A Summer Camp Wedding on Mink Lake in Ontario
May 2, 2018 - summer camp
Sleeping bag. Pillow. Playing cards. Flashlight. Bug spray. Is this a make-up list for summer stay or a wedding? For Adrian Ohmer and Darren DeWitt’s friends and family, a answer was both. When a Ann Arbor, Michigan–based integrate announced that they’d be observant “I do” on Aug 12, 2017, during Camp Smitty, a nearly-100-year-old summer stay on Mink Lake in Ontario, they done it clear: What a festivities competence skip in five-star amenities, they would some-more than make adult for in good out-of-date fun. Mink Lake is where Darren, a thespian and merchandiser during a vintage shop, spent his childhood summers. But it’s 90 miles north of Ottawa, in what some competence call a center of nowhere—and even Adrian, a banker and part-time law professor, had his doubts. “I disturbed it would be too most of a schlep for everyone,” he says. It took a year for Darren to convince him—then a year of planning—but they were both eventually bewitched by a suspicion of doing something “so opposite and so memorable,” Adrian says. The outcome was a gloriously country retro-styled event: Camp A.D.
Keep reading to see some-more of Adrian and Darren’s special celebration, as photographed by Kate Headley. And if you’re feeling desirous by a couple’s no-fuss, totally artistic style, conduct here for even some-more stay inpso.
Adrian and Darren dubbed a weekend’s events Camp A.D. after their initials. Upon arrival, guest were welcomed with tradition T-shirts and reserved bunks by “camp counselors” (a.k.a. a marriage party).
The grooms collected their 130 guests, all in relating T-shirts, for a quintessential stay photo.
In lieu of a grave operation dinner, a integrate hosted a spaghetti repast and an ’80s-themed dance party in a categorical hall. Darren wore a marriage dress, channeling Shelby from Steel Magnolias.
Everyone spent a day relaxing by a lake, canoeing, swimming, and sunbathing on a dock.
The integrate got prepared together in their cabin. Darren recalls, “When Adrian was assisting me with my slap links, we looked during him and thought, We’ll be there to assistance any other from this day forward.”
Adrian splurged on Harrys of London loafers, that he knew he’d wear after a wedding. Darren, of course, wore red Gucci loafers to compare a rest of his ensemble.
Adrian (in a navy blazer and pinkish pants) and Darren (in a floral Gucci ensemble) took portraits around a stay grounds. Camp Smitty is run by a Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa; deduction from a weekend’s let upheld internal kids.
For his look, Darren was desirous by a Unskilled Worker, an Instagram comment he follows. “When we saw her initial ‘Gucci Boy,’ we did a low dive into a smashing universe of Alessandro Michele and his desirous work during Gucci,” he explains. “I was drawn to his floral pieces, and felt it would consolidate a flamboyant, colourful outside setting.”
Over a march of a weekend’s festivities, a drinks were abundant—but a imagination wrapping was not! Cocktails were served in red solo cups, while booze was poured from a box.
At 6:30 p.m. on a marriage day, a organisation collected on wooden benches, in front of a colorful totem pole.
During a ceremony, a choir of opera-singer friends sang “Chapel of Love,” speakers review excerpts from Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges (the landmark civil-rights cases that paved a approach for interracial and same-sex marriages).
Adrian and Darren walked hand-in-hand down a aisle, led by a stay choir singing “Going to a Chapel.” Once during a altar, a grooms exchanged handwritten vows. Adrian wrote his 6 weeks before, while Darren penned his that morning.
The integrate in all their newly married bliss!
Adrian and Darren found linens printed with ancestral letters (like one from Thomas Jefferson) and gave them to their attendants.
And while a smorgasboard dinner, baked by a camp’s chef, Jessie, was no-fuss (think duck served on cafeteria trays), nobody seemed to skip a thing.
The night finished in classical stay character with a talent show, bonfire, and stargazing. “The Perseid meteor showering was during a rise that night,” says Darren. “It was magical.” But afterwards again, so was “seeing a different set of people—race, gender, passionate orientation—in one place, happy and enjoying their time in a countryside.”
Venue: Camp Smitty || Wedding Planner: Thistle Bess || Darren’s Outfit: Gucci || Adrian’s Outfit: J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, the BLK Tux, Harry’s of London || Wedding Bands: Cartier || Darren’s Hair: Ryan Groesbeck / Oz Hair Studio || Adrian’s Hair: Taylor Colt (Kyle Mitchell) || Invite Program Design: Kim Scafuro || Dessert Table: Sweet Heather Ann || T-Shirts Sweatshirts: Let Love Rule || Sound Light System Rental: Music Mill || Camp Flag: Custom Flag Company || Camp Signs: Westwind Signs || Camp Stamp: Worthwhile Paper || Alcohol: Cloverleaf Fine Wines, Whitewater Brewing || Photography: Kate Headley