March 2, 2020

An Intimate wedding in Battle Harbour, Labrador

One of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever had the privilege of photographing a wedding is Battle Harbour, Labrador.

This island was once a vibrant fishing community, but like many others, was resettled. A trust has taken it over and restored the island to perfection, and visitors are welcome to enjoy its beauty.

Getting to Battle Harbour is no joke. It was a fun and exciting day of travel involving flights, road trips, ferries, and finally, a little walk from the wharf to the tiny saltbox house where I would spend the weekend. The easiest way to get to Battle Harbour is through Blanc Sablon, then driving to Mary’s Harbour and taking the ferry to Battle Harbour – but you can also get there by flying into Goose Bay and driving to Mary’s Harbour from there. That’s what I did, and the road trip from Goose Bay to Mary’s Harbour across Labrador was an experience I’ll never forget.

This wedding was small and intimate with just a few friends and family. A private ceremony on the wharf was followed by a day of adventuring for the bride and groom. All of their details – the bride’s dress, earrings, sealskin ‘flowers’, and even jams and butters for guests to take home, were made by local Labrador artists and friends and family of the couple. I was in awe of the creativity and beauty not just of the place, but of everyone involved who worked to make this wedding a dream come true.

Dress (hand-painted with local Labrador flora): Charlene Rumbolt-Piercey

Sealskin Florals: Inez Shiwak

Venue: Battle Harbour, Labrador

the couple laughs as they walk across the 'beach' near the tiny houses of battle harbour
the calm right after the storm - the sun set through the clouds made for an epic experience
restored homes of battle harbour
Battle Harbour at twilight

If you like the idea of this Battle Harbour Wedding, are you interested in other wild places to have your wedding or elopement in Newfoundland and Labrador? I’ve put together a guide of my favourite places that you can check out here. I’d love to chat with you about how to help plan your amazing intimate gathering. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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