ASH­LEY BARTLETT & AN­DREW SEALE

Wedding Bells (East) - - DETAILS -

Oc­tO­ber 8, 2016

FROM ASH­LEY: An­drew popped the ques­tion dur­ing one of our favourite win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties: skat­ing. Sip­ping hot choco­late with a drop or two of Bai­leys and test­ing the twirla­bil­ity of Toronto’s ice rinks had be­come our favourite way to spend the win­ter so it was an ob­vi­ous choice for the pro­posal. In true Cana­dian fash­ion, the day was a notch or two colder than the teeth-chat­ter­ing temp al­ready promised. An­drew dropped to one knee while lac­ing my skates up at the rink. I said yes be­fore help­ing An­drew put his gloves back on his numb, shak­ing hands. We al­ways knew we wanted to get mar­ried by the sea. An­drew whisked me away to Cape Cod for my birth­day a cou­ple of years ago and it’s been a spe­cial place ever since. We both love the Cape for its un­pre­ten­tious charm and nat­u­ral beauty, so it felt like the per­fect place to ex­change our vows. We wanted to feel like we were get­ting mar­ried in­side of a Colville paint­ing. Our shared love of the ocean guided a cool pal­ette of blue and white, ac­cented with a hint of blush and a pop of peony pink. To tie in the colour scheme, the grooms­men wore hand­some navy suit­ing and lug­gage-brown brogues; the brides­maids wore blush, cloud grey, and pale blue. Dé­cor was kept to a min­i­mum: we didn’t want the look to swing in the di­rec­tion of nau­ti­cal, as we felt that would read as too lit­eral. In­stead we high­lighted the colo­nial de­sign of the home, the sea in view and pat­terns like ging­ham. We went to ev­ery ef­fort of mak­ing each de­tail per­sonal to us by adding our own touches. See­ing 30 of our im­pec­ca­bly dressed guests tug­ging at lob­ster claws while wear­ing plas­tic bibs was un­for­get­table. Many of them were get­ting their first taste of seafood from the Cape. As we sat down to din­ner, we raised a glass of ‘Sophia’ Cop­pola Cham­pagne to our in­ti­mate group of fam­ily and friends. We made a toast and had a mo­ment of ab­so­lute grat­i­tude as we looked out at the ta­bles of peo­ple who had trav­elled far and wide to be with us on Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

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