"How many guests are you having?"
When people tell me their having an intimate wedding, I typically think thirty or forty guests. So when Aly and Denis told me that they would be just twelve, including themselves, I was beyond incredibly excited to join such a close circle of family at their wedding.
Aly and Denis live in The Yukon. Yes, that cold place in the far north of Canada. But Aly grew up on the island, and it was a particular island that called their name. Salt Spring Island.
Flying into Salt Spring Island you see why one would choose this place to say “I do”. Its rolling hills set next to the quaint harbour echo a different time. It’s a different pace of life, and those who make their home there are accustomed to it. Hastings House itself was modelled after an English Country manor, complete with stables and a “Snug” to retire to after a long day. It was the perfect way to incorporate family heritage into this British-themed wedding.
"The day felt like it had no minutes or hours. It just floated along, everybody living in the moment of pure family bliss,” said Aly.
But I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
Venue: Hastings House Country House Hotel, Salt Spring Island
Bride’s Dress: made out of her dad's clan's tartan (Lochcarron Murray of Atholl Ancient) - purchased online at https://www.heritageofscotland.com/
Shoes: Toms shoes
Jewellery: Watercolour hearts, pearl hair piece: Ali Christine Bridal
Groom: Dunn's Tailors
Flowers: Salt Spring Flowers by Tali
Cakes: Laughing Daughters Bakery (gluten free chocolate cake)
Jana's Bake Shop (tiered cake)
Hair: The Green Studio
Marriage Commissioner: Jackie Truscott
Three words to describe your wedding
Intimate, relaxed, timeless