The bride and groom wanted their guests to enjoy the great outdoors on Vancouver Island

By Liza Hamm
Updated October 01, 2008 12:35 PM
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Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynold’s Canadian wedding location wasn’t just to paparazzi-proof their nuptials last weekend, but to allow the couple and their guests to enjoy the great outdoors on Vancouver Island, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue, on sale Friday.

Even the groom, 31, took advantage of the setting – fishing for salmon and halibut while other guests went horseback riding and mountain biking on the grounds of the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a luxurious outpost of 20 canvas tents that caters to nature lovers.

“Scarlett wanted a ceremony with just family and a few select friends,” says a source close to the 23-year-old bride. Less than 40 people attended the wedding – but those who didn’t make the cut shouldn’t feel left out.

According to a friend, plans are afoot to throw a larger celebration for the couple, who began dating in April 2007 before announcing their engagement in May.

“They make a great couple and they’ll make an even better married couple,” says the source.

For more on Scarlett and Ryan’s wedding – including their pre-wedding day candlelight dinner – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday