When I started Bows & Lavender in 2016, I had big dreams for my little company. But the first and most important value that still remains to this day is connect with like-minded souls. Period. Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where they get married, how they get married, I knew that the experience would be soul fulfilling because the root of the experience is grounded in a true connection. And that’s all I ask for as an artist and human being.
So let’s dive into this once in a lifetime experience capturing Gillian’s & David’s wedding in Newfoundland.
Let’s just start by saying, it’s been a long journey. Covid totally interrupted their weddings plan for two years. But they didn’t budge. They waited it out, knowing that having their closest with them, in their favourite place was going to be worth the wait. And let me tell you, I love Gill & David, like adore them. But may I gush about their family and friends. I have never felt SO accepted and apart of a wedding day like this in my life. I shot this wedding without Brandon, which in itself can be harder and a bit lonely. But not once did I feel that way. A huge thank you to every single person and especially G & D because my heart was truly moved and inspired.
Okay, enough emotional ramblings because we have a lot of ground to cover. We chose the first look to be right outside of their getting ready location, the beautiful Mallard Cottage Inn. Character and charm at every corner. Then I headed off with the boys to get screeched in by the infamous Linda, owner of Inn of Olde, and a truly incredible spirit. We drank something strong, kissed a fish & laughed our asses off. A memory that I’ll cherish forever.
From there, G & D hopped in my spunky hatchback mazda and we proceeded to the beautiful landscapes (both natural and architectural) to capture some of that true NFLD scenery. Side note: I may have performed one of the most impressive parallel parks in my life and I am grateful G & D witnessed it, otherwise Brandon would never have believed me, ha ha.
Their ceremony took place at local gem, Quidi Vidi Brewery. Where Tellie of Hunt & Gather brought together the most beautiful, custom floral installation. Okay, so it rained a bit and we all squished in tight, but I think we all preferred it that way. The vibe was cozy, the vows were humorous & emotional & the experience was straight up lovely. We ate our fill of crab legs, oysters & charcuterie, and spent a solid hour of connecting. I was so happy to see G & D being swept away in the revelry of their cocktail hour. This is what it’s all about. And this is why I recommend that all couples MUST be present at their cocktail. Something about just being married and being surrounded by your closest is a moment to embrace and one you’ll never forget.
Holy shit, I realize my words have really run away from me, but I’ll be honest there was just so much to share. This was truly a dream of a wedding to capture and not just because of the epic landscapes & incredible charm of Newfoundland. It was truly the reflection of Gillian & David, their love, their love of their friends & family, and hospitality of such a beautiful province being reflected so sweetly in their wedding day.
Now, before I go, shout out to Alex & Amanda who dressed up their reception space at the Merchant Tavern. Every wedding with you two is always a delight. And also, a big massive shoutout to the staff who kept us fuelled with delicious cocktails & wine, and THE MOST DELICIOUS MEAL OF MY LIFE. I think the kitchen staff thought I was nuts because I kept going back and gushing about their food using incoherent words, hahaha. But I did get invited to chill with the kitchen staff at an after party (that was a first, and really tells you about NFLD’ers!)Of course, I had to reject the offer as I had been waiting to party with G & D for two years, and we finally got to celebrate our asses off.
Without further ado, here is Gillian & David’s Newfoundland wedding. A day that I’ll not soon forget and continue to reflect back on for inspiration. I warn you, you will fall in love with Newfoundland and will be inspired to get married there (don’t hesitate to give me a call if you do!)
Shoutout to the crew/locations that made this day come together: