Nautical But Nice

June 24, 2009

So I just got back from a lovely afternoon with Rosie Parsons, which morphed from a quick coffee, to lunch, to a shopping trip! Time to catch up on the plethora of fabulous weddings I have to share with you all.

Canadian photographer Tara McMullen told me all about this gorgeous day:
Keira + Joe were married on June 13, 2009 on Algonquin Island in downtown Toronto, Ontario.  The special part about the Island is that it is car-free and inhabited by just a small group of “Islanders” who live in the fewer then 300 homes on the Island.   This is pretty remarkable considering it is located just a 15-minute ferry ride from the very busy downtown area of Toronto.  It is a very intimate community :: an intimacy that was reflected in Keira + Joe’s day – everyone felt like a friend by the end of the night.   The ceremony and reception took place at the Queen City Yacht Club where Joe races boats in his spare time.  A DIY-bride, Keira strove to save where she could – including creating her own centre pieces using potted plants.  

Every person wishing to attend the wedding was brought across Lake Ontario by a ferry that dropped them just outside the Club.  The ceremony was held on the lawn, overlooking the Toronto skyline – it was stunning.

The attention to detail was remarkable – the theme nautical.  Their place cards were boating flags, and old fishermen figurines stood guard over the fruit trays during the cocktail reception.  And it wasn’t cheesy at all — not an easy feat with a nautical/boating theme!

One of my favourite parts was the kissing game during dinner.  Guests were asked to create Haiku poems which were then read to the crowd.  A poem earned a kiss.  A memorable keepsake for the couple, and many good laughs were had over some of the poems!

Keira’s dress is an Alfred Sung, which she purchased from the The Bride’s Project.  The Bride’s Project collects donated dresses from designers and sells them on behalf of several cancer charities. In Keira’s words, “I got lucky, saw it as it was being delivered, and snatched it.”  🙂  What a stunning dress, and helps charity, too – amazing!

Thanks so much to Tara for sending me these gorgeous images afor sharing all these great details!

Credit:Tara McMullen