Angela and Chris told me that their wedding was going to be fairly casual. The plan was to hold it by the water up at Chris’ family cottage in Scott’s Bay. I didn’t know where Scott’s bay was, but I did know that it’s where my wife’s favourite book is set. I also knew that wen I looked it up, I found there was a bit of a discrepancy regarding the spelling, be it Scot’s Bay, or Scott’s Bay, there seemed to be a lack of consensus, even the signs seemed to be different.
When I got there on the wedding day, I was glad I came early as an RV had gone into a ditch at the top of the hill just before I got there, but it wasn’t until a tow truck arrived a bit later that the traffic began backing up. One of the groomsmen was stuck in that traffic and I’m sure he was a bit concerned he wasn’t going to make it in time, but he did.
The ceremony was right at the edge of a cliff overlooking the water, the guests sat on hay bales, and the pergola Angela and Chris were married under was custom made out of driftwood. The setting seemed perfect for them and their laid back attitude. Everyone laughed as one of the flower girls skipped down the aisle at the start of the ceremony, and when there was a music mix-up at the end. Most importantly, Angela and Chris laughed, and those smiles were on their faces almost all day, but I think they were biggest when the best man brought a cooler of beer to our photo session, and can I really blame them?
We didn’t spend too long taking photos, but I did make sure that we made good use of the beautiful sunset. Angela had told me that the sun set directly across the water, over the bay, and it was beautiful. She was spot on, I can imagine it’s a wonderful place to have a spend a lot of time in the summer. The reception was held right up by the cottage with a number of picnic tables for the guests to sit at. They had some lights strung around the trees and little details everywhere with the yellow and burlap colour scheme. They even had a custom made cake/cupcake stand, made from slices of a tree.
As the night went on, the temperature dropped into the low teens and most guests opted to change into something more comfortable, like warm sweaters. They played washer toss, had drinks, enjoyed roasting marshmallows and making s’mores by the fire, and even broke out the sparklers. It felt more like a family barbecue than a wedding (the pig roast probably helped with that feel), and I think that’s just how they wanted it. It was certainly the most relaxed wedding I’ve ever been to, and the setting was perfect for it. I even managed to take a few minutes to go down to the beach and get some photos of the stars with the party lighting up the trees below. Have a look below to get a little glimpse into the great day that was Angela and Chris’ wedding.