Anicka and Ryan enlisted the help of their photographer Mirona Ciungara to find the perfect spot for their simple yet spectacular ceremony on a rocky mountain outcrop overlooking a river in Charlevoix. “Mirona did an incredible job researching the location for the ceremony,” recalls the bride. “On the day of our wedding, she came prepared with blankets, umbrellas and water. She really thought of everything we might need to help give us the best experience possible.”
In the presence of their five guests and their dog Suko, the couple exchanged their vows, each in their own language. “Making our ceremony bilingual was a challenge, but I think it made it seem even more like us,” adds Anicka. “We had prepared our ceremony together and it symbolized the values that we wanted to put forward in our union.”
As was the exchange of vows unique to the couple, so was the exchange of rings. The bride’s wedding band had belonged to her maternal grandmother. “To get married with this ring was very important to me since my grandparents represent the ideal marriage that I have known,” explains Anicka. “Ryan made a beautiful little personalized wooden box for it and this detail touched me a lot.”
The couple chose to take a moment after their ceremony to enjoy a cup of tea on the water’s edge. Tea time already being a ritual they enjoy at home, allowed them a private moment to relax together after the excitement and emotions of their ceremony. They took the time to re-read their vows and play with their dog on the beach before returning to the chalet for their micro reception.
As a surprise for the groom, Ryan’s friend in Ireland had prepared a virtual best man’s toast. Since the bride knew there would be no cell reception on the mountain, she had him pre-record his speech and played it for Ryan on an iPad right after the ceremony. Anicka shares: “It was his best man, several thousand kilometers away, who made the first toast to the newlyweds!”
Anicka Filiatrault & Ryan Pearce, October 14, 2020, Charlevoix, Quebec
Photography courtesy of Mirona Ciungara, Mirona Photographie.