Elizabeth and Jason’s Cape Breton Personal Touch Wedding

Location: Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia (Canada)

When Elizabeth and Jason Fraser got married on Sept 3, 2011 while on a tight budget they knew they wanted a true Cape Breton wedding, that was of course still very meaningful. They then decided to call on the special talents of family and friends. <!–more–>  Every detail of the wedding that they did not make themselves was created by a guest. This participation ranged from a  bowl of potato salad to a floral arrangement, and even cleaning the kitchen at the end of the night. As much as possible was made out of recycled materials – brooch bouquets from second hand jewellery, banners out of used pillow cases, cupcake stands out of old dishes, and lace tablecloths out of old curtains.

The ceremony was held at the historic Savoy Theatre , a 1920s grand Victorian theatre in Glace Bay. A piano and fiddle, along with the groom’s kilt, gave the ceremony a true Cape Breton feel  with an atmosphere of having stepped back in time. Elizabeth  lucked out in  finding a second-hand Pronovias dress, of layers of lace and tulle.

She  complemented  her dream dress come true with many meaningful and personal touches. Elizabeth handmade the  fascinator while the rest of the accessories were from the most important people in her life -the pearl earrings were the mother of the groom’s, the pearl choker her grandmother’s,  pearls from her mother were worn as a  bracelet and she wore  her other grandmother’s diamond on her finger. The groom’s kilt was his family tartan, borrowed from his brother.

To have those you love most participate and contribute so intimately could not be topped by even the most  expensive of weddings.

Photos by Stephanie McHugh Photography


Wedding-61This dress really is beautiful!

Wedding-55Such pretty and supportive friends.


And the groom has some handsome friends too.


The cutest guest by far.  How did they contribute?

Wedding-68What a special personal touch.  Very unique.

Wedding-263 So special with all the small personal touches.





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  1. Love the exposed studs. My dad was always remodeling our house, and I have more than one Christmas picture with exposed studs…I didn’t even realize they made me nostalgic until seeing this shoot!

  2. I have given up my dream of having my cat as my ring barer because he’s shy and cranky… and because he’s a cat and he does what he wants to do.

    but now I have a new dream… He can be in my bridal portraits :-)

  3. I was surprised to see this post about cape breton, the little island i am from. it is nice to see that people at home care about the environment, and want to be low impact on their wedding day, while still being very stylish. the savoy is a beautiful old venue, and makes a great place for the ceremony. i am such a fan of the vintage brooch bouquets, they are amazing. and the photography for the day as lovely, i will have to check out more of their work, bc it is always nice finding talented neighbors!

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