Kat and Zach met in their first year at York University. “I was in a tutorial class taught by his aunt. He had missed his tutorial, so he came into mine, and I noticed his gorgeous smile right away as he greeted the TA,” Kat explains. “He sat next to me and said this hilarious ice-breaking line: ‘If you need answers to the test I can get them, she’s my aunt.’ Although we didn’t date in school, we were friendly acquaintances, and it was only years later after I directed a music video for his band did we begin to date.”
The couple’s wedding, held at 100 Acre Wood in Prince Edward County, began with giving thanks, honouring and recognizing that the lands are steeped in Indigenous territory. At the entrance to the venue, the couple put up a sign and a basket with fresh flowers, dried Prince Edward County lavender, pieces of paper to write on, palo santo chips and other biodegradable materials for guests to bring to their seats. “During the ceremony we invited those who would like to contribute something to the bundle and infuse the symbolic elements with wishes for the bride and groom,” Kat explains. “One by one our friends and family placed items on the cloth in front of the altar, and later in the evening we burned them. As we burned them I explained that the smoke would take the wishes to the heavens and it would rain down on us throughout our lives together, and that those things that our friends generously wished for us would also rain down on them. As soon as we burned the bundle it began to drizzle—it was truly a moment of magic.”
Kat’s bridal gown was a favourite detail, chosen by her mom when the pair went shopping at LoversLand. “As soon as I put it on, we both knew it was the one. A stunning, flowy number with delicate French lace from Rue de Seine that made me feel equally classy and free,” Kat shares. “That material was so light and I knew I would want to dance in it all night!”
The evening ended with a gorgeous display of fireworks, perfectly executed by Kat’s stepdad. “It was the main job I gave him, and he blew us all away,” Kat says. “He put on quite the show!”
Kat Webber and Zach Sutton, August 25, 2018, Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of LV Imagery.