An Elegant East Coast Wedding in St. John's, Newfoundland

By Angela Rotundo on October 06, 2015

Sarah and Colin grew up in the same neighborhood so they’ve known each other since they were kids. Their first date was when Colin took Sarah to his grade 9 graduation. The couple's second date two happened almost ten years later. One night, the two crossed paths and decided to go for coffee. They dated that summer but decided to call it a summer fling as Colin was moving to Norway and Sarah would be living in Ontario. The two quickly found out that love is greater than any distance, so they continued their relationship. Three years later, they both moved back to Newfoundland and built a house. The day they got the keys to their new house, Colin opened the door and Sarah saw nothing but candles and roses. Colin got down on one knee and proposed. "It was perfect," says Sarah.

For the couple's favourite wedding moment, Colin and Sarah decided to have a "Screech-In" wedding, which is a fun Newfoundland tradition where non-Newfoundlanders become honorary Newfoundlanders after saying traditional Newfoundland sayings, kissing a cod and drinking a shot of screech. "We had a number of guests from out-of-province, and everyone sang, clapped and laughed. It was a great time that we enjoyed and all of our guests did as well," says Sarah.

The bride's something old, new, borrowed and blue were among her favourite wedding details. Her something new was her hairpiece, given to her by her bridesmaids. Sarah borrowed two brooches; one from her mom and one from her mother-in-law that she incorporated into her bouquet. The bride's something old and blue were both very sentimental. "Growing up, I was close to both of my grandfathers," says the bride. "Both my grandfathers have passed and I wanted them to be with me on my wedding day. When my mom’s dad passed, I kept his favorite cardigan and used the buttons from it as something old on my bouquet. My dad’s dad was from Iowa and was the proudest American war veteran there was, so I had an American flag sewn inside my dress as my something blue. It meant a lot to feel that they were both there with me as I walked down the aisle that day."

Photographer: Nate & Nicole (Nate Gates and Nicole Winters)
Ceremony location: The Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Reception location: Glendenning Golf
Reception décor: Elite Productions
Bridal gown: Paloma Blanca
Bridesmaid gowns: Alfred Sung
Bridal / bridesmaid accessories: Bride’s hairpiece and veil from Ever After Bridal Boutique
Hair & makeup: The Hair Factory (hair: Jessica Murphy makeup: Andrea Perchard)
Cake: Picco’s Creations (Pam Picco)
Favours: NL Chocolate Company
Flowers: Contemporary Florist
Invitations: The Paperie

By Angela Rotundo| October 06, 2015

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