Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away!!

Yesterday, John & Nicole had hoped to have an outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking the lake at the Burlington Golf & Country Club - but the weather just didn't cooperate.

The couple, their families and bridal party met at Dundurn Castle for photos before the ceremony - in the pouring rain. Thankfully, we had the whole covered back porch of the castle to do photos in and lots of big umbrellas to help keep everyone dry. We were also glad that no other bridal parties showed up for the same locale. Despite the rain, the couple were in good spirits and the photos will no doubt still be amazing. The "Big Reveal" moment was captured by the photographers - that special "first glimpse" of each other... priceless!

Back at the Burlington Golf Club, the alternative ceremony site was set up in the banquet hall. Guests were seated at their reception tables and a couple rows of chairs were set on the dance floor for family members. The head table & cake became the back drop for the ceremony
After the officiant, groomsmen, parents and groom entered, the processional was led by Isabella - the 9 month old adorable flower girl, "escorted" by her father as she toddled down the aisle to the delight of the guests. Following her was Charlotte, the 18-mth old flower girl, holding her mom's hand, and stealing the show with her cuteness.
After the rest of the bridesmaids, Nicole made her grand entrance with her dad, looking like a vision of beauty in her strapless gown and cathedral-length, laced-edged veil.

By the end of the ceremony, the rain clouds had disappeared and the guests were able to enjoy cocktails on the lawn, overlooking the lake, while the bridal couple were able to get some formal photos done outside.

The reception was a fun evening - a great meal, touching speeches, and lots of dancing until the wee hours of the morning! Special kudos for the staff at BGC as they were amazing to work with & handled everything with professionalism and integrity.

Congratulations Nicole & John - a beautiful couple.... I wish you all the best in your new life together as husband & wife!

Nicole & John's WEDDING VENDORS:
Photographer: Julie Johnson, Vine Images
Harpist: Chantal Dube 416-909-9944
Pianist: Christie Latta,
Officiant: Harold Bridle (uncle of Bride)
Venue: Burlington Golf Club
Decorator & Florist: Paula - La Fiora Floral Studio
DJ: Jeff from Bil Copeland DJ
Cake: Lakeview Pastry

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Perfect Day for Lexi & Travis!

Lexi & Travis tied the knot yesterday in the midst of 100 family & friends. The ceremony was held at Redeemer University College in Ancaster in an intimate room decorated with an arbour, shimmery fabric swagging along the aisle chairs, accented with red & black chiffon ribbons & bows. Wall sconces held tall vases with taper candles & more chiffon ribbons & bows. Two candleabras completed the decor. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony setting.

After enjoying some fun with their photographer, Jason Matos Photography, on the Redeemer property, the bridal party arrived in style in an SUV limo to the Royal Canadian Legion in Hamilton for their reception.
Great family speeches, the cutting of a creative Red & Black wedding cake
& special first dance & family dances -and the party was on!

Congratulations on your wonderful day!

Photographer: Jason Matos Photography
Decorator: Josie - With All My Heart Wedding Decor
Flowers: Josie's Flowers, Hamilton Market 905-304-0682
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Kurt Richardson, Ryerson United Church, Ancaster
Ceremony Venue: Redeemer University College, Ancaster
Pianist: Christie Latta,
Limo Service: Guy - Happy Day Limosines
Reception Venue: Royal Canadian Legion #163
DJ: Shaun Davidson,
Cake: Maggie's Sweets

Friday, May 7, 2010

"Destination Weddings" at Niagara Parks Commission's Great Wedding Venues!

A few weeks ago, I (along with 3 other wedding coordinators) had the privilege of being given a tour of the Niagara Parks Commission venues by Sue Zareski (Weddings & Corporate Sales Manager for NPC). What amazing facilities there are - some of which I had never heard of before! And the rates, other services, options are worth checking into! There is no charge for outdoor photos at any of their sites. You will find Sue & all the staff with NPC are very flexible and creative in their ideas to help you create a perfect "destination" wedding - without travelling too far from home!

Here are the locations we visited and one or two highlights about each venue:

Queenston Heights...sitting atop the Niagara Escarpment, overlooking the river, with on site options for outdoor ceremonies, including a permanently covered porch (in case of bad weather), a historically elegant dining room and a view that is amazing!

Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory... sprawling, large and varied outdoor garden areas - "aisles" of trees, cozy corners, beautiful flowers. . And what about a small, intimate wedding inside amongst the tropical gardens with butterflies flitting about everywhere?! The conservatory also has a roof-top area that is also available for rent and would make a neat ceremony/cocktail hour/stand-up reception area. Can be rented in advance for indoor photos

Whirlpool Golf Course ... an "elegant casual" room overlooking the manicured golf greens. Outdoor patio are part of the deal as well.

Aero Car ... for a totally unique ceremony idea, why not get married while suspended over top of the whirlpool rapids in the aero car?! Yup - its actually available to rent for such an event!

Oakes Garden Theatre - a unique outdoor expanse of walkways, arches, pergolas, etc that is a popular location for ceremonies.

Edgewaters Restaurant and Terrace - Two options are available here. One is the "Commissioner Quarters" upstairs, and includes large open dance floor area, lounge area with sofas & bar off to the side of the dining area. Intimate and unique. Second option is the restaurant with open air doors to the terrace balcony. Great views of both falls from here - and how about getting custom-coloured lights on the falls during the evening to coordinate with your wedding colours?!!

Elements on the Falls - Very chic, elegantly designed restaurant right at the edge of the falls - with amazing food! (I know first-hand as that's where we ate lunch)

Pop & Lolly’s - a gourmet candy shop that specializes in custom-candies for weddings!

Floral Showhouse - unique grounds for ceremonies or photos, intimate indoor space surrounding by lush plants & flowers of all kinds. Can be rented in advance for indoor photos..

Oak Hall - an enormous, stately mansion elegantly furnished with antiques. A stunning location for a very small & intimate wedding.

Legends on the Niagara Golf Course - large, bright, open foyer that leads into an elegant dining room which leads out onto an incredibly large & attractive outdoor covered porch that overlooks the golf course.

What is amazing about NPC is that the rentals & facilities at all these venues are "mix & match" deals - the options are endless.

SO... for a "destination wedding" close to home - do check out Niagara Falls - and specifically the Niagara Parks Commission venues.