Canadian pairs figure skating champion Meagan Duhamel and figure skating coach, Bruno Marcotte, fell in love on the rink and had their dream destination wedding.
Written by Laura Bell, Photographs by Rowell Photography.
World champion pairs figure skater Meagan Duhamel and renowned figure skating coach Bruno Marcotte tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at Stonehole Bay this past June. The Canadian couple—she from Lively, Ontario, and he from Montreal, Quebec—had met naturally through the figure skating world and began dating when they both coincidentally relocated to Montreal in 2007.
The couple dated for three years before they got engaged and, as far as proposals go, Bruno certainly did not have it easy. “We were on vacation in Chicago and Bruno wanted to propose at the baseball game,” explained Meagan. “But the ring was on order from New York and when we left for Chicago, Bruno didn’t have the ring yet because it was stuck at customs. He called a friend, who then drove to the New York border crossing at Plattsburg and picked up the ring, and then FedExed it to our hotel in Chicago. Bruno got it one day too late for the baseball game, but he proposed to me on top of the Sear’s Tower the following day.”
The engagement ring was a rose gold band of leaves with diamonds and an aquamarine stone. “The wedding band is a band of leaves as well, and it folds into the engagement ring,” said Meagan, who found the ring online at a quaint New York jeweller. “I love it and I’m not a big fan of diamonds and jewellery, so when I saw this I knew it was unique and represented me well.”
Meagan, who had vacationed in Bermuda multiple times before, chose the island for her intimate destination wedding with her friends and family in mind. “I love the energy of the island,” she said. “It is so different from the Caribbean. It is easy to get to, the beaches are so clean and it’s easy to get around on the scooters! And it’s somewhere that I don’t think my guests would ever have visited if it weren’t for my wedding.”
With the location decided, the couple then turned to wedding planner Emily Boden of Bermuda Event Solutions to handle the details. “I sent her a few photos and a special request for a vegan meal and a vegan cake, and she took care of the rest,” said Meagan. “I really wasn’t picky; I just wanted everyone to have a good time.”
“Meagan was very sweet and uncomplicated to work with,” said Emily. “I didn’t know she was a famous figure-skater until a few months before the wedding. She had a very clear image of what she wanted and so finding the perfect location and vendors happened fairly quickly. As Meagan is a strict vegan, this added a little bit of a challenge with the wedding cake but Kayo Lambert did an amazing job. The whole day went extremely well and I only hope it was exactly what Meagan had wanted.”
The laid-back couple—she in a custom-made gown and he in blue Bermuda shorts and white blazer—joined 26 of their family and friends, including her figure skating partner Eric Radford, on Stonehole Bay for the ceremony. Violinist Tiffany Fox played for the couple, along with a surprise performance by the groom and his friends—fellow coaches Richard Gauthier and Mervin Tran—who played the couple’s wedding song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on ukuleles which they learned to play just for the occasion.
After the ceremony and the requisite family photos on the beach, the wedding party headed to The Reefs for a relaxed al fresco dinner on the patio overlooking the south shore. In true Bermuda style, the couple drove themselves back to the hotel on their rented scooter. The vegan cake decorated with colourful sugar flowers capped off the evening, and guests left with custom-made, organic wood-wick candles as favours.
With location being of utmost importance to the couple, they trusted the planner to create their dream wedding focusing on a great view and space for everyone to feel comfortable. “The best part of the day was when we saw the wedding set-up on the beach. It looked like something out of a movie!”
When asked if there was anything they might have done differently after all was said and done, the couple replied they would have stayed longer. “We were only in Bermuda for five days,” said Meagan, who had to go to Japan for work directly following the wedding. “We still haven’t had a honeymoon. We do plan on coming back to Bermuda one day. Maybe for a special anniversary!”