Promise ceremony by the lake
Newly engaged couple Katie and Steve knew it might be a while before they can celebrate their dream wedding, due to limited guests and travel options. That’s why they decided to celebrate this year with a “pledge ceremony”. The couple found a local destination in Alouette Lake that provided the perfect backdrop for their unique and elegant micro-event. Wedding planner Melanie Leung from
created an intimate and atmospheric celebration that shows how a smaller event can be an asset, as more time can be spent on details and creating intimacy.
Melanie Leung from
tells us, “We wanted to save some of the traditional wedding elements for their larger celebration later when things get back to normal. Since we wanted to save the ring exchange for the wedding day, Katie and Steve had a ceremony with flowers where they tied their hands together to unite. Instead of repeating vows, they wrote and read wishes for their marriage to each other on beautiful stationery before placing them on Baby’s Breath flower arrangements by Hanaki Floral Design and floating them out on the lake. (These two beautiful rituals could also be performed on a wedding day!)
Katie and Steve’s inspiration for the evening was to highlight the natural beauty around them, which they had more time to enjoy together this year. We picked up on the stillness around the lake and mountains by focusing on a soft blue and gray color scheme, which was also reflected in Hannah Tikkanen ‘s enchanting dress. The table had a natural but upscale feel with designer ceramic dinnerware, linens and organic floral arrangements. This is one of the benefits of a smaller event, you can use more custom designer pieces in small batches, which would be impossible or too expensive for many at a larger event. Instead of a formal invitation for such a small event, we opted for stationery from Ayla Pena that they would send to their loved ones to celebrate. Every part of the day was thoughtful and brought everything back to the intimacy they wanted to share.
In the photos by Blush Wedding Photography, you can see how genuine and in the moment the couple was able to be, which is sometimes harder to capture when there are so many eyes watching. They even made a reference to Katie’s mermaid character that she plays in a television series….can you spot the photo?
All in all, it was a perfect evening. We hope this is an inspiration to others who have micro weddings, elopements, or for those who have postponed their wedding and wanted to do a “pledge ceremony” to celebrate their union now!”
Planning & Design: Keepsake Events
Photography: Blush Wedding Photography
Florals & Styling: Hanaki Floral Design
Stationery: Ayla Pena
Cake: Cake by Nicole
Ceramics: Kat Pino Ceramics
Wedding Dress: Hannah Tikkanen
Linens: Serenity West
Hair & Makeup: Alisha Hopps
Model: Key Model Management