micro wedding ended up to be perfect and something you can’t do with a large group. And thank you to Amy for capturing the bride and grooms magical day! Amy was so kind and knew exactly how to make the pictures look amazing! Thanks again Amy, you were awesome!

  4. Tony Wouters Reply

    A perfect wedding on a perfect day for a perfect couple. All captured by these perfect pictures.

  5. Celeste Decaire Reply

    These photos are spectacular! Really makes up for not being able to be present when my beautiful friends got married. Love this! Amazing job

  6. Rachel Ruby Reply

    Micro Wedding for the win. Olivia & Mackenzie this is the most beautiful. If you ask me it was well worth the wait (specifically 4144 days!). Great read. Even better photos. Thanks for sharing! xx

  7. Olivia Wouters Reply

    The perfect day, captured perfectly by Amy! Thank you so much, I’m already so in love with all these pictures. And the best part of the micro wedding?.. we get to do the party all over again next year with the rest of our friends and family <3. I can’t wait to work with you again next year Amy!

  8. Nicole Dawes Reply

    These photos are absolutely beautiful!!!! Such an amazing job. You look so gorgeous, Olivia!

  9. I can’t believe how amazing these pics turned out!! Honestly the best day of my entire life. Also 100% stealing the “sorority pose”!!!!


  10. Jim & Beth Hetherington Reply

    Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.! Although we could not be there from Alberta these photos are the next best thing! We knew this couple in High School and its great to see the Knot finally tied! You captured all the special moments that will be treasured for a lifetime of happiness!!

  11. Mary Lou Glazier Reply

    Thank you for posting these absolutely lovely wedding pictures. Olivia, you looked very beautiful and the whole wedding party looked so happy. Trish and Tony, you both looked great and your home and grounds were perfect for this wonderful wedding day!

    Thanks so much for sharing

    Best Regards, Mary Lou

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