We held our wedding ceremony on Saturday, July 26, 2014 on the Wenonah II steamship on Lake Muskoka.
Months before the ship set sail, we invited guests with gorgeous, custom-designed invitations by HipInk Paper Co. Everyone raved about the uniqueness of the invitations, which were made of real wood veneer, and included vintage telegram RSVP cards.
On an overcast July afternoon, the steamship, laden with 150 guests, departed from the Gravenhurst Wharf docks for a two hour cruise. The ceremony was held within the first 30 minutes of the cruise, officiated by local Judge John Evans.
The first of two cocktail hours got underway as the ship sailed Lake Muskoka, where Joel and I first met and had our first date. We met on eHarmony and on a humid, but rainy September day, I had all of ten minutes to decide whether or not it was safe to head out onto a nearly deserted lake with this stranger. We went on to have an incredible date and returned to this location as the site of our wedding. The symmetry of this, as well as many other family events, was detailed during the reception by my Grandmother, Norma Carrick, famed for her storytelling during wedding speeches.
Music during the ceremony, cocktail hour(s) and the reception was provided by Curt Dunlop and Jed Corbeil, proprietors and musicians of The Griffin Pub in Bracebridge. They truly brought the house down and many guests have raved about their talent since. When I suggested that we swop up the typical DJ for a live band, Joel was very skeptical. That is until he heard Jed and Curt play live at the Griffin prior to the wedding. Within the first song, Joel turned to me, convinced that this was the band for our wedding. The music proved to be one of the memorable features of our wedding that guests raved about afterward.
Upon the ship’s return to the Wharf, guests made their way to the Grace & Speed Museum for a second cocktail hour, dinner, and a dance.
As favours, guests received sample sized Muskoka Roastery Muskoka Maple flavoured coffee bags, which Joel and I serve to all guests who stay at our home on Lake Couchiching in Orillia. It only seemed fitting that we offer the same to guests of our wedding. As Joel’s major contribution to our wedding, he had paddles custom-made by Badger Paddles to be used as the wedding guest book.
As I would often end my Muskoka nights at The Kee with a poutine, it seemed fitting that we do the same as our late night snack. We had the owner of Barrie’s Michael and Marion’s bring their gourmet food truck, Spudsmith’s, to our location to serve up delicious poutine and gourmet sliders.
It’s hard to believe this all took place two years ago today. We’re celebrating today, but we try to remember to celebrate our marriage every day, which in one sense isn’t easy with a baby, but also is the easiest with Finn as a reminder of our love.