Every once in a while, I come across a couple who go from being clients to being friends. Allison and Scott definitely fit the bill to be those people. As a result, their Muskoka Lakeside Elopement was extra special for me.
The pair met at work, where Scott originally thought Allison had “too much personality” when put onto a project together but became friends very quickly. After a few months, Allison got moved to a different department. To celebrate, Scott asked her out on a date officially. The rest was history.
Often mistaken for “secret wedding”, elopements are more often than not more about the couple and how they want to spend their day. Commonly, there are only two “guests” to serve as witnesses. As customizable as they come, elopements can have a very loose timeline, location and budget.
These super unique and intimate gatherings are becoming more popular. As a result, my love for them has grown exponentially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I enjoy them primarily because they bring the focus back onto what’s most important during a wedding: the couple.
The biggest advantage to an elopement is the ability to do it literally anywhere and anytime. Wan to get married at the top of a mountain with custom vows? How about a lakeside cottage scene with an elaborate floral arch? Why not get married right by a waterfall with a few of your favourite people? You can whatever you want for an elopement and adore that each one is different and unique to the couple.
Their original plan was to get married at Disney World next April. Given the current health crisis though, they don’t know if that’s going to happen. So, in June, they decided to elope.
When Allison asked me if I would drive to the Muskoka Lakeside Elopement, of course I agreed! There was NO WAY I was going to miss her wedding. After what I have no doubt was a lot of planning and stress, she found an amazing local vendor team in Gravenhurst to make her dreams come true.
With beautiful floral installations, the most stunning lakeside cottage as a backdrop and the prettiest of small, intimate details, the wedding was truly one of my favourites.
Allison was the most relaxed, content and organized brides I have ever worked with. The pandemic might have changed their plans and thrown a loop in their wedding, but it did not change the tone of the day.
We had actually planned to surprise Scott by inviting his best friend Jenna. While he called his parents on Zoom (since they could not attend), Jenna surprised him and I was so glad that I caught it. Jenna brought her little dog, Maggie, who’s heart belongs to Scott. To say that it was an emotional reunion would be an understatement.
Scott actually wore his 35th pair of Jack Purcell Converse while Allison’s father gifted her with a beautiful bracelet. The day was filled with sweet person touches just like that.
This wedding had so many personal touches that my heart exploded. Allison wore her great-grandmother’s watch from 1920: they signed their register with the pen her parents used on their wedding day: and they used Scott’s mother’s ring box. Allison had horseshoes for her bouquet (an english wedding tradition), she had a six pence for her shoe, and they even picked up a limited addition wedding gin!
I love the amount of care and detail that went into this wedding. Elopements can totally be a plan B, C or D, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the things that are important to you on your wedding day.
Allison and Scott made their Muskoka Lakeside Elopement as unique and beautiful as they could. As a result, they had such an amazing day surrounded by close friends and family. I could not have asked for a better couple to work with!
As always, the vendor team who came together made this wedding unique and beautiful.
Photography: Sophie Fortier Photography + Associate, Cori Droogh Video: Kay Thanks Productions| Florals: Floral Designs by Allison | Dress: Sinders Bridalhouse | Officiant : All Seasons Weddings | Hair + Makeup : Makeup J’adore | Deserts : Comfort Bakeshop | Suit : Indochino
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