The rainbow over the lodge the night before our wedding. Friends and family gathering from Victoria and Vancouver to St. John’s. (Seeing them laugh and connect with each other). Cutting candles for decor with knives heated over the commercial gas stove. A morning fun run, complete with cheerleaders and a water station, and the fact that my grandparents drove by about 5 times offering cheating rides before we finally took them up on it. My computer with the 8 hour dance party playlist crashing in the middle afternoon, and having friends save the day by building an all-new playlist on the spot. Getting honked at by hunters while doing our portraits. Finishing my bouquet moments before the ceremony, with my sister’s help. Looking down on everyone from the patio before our wedding ceremony began and being so excited. Barely holding it together while walking in to “Ceremony”. My grandparents tying the ribbons so thoroughly for our hand-fasting. How well our friends did their readings, and a sparkler sendoff that more or less worked! Hula-hooping, selfie-taking children. Finding out that there had been a (successful!!) afternoon forage in the woods for mint. The weather that did everything from fog and a few raindrops to a glorious sunset. Delicious food and drink. (Friends squirrelling away bowls of leftovers to be eaten later.) Swinging our niece around on the dancefloor while The Bangles played. The live painter who created a beautiful piece for us. My dad shooting off fireworks, then surprising me by knowing all the words to “Landslide” and making me cry my eyes out during our father/daughter dance. (SO much crying. The good kind.). Discovering in the aftermath of the wedding that there had been THREE secretly-pregnant women present! Dancing until almost 4 am, full of adrenalin and catharsis, swirling around in my dress. Being so incredibly happy.
All photos by the wonderful Ryan MacDonald.
Notice whom for wheels are turning,
Turn again and turn towards this time,
All she ask’s the strength to hold me,
Then again the same old story,
World will travel, oh so quickly,
Travel first and lean towards this time.
“I love you because dreams are not just dreams to you; they are things you make happen.
I love you because with you I’ve tackled challenges that I never ever would have tackled alone.
I love you because you inspire me to trust in myself and be brave and not let fear and doubt hold me back.
I love you because you make me laugh and keep me from taking myself too seriously.
I love you because you keep me grounded and help me make sense of the world.
I vow to keep dreaming with you and to keep actually living those dreams.
I vow to believe in us and what we can do.
I vow to be the same source of strength for you that you are for me.
I vow to be silly when you could use a laugh and be strong when you need support.
I vow to be generous with you as you are with me.”
“I choose you because I love who you are and I trust who you are yet to become. I admire your patience, your generosity, your sense of humour, and your zest for life. You offer me a kindness and security I didn’t know was possible and never thought I needed; you bring me the joy I didn’t know I lacked. With you I have always felt safe: your strength and support has been the safety net that allows me to fly without fear of falling, and I am a better person when I’m with you. You inspire and delight me, and I believe that together we can accomplish anything. You are my favourite person. Also, you are super good-looking.
…Today I choose to spend the rest of my life with you. I choose you to be my family, my husband, my best friend, and my partner in all life’s adventures. I choose the life we have built together, and I choose the life we have yet to build. I choose you, knowing that we are stronger together than we ever were apart.”
Heaven knows, it’s got to be this time,
Avenues all lined with trees,
Picture me and then you start watching,
Watching forever, forever,
Watching love grow, forever,
Letting me know, forever.
For you, there’ll be no more crying,
For you, the sun will be shining,
And I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right
To you, I’ll give the world
to you, I’ll never be cold
‘Cause I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right.
And the songbirds are singing,
Like they know the score,
And I love you, I love you, I love you,
Like never before.
Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
Le vent dans tes cheveux blonds
Le soleil l’horizon
Quelques mots d’une chanson
Que c’est beau, c’est beau la vie
Venue: Hideaway Lodge // Officiant: Sally J. Wells // Catering: Tide & Boar // Cake Artist: Decadence Fine Baked Goods // Hair & Makeup: Kelly-Jo Romard // Coordination: Charlotte Burhoe, C Jayne Events // Kandise’s Outfit: Alfred Angelo gown via Heavenly Gowns, Cole Haan shoes, Kate Spade jewelry, hair pieces from Etsy // Bouquet & Boutonnière: knitted by Kandise (crochet help from Krista P!) // André’s Outfit: Savile Row suit, Tommy Hilfiger shirt, Kenneth Cole shoes // Stationery: A Printable Press // Guestbook: Lorgie // Audio Rentals: Long & McQuade // Live Painter: Sharon Epic // Photography: Ryan MacDonald.