SNAPSHOT: Marianne & Shaun's classy fairytale wedding at The CAPE manor

Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario

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Many folks come to Prince Edward County for their wedding because of the rustic venues and rural vibes. And to be honest, it’s kind of our thing! What you may not know is that there are beautiful wedding venues that offer something different, if that’s not your jam. Marianne and Shaun have family ties to the area, but an outdoor country wedding was not their vision. Instead, they were after a classy wedding that would fit right in with some of the Disney greats, like Beauty and the Beast or Frozen.

The CAPE is an old manor house that has been converted into an event venue. It has a number of different rooms acting as spaces for socializing and a few bedrooms on the upper floors that are perfect for brides and grooms to get ready. The large wrapping veranda is an ideal spot for a ceremony. What’s more, as was the case with Marianne and Shaun’s wedding, it is a wonderful location for a dreamy winter wedding in PEC.

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Covid definitely through a wrench (and a hammer; and a screwdriver) into their wedding plans. It was a long time coming for them, but surely by December 2021 things would be calming down? Of course the new variant decided to rear its ugly head, but there was no stopping these two this time from having a beautiful celebration of love.

Marianne and Shaun, along with some 50 guests, braved the dire statistics and made the most of the day. Masks were worn responsibly and vaccinations were a must. Marianne and Shaun got ready in the upstairs portion of The CAPE, and that’s where I first met them in person after a handful of phone calls and zoom sessions. I felt an instant connection with the two of them individually as, despite their rooms being a few feet away from each other, they managed to stay apart so that their first sighting on the day would be at the ceremony.

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I snapped a number of shots of the two of them getting ready with members of their wedding party, as well as iconic shots of Marianne’s dress in a beautiful little nook upstairs. We managed to fit in some time for photos of each of them with their respective families in the Robbie Burns room downstairs. As guests arrived, Marianne and Shaun managed to remain tucked away, out of sight.

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The ceremony itself was on the veranda outside - a bold and beautiful decision given the cold air and snow on the ground. Guests were wrapped in blankets and coats to keep warm, while Marianne and Shaun toughed it out in their dress and suit respectively. You would think the two of them were immune to the frigid air as they stood together taking in every moment of the day. They each had prepared their own vows and the whole ceremony was classy, charming and full of love.

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As guests moved indoors after the two had exchanged the anticipated kiss, families remained outside for a few more group photos. With the wedding taking place on the shortest day of the year, the sun was disappearing fast. We had to hurry to squeeze in a few shots of just the two of them. The sunset was majestic that night and proved to be a perfect backdrop.

An absolutely delicious dinner followed by Embrace Weddings, along with a few speeches from family and friends. Marianne and Shaun found time to mingle with their guests throughout the evening and there was an overwhelming feeling of togetherness among those in attendance. Trivia and board games rounded out the evening, as dancing was nixed with case numbers rising.

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It really was a fairytale wedding. The venue was such a perfect fit for their wedding and their love for each other was on full display. I have no doubt that there are Disney princes and princesses who would be jealous of their Prince Edward County wedding.

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