A gorgeous setting plays an undeniable role in the mood of a wedding. In Emily and Ryan's case, the bride's childhood home made for a spectacular reception venue, bringing in the ocean breeze and natural light of the East Coast. From the locally harvested food to the spot-on music and dance floor shenanigans, this wedding was a true representation of Emily and Ryan's playful romance. Many details of their day were DIY with the intention of keeping things simple and easy-going. Of course, a dog dressed in a floral wreath certainly didn't hurt.
Frankly, it's a little hard for us to put into words the tranquility and ambiance that was this wedding. Luckily, the bride happens to be an Editor at Glow Magazine, and is an absolute wordsmith! Read on for more from the bride:
Take us back to the beginning, how did you and your Lover meet?
Ryan and I met 11 years ago at a bar in Halifax, NS. He had just moved there a few days prior as he was about to start the architecture program at Dal. He went out with a few friends to my favourite bar, Tribeca, and I was there with some girlfriends. We struck up a casual conversation and the rest is history! When we met I had already planned to move to Australia for eight months so about a month and a half after we met I moved to the complete opposite end of the world. At that time there was no Facebook, Skype, video chat or anything. We wrote each other a lot of old school letters and I would get a calling card and call him from the payphone down the street from my flat. When I eventually moved back to Halifax we were already so close and knew each other so well. I still have all the letters he wrote me!
How do you and your partner celebrate love on a daily basis?
Sometimes (or always in most cases) life can get a bit too hectic, so I like to make sure that no matter how busy our days are, I always find time to just chat and have a laugh with Ryan, even if it's just for 15 minutes in the shower in the morning before our day starts. With our busy schedules, during the week it can sometimes feel like we're two ships passing in the night, so on the weekends we really make the most of our time together.
Can you tell us a little bit about your wedding’s aesthetic and scenery (where was it held, who did the set-up, what was your inspiration)?
We got married at my parent's property in Chester, NS. It's a beautiful piece of land right on the ocean, so we set up a small tent and threw a good ole fashioned east coast shindig. Tying the knot there was incredible as we had total freedom of how everything was going to look and could really customize the vibe we wanted, but it was also a ton of work. We basically DIY'ed the whole wedding. Thankfully, my parents did an incredible job of organizing, planning and prepping! My mom handmade all of the table runners, the napkins and even built all of the hanging floral wreaths that were in the tent with the help of my aunt.
We had a very laid-back, boho style wedding. We didn't have a theme per say, we just wanted everyone to have a good time and for the day to reflect our style. Our ceremony was short but sweet (it was over in less than 10 minutes!), with lots of mingling time so people could enjoy the property before settling down for a casual, locally-sourced meal and then a dance party afterwards. I asked my friend Rich Aucoin to play a set and we had two friends of ours who are DJs take care of the music for the rest of the night. Rich personalized his set for the wedding and seeing everyone come together to bond and dance with us was truly unforgettable. Our photographers even caught a moment when Rich asked us all to do a giant hug with us in the centre <3
You chose a Rue De Seine gown. What was it about this dress that made you fall in love?
I was already familiar with Rue de Seine as I had looked at all their dresses on their website very closely and was following them on Instagram. So I already had an idea of which dresses I wanted to try from them before I went in. The dress I ended up buying was not one that I originally planned on trying on from my website sleuthing. But as I was skimming the racks of beautiful gowns, I came across my dress and wanted to try it on just for fun. It was so not my idea of what I wanted (I always pictured my wedding dress to be a simple sheath or slip dress) and it looked too wild on the hanger but I was still very curious to see what it looked like on me. But as soon as I had it on I fell hard. When I saw myself in it I just thought it was so cool and unique and it dawned on me that if I was ever going to wear something this awesome, it should be at my wedding! I immediately nicknamed it Fringey and couldn't stop thinking about it after I left. I went back a month later and tried a few more dresses on. Trying it on again solidified my choice: I had to have Fringey. Despite her initial hanger reaction to it, even my mom agreed, the dress was divine and I had to have it.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to a fellow LL Bride on her journey for the perfect dress?
I've told this to a few friends who have recently been wedding dress hunting: keep an open mind. Where my style is more minimalist and streamlined, I never imagined I'd choose a dress that was so OTT, but you might just surprise yourself. I had a pretty solid idea of the style I wanted but I kept an open mind when I went into my appointment. My LL consultant Danielle was incredible and made some really awesome suggestions. She was so good at reading what I wanted and also what I didn't even know I wanted. Also, trust your instincts! I tried on all different types of dresses and liked a lot of them but I went with that feeling in my gut when it came to choosing a winner. Try not to get wrapped up in what you think your husband will like and go with what you feel beautiful in and what reflects your own personal style.
How is married life?
Post-married life is pretty awesome. We lived together for about 7 or so years before tying the knot so I can't say that being married feels that different, but I still find it incredible that no matter how long we've been together, or what we've done together, I still just want to spend every moment with him and that we still have so much to learn about each other. We've been busy planning our honeymoon as we didn't have time to take one post-wedding, so that's been keeping the wedding vibes alive!
Venue: Private Home | Florist: Tulipwood Inc. | Photographer: Chelle Wootten. | Grooms suit: Sydney’s | Caterer: Cocoa Pesto |