Every August long weekend, its a family tradition to go up North and spend the weekend together cottaging. Typically, I try to keep my Vogues dry as the dock slowly becomes submerged, thanks to the Langford clan making settlement with their discussions of the state of the Liberal party and whatever was on the front page of the Globe. I for one had a huge treat this year to shift the focus from questioning about the state of my absent LSAT scores (with little intent to be completed, might I add) to whispers of venues and colour schemes. My cousin recently got engaged, which is the most exciting family news in the past decade; it’s literally been almost ten years since we got to fawn over a happy couple with a Langford wedding! While a big family like ours might have a big set of personalities, there is one thing we’re for sure good at – celebrating! I styled an engagement fete for the two, starting with an idea for watercolour place cards in a natural, watery colour palette, since we were going to be sipping our champagne lakeside. Read through for some more pictures about this engagement fiesta!
Using these watercolour dipped luggage tags, I used a plain black marker to faux-ligraphy my way through the place cards. Hostess with the mostess tip #1: ensure great conversation by strategically sorting out the seating plan!
After a bit of a rainy day, we decided to move the party indoors into a little cottaging store; the rustic wooden panelling on the walls & limited lighting ended up creating the perfect intimate occasion! Best part of it all – the night ended with a DOUBLE RAINBOW, so really not complaining about the whole raining business. Using canvas & linen tablecloths for a varied base texture, I used two different styles of placemats, both made of wood, to include a variety of shapes while tying in the natural elements.
When the rain felt like stopping for long enough for me to go scavenging, I took some scissors and went to town on some greenery by the waterfront. Being obsessed with the Eucalyptus trend, I tried to emulate those Pinterest-worthy runners and created an aisle with various white candles to bring in some warmth.
While my origami skills are limited, I folded some plain, square paper napkins to create the shape of an engagement ring diamond. Turn the square on an angle so its a diamond, then take a corner and fold it down 1/3 of the way. Voila – some subtle bling!
To make it a party and not just a dinner, we organized a few special events to snazz things up. We had the two lovebirds canoe in from the cottage to the outfitter; when they arrived, our entire family was lined up from the dock to the door, with flutes of Veuve to clink glasses in a receiving line! We served appetizers in a separate room, grapefruit pieces wrapped with smoked salmon and cream cheese & proscuttio wrapped melon, where we asked family members to write their wishes for the couple and place them in a basket. After reading the wishes aloud, we led everyone into the dining room where the tablescape was. A full feast was had, gifts were exchanged, and laughs could be heard from across the lake! While getting the opportunity to throw a party is a treat in itself, it was a total joy planning something special for the loveliest couple I have seen in a long time.