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When Jacqueline King and Henry Costa began planning their nuptials, they never envisioned that they would ultimately say “I do” in a big traditional white wedding. “We wanted to elope, but our family and friends weren’t having it,” explains Jacqueline.

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In fact, the couple who met in 2009 and got engaged at Fort Scaur in 2013 planned their nuptials in only six months, spurred on by the desire to wed outside the summer season. “We probably looked at every single venue on the island and nothing felt right or, as we thought, it hadn’t been done a thousand times before.” Eventually the couple settled on Coral Sea, a privately owned home in Smith’s that was offered to them by family friends. “Henry took me to see the property and the planning started from the moment we walked through the door.”

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The couple along with their wedding planners, Katie Trimingham and Laura Bolton of All the Trimmings, arranged a beautiful waterside ceremony and reception. Throughout their special day, the formalness of their attire was broken up with relaxed accoutrements that included performances by The Big Chill band, a chocolate and peanut butter wedding cake and mini-donuts made hot and fresh by Dandy Donuts just off the dance floor.

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Notes from the Bride

Bridal Gown

“It took trying on dozens of dresses before I found the Monique Lhuillier gown at White, Toronto. My maid of honour came with me and even though we both thought we could never look at another white dress again, she didn’t let me quit.”

Groom’s Tux

“Henry insisted on a non-summer wedding because he had to wear a tux and legitimately refused to walk down the aisle in anything else. His tux was Ralph Lauren Purple Label from Barney’s, New York.”

Bridesmaids’ Gowns

“I originally purchased a bridesmaid’s dress from Kleinfields, Toronto, and brought it home for the girls to try on. After two of them tried it on and confessed to each other how much they hated it, they sourced their own from Occasions in Somerset.”

Flowers

“We went with all white flowers. The only colour I wanted to see was from the natural surroundings. My one exception was a single blue flower placed in my bouquet as the ‘something blue.’ Henry was very much the flower guy. He insisted on incorporating the bundles of hydrangeas everywhere. Demco executed it all perfectly.”

Advice

“Don’t skimp on the photographer or photo time. Your photos are the only thing you have when it is all over and you will spend more time looking at those pictures during your lifetime than the time you spend at the actual wedding. Pay for the extra hour(s).

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