Our journey began over four years ago on a bone chillingly cold February evening. The setting was a mutual friend's birthday party in the Junction at a trendy furniture store. As luck would have it, Francine wasn't all that impressed with Sarah's Jenga-playing abilities but was enamored enough to ask her out on first date. The rest is a history chronicled through our photos and memories - travels, exploration, first experiences, great company, and of course edible delicacies. April 2016 our relationship took an exciting turn atop Mount Lee in Los Angeles, California. On our third anniversary, Sarah decided to make it official by popping the illustrious question underneath the Hollywood sign. For two women with big aspirations and a lust for life, we couldn't think of a better location to celebrate this special milestone. We chose the location for our wedding in the Baja peninsula given our ties to the area with our engagement and our love of the stunning pacific coast of North America. For beach bums and adventure enthusiasts like ourselves it was the perfect balance of coastal, dessert and mountain scenery to satisfy all of our desires.
We brought our closest friends and family, a quaint group of 30, to share the experience with us for a week. Our theme was rustic nautical and we packed a light carry-on with some handmade decor pieces from home to accompany our wedding gowns. Our dresses were surprises to each other and we had both bought them from trendy boutiques in Toronto. As happenstance would have it our gowns were very similar, both light and flowing with revealing backs.
We shared our reveal on a scenic staircase overlooking the Baja mountains. Our ceremony was simple and sweet on the beach with a barefoot minister who was so engaging and heartfelt. Two of our siblings were by our sides instead of a wedding party with Sarah's niece as our flower girl. To put a spin on tradition (we were a gay wedding after all), we decided to walk down the aisle together to an acoustic rendition of "I can't help falling in love with you". Our exit song was another acoustic version of "Same love" by Mary Lambert.
Our reception was set on a mosaic tiled private mountaintop terrace overlooking the Marina of Los Cabos and the Pacific Ocean. It provided the most beautiful views once the sun set casting brilliant shades of purple, pink, yellow, orange and red onto our venue. For our decor, we created monogrammed burlap runners to accompany handmade anchor stamped knots. Our centerpieces were votive glass candles lined with nautical rope. Each guest was given a monogrammed compass in a burlap bag as a keepsake for our nuptials. Cutlery was wrapped in nautical blue and white ropes. Our cake topper was the highlight of the night. Sarah's best friend is a talented artist and in lieu of her being unable to make the ceremony created a true-to-form personalized cake topper. Given that we had not seen each other's dresses, she asked us to send pictures of what we would be wearing to the finest detail of how our hair would be worn to create the pieces. She also included our chocolate lab Charlie with the bow tie he wore at our civil ceremony back home in Toronto. It was sheer perfection and the moment we finally had the topper revealed to us at the reception our jaws dropped in amazement. We ended our dinner with an open mic of speeches including our own. At the end of our speech we broke open a glass bottle of "words of wisdom for marriage" notes written by the friends and family members that attended our engagement party back in September. We read a few of these excerpts and brought them all back home to Toronto. In the days following our ceremony we treated our guests to a catamaran ride around the coast and a surf lesson for those who were brave enough to join us in one of our favorite sports.
Instead of flying back home with our group, we took a "minimoon" to San Francisco and Sonoma Valley for 5 days. Shortly after our return we were able to relive the incredible journey in Los Cabos through the photos taken by our immensely talented photographer Megan Ewing. She captured every moment so beautifully and naturally. We couldn't dream of having anyone else share in those experiences with us.