Lakeside Promise Ceremony



Newly engaged couple Katie and Steve knew it might be a while until they could have their dream wedding due to guest count and travel restrictions, so they decided to celebrate this year with a ‘promise ceremony’. Alouette Lake played the part in providing our couple with a local destination that offered the perfect backdrop to their unique and elegant micro event. Wedding Planner Melanie Leung from Keepsake Events created an intimate and meaningful celebration showcasing how a smaller event can be an enhancement, not hindrance, as more time can be spent on the details and creating intimacy.


From Melanie Leung from Keepsake Events:  We wanted to keep some of the traditional wedding elements for their larger celebration later when things return to normal. Leaving the exchanging of rings for the wedding day, Katie & Steve performed a floral hand tying ceremony wrapping their hands together in union.  Instead of repeating vows, they wrote and read to each other wishes for their marriage on beautiful stationery before setting them onto baby’s breath arrangements by Hanaki Floral Design and floating them out onto the lake. (Both of these beautiful rituals could also be performed on a wedding day!)


The inspiration for Katie and Steve’s evening was to highlight the natural beauty around them which they had more time to enjoy together this year.  We echoed the calming lake and mountains by focusing on a soft blue and grey colour scheme, which was also reflected in Hannah Tikkanen’s enchanting dress.


The table had a natural, but elevated feel with designer ceramic dishware, linens and organic floral arrangements.  This is one of the bonuses of having a smaller event, you can use more custom small batch designer pieces which would be impossible, or for many too costly, for a larger event. Instead of a formal invitation, for such a small gathering, they opted to include a marriage announcement by Ayla Pena, that they would send to loved ones in celebration. Every piece of their day was thoughtfully considered and it brought everything back to the intimacy they wanted to share.


Evident in the photos by Blush Wedding Photography, you can see how raw and in the moment the couple got to be, which is sometimes harder to capture with so many eyes watching.  They even got to do a nod to Katie’s Mermaid character she plays on a TV series….see if you can spot the photo!


All in all, it was a perfect evening.  We hope this brings inspiration for others who are having micro weddings, elopements or for those who have postponed their wedding and wanted to do a ‘promise 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