Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

Real Weddings: Sarah and Scott

Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

By Jean Grant| Photography by Devic Fotos
| December 12, 2019

Scott Ng and Sarah Brown started seeing each other back in 2016 when they were both working as investment bankers at RBC. Then a few months later, Scott announced he was quitting to travel the world for at least a year. Since the relationship was still new, they assumed they’d go their separate ways, but that never happened. Sarah ended up flying out to meet Scott a few times on his trip—once in Uganda to see chimps in the wild—and Scott came home a few times to make it work.

At the end of 2017, when Scott returned home for good, they moved in together and started talking about buying a house. Sarah said she didn’t care about a big fancy wedding, so they decided to tie the knot at city hall. They planned a raging house party for a reception, hosted at Scott’s brother’s house in Little Italy. They drank from red cups, ordered takeout from their favourite local places, made toasts from the balcony and encouraged nearly every guest to do a keg-stand.

Cheat sheet

Date: August 31, 2019 Photographer: Devic Fotos Bride’s dress: Club Monaco Groom’s outfits: Sydney’s; Park and Province Bride’s hair and makeup: Majesty’s Pleasure Food: Homemade pierogies plus takeout from Bobbie Sue’s, the Daily Dumpling Wonton Co., Chinese Traditional Buns Dessert: Mrs. Frosty ice cream truck Flowers: Euclid Farms Guests: 80 to 100

Scott started their wedding day by making hundreds of pierogies for their guests and finalizing decorations. He had stayed up late the night before stringing streamers, hanging balloons and building an eight-foot flower wall with fake florals from Dollarama:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

Sarah got ready at Majesty’s Pleasure with some girlfriends. The guys picked them up there, and the couple had their first look:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

They rented a school bus to ferry about 30 of their closest family and friends to and from the ceremony. “A limo wasn’t really the vibe,” says Sarah:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

Sarah found her dress for $100 at Club Monaco a few weeks before the day:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

They wrote their own vows, making sure they were more funny than sappy:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

They posed with their marriage certificate:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

The school bus picked them up again, and dropped off the couple and close friends at Trinity Bellwoods:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

Then, they wandered over for a drink at Union, one of their early date spots, before heading back to the house:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

They were greeted with confetti:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

From then on, guests hung out inside, on the lawn and on the upstairs balcony, drinking beer and diving into takeout food from Bobbie Sue’s and the Daily Dumpling Wonton Co.:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

“I don’t think there are photos of me without a bottle of Veuve in my hand from that point onward,” says Sarah:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

Instead of a cake, they hired an ice cream truck to pull up to the curb:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

They did speeches from the front porch:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

By that point, Scott had changed into a more weather-appropriate outfit, and Sarah had thrown on a kimono from their trip to Hawaii:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

Guests were coming and going throughout the afternoon and evening. Some took to-go plates:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

Sarah hung onto the Veuve:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

But the couple loved the unceremonious atmosphere. “It was the exact vibe we were going for,” says Sarah. “People kept asking us why there aren’t more wedding keggers.”

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

 

The party continued into the early hours of the morning:

Real Weddings: Inside a city hall ceremony and a raging house party

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