(If you are new to this post, be sure to also check out Part Two and Part Three!)
We begin on Friday afternoon, where Shawn and I arrived at the Inn to this welcome sign...
...and the cutest welcome baskets waiting for guests staying at the Inn! (Also - notice the custom stamp in the corner of the tag? Just the beginning of the incredible attention to detail we saw all weekend long....)
Jennifer and Jacques are both humanitarian workers who are currently based in Afghanistan. (Where they met, incidentally, at a tango class. More about that later.) Their guests came from all over the globe to celebrate with them - I loved watching Jennifer welcome her family and friends as they arrived!
We began the evening with a beer tasting of a selection of craft beers from both Ontario and Belgium (honouring both the bride and groom's roots, respectively.) The tasting was guided by the owner of St. Veronus and Le Petit Bar, as well as a former brewmaster of the Olde Stone Pub. (All located in the same delicious city block in Peterborough, Ontario. If you are in the area and have not visited these restaurants, Go. Now. I'll wait.)
I know that a big part of Jennifer and Jacques vision for the weekend was having people from so many different areas of their lives celebrate together and become family. They clearly surround themselves with kindred spirits, as even on Friday you could already see people chatting, talking (overcoming language barriers in a few cases), saying hello, and building on what was sometimes just a single connection - knowing the bride and groom!
Finally, some guests took advantage of a bonfire on the beach before heading to bed in preparation for the main day. As befits any Canadian fire, supplies for s'mores were available, as were lessons in the fine art of marshmallow roasting.
(Also, for any photography buffs out there, this was taken in pitch darkness, lit only by the fire - ISO 12800! Love Canon's noise handling capabilities. End of photo nerd sidebar.)
We did eventually bring out some lighting gear to get a different style of shot - love this image of Jennifer and her mom relaxing by the fire!)
I leave you with a parting shot of Jennifer and Jacques in front of that evening's spectacular sunset.
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