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An Intimate Wedding on Fogo Island

An Intimate Wedding on Fogo Island

When Noah Vardon met Michael Pelz at a holiday party in 2011, a wave of nostalgia set in. The two, who both hail from the same part of Ontario, quickly realized that geography wasn't the only thing that they had in common. 

Left: Noah, pre-ceremony; Right: anticipation. Bottom: Inside the Fogo Island Inn; 

Michael, who was finishing up his PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto, discovered that Noah shared his love of politics, travel, art, design, family and work ethic. The two quickly became inseparable. 

The couple's first date was at an intimate French bistro in the West end of the city. The evening was so successful that they decided their first big trip together would be to Paris. Noah and Michael, who both work long hours (Noah as a Media VP and Michael as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Government), take full advantage of their time off. Whether a weekend escape or larger voyage, they love discovering unique places to visit and take in local culture.

A little over three years later, Noah proposed to Michael with a beautiful watch at the Drake Devonshire Inn in Prince Edward County. The couple, who were in the Owner's Suite, remember the beauty of the moment, with Lake Ontario and a rising sun as their stunning backdrop.

Above: Noah's suit and shoes are Hugo Boss, Michael's suit and shirt are from the Suit Supply, shoes are Paul Smith. Both wore Hermes ties. Below: Mothers of the grooms.

In addition to the striking natural beauty of Fogo Island, Noah and Michael were excited to create a custom menu that explored the Newfoundland food scene, which is not only unique but bursting with local flavour. The wedding party dined on Barr'd Island Salad and fresh scallops, crab, cold water shrimp and oysters.

Culture and nature will collide on the couple's honeymoon, which takes place this month in Japan. They look forward to exploring Tokyo, and will then hit the mountains to ski. Noah and Michael will be joined with close friends on the honeymoon, a modern take on the traditional honeymoon, and a trend we're beginning to see emerge.

Above: Noah and Michael share a quiet moment after the ceremony. Below: a perfect end to the evening. 

The newlyweds, who are in the building stage of setting up their home together, love to host dinner parties, preferring intimate gatherings of four or six. Noah loves to cook, and Michael, who does the plating, are both passionate about local Ontario food and wine, as well as their new dinnerware and cake plate from HG.

Photos by Alex Stead Photography