SONG & DANCE

HGTV STAR SARAH KEEN­LEY­SIDE AND MU­SI­CIAN JUSTIN RUT­LEDGE WED IN A RUS­TIC CEL­E­BRA­TION IN PRINCE ED­WARD COUNTY.

Wedding Bells (East) - - Contents - By KIM­BERLY AGLIPAY. Pho­tog­ra­phy PAUL WRIGHT.

HGTV star Sarah Keen­ley­side and mu­si­cian Justin Rut­ledge wed in a rus­tic cel­e­bra­tion in Prince Ed­ward County.

You could say the ro­mance be­tween HGTV Canada star Sarah Keen­ley­side and Juno Award–win­ning singer-song­writer Ja­son Rut­ledge started with a lit­tle help from In­sta­gram. The duo met at one of Ja­son’s con­certs and be­gan fol­low­ing each other’s feeds. A few months later, Ja­son asked Sarah out via the app. “You can ac­tu­ally still see the con­ver­sa­tion on my In­sta­gram pro­file—I wanted to make con­tact but he beat me to it!” Sarah shares with a laugh. “We went on a cof­fee date the next day and then ended up on our se­cond date less than 24 hours af­ter that.”

What fol­lowed was a whirl­wind ro­mance. “We told each other we were fall­ing in love with each other within the first week,” Sarah says. “We joked that we were both NOT play­ing it cool.”

For their laid-back nup­tials, the cou­ple chose a friend’s live mu­sic venue, The Hayloft Dance­hall in On­tario’s Prince Ed­ward County. “We took a cue from the red barn and worked with pri­mary colours for the wed­ding-party at­tire,” Sarah ex­plains. “We played off the her­itage of the area with vin­tage ac­cents, and the lush land­scape in­spired the wild, un­fussy flower ar­range­ments on the ta­bles.”

Sarah also used her eye for de­sign on the ta­blescapes: doilies she found at a church sale topped the ta­bles, while white linens and mis­matched salad plates at each place set­ting added a vin­tage vibe. “The beauty of this venue is the space has so much char­ac­ter you don’t need to add much to it.”

To play up the pri­mary palette, the brides­maids and brides­man wore mus­tard-coloured at­tire in dif­fer­ent styles. “My brides­man wore his own grey suit and we found a yel­low, flo­ral tie that matched the dresses beau­ti­fully,” Sarah says. “The re­sult was re­ally eclec­tic, and I loved how each of them looked like them­selves.”

Af­ter a heart­felt cer­e­mony in the late af­ter­noon, guests headed to the re­cep­tion, where they found their seats via Po­laroid por­traits of them­selves bear­ing ta­ble num­bers on the re­verse. “We were re­ally happy with some of these lit­tle de­tails,” says Sarah. “We loved the cake top­per, which was a 3-D-printed sculp­ture of the two of us, set atop a home­made cake made by Justin’s mother. It suited us much more than a fancy, for­mal wed­ding cake.”

Fol­low­ing the re­cep­tion, the dance party was led by the cou­ple’s favourite cover band, Dwayne Gret­zky. “The best part was when Justin sur­prised me by go­ing on stage to sing my favourite David Bowie song, ‘Let’s Dance,’” Sarah re­veals.

Af­ter danc­ing into the wee hours of the morn­ing, guests were chauf­feured back to their ac­com­mo­da­tions in a school bus. With Justin play­ing gui­tar, the new­ly­weds and their guests sang songs through­out the whole ride.

Af­ter the cou­ple was dropped off, they be­gan the walk to the inn where they were stay­ing. “We found our­selves walk­ing down an empty county road at 2 a.m., Justin with his gui­tar on his back, me wear­ing my grand­fa­ther’s Cowichan sweater with my dress train in hand,” Sarah re­calls. “It was so silent af­ter such a crazy day. We just kept look­ing at each other as we walked, ask­ing, ‘Did that re­ally just hap­pen?’”

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