Intimate Weekday Cottage Wedding

“Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.”

Melini and Gautam planned an intimate gathering of just their closest family and friends for a midweek cottage wedding at Serenity Cottage in Owen Sound. I feel so honoured to have been able to be a part of this celebration and work with some amazing vendors to create a truly unique experience for them and their guests.

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

I wanted it to feel authentic. I wanted it to be personal, raw and deeply meaningful for us. Vendor-wise: Photography was our number one priority so it is the first thing we set out to decide on. I love photography and felt that the day would be beautiful regardless of the setting and details but wanted photos which would capture the emotions of the day and give us memories to hold on to. If I could change anything it would be to start the ceremony earlier. Everything goes by so quickly… I could have done with a little less prep time and a little more celebrating and spending the day with my husband and our guests.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Gautam’s pick is the photoshoot by the water at sunset (i.e. Jess: “Sorry to pull you away from your salad but the light is really gorgeous”).

Mine is walking down the aisle, hearing Stacey’s heartbreakingly beautiful voice and the competing sound of the waves; seeing Gautam’s anxious face and everyone we love sitting up there. It was overwhelming – emotional and calming at the same time.

How did you chose your wedding photographer?

I deliberately looked at albums/blog posts of photos from individual weddings because I think it’s easy to put together a collection of beautiful single shots from multiple shoots but having a whole wedding of beautiful photos speaks more to the skill of the photographer and is more representative of what you’ll get. Jess is awesome. She works as a single shooter with few gadgets. She doesn’t disrupt the day, just fits around it and captures it. She excels at candids and has an amazing eye which makes her work insanely fast, her work speaks for itself.

Serenity cottage wedding on Georgian Bay
Adirondack chairs around fire pit at cottage
Wedding invitation
Wedding invitation layout with flowers and sequin purse
Wedding vows written in book
Wedding vow book
Presents on table
Bride getting makeup done by window at cottage
Bride getting makeup done by window at cottage
Bride getting into wedding dress
Bride doing up straps of shoes by door
Bride doing up straps of shoes by door
Bride putting on earrings by window light
Bride wedding dress train on wood floor by door
Glass and alcohol on wood table
Groom standing and looking out window at forest in cottage
groom getting dressed and buttoning up vest in dark cottage
Groomsmen standing outside cottage
Groomsmen standing outside cottage
groom looking into camera and standing in forest
Serenity cottage wedding on Georgian Bay
Groom looking out onto lake waiting for bride
bride walking down path from cottage with string lights overhead
Bride walking up towards groom for first look
Bride walking up towards groom for first look
Bride and groom hugging and looking out onto water
Intimate moment between bride and groom
Intimate kiss between bride and groom
Intimate wedding portraits
bride and groom walking towards water
Bride and groom hugging on lakefront on stormy day
Portrait of bride by water
Bride by water
intimate black and white portrait of bride and groom, brides hair flowing in wind
bride and groom sitting on rocks by water
brides legs and fur blanket
intimate portrait of bride and groom sitting on rocks by water
bride and groom cuddling and smiling
groom hugging bride from behind
bride and groom standing by water
groom kissing bride on forehead
groom holding back of brides dress
bride holding bouquet by waterfront
bride and groom kissing by waterfront
bride holding bouquet
bride and groom holding hands
Serenity cottage wedding on Georgian Bay
bride and groom holding hands and walking towards cottage
bride and groom under string lights on path behind cottage
groom walking parents down aisle
groom walking parents down aisle
bride walking down aisle at cottage with parents
bride walking down aisle with parents
wedding ceremony by water
wedding ceremony on georgian bay
Bride smiling during outdoor wedding ceremony
guests sitting outside during wedding ceremony
guests during outdoor wedding ceremony
exchange of rings during wedding ceremony
guests doing special ceremony
shells in a conch shell
guests and dog at wedding ceremony
outdoor wedding ceremony at serenity cottage wedding
outdoor wedding ceremony at serenity cottage wedding
bride and groom holding hands
bride and groom showered with flowers during recessional
bride and groom showered with flowers during ceremony exit
bride and groom hugging after wedding ceremony
bride and groom hugging after wedding ceremony
guests outside at cottage wedding
bride with drink during wedding reception
tent wedding reception outside cottage
intimate tent reception at cottage wedding
flowers on table
vines and dinnerware on table for wedding reception
beautiful organic flower arrangement on table for wedding reception
beautiful organic flower arrangement on table for wedding reception
vines on wooden table for wedding reception table setup
long harvest tables inside tent for wedding reception
stems of wheat and vines for wedding table setup
long harvest table dinner setup for wedding
hand lettered watercolour place cards for wedding reception
grapes on table for wedding reception table set up
vines on table for wedding reception
organic floral arrangement on table
guests inside tent for intimate cottage wedding
guests inside tent for intimate cottage wedding
guests inside tent for intimate cottage wedding
guests inside tent for intimate cottage wedding
guests inside tent for intimate cottage wedding
guests taking selfie during wedding reception
guests inside tent for intimate cottage wedding
Serenity cottage wedding on Georgian Bay
bride and groom walking towards water at sunset
sun hitting brides dress
bride throwing wedding dress train
bride and groom kissing by water at sunset on georgian bay
bride and groom kissing by water at sunset on georgian bay
bride and groom hugging by water at sunset on georgian bay
bride and groom holding hands by water at sunset on georgian bay
bride and groom walking on waterfront at sunset on georgian bay
bride and groom by water at sunset on georgian bay
bride and groom by water at sunset on georgian bay
bride and groom kissing by water at sunset on georgian bay

Vendors

VENUE: Serenity Cottage, Owen Sound
DRESS: Whyte Couture (Francesca Guzzo-Whyte & Jaclyn Whyte)
SUIT – Garrison Bespoke
PURSE: Dix Mille Villages – a non-profit social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops to bring their wares to our markets
HAIR & MAKEUP: Caroline Levin from P1M
INVITATIONS: Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co (through Minted)
PLACE CARDS: Written by Natalie
FLORALS: Timberlost
CATERER: The Food Dudes
WEDDING PLANNER: Jason Dinetz
VIDEOGRAPHER: Ian Hopkinson from Beautiful Life Studios
LIVE MUSIC: Stacey & Tom from Stereoflavour
OFFICIANT: Frank Kewin of Amazing Space Wedding Officiant
PROCESSIONAL: Ingrid Matheson – Can’t help falling in love
RECESSIONAL: Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
FIRST DANCE: Everlong (acoustic version) by The Foo Fighters

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Haley Nord : 16:54 February 26, 2018 Reply
What a beautiful and intimate wedding! And how dreamy that they were married by that beautiful cottage. Such great work. xxHaley
Sarah Meza : 17:55 February 26, 2018 Reply
This is such a cozy and intimate cottage wedding!! I would love to do something like this for my own future vow renewal!
Sarah : 18:36 February 26, 2018 Reply
Honestly, if I could go back and do it again I would get married on a weekday, and probably in a cottage. I’ve just fallen in love with the idea!
Emily Bienek : 18:54 February 26, 2018 Reply
Wow, those sunset photos are AMAZING! I love intimate weddings, especially those at a seaside cottage. How wonderful.
Jordan Jankun : 21:49 February 26, 2018 Reply
HOLY SMOKES. I now need to have an intimate cottage wedding. Weekday weddings are my favorite. All of the images by the water are so precious. Job well done!
Justyna E Butler : 13:46 February 27, 2018 Reply
Oh my good ess!!! What an incredible love story and that cottage wedding is just jaw dropping!!! Sunset photos are incredible!
Abbi Hearne : 16:55 February 27, 2018 Reply
Oh my goodness this is so gorgeous! I love intimate weddings so much!

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