Sometimes I see a wedding and I immediately not only fall in love with everything about it, but with the couple as well. This is one of those. Maybe because I love the Bay of Fundy, along with everything coastal, maybe because Cara and Aaron managed to not only pull off a totally unique, totally intimate, totally them (and proudly Atlantic Canadian) theme, and maybe because they chose to work with one of my favorite wedding photographers, Molly Ilse. Whatever it is, I have a big crush on this wedding the adorable couple who dreamed it up, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
Inspired by the bride’s favorite novel, Anne of Green Gables, this wedding perfectly paid homage to the story and setting of this famous novel while also giving it their own twist. It’s one you’ll want to spend some time pinning friends, so getting your pinning fingers ready.
The bride look beautiful in her picture-perfect wedding gown. “The morning of the wedding was completely stress-free as I prepared with my mother and sister, who was my maid-of- honour”, she says. “Aaron was not as relaxed as I on that morning. As a result, he was especially grateful that we had chosen to do a first look. We both needed that time together before the ceremony to calm our nerves and relax.”
The ceremony was held in an early twentieth century courthouse in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick. With a stunning and cozy venue, Cara and Aaron’s closest friends and family watched as they exchanged their vows.
“One of my favourite memories of our wedding was walking down the aisle to “Anne’s Theme” by Hagood Hardy from the Anne of Green Gables mini-series” Cara recounts. “The moment was completely magical as we had watched this film based on my favourite novel at a friend’s house years ago when we were first getting to know one another. I never thought that the beginning of our marriage would be so completely beautiful.”
Cara and Aaron’s wedding reception was held at an old community hall. “I didn’t necessarily want our wedding to be “Anne-themed”, but I did want the décor and atmosphere to nod the simplicity and intimacy of old-time Atlantic Canada. Aaron and I decided that an afternoon wedding followed by tea would be the best way to capture this feeling.”
The reception menu was built around local ingredients and paid homage to the couple’s family. “Our caterer made our sandwiches and sweets from his grandmother’s recipes and used local ingredients, like Bay of Fundy lobster for miniature lobster rolls. My sister, who owns a cake business, made our wedding cakes.”
Inside, long tables draped in crisp, white linens filled the room. Centerpieces included a mix of old books and simple vases filled with beautiful roses and lush greenery. “I worked with an amazing florist and designer, Shawn LeBlanc, who really understood the feeling Aaron and I wanted to share with our guests on our wedding day and executed the décor perfectly. Every little detail contributed to this beautiful feeling of closeness – closeness between Aaron and I, and closeness with our friends and family.”
“We loved celebrating our union with everyone at our reception. We enjoyed great food, heart-felt laughs, and sage advice. There was not a dry eye in the room when my dad gave his speech. When it was time to leave, everyone saw us off by cheering and blowing bubbles. Because we had an afternoon reception, Aaron and I had the opportunity to have another photo session with our photographer in the golden evening light. Aaron and I loved having this time to connect together at the end of the day, once we were completely relaxed, before leaving for our honeymoon.”
From Molly Isle Photography … Photographing Cara and Aaron’s wedding day was a dream. These two have so much love for each other, for their families, and for their friends, it was difficult not to absolutely adore everything about them and their wedding day. Shawn provided incredible decor and florals, while Vanessa + Sarah-Jane were a make-up + hair dream team. Cara and Aaron’s wedding day has the sweetest touches to it, and such a relaxed + happy atmosphere. I had so much fun photographing these two, and their big day.
Ceremony venue & reception: The Albert County Museum Hopewell Cape | Photography: Molly Ilse Photography | Dress: San Lilies Bridal | Veil: Bella Promessa | Suits: Custom by Moore’s Clothing | Bride’s Shoes: DSW | Cakes: Sweet Things by Courtney | Decor & Florals: Designer’s Den | Makeup: Bastarache Beauty | Hair: Vanessa Lavigne from Studui DiModa