willowbank 0313The inspiration for this moody shoot comes from the beautiful historic Greek Revival mansion of Willowbanks. Situated on a picturesque lawn hillside overlooking the village of Queenston, Ontario. The mansion is an elegant example of the rural estates of 19th century wealthy settlers in Upper Canada, and is named after the grand willow trees that once graced it elegant grounds.willowbank 0082

As it was common practice, many marriages during this time were well planned for a most perfect match. Young women were groomed by their Mothers to become a dutiful wife and mother. Many of these matches also came with a generous dowry and encouraged social stability for these young women. The Marriage of two individuals was often more valued for the financial and social prosperity it could afford.willowbank 0209

In keeping with spirit of this period, our bride and groom’s marriage has been carefully arranged by their parents, distant cousins with an ocean between the families. After many months of a long distance courtship, our bride & groom have exchanged letters that quickly became notes of devotion and love. Our bride has spent many weeks traveling to wed the Willowbanks heir and begin a new life in new her new country home. Our groom knows that this suitable match is favorable and that her generous dowry will allow him to continue the restoration of his historic family estate and that he can provide a comfortable and loving life for his new wife.willowbank 0070 willowbank 0089 willowbank 0065

Seeing her for the first time on their wedding day, he admires her from afar, just as he has through their letters. A sweet love has flourished during their courtship and he believes that not only has he found a most beautiful wife in his new bride, but a strong, devote and loving partner to run Willowbanks.willowbank 0233willowbank 0251willowbank 0262willowbank 0157 willowbank 0104 willowbank 0110 willowbank 0118 willowbank 0120willowbank 0142willowbank 0130willowbank 0160willowbank 0166willowbank 0169willowbank 0174willowbank 0185willowbank 0196willowbank 0214willowbank 0217willowbank 0274willowbank 0300willowbank 0295willowbank 0314

Thank you to Chic Vintage Brides for sharing our little labour of love. You can see more of LOVE LETTERS FROM WILLOWBANK along with our other vintage inspired editorials GLAMOROUS GATSBY & ROMANTIC VINTAGE on Chic Vintage Brides wedding blog

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Love Letters from Willowbank

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