he canoe skimmed across the surface of the river as it had done countless times before. For over twenty years, this canoe had carried Liz and her family across lakes and rivers, no doubt carrying with it the memories of past canoe trips and of those who had journeyed along with it. As Liz and Bruce navigated the canoe around the shores of the Mississippi River, it moved with a steadiness and ease that could only come from years of trust. This moment was the start of a journey together as husband and wife, unquestionably the greatest adventure of all.
Liz and Bruce, only you could make canoeing look so graceful in formal wedding attire. Your day was perfect from the moment the sun set and revealed clear blue skies and rich Fall foliage, and only got better as the day went on. You deserve every happiness and I have loved getting to know you better as your wedding vision came to life. Much appreciation, A.
I loved how the navy blue popped against the Fall colours.
Liz and Bruce incorporated pictures taken by their friend – Daniel Jin – into their invitations. How fun!
Liz carried her father’s gliding pin on her bouquet as an honour to his memory.
Her engagement ring is beyond beautiful.
Liz and her mother share an incredible relationship. This moment of Liz’s mum helping her into her dress still makes me smile.
When I think of Liz, I think of crisp Fall days and colourful foliage; no doubt because of her striking red hair.
Liz’s friend, Madelyne – who is not a hair stylist – styled her hair that morning. As the story goes, Liz and Madelyne created this look one day while ‘trying out’ hair styles to show a stylist. Madelyne, I think you’ve found your calling!
A few doors down, Bruce and his wedding party prepped for the day.
A family friend surprised them with this fancy blue Cadillac for the day.
Bruce’s best friend took on the role of the ‘woman’ of honour. She fit right in with the guys who were all laughter and jokes.
Liz and Bruce opted to see each other before the ceremony. We headed off to Almonte Old Town Hall for their first look.
What a view…
Bruce waited for his bride along the Riverwalk of the Mississippi River.
This moment speaks for itself…
Ohh, these two…
Twenty degrees, Fall foliage and blue skies…this may be the most beautiful Fall day…ever.
When the breeze picked up, Liz kept warm with a shall given to her by her father.
Bruce, you dapper gentleman, you…
Liz, you’re stunning. Really.
A short – and stylish – drive in the Cadillac later, we were at the Carleton Place Canoe Club for their wedding ceremony.
Their ceremony took place outdoors along the shores of the Mississippi River.
This little man lead the processional with some serious swagger…
…and just a bit of help from mum.
Liz was a vision as she walked down the aisle with her mother.
Surrounded by Fall leaves, family, and friends, Liz and Bruce said their vows and promised each other the world.
If we could only bottle that love…
The most romantic of first kisses…
Officially Mr. and Mrs!
After the ceremony, Liz and Bruce took out the family canoe for some time alone together.
Liz made paddling her family canoe appear effortless, as though the paddle was simply an extension of herself.
Love this girls!
Inside the Canoe Club, the space was transformed with linens and uplighting to coordinate with the day.
Their lovebirds cake topper was picture perfect.
Love a good wedding monogram.
Bruce’s sister gifted them an antique mailbox with their new shared last name hand painted on the side.
The reception was filled with games and slideshows..
…and even foam sword fights. Yes, these two are my heroes.
Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this wedding such a success!
Photographer: Amy Pinder Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Carleton Place Canoe Club
Makeup: Marlet Aguilar
Hair Stylist: Madelyne Cosme
Music: Extreme Entertainment
Linens & chairs: Rental Village
Suit Store: Tip Top Tailor
Wedding Favours: Carp Garden Centre