Woodsy Sudbury Wedding at Vale Cavern Science North
Flower crowns and polka dot bowties, maple syrup and Victorian herb bouquets. Nuzzles and secret glances, sole mates and starry skies… this wedding was just perfect! So much love and work went into the details in this wedding and including my favourite, the Maple Syrup favours. The maple syrup was brought in from St. Joseph Island, a small island near Sault Ste. Marie where the bride’s grandfather was born and the bride shares a family cabin. The syrup was made the ‘traditional way’ – with a bucket tap and the sap boiled over an open flame. The bride’s family bottled over 200 of these favours by hand. Writing this now, I realized I didn’t even try the bottle I swiped from my seat, so I just went downstairs and tried to find something to put it on. Not wanting the extra calories, and work, of making pancakes I, um, just, um, drank it out of the bottle. It was heavenly. I have a problem, and hope I can save the rest of the syrup for actual food.
The centrepieces were created ‘with love’ and by hand as well. The bride and the bride’s mother spent the year collecting and pressing local botanicals from both the bride’s childhood neighbourhood in Sudbury, and along the shores of Newboro Lake, where the groom shares a family cottage. The botanicals were pressed and affixed within the lanterns to create a natural, ‘stained glass’ effect when backlit with a candle. The lanterns were placed on hand-cut tree slices, with an E+E wood-burned onto each.
Emily and Ewan’s Love Story
This beautiful couple was friends for years before they started dating, despite mutual attraction. Emily knew if she started dating Ewan, that was it. He was the one she was going to spend forever with. And, fours years later, the first summer they were done school, Emily knew she didn’t want to loose him. She visited him at his camp in Northern Ontario, and they have been together ever since. This couple fits together perfectly, both physically and emotionally… Ewan reminds me of a lumberjack, with his beard, strong physic and Emily compliments him with her perfect figure. From the Groom “Besides the fact that “she’s a total babe”, Ewan absolutely loves Emily’s sense of humour and the fact that she can make him laugh at any given time. Though she denies it, he knows she’s way out of his league.” I know, awwwww! This couple spent their honeymoon in Bend, Oregon at Brasada Ranch Resort. Google it, it will make you want to visit. This outdoor loving couple wanted the wedding to embody their love of nature and this was the theme for the wedding, Romantic, Rustic, Canadiana. For their reception they wanted to bring the outdoors inside, to create an atmosphere reminiscent of a starry evening at the lake. The perfect hall for this was Sudbury’s Vale Cavern, in iconic Science North. Sudbury is known for its mining and unique rock and the Vale Cavern provided a real Northern Ontario experience.
The Bouquet – Fresh herbs, garden roses and wildflowers
One last cool detail – Emily’s bouquet. From the Bride: “I was obsessed with my bouquet. I had discussed with the florist my interest in a traditional Victorian herb bouquet. What she had created was absolutely incredible and beyond expectation — it was so beautiful and smelled so fresh, like the scent of a dense wooded forest right after a summer rainfall. The mix of fresh garden roses, dill, rosemary and wildflowers was an aromatherapy, helping to calm my nerves.” I joked with Emily that if she gets hungry throughout the day, she could eat it. She later told me she tried just a nibble of the rosemary before spitting it out and realizing the florist sprayed it with some sort of yucky tasting stuff to preserve it for the day. This story still makes me giggle!
Bracelet: Tiffany’s pearl bracelet, a past Valentine’s gift from the groom
Garter: Handmade for the bride, by Miranda MacLeod.
Jewelry:Earrings: Pearl earrings, a gift from the bride’s parents
Something Borrowed: The bride carried a handkerchief once belonging to her maternal great-grandmother, Anna, an immigrant to Canada from Vienna, Austria.
Makeup: Katie Lynn Baker
Hair: Sandra D Wilson
Hairpieces: Baby’s breath floral crown, by Flower Towne
Robes: A gift from the bride—ordered from silkandmore, available on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/silkandmore?ref=s2-header-shopname
Bracelets: A gift from the bride to thank my bridesmaids for helping me ‘tie the knot’. Kate Spade “Sailor’s Knot” Hinge Bangle Bracelet
Bridal gown: Cap Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown by Melissa Sweet, David’s Bridal. Style #MS251005
Bridal party attire: CoralieBeatrix Long Octopus Infinity Wrap Dress, available on Etsy. From the Bride: “What I love about my bridesmaids, besides our long lasting friendships, is that we’re all so different, but ever so compatible as friends. With these differences in personality comes a difference in the opinion of style, which at first made deciding on bridesmaids dresses a challenge. These convertible infinity wrap dresses by CoralieBeatrix were the perfect solution. The girls were able to choose which way they wanted to wear it – whether with straps, strapless, or whatever way their imagination created. The jersey fabric was cool and comfortable in the summer heat, and no hem was needed. A pair of scissors can shorten the dress post wedding.”
Shoes: Badgley Mischka Cissy Sandal in Nile Blue
Something Old: The bride used lace from her maternal grandmother’s wedding dress wrapped around her Victorian herb bouquet
Groom’s tux: indochino.com – Prince of Wales, grey, 3-piece
Ties: The groom and groomsmen’s blue/white polka dot bowties were from The Tie Bar
Cufflinks: The groom’s cufflinks were a gift from his bride. The wooden piece, depicting a canoe and paddles, was a perfect compliment to their wedding’s rustic, outdoor theme. The cufflinks are from Cabin + Cub, available on etsy.com.
Pocket Squares: The groom, groomsmen and ushers had matching pocket squares, each embroidered with their initials.
Favours: Maple Syrup from St. Joseph Island, ON. Bottles ordered from Atkinson Maple Syrup Supplies
Stationery: Save the Date: Created by Caroline Ross Photography
Invitations: Invitations by Dawn, New Heights: 3 for 1 Invitation (DWF31785LD)
Sign in table: A hand carved wooden canoe paddle. In their engagement photos, the bride and groom showcased handmade paddles, custom made by the groom for a Valentine’s Day present. As a guestbook, the groom hand carved another wooden canoe paddle out of a plank of cherry wood
Cake: The cakes were baked and decorated by Kathryn ‘Kate’ Dunn, the groom’s sister. Kate has a passion for baking and volunteered/demanded to make the wedding cake…free of charge. She made two cakes, the primary cake being a carrot cake, and a smaller secondary cake being a traditional fruitcake (to be preserved). The cakes were displayed on beautiful, custom made tree bases, and were topped with two Muskoka chairs, labeled with ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’, and a miniature red lantern – a perfect fit for the couple’s wedding theme.
Caterer: Bryston’s Catering, Sudbury, ON