I’m ready to sail off into the sunset with this wedding, for sure! Nova Scotia is nothing but beautiful in the summer. Even in warm months, there’s a serene crispness to the air, which is perfectly matched by the floral stylings of Chelsea Lee Flowers and the bride’s simple and elegant Nicole Miller gown. So feel free to get lost at sea, or at least in the full gallery of Candace Berry‘s pictures from the day.
From the Bride… When Linn proposed it took us less than 2 minutes to decide where we wanted to get married. We knew that The Captain’s House in Chester was the perfect location – There’s no quainter town to host out-of-town friends and family, and with Linn growing up a few towns down the coast and my family spending our childhood summers in Chester, we knew it was the perfect spot for us. In planning for the big day we decided to drop the idea of a theme or a colour scheme. If we liked it, we did it! We wanted to host our friends and family to a memorable weekend and so many of our decisions centred around imagining what they would like and what would make the wedding fun for people. We knew that we wanted to set a relaxed, elegant tone so with that as our inspiration we set forth.
Linn is not a suit guy, so for wedding day attire he decided on a blazer and khaki’s for the boys with gingham navy ties. I wanted a dress that was comfortable and classic and so the Nicole Miller dress was an easy decision. I asked the bridesmaids to choose their own dresses within a similar colour tone, and they decided to go with variations of lace to help unify the look. My bouquet was done in soft, peachy tones to compliment the bridesmaids dresses, and the bridesmaids bouquets were all the same creamy and white tones to tie them together.
The ceremony took place out on the deck overlooking the harbour, and two of our friends played us down the isle as our guests looked on from the balcony with cocktails in hand. A bonus of getting married at the Captain’s House is that because it provides such a gorgeous backdrop we didn’t have to put a lot of effort into dressing it up or decorating it. We arranged a few bouquets around the house, strung white christmas lights in the tent and along the deck railing, and added a few touches to make the bar and dessert table look sharp. During cocktail hour a bluegrass/folk band played as canapés were passed and many of our guests played games on the lawn. To add some personal and fun touches we converted old frames and arrows into chalkboards (love the chalkboard paint), picked up some polka dot napkins at the dollar store, and brightened up the ‘dark and stormy’s’ with colourful straws.
Because the house wasn’t big enough to have a seated dinner, our guests traded in their heels for flip flops and walked up the hill, through the town to the church hall for dinner. We decided on a family style dinner which allowed for maximum guest interaction and they dined at their leisure. We also went with a caterer who focused on local ingredients and understood our vision for family style. Our table decorations had to be kept to a minimum since we needed room for platters, so we livened up the tables with a burlap runner, small vases of mixed flowers, and tea lights. To save on paper we placed a few standing menu’s on each table (printed and stamped by us) that stood up with the help of simple DIY cut cross-sections of birch logs and for the head table we used taller vases and bigger flower arrangements to set it apart from the rest. Our favourite touch was using Linn’s mom’s collection of mismatched antique dinner plates. We tied the serviettes with twine and topped them with a sprig of rosemary to hold the luggage tag name card. After dinner everyone made their way back down to the house for homemade pies and locally made ice cream. The first song was a surprise – Linn had written the song himself and a group of our friends performed it as we danced in front of a packed crowd – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We danced the night away to a playlist of epic dance tunes and ended it in style with late-night poutine buns.
Reflecting back, I think that we were most surprised by how much fun we had throughout the entire weekend. In planning the wedding we were so focused on making sure that everyone else was going to have fun that it didn’t occur to us how amazing the experience would be for us. It was a magical weekend made that way by our friends and family who attended. There were countless moments filled with laughs and (happy) tears that made it all so memorable. In the days leading up to the wedding our friends and family played a huge roll in helping all the details come together; from stringing up lights, to mass producing potato salad, to setting up the church hall… it truly was a ‘family style’ wedding which is all we could have ever wanted and asked for!
Photography: Candace Berry | Floral Design: Chelsea Lee Flowers | Floral Design: Chelsea Lee Flowers | Ceremony Venue: Captain's House | Shoes: Kate Spade | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: The Vault | Jewelry: The Vault | Caterer: Local Source | Caterer: Local Source | Makeup: Naphtali Carleton | Makeup Artist: Naphtali Carleton | Dress Designer: Nicole Miller | Dress Designer: Nicole Miller | Equipment Rental: MacFarlands | Equipment Rentals: MacFarlands | Venue: Captain's House