The day we had been waiting & planning over a year finally came on May 30, 2015. My little sister Hannah (sibling #4) married her teenage sweetheart & our lake neighbour, Kyle. This year marked Kyle & Hannah's 7th summer together on our lake. We were all incredibly excited to welcome Kyle into our family & it was extra special considering he shares our love of the north.
The couple's love of water is part of the reason they decided to have a dock wedding at Port Cunnington Lodge in Huntsville, ON. It was a weekend affair for their guests who all stayed in charming cabins at the lodge. The weekend started with a barbecue, bonfire & firework show on the Friday evening as everyone arrived. On Saturday morning everyone enjoyed a laid-back brunch with plenty of time to enjoy the lake & relax before getting ready for the ceremony. It was important to the couple for their guests to have a little getaway while helping them celebrate this special day.
Large wedding parties seem to be on trend, and in this couple's case it was a necessity! With our family's pack of 6 siblings & Kyle's history of epic bromances, the wedding party of 17 was the bare minimum. Kyle's little cousins acted as Flower Girl & Ring Bearer while every sibling stood beside them along with their closest friends. Our cousin, Danielle, was the Lady of Honour & Kyle's brother, Alex, was the Best Man.
The Groomsmen all donned navy suits with a floral bowtie, blue suspenders & brown leather shoes. Hannah had said for years that she wanted all of her bridesmaids in white along with her, & after shocking a few people, they were a hit! We had originally planned on each wearing a different white dress until we went in to choose & all wanted the same dress. Emma wore a similar dress in a shorter length as a Junior Bridesmaid while Destiny picked out her own Flower Girl dress. Hannah's dress stood out from ours with a deep V in both the front & the back with beautiful beading on the top. In the end they couple loved the outfits on their party while everyone was comfortable, could move & dance all night.
Early afternoon before the ceremony, Hannah wanted Kyle to see her in her gown & for them to have that special moment captured. I was so excited to make her a flower crown for this & show a different side of the wedding day. Katelin Barkey who is a Huntsville local & was a Muskoka bride herself did a wonderful job as a photographer. Along with her second shooter/husband, Jake, they helped everyone share & remember this beautiful day.
In our house, growing up, it was always a struggle to have everyone ready on time amongst the chaos & this day was no different. We had people (mainly our brother Buzz) running from cabin to cabin making sure everyone was where they needed to be. I had a very short time to get myself ready & with the help of the amazing Jessica Manninger on hair, Amy Marcelli on make-up along with childhood friend, Katie Toronchuk, helping with dresses we all were ready to walk down the aisle.
The men looked sharp all on their own & didn't even need assistance with their boutonnieres. I was highly impressed & jealous that they got a swim in before it was time to be all suited up.
Then the forecast that makes all brides, planners, venues & floral designers develop some low-grade anxiety... rain! Unfortunately that forecast added to the nerves during preparation & fear to a couple who just really wanted to get married on the dock. In the end they decided that no matter what, they wanted the dock. The dock is what they got & it was perfection!
We stood outside our cabin waiting, all ready to walk down the aisle to the dock as the first sprinkles of rain started to fall. Hannah glanced at us with some disappointment so we decided to do the only thing we knew to do... we sang "My Humps" & danced on the porch until she laughed. Kyle didn't even seem to notice as he was shaking with excitement waiting for her.
As I stood at the end of the dock looking at the couple under the arch & all of the guests watching with big smiles, it was clear that a little rain only added to the magic of the day. I love how you can see the droplets in the photos. The colours were so vivid & the fresh smell with the vows went better than anything you could have planned. It was definitely a sign of good luck!
Being able to create what I love for my own family meant the world to me. It meant a crazy weekend without much time to relax but I wouldn't have it any other way. It is so fun to make someone's personality take form in an arrangement or in the little details. To see how excited Kyle was when he saw evergreens in the boutonnieres & watch the bridesmaid choose their bouquets was so emotional & rewarding for me. Even the kissing tree whose planning caused the most stress in the preparation but worth every moment of work. In most cases floral designers do the flowers for weddings because they are asked to but this one was a straight-up pleasure.
What more can a girl ask for than sisters who are your best friends, a brother who often beats us at our own games & a new brother-in-law who seems to have always been part of the family. The "Beck Kids" are growing in size along with growing up & I'm so glad for it. I hope that for the rest of our lives we laugh together as much as we cry together & most of all that we never give up on each other. So for now this is us... my crazy & wonderful family.
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