There is nothing we value more than getting to know our brides. From the proposal to the big day, we want all the details – you could call us nosy, but we can’t help it, we just adore a good love story! Since we think you feel the same way, we’re happy to bring you another feature bride and trust us, her story is a good one! We won’t give too much away, but let’s just say, we’re living for her epic wedding location! Keep on scrolling to find out more about this awesome bride and her big day!

Describe your proposal.

Andrew proposed to me on a portage trip in Algonquin Park (hence our outdoor theme).  Every year, we plan a 3-day backcountry camping trip with a small group of friends to get away from the city hustle and bustle and to get re-acquainted with nature.  In 2015, we picked a lake in Algonquin that had a small waterfall.  For those unfamiliar with the backcountry, camping sites are first come first serve and to ensure you get the lake of your choice, you have to make sure that you arrive early.  I was really hoping that we could get that perfect site with a view of the waterfall and to my amazement, although we left Toronto late and got to the park late, there was no one else on that lake when we got there.  The proposal happened a day after we arrived at the lake and really was at an unexpected moment.  Firstly, the Friday night before (the day of our arrival), Andrew accidentally cut his hand deep open with an axe and a group of us made the 3-hour trek out of the park to take him to the nearest hospital in Huntsville.  After getting Andrew’s hand stitched up and getting the doctor’s reassurance that he was fine, we decided to stay the night in Huntsville and head back into the park in the morning. Who would have thought that Andrew would propose when he injured himself?  Secondly, when Andrew proposed, we were actually sitting on the rocks and I was in the middle of shaving down a stick to roast a hot dog over the fire.  At one point, he actually had to tell me to put down my knife.  It was definitely not one of the prettiest or most elegant moments in my life for one of my most memorable!  Anyhow, I found out after that Andrew had been planning this proposal for months.  Andrew had our friends book all the sites on the lake so that we were guaranteed to get the site that we wanted.  Andrew is not usually the most romantic or detail oriented guy but I was really touched by the thoughtfulness and planning that went into this proposal.

When did you get married and where did you celebrate your wedding?  

We got married on a small 4-acre private island in Muskoka, Ontario called Cherry Island.  Having our wedding in the backdrop of Ontario’s wilderness was truly a reflection of our love for the outdoors. On the island was a luxurious modern 5000 square feet multi-million dollar cottage with amenities such as a hot tub, canoes, and kayaks that our guests could enjoy on the day of.  This island allowed us to fulfill our dream of combining the beautiful but rugged outdoors with the sophistication and elegance required for our family and guests to relax and be comfortable.  The whole day was magical and memorable because it was truly the intimate celebration that we dreamt of and envisioned.  We celebrated our special day with 50 of our closest friends and family.  The meals were planned and cooked by our good friend.  It wasn’t a typical wedding where you dress up, sit down at a table and dance at the end of the night – we told all guests to bring comfortable clothes so that they could enjoy what the island had to offer.  We had our ceremony at 1:30 pm and by 2:30 pm, our guests were changed and enjoying a swim in the lake or a soak in the hot tub.  In fact, exactly an hour after our ceremony, my new husband was out of his wedding suit and in the lake trying to sink the stand-up paddle board with our friends.

What flavour was your wedding cake at the wedding?

Our wedding was not traditional at all and that included the wedding cake.  Instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake, we ordered 4 raw vegan cakes (raw, unbaked, organic, refined sugar and preservative free) – Mango Cheesecake (with cashew cheese), Mango Cheesecake (nut free with tiger nut cheese), Chocolate Hazelnut and Tiramisu.

 What made you decide to come to Grace Wedding Gown Specialists?

I actually bought my wedding dress at The Brides’ Project, a bridal shop where brides donate their dresses and proceeds from sales support cancer charities.  At the time of purchase, they had recommended a few places for alterations and dry cleaning, Grace Wedding Gown Specialist being one of them.  I looked up Grace Wedding Gown Specialists up on the Internet and after reading the reviews and seeing the website, I was really impressed by the professionalism and the knowledge.  I did not know that wedding gown cleaning was such a science and an art.  It was love at first sight with the gown I had found and I wanted it to have the best care possible. After all my research, I knew that my gown was in good hands by going to Grace.

Big thanks to Lisa for sharing her story with us all! All images were taken by Andy King

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