This wedding has got to be in one of the most dramatic locations we have ever seen. Fogo Island Inn not only looks damn cool but its eco credentials are outstanding for any ethically minded couples out there planning their wedding. Carling and Matt had a stunning, intimate ceremony set against the wild and rocky backdrop of the island, and the light is just to die for. We adore the simplicity and love of this wedding, and the stunning photography by Dana Cole – those angles, wow. Let’s find out more from the newlyweds themselves…
Carling + Matt’s Story
We were engaged after four months! I think everyone but us thought we were crazy. We have been together for three years now, and writing this as we celebrate our one-month wedding anniversary 🙂
Fogo Island, Fogo Island Inn.
It looked amazing, neither one of us (or the 12 family members who came with us) had ever been to Newfoundland.
I first learned of the Inn and it’s founder, Zita Cobb, while taking my MBA. It is an incredible story, which ultimately inspired us both to choose the location.
The Theme + Style
It turned out to be windblown… we took it as it came.
We had signature cocktails. The bride’s was gin with soda, freshly squeezed rhubarb and lemon juice. The groom’s was similar to a dark and stormy, but made with screech (a Newfie rum). We shipped two signs out for the wedding also, one with the “order of events” and the second with our names, the date and the location. Everything about the Inn is spectacular, so it would be hard to make it any better than it already is.
The Hair + Makeup
Hair – my mom, because I can rely on her, and she always does an amazing job!! I’ve had bad experiences with hair stylists in the past.
Makeup – myself, and some last minute touch ups by my sisters who are wayyyy better at applying makeup than me!
DSquared. Matt says “Canadian designer for a Canadian wedding” 🙂
Very quick, followed by a “shotgun” firing (another Newfoundland tradition), which Matt chose to fire himself afterward and almost burst my eardrum! Good news, he didn’t, but I did have to go to the doctor to confirm!
TheDana. Dana Cole (and her husband Sam was a huge help too). Both were absolutely amazing and had us laughing all day! She is incredibly talented, and the photos we have seen so far captured the day perfectly!
Loretta’s Flower World in Gander. She was really great, and helped us out on short notice. All the flowers had to be imported from Europe as the hurricanes had made it difficult to import flowers from the southern states.
Nicole Brown at Fogo Island Inn. It was a dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache between the layers and a white vanilla buttercream icing.
We had a scallop and mushroom starter with blueberries. The entrée was halibut on a bed of short rib and fresh corn, followed by lobster and turnip. Then we had a partridgeberry sorbet (a wild berry picked on the island, tasting similar to a blueberry and cranberry) before the cake was served.
The Transport + Entertainment
Our wedding was at the venue we stayed at. It took three flights, a van ride and a ferry to get there though! We had a singer/guitarist duo selected by the Inn. They were great!
The Stationery + Favours
Save the dates (we forgot to send out invites… whoops!) were from a UK designer. They were little wooden hearts with the dates and our names etched in.
Laduree Jordan Almonds from Paris (hard candy covered almonds). The meaning behind them being: the bittersweet of the fresh almonds represents life. The sugar coating is added in the hope the couple’s life will be more sweet than bitter.
The Ethical Bit
The premise behind the Inn is that everything is re-invested back into the community to create cultural and economic resiliency.
There wasn’t really an appropriate box for this, but I want to emphasize how the people at the Inn had such an impact on us. They were some of the most kind, accommodating and thoughtful people we have ever met. Matt and I have reflected on it many times since the wedding – it was the people who really made it!
The First Dance
My step-dad, Jeff, is incredibly musical and chose the song, The War on Drugs “Thinking of a Place”. It is an 11-minute song, which started off with him and I dancing, and turned into the group of us all dancing together in a circle. It was one of the most touching memories of the day, and one I will never forget.
The Best Bit
So many favourite parts! Saying “I Do”, my veil flying off in the wind and everyone chasing after it, the dance, the cake, the blueberry tea (one too many), having all of our favourite people together in one place.
What might you have done differently?
Absolutely nothing. Scratch that, we would have stayed at the Inn forever!
Don’t forget why you are doing it. Not everyone has the same image for their day, and you have to do it for you and your fiancé. At the end of the day, those who love you will stand behind you and support your choices.
What a truly stunning wedding and location! Thank you so much to Carling and Matt for sharing their day with us and to Dana Cole for sharing her beautiful images. All the suppliers are listed below and you can find more real wedding inspiration here.