Ellie and Josh met in the spring of 2008 in Kingston through a mutual friend. The two instantly clicked over their shared love of music. They remained friends for months, until deciding to pursue something more, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
While on a two-week road trip out east 5 years later, Ellie and Josh decided to camp for a few days on the northern coast of P.E.I.. As they were walking along the beach one night, Josh asked Ellie to take a picture of the beautiful sunset. When Ellie turned around, Josh was down on one knee. She was so surprised that she just hugged him and forgot to answer his question! The two spent that night by the bonfire, talking and laughing.
The couple’s favourite wedding moment was their ceremony, especially saying their vows. “We chose an officiant based on having the flexibility to create our own ceremony, including writing our own vows, and spent a lot of time creating a service that truly reflected our relationship,” says the bride. After the ceremony, we both said it was such an incredibly moving experience.
As for the couple’s favourite wedding detail? That’s a hard thing to narrow down. “It’s hard to choose just one moment since our whole wedding was a labour of love, but we’d have to say the generosity of family and friends was by far our favourite feature of the wedding,” says Ellie. “Deciding to pick a non-traditional venue meant that we had to create every aspect ourselves. Our wonderful families and friends were so generous in their time and talents, we truly felt their love for us.”
Photographer: Nicholas Purcell Studio
Ceremony and reception location: Leopard Frog Farm
Reception décor: DIY
Bridal gown: Lovebird Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid gowns: The bridesmaids were given a blue colour palette and they chose their own dress
Bridesmaid accessories: A simple pearl necklace as a thank-you gift from the bride
Hair & Makeup: Jonno and Marie from Blunt Studios; Sarah Fairbairn
Food: The bride’s sister, Naomi Smith
Drinks: MacKinnon Brothers Brewery
Cake: The bride’s mother, Anne Bremner
Favours: Mason jar mugs doubled as the drinking glasses for the day and the favours
Flowers: Created by the groom’s aunt, Julia Esposito
Invitations: DIY by the bride, the bride’s mother and a co-worker of the bride
Originally published in Today’s Bride magazine, Fall/Winter 2015.