Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

Real Weddings: Sarah and Shane

Inside a lakeside family affair

By Jen Kirsch| Photography by Painted White Photography
| November 22, 2018

In 2015, Sarah Nicole started working at Concourse Media. Her 11-year marriage had ended a month earlier, and she was happy to have a nine-to-five job to keep her mind occupied. During her first week, a co-worker pointed out Shane Landry. “He wears plaid everyday,” she said. Sarah was intrigued.

The two started talking and quickly became friends. Shane was also recently out of a long-term relationship, so they bonded over their lifestyle changes. He’d often swing by her house to hang out and play video games with her three kids, and over the next year, their friendship morphed into a romance.

In 2017, Shane decided to propose during one of Sarah’s modelling gigs. She was posing in a winter wedding scene for a friend’s bridal boutique, and he was slotted to be her groom. They were shooting a “first look” scene, where Sarah was meant to turn around to see her fiancé for the first time. When she did, Shane was down on one knee holding an engagement ring. The two spent the next nine months planning an intimate wedding at Puslinch Lake.

Cheat Sheet

Date: September 1, 2018 Planner: All That Jaz Weddings Photography: Painted White Photography Videography: Your Day By Lucas Bride’s dress: Sixpence Bridal Groom’s attire: Zara, RW&Co and Boon Ties Hair: Acqua Salon Makeup: Acqua Salon Venue: Dockside At Old Marina, Puslinch Lake Caterer: Old Marina Invitations: Blush Paint Design Number of guests: 88

The night before the ceremony, Sarah had a sleepover with her daughters, sister and best friend. In the morning, they all went to the salon together to get ready for the wedding:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

Sarah bought her dress from a consignment shop in Guelph. She liked the idea of wearing something that had been a part of someone else’s story:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

Each bridesmaid wore a rented infinity dress, which could be tied in a variety of ways:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

Sarah’s daughters were junior bridesmaids and her son was a groomsman:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

The ceremony was held in the historic Ellis Chapel. As Sarah walked down the aisle, her uncle played the Imperial March from Star Wars on an acoustic guitar. Her father walked her halfway down the aisle, then her son escorted her to the altar. “They’re the two leading men in my life,” says Sarah:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

The couple wrote their own vows:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

Before the reception, guests went for pontoon boat rides around the lake:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

They opted for a funny cake:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

And a sword to cut it with:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

After dinner, Shane changed into a Star Wars suit and Sarah put on a tasselled party dress. They headed to their favourite local bar, Royal Electric, with family and friends who wanted to keep the party going:

Real Weddings: Inside a lakeside family affair

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