Quand j’ai vu ce mariage sur le blog du photographe Brandon Scott, je pensais qu’il avait eu lieu en Californie. J’ai tout de même contacté Brandon et il m’a confirmé que ce mariage avait eu lieu… en Ontario! Quelle magnifique surprise! Le Canada regorge de lieux surprenants et parfois méconnus pour célébrer des mariages. J’aime tout de ce mariage… le voile de la mariée bien sûr, la décoration délicate et élégante, la robe de la mariée, les photos, ce bouquet magnifique… bref tout y est!
Un peu… It was a Monday night in September 2012 when I received a phone call from a friend. She had called to tell me that her boyfriend’s brother, Phil, wanted to meet me. January 2012 was a difficult start to a new year. I lost the love of my life in a motor vehicle accident and the next nine months to follow were the hardest days of my life. It was that single phone call that began to turn my life around. I agreed that meeting Phil was a great idea. My friend was still hesitant to set something up because she only wanted to protect me, but in my eyes I had nothing to lose, but potentially something to gain. We set up a triple date to meet at Lord Amherst, a local pub in Amherstburg, Ontario that Thursday night and that’s where our story began. We both agreed that it was love at first sight. From that night on we were inseparable. In March 2013, we purchased our first home in Chatham, Ontario so we could be close to Phil’s work at the Chatham-Kent Fire Department. In May, we finally got the keys to our first home and the four of us moved in; Phil has two English Bulldogs, Crosby and Lou. Six months later he popped the question!
Beaucoup… I’m an educational assistant at an elementary school in Windsor, Ontario. It was finally the end of the school week and I was off to start some Christmas shopping. Phil called and said that he was going to be in Windsor and wanted to know if I would meet him for dinner. He made up some story that he was with a buddy that day and was in the area. Little did I know he was just getting back from my parent’s place to ask for their permission to marry me. After dinner, we both drove the 45 minute trek home. Phil’s truck was quickly out of sight, which meant that he made it home first. As soon as I got home and into the house he asked if I wanted to take the dogs for a walk. We bundled up, leashed the dogs and away we went. I began to babble about how dark it was in the park and explained how the city should put some street lights along the paths. We walked a little bit through the park until Phil had to stop to tie his shoe. He asked me to take both dogs, so I did and continued to walk away and said, « You have no laces! » I turned back around and found him on one knee holding a box that lit up and made the ring sparkle. I ran back to him and said, « YES! » After many kisses and still in awe, we agreed that he should hold onto the ring until we got home since it was so dark. So needless to say, at approximately 8:00pm November 29, 2013 we were engaged! We celebrated by making many phone calls and by sharing a few bottles of champagne and wine with some close friends.
The next day our planning began! We needed to book our venue, The Armoury of Chatham, immediately since there were only a few dates left for Fall of 2014. Within the week, our wedding date was book for October 11, 2014, just under a year away. Next, I contacted a local stylist to do my hair and makeup; we went to hair school together. I’ve always loved her work and knew she was the one I wanted to doll me up on my wedding day. A month after being engaged, I found my dream dress made of lace. I’ve always loved the bohemian style, so I wanted a head piece to finish my look. Following that, we were looking for a photographer and were told to look up Brandon Scott Photography. Instantly, we fell in love with his work. We asked my cousin to design our wedding invitations since she’s amazing at graphic design. My favourite colour is grey, so Phil and his groomsmen wore grey suits and my bridesmaids wore grey strapless dresses. As for the decor at the reception, we incorporated the grey in the tables cloths and added some fresh flowers for a pop of colour. From the decorator to the florist our vendors were quickly being booked. We really tried our best to support local businesses.
Passionnément… As for the wedding party, we wanted to keep it fairly small. I chose to have my best friend, Emily, as my Matron of Honour and my two sisters, Brittany and Taylor to be my bridesmaids. Our flower girl was someone very special to me. Just after we were engaged, I knew exactly who I was going to ask; my beautiful student, Amanda. Amanda is never without a smile, so I knew instantly that she was someone I wanted to surround myself with on my wedding day. She brought joy to everyone that day. Phil had his brother, Derek, stand as his Best Man and his cousin, Scott and friend Ryan as his Groomsmen. Our ring bearers were my two nephews, Chase and Evan. Instead of having only my father walk me down the aisle, I knew I had to ask someone else, my grandfather. My grandfather is very special to me as he has always been one of my best friends.
A la folie… Our wedding day was pure bliss. Phil and I woke up to one another and gave a few kisses and said our goodbyes. The girls and I headed to The Retro Suites where we had our hair and makeup done and got dressed. The guys eventually came to The a Retro Suites to get ready as well. Soon enough our photographers arrived and reality was sinking in, even though I remained unusually calm the whole day. Then it was finally that time to get married! We were ahead of schedule, which is not typical of me. It was then time for me to do my part and walk down the aisle. I usually shy away from attention being on me, but I was so absorbed in the fact that all these people staring at me were here to celebrate and share something so special between Phil and I. The ceremony was beautiful and we all had a few laughs; guess we should’ve paid more attention during rehearsal. Following the ceremony, the pictures began! We took some family photos first and then headed to a beautiful home along the Thames River for the rest. Kudos to our photographers for finding this beautiful place! We were getting so many good shots that we took some extra time and ended up missing our receiving line. This was fine with us because we were starving and wanted the night to get started! The rest of the night flew by as we ate, had speeches, mingled with our guests and celebrated until the early morning. This was a moment in time that we will cherish forever through memories and breathtaking pictures.
Crédits des professionnels
Mise en beauté par Ashley Amlin // Robe de la mariée par It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique // Robes des demoiselles d’honneur par Enchantment Bridal and Formal Gowns // Habits du marié et des garçons d’honneur par Moores // Photos par Brandon Scott Photography // Fleurs par The Purple Pansy Flower Boutique // Décoration par To Suit Your Fancy // Lieu de cérémonie et réception par The Armoury of Chatham by Four Diamond Catering // Invitations par Bianca Bennett Graphic Designs-Photography-Visual Art // Animation musicale par Crossed Wires, Kitchener and Creemore // Cérémonie donnée par Don Miller.
P.S. : Le témoignage de la mariée est en italique.