Weddings take on a whole new meaning when they’re set in a spot so near and dear to your heart. And when this sweet couple settled on celebrating at their Lake Muskoka cottage, it only made sense to bring Mode Function into the mix. They styled every rustic detail to perfection and Xero Digital snapped it all from start to finish. Click here for a whole lot more!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
CottageLake
Styles
Romantic

From The Bride…Our guests were shuttled in from the closest town and arrived at the cottage for our reception on the dock (some of our cottage friends made an entrance in a water taxi!). The boathouse was buzzing with guests as they enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres with a view of Lake Muskoka. Drinks with birch bark paper straws were passed on personalized cocktail napkins imprinted with one of our logos (designed by our friend and graphic designer, Jessica Rotenberg).

Once the sun set, each guest received a candle to walk up the stone path in order to take their seat for our ceremony. The mood became spiritual as the path sparkled with lights (in typical cottage fashion, the path lights actually broke). The ceremony was actually in the cottage car port, if you can believe it! It was so beautifully decorated that guests thought it was built for the wedding! We served spiked apple cider, hot soup, and had fleece blankets in addition to the well placed heat lamps. We stood under a birch bark potted chuppah draped with my Grandfathers prayer shawl or Tallit. My mom made sure she brought up a rug for us to stand on – it was simple and laid back but, all things combined, it was so beautiful.

Now when I walk into the cottage, the furniture seems like placeholders for the tables and chairs that hosted an intimate 130 person wedding. The table arrangements complimented the rustic cottage feel we wanted (wood charger plates and burlap inspired table cloths) but the flowers and candle mason jar centre pieces added a chic and romantic touch. The hanging flower mason jars from the balcony were one of my favourite details. The cottage was electric as the Elle Cuisine catering staff moved swiftly through the cottage to serve dinner and set up the dessert table with some of our favourite treats from our local go-to, Barlochan Hills Country Store. There were no left overs of Ruby’s delicious homemade peach and apple crumble pies.

Our wedding was a logistical achievement and exactly as we pictured it. I wore my Grandmother’s fur bolero for some of the photos and during the beginning part of the reception (I really didn’t need it but wanted a piece of her there). Although the weather was rainy and cloudy before and after the weekend, our day was golden, just like my Mom had predicted the day we asked to have our wedding at the cottage. The dance floor cleared at 3:30am and friends were found sitting around the campfire roasting s’mores. As the last bus left, and our guests were given Gryfe’s bagels with cream cheese for breakfast, we said goodnight to our family and went up to the boathouse where the night just felt like a dream.

Photography: Xero Digital | Event Designer: Mode Function In Collaboration With Cynthia Mintz | Catering: Elle Cuisine | Dress Designer: Barbara Allin, Becker's Bridal | Florist Design: Mode Function | Makeup: Chris Ware, Chanel | Photography & Cinematography: Xero Digital Inc | Ring Designer: Allon Twena Of Twain Designs | Suit Designer: Zegna, Testa Uomo