Megan and Chris wanted their wedding day to pay homage to their most beloved time of year. “Fall is our favourite season. It’s when we love to travel and can place our warmest memories,” Megan says. “The nights start to get cool and the mist forms over the lake in the morning. Our date was a little early to see the full transformation, so we created the mood with burgundy, gold, ivy greens and navy.”
The couple both remember the first time they saw each other. Chris was invited to play the saxophone with a small group for a friend’s 30th birthday party, and Megan was playing host. Seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day proved to be just as memorable.
“Locking eyes for the first time is a still such a vivid moment and wash of feeling. The setting: outdoors, looking out onto a farmer’s field, under an arch made by Chris and dressed in ivy garlands, with our guests seated in church pews,” Megan shares. “Chris’s best man played us down the aisle on an accordion. Our best friend Jeb officiated, starting with the story of how we met, followed by simple vows. Our fairy-tale.”
The couple planned the entire wedding themselves, and made sure to add loads of personal touches. Megan’s mom baked their wedding cake and Chris’s mom filled the dessert table with fall-themed treats. For their wedding favours, the couple commissioned Toronto-based artist LeeAndra Cianci to turn hand-drawn portraits of their guests into a deck of playing cards.
“We agreed on two things we wanted to frame the evening around: bringing our friends and family together for a sit-down dinner filled with conversation and laughter, and dancing to the same band that played the night we met.”
Planning their own wedding didn’t come without its own challenges. A month before they were set to tie the knot, they received an email from their original venue informing them that there had been an accident and they could no longer accommodate their wedding.
“It was devastating at first, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Mary and Kevin from 100 Acre Wood stepped in to save the day,” Megan recalls. “It’s a magical, magical setting full of fields and wildflowers, hammocks and treed pathways, and we can’t imagine what we would have done without them.”
Megan Leahy and Chris Chekan, September 30, 2017, Picton Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Katherine Holland.
Ceremony and reception venue: 100 Acre Wood
Bridal gown: Maureen Patricia
Bridesmaid dresses: Sandro, Rebecca Taylor, and Maggy London
Groom’s tux and groomsmen attire: Tiger of Sweden
Flowers: Coriander Girl
Caterer: Picnic PEC
Hair and makeup: Timothy Switzer and Shannon Leigh
Favours: LeeAndra Cianci
Music: The Hesitations
Wine and kegs: Grange of Prince Edward and Midtown Brewing Company
Decor rentals: Celebrations by Linda May