The Wedding Ring Magazine ONTARIO Fall/Winter 2019

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30 pages of real wedding stories, destination weddings, 20 pages of wedding worthy venues, design palettes, bridal show calendar, favourite things, gowns and more!

FALL/WINTER 2019

Vol 13 No 1

MAGAZINE | WEBSITE | EXPO | COMMUNITY

Real Weddings Edition

30 PAGES OF

REAL WEDDINGS

GORGEOUS

CAKES

AND MORE DESIGN IDEAS

FIRST DANCE

SONG IDEAS

PLUS OTHER EXPERT TIPS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

WONDERLAND

DESTINATION WEDDING SECTION

$4.99 CDN $4.99 USD

20 PAGES OF

WEDDING

WORTHY

VENUES

SIZE, STYLE,

CAPACITY, CATERING

OPTIONS & MORE!

BRIDAL SHOW

CALENDAR

WEDDING SHOWS FROM

SARNIA TO TORONTO,

BRANTFORD TO ORILLIA &

BEYOND

GET LOCAL.

PLAN

FABULOUS!

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TORONTO ♥ BRANTFORD ♥ HAMILTON ♥ GUELPH ♥ KITCHENER-WATERLOO ♥ CAMBRIDGE ♥ WOODSTOCK

LONDON ♥ HURON COUNTY ♥ STRATFORD ♥ NEWMARKET ♥ MILTON ♥ BARRIE ♥ SARNIA ♥ ORILLIA ♥ RICHMOND HILL


CONTENTS

p39

p72&73

p49

FEATURES

Local Wedding Experts p4-7

Bridal Show Calendar p75

Wedding Worthy Venues p77-96

REAL WEDDINGS P9-34

Timeless at Stoneridge Inn p10

Radiant glamour at St. George p11

Sweet surprises p12

Romantic vision p14

Playful at THEMUSEUM p15

Classroom love at Concordia Club p16

Outdoor Hindu celebration p18

White & whimsical in Stratford p19

Vintage modern p21

Simple yet elegant in Woodstock p22

A beautiful love story in the books p23

Rustic elegance at Hernder Estate p24

Naturally gorgeous in Elora p26

Two cultures, one wedding p27

Country escape at Nottawasaga p28

An intimate winery wedding p30

Out of this galaxy p31

Unforgettable charm at Boler Mountain p32

Burgundy & blush p33

Love at the beach p34

DESTINATION WEDDINGS P35-44

Ontario's west coast wedding

destination p36

British Columbia 'art in the garden' p37

Jamaica one love p38

I do's & don'ts destination edition p39

Rocky Mountain wonderland p40

Icelandic adventures p41

Tips from a destination expert p42

A Disney dream wedding p43

Great Gatsby at Hatley Castle p44

EXPERT TIPS P45-58

I do's & don'ts stationery edition p46

How to create a memorable cocktail

hour p47

2019 first dance song ideas p48

How to include your pets in your

wedding p49

Favourite creative reception tables p52 & 53

Tips to create the perfect wedding timeline

p54

Extreme makeover: 1 venue - 2 ways p56 & 57

Top 5 kissing game ideas p58

DESIGN PALETTES P59-73

Favourite themes at Wedsy.ca p60 & 70

Favourite ceremony backdrops p61

It's all in the details p62 & 63

Romance at Dante Club p64

Favourite cake designs p65

Tuscan dreams p66

Versatile bridal party style: the sweetheart

1 dress, 6 looks p67

Wrapped in love p68

Elegant earthy wedding p69

Favourite reception backdrops p71

Favourite 2020 gowns p72 & 73

p27

p65

p78

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 1


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FALL/WINTER 2019

PUBLISHED BY Wedding Ring Inc.

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The Wedding Ring Magazine is published two times yearly: January and September. This is

The Wedding Ring’s 25th Edition of the magazine.

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Publisher | Director of Operations

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COVER STORY

PHOTOGRAPHY: Darcy Preece Photography (darcypreece.com) Kitchener, ON

LOCATION: Silvertip Golf Course (silvertipresort.com) Canmore, AB

BRIDE & GROOM: Thomas & Madison Sawatzky

Full story p40

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Local Wedding Experts

BUDGET & PLANNING

THE FINANCIAL DIVA

519-350-1702 | risa@thefinancialdiva.ca

thefinancialdiva.ca

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

LOVELY WEDDINGS & EVENTS

519-577-2572 | hello@lovelyweddingsandevents.ca

lovelyweddingsandevents.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

SERVERS WITH A SMILE

519-721-5424 | events@serverswithasmile.ca

serverswithasmile.ca

Reviewed in KW section of The Ring

DESIGN

[FLORAL, PAPER, DÉCOR + MORE]

DECORATING DREAMS

519-662-6880 | decoratingdreams@golden.net

decoratingdreams.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

DEVINE WEDDING DESIGN

519-348-4191 | info@devineweddingdesign.ca

devineweddingdesign.ca

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

FIRST STOP WEDDING DECOR RENTALS

519-717-6616 | firststopweddingdecor@hotmail.com

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

FRESH LOOK DESIGN

519-954-8978 | info@freshlookdesign.ca

freshlookdesign.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

JDV EVENTS & DECOR

647-883-7274 | jdveventdecor@gmail.com

jdveventdecor.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

NOW & ALWAYS

519-302-0398 | cynthia@nowandalways.ca

nowandalways.ca

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

RACHEL & CO. WEDDING & EVENT

DECOR

226-667-9954 | info@rachelandco.ca

rachelandco.ca

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

RED BICYCLE PAPER CO.

519-222-6240 | redbicyclepaperco@gmail.com

redbicyclepaperco.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

FASHION & FORMALWEAR

BEST FOR BRIDE

Toronto 647-430-7498 | Etobicoke 416-233-3393

Barrie 705-503-3300 | Hamilton 289-755-0262

bestforbride.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

519-753-9609 | info@bridal-boutique.ca

bridal-boutique.ca

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

BRIDESMADE

226-400-0583 | hello@bridesmade.ca

bridesmade.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

CRÈME COUTURE

519-763-2011 | info@cremecouture.ca

cremecouture.ca

Reviewed in All cities of The Ring

SEW STYLISH WEDDING WORKS

519-485-7097 | sewstylishweddingworks@outlook.com

sewstylishweddingworks.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

THREESIXTY FORMAL ACCESSORIES

647-678-1524 | threesixtyaccessories@gmail.com

threesixtyaccessories.com

Reviewed in Newmarket section of The Ring

FOOD & DRINK

B ELEGANT CATERING

519-622-1505 | weddings@belegant.ca

belegant.ca

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

BINGEMANS

519-744-1231 ext. 2260 | weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

THE CAKE ENGINEER

519-400-2157 | info@thecakeengineer.ca

thecakeengineer.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

LITTLE MUSHROOM CATERING

226-791-4537 | info@littlemushroomcatering.com

littlemushroomcatering.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

MELANIE'S CAKES

289-231-3630 | mel@melaniescakes.ca

melaniescakes.ca

Reviewed in Newmarket section of The Ring

GIFTS, FAVOUR & SUPPLIES

LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES

FOUNDATION

519-685-8070 | celebrationgiving@lhsf.ca

lhsf.ca/weddings

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

ONTARIO SPCA

1-888-668-7722 | donate@ospca.on.ca

ontariospca.ca

Reviewed in Newmarket section of The Ring

WEDSY

519-568-8007 | wedsy@theweddingring.ca

wedsy.ca

Reviewed in ALL cities of The Ring

HEALTH & BEAUTY

THE BODY STUDIO

705-826-8373 | thebodystudio1@gmail.com

facebook.com/thebodystudiolife

Reviewed in Orillia section of The Ring

EVOLUTION CONCEPTS IN HAIR & SPA

519-743-0009 | info@evolutionhairspa.com

evolutionhairspa.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

EWYN STUDIO

Over 45 Locations across Canada

ewynstudios.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

ANCASTER MILL

905-648-1828 | info@ancastermill.ca

ancastermill.ca

Reviewed in Hamilton section of The Ring

ARCADIAN COURT BY OLIVER &

BONACINI

416-364-1211 | events@oliverbonacini.com

oliverbonacinievents.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

THE ARTS & LETTERS CLUB

416-597-9544 ext 1 | catering@artsandlettersclub.ca

artsandlettersclub.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

BEAVERDALE GOLF CLUB

519-658-5951 ext. 22

hospitality.beaverdale@golfnorth.ca

golfnorth.ca/beaverdale

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

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BERKELEY FIELD HOUSE

416-361-9666 | info@berkeleyevents.

comberkeleyfieldhouse.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

BEST WESTERN PLUS ARDEN PARK

HOTEL

519-275-2936 | ardenpk@orc.ca

ardenpk.on.ca

Reviewed in Stratford section of The Ring

BEST WESTERN BRANTFORD HOTEL &

CONFERENCE CENTRE

519-753-8652 ext. 142

events@bestwesternbrantford.com

bestwesternbrantford.com

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

BEST WESTERN PLUS LAMPLIGHTER

INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

519-681-7151 | sales@lamplighterinn.ca

lamplighterinn.ca

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

BEST WESTERN PLUS STONERIDGE INN

AND CONFERENCE CENTRE

519-652-6022 | natalie@stoneridgeinn.com

stoneridgeinn.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

BINGEMANS

519-744-1231 ext. 2268 | weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

BLUEBERRY HILL WINERY

519-586-2256 | info@blueberry-hill.ca

blueberry-hill.ca

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

BOB RUMBALL MANOR

416-449-9651 x 103 | jbursa@bobrumball.org

bobrumballmanor.org

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

CAMBRIDGE BUTTERFLY

CONSERVATORY

519-653-1234 x 112 | weddings@cambridgebutterfly.com

cambridgebutterfly.com

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL &

CONFERENCE CENTRE

519-624-7732 | ndemmery@cambridgehotel.ca

cambridgehotel.ca

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

CAMBRIDGE MILL

519-624-1828 | info@cambridgemill.ca

cambridgemill.com

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

THE CARLU

416-597-1931 | events@oliverbonacini.com

thecarlu.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

CASA LOMA

416-923-1171 | events@casaloma.ca

casaloma.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

CELLAR 52

519-573-9468 | kate.peister@cellar52.com |

cellar52.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

CENTURY PINES GOLF CLUB

905-628-2877 | sale@kaneffgolf.com

golfcenturypines.com

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

CHELSEA HOTEL TORONTO

416-585-4340 | cstor.weddings@chelseatoronto.com

chelseatoronto.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

CONCORDIA CLUB

519-745-5617 x 101 | ruth.rajna@concordiaclub.ca

concordiaclub.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

CONESTOGA GOLF & CONFERENCE

CENTRE

519-664-2851 x 227 | hospitality.conestoga@golfnorth.ca

golfnorth.ca/conestoga

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

CRAIGOWAN GOLF CLUB

519-462-2743 | info@craigowan.com

craigowan.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

CROWNE PLAZA KITCHENER-

WATERLOO

519-744-4141 | aspiers@cpkw-hotel.com

kitchener-hotel.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

DANTE CLUB

519-542-9311 | gm@danteclubsarnia.ca

danteclubsarnia.ca

Reviewed in Sarnia section of The Ring

DEER RIDGE GOLF CLUB

519-650-2447 ext. 222 | laura@deerridgegolfclub.com

deerridgegolfclub.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

Local Wedding Experts

• Are award winners

• Have multiple degrees & accreditations

• Are members of selective organizations

• Do regular charity work

• Are teachers & mentors in their craft

• Have appeared in television news &

wedding segments

DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT

WATERLOO

519-514-0404 | wat.sales.sm@deltahotels.com

marriott.com/ykfdw

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON KITCHENER

519-894-8512 | stephanie.mcdonald@hilton.ca

holidayinn.com/kitcheneron

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

DUNDEE COUNTRY CLUB

519-696-3257 | mfloyd.dundee@golfnorth.ca

golfnorth.ca/dundee

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

HISTORIC ELLIS PIONEER CHAPEL

519-824-4679 | ellischapel@sympatico.ca

ellischapel.ca

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

ELM HURST INN & SPA

519-485-5321 | erin@elmhurstinn.com

elmhurstinn.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

ELORA MILL HOTEL & SPA

519-846-8484 | events@eloramill.ca

eloramill.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

ENOCH TURNER SCHOOLHOUSE

416-314-3585 | bookings@heritagetrust.on.ca

heritagetrust.on.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

ESTATES OF SUNNYBROOK

416-487-3841 | mansions@estatesofsunnybrook.

com

estatesofsunnybrook.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

FALLS INN & SPA

519-794-4388 | mhallman@thefallsinn.com

thefallsinn.com

Reviewed in Newmarket section of The Ring

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 5


FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

519-457-1296 | rentals@fanshawepioneer village.ca

fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON LONDON

519-681-0680 ext. 8338

catering@fourpointslondon.com | marriott.com/yxufp

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

GALT COUNTRY CLUB

519-621-7020 | chughes@galtcountryclub.com

galtcountryclub.com

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

THE GEORGE BROWN HOUSE

416-314-3585 | bookings@heritagetrust.on.ca

heritagetrust.on.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

THE GRAND GUELPH BANQUET &

EVENT CENTRE

519-824-5076 | info@thegrandguelph.ca

thegrandguelph.ca

Reviewed in Guelph section of The Ring

GRAYDON HALL MANOR

416-449-5432 | concierge@graydonhall.com

graydonhall.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

GREY SILO GOLF COURSE

519-884-3556 x 224 | kreinhardt.greysilo@golfnorth.ca

golfnorth.ca/greysilo

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

HAMPTON INN & SUITES BY HILTON

BRANTFORD

519-720-0084 | amber.kane@hilton.ca

hamptoninnbrantford.com

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

HART HOUSE

416-946-7196 | weddings.harthouse@utoronto.ca

harthouse.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

HAUSER HALL

519-747-1138 | info@hauserhall.com

hauserhall.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

HESSENLAND INN & SCHATZ WINERY

519-236-7707 | hessen@hessenland.com

hessenland.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

HUBERTUSHAUS

519-634-8491 | gchfc@hotmail.com | gchfc.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

IDLEWYLD INN & SPA

519-432-5554 | weddings@idlewyldinn.com

idlewyldinn.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

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INN OF WATERLOO

& CONFERENCE CENTRE

519-804-1130 | weddings@theinnofwaterloo.com

theinnofwaterloo.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

INNISBROOK GOLF COURSE

705-721-9210 | jmorris@golfinnisbrook.com

golfinnisbrook.com

Reviewed in Orillia section of The Ring

IVEY SPENCER LEADERSHIP CENTRE

519-675-5529 | jclark@ivey.uwo.ca

iveyspencerleadershipcentre.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

LIBERTY GRAND

416-542-3789 | info@libertygrand.com

libertygrand.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

LIBERTY NORTH

705-728-3877 | info@libertynorth.ca

libertynorth.ca

Reviewed in Barrie section of The Ring

MARIPOSA CRUISES

416-203-0178 | sales@mariposacruises.com

mariposacruises.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

MARQUIS GARDENS HAMILTON

905-388-4411| deanna@marquisgardens.com

marquisgardens.com

Reviewed in Hamilton section of The Ring

MARRIOTT TOWNPLACE SUITES

BRANTFORD

519-720-2777 | amber.kane@marriott.ca

marriott.com/yhmbf

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

MILLER LASH HOUSE

416-287-7000 | millerlash@utsc.utoronto.ca

millerlashhouse.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

MILTON BANQUET & CONFERENCE

CENTRE

905-864-8445 | info@miltonbanquets.com

miltonbanquets.com

Reviewed in Milton section of The Ring

NORTHBROOK FARM WEDDINGS &

EVENTS

705-326-1955 | laurie@northbrookfarmweddings.ca

northbrookfarmweddings.ca

Reviewed in Orillia section of The Ring

NOTTAWASAGA INN RESORT

705-435-5505 | info@nottawasagaresort.com

nottawasagaresort.com

Reviewed in Barrie section of The Ring

THE OLD MILL

416-236-2641 | info@oldmilltoronto.com

oldmilltoronto.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

ONTARIO HERITAGE CENTRE

416-314-3585 | bookings@heritagetrust.on.ca

heritagetrust.on.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

PALAIS ROYALE

416-533-3533 | info@pegasushospitality.ca

palaisroyale.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

PARAGON BANQUET CENTRE

519-722-4812 | info@paragonbanquet.com

paragonbanquet.com

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

QUALITY INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

ORILLIA

705-326-7343 | kelly@qualityinnorillia.com

qualityinnorillia.com

Reviewed in Orillia section of The Ring

REBEL CREEK GOLF CLUB

519-634-8666 | hospitality.rebelcreek@golfnorth.ca

golfnorth.ca/rebelcreek

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

REVIVAL HOUSE

519-273-3424 | weddings@revival.house

revival.house

Reviewed in Stratford section of The Ring

SPENCER’S AT THE WATERFRONT

905-633-7494 | info@spencers.ca

spencers.ca

Reviewed in Hamilton section of The Ring

ST. GEORGE BANQUET HALL

519-884-0311 | gm@stgeorgehall.com

stgeorgehall.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

STRATFORD COUNTRY CLUB

519-271-4212 | jjacob@stratfordcountryclub.ca

stratfordcountryclub.ca

Reviewed in Stratford section of The Ring

THEMUSEUM

519-749-9387 | victoria.wood@themuseum.ca

themuseum.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN

416-397-1349 | info@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

TORONTO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

416-733-9388 | customerservice@tolive.com

tocentre.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring


TORONTO MARRIOTT CITY CENTRE

HOTEL

416-341-7100 | sales@torontomarriott.com

marriott.com/yyzbr

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE

ASSOCIATION

519-622-0771 | jackie@wrpa.org | wrpa.org

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE HOTEL

416-869-1600 | westintorontosales@westin.com

westinharbourcastletoronto.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

WHISTLE BEAR GOLF CLUB

519-650-2327 | info@whistlebear.ca

whistlebear.ca

Reviewed in Cambridge section of The Ring

MUSIC

ALLEGRO PRODUCTIONS

519-221-2798 | allegroproductions@outlook.com

allegroproductions.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS

226-444-9639 | yashar@cmusic.ca

cmusic.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

COPELAND DJ PRODUCTIONS

905-541-8488 | info@copelanddj.ca

copelanddj.ca

Reviewed in Hamilton section of The Ring

DCF WEDDING MUSIC

866-710-7658 | hello@dcfweddingmusic.com

dcfweddingmusic.com

Reviewed in Guelph section of The Ring

IN THE CUE DJ SERVICE

416-29-5272 | info@inthecue.ca | inthecue.ca

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

MAXIMUM MUSIC DJ SERVICE

416-255-2910 | rod@maximumdj.com

maximumdj.com

Reviewed in GTA section of The Ring

MUSIC CENTRAL ENTERTAINMENT

519-680-0698 | musiccentral@musiccentral.ca

musiccentral.ca

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

NITRO MUSIC

519-841-4187 | info@nitromusic.ca

nitromusic.ca

Reviewed in Brantford section of The Ring

THUNDERSTORM PRODUCTIONS

519-741-2005 | info@thunderstormpro.com

thunderstormpro.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

OFFICIANTS

BEVERLEY SORBARA

519-938-7650 | sorbarabeverley@gmail.com

FEELINGS FROM THE HEART

WEDDING CHAPEL & OFFICIANTS

519-743-3101 | pat@theweddingchapel.on.ca

theweddingchapel.on.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

HOMETOWN HILLS OFFICIANT SERVICES

705-220-2096

cherylpetersonrivetofficiant@gmail.com

cherylpetersonrivetofficiant.com

Reviewed in Newmarket section of The Ring

WOVEN THREADS - HANDCRAFTED

CEREMONIES

519-823-0038 | christine@woven-threads.ca

woven-threads.ca

PHOTO + FILM

A NASH PHOTOGRAPH

226-218-6870 | anashphotograph@gmail.com

anashphotograph.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

ANNE EDGAR PHOTOGRAPHY

519-616-2214 | anne@anneedgarphoto.com

anneedgarphoto.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

BRIAN LIMOYO PHOTOGRAPHY

519-781 9448 | infophoto@brianlimoyo.com

brianlimoyoweddings.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

DOUG WOLTERS PHOTOGRAPHY

905-931-7799 | info@photod.ca

photod.ca

Reviewed in Hamiltons section of The Ring

GARY EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY

519-222-5840 | team@gary-evans.ca

gary-evans.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

HRM PHOTOGRAPHY

519-936-8977 | info@hrmphotography.com

hrmphotography.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

JULIE NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

519-954-6655

julienicolephotographykw@gmail.com

julienicolephotography.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

LATTE PRODUCTIONS WEDDING

PHOTOGRAPHY

519-745-8368 | info@latteproductions.ca

latteproductions.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

LAURA JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

705-791-3731 | hello@laurajoyphotography.ca

laurajoyphotography.ca

Reviewed in Orillia section of The Ring

NOVA MARKINA PHOTOGRAPHY

519-709-3827 | nova@novamarkina.com

novamarkina.com

Reviewed in London section of The Ring

RACHEL PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

705-818-3018 | info@rachelpaynephotography.com

rachelpaynephotography.com

Reviewed in Orillia section of The Ring

SIMPLY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

519-835-9074

simplyweddingphotography@rogers.com

simplyweddingphotography.ca

Reviewed in Guelph section of The Ring

SPIRITS INTRIGUED PHOTOGRAPHY

519-721-5468 | alex@sipimage.com

sipimage.com

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

TRANSPORTATION

BRENTWOOD LIVERY

519-741-5700 | info@brentwoodlivery.ca

brentwoodlivery.ca

Reviewed in K-W section of The Ring

TRAVEL

DESTINATION DREAM VACATIONS

519-990-1279 | destidream@gmail.com

destinationdreamvacation.ca

Reviewed in ALL cities of The Ring

MURDOCH TRAVEL

705-734-3534 | info@murdochtravel.ca

murdochtravel.ca

Reviewed in Barrie section of The Ring

VIVA WYNDHAM RESORTS

1-800-996-3426 | groups@vivaresortsusa.com

vivawyndhamresorts.com

Reviewed in ALL cities of The Ring

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 7


Real wedding stories

Real Wedding Stories feature the love stories, designs and details of some of our favourite weddings. These gorgeous events are the

result of alot of planning by local brides & grooms, and the hard work of some seriosuly talented wedding experts. Curated by The Ring.

PHOTO: Raw Footage Photography

(rawfootagephotos.com) London, ON

VENUE: Fanshawe Pioneer Village (♥)

(fanshawepioneervillage.ca) London, ON

BRIDE & GROOM: Niki Patel & Timothy Godin

WEDDING: September 29th, 2018

Full story: p18

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 9


Timeless at Stoneridge Inn

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Kaitlan & Bobby Cook

WEDDING DATE: January 19th, 2019

LOCATION: Best Western PLUS Stoneridge Inn

& Conference Centre (♥) (stoneridgeinn.com)

London, ON “Bobby grew up right around the

corner from the venue, so naturally it was one of

the first locations we toured. We loved the fact

that everything could be held in one location,

including guest accommodations (especially in

January). I fell in love with the Rose Chapel and

all of it's exposed brick. Our ballroom was large

enough for a band (which was super important to

us) and had private washrooms for guests. A décor

package was also available, making it easy to plan

a wedding from Ottawa. Ironically, one of our first

dates was at Pasto's (the restaurant onsite) so we

knew the food was amazing!” - K

# GUESTS: 120

BUDGET: $25,000

THEME: "I wanted our winter wedding to be

elegant and timeless. We went with a neutral

colour palette with a touch of sparkle." - K

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelly Taylor - The Bridal Lounge

Photography (thebridallounge.ca) Ingersoll, ON

“I know Kelly from growing up in Ingersoll.

Her personality makes you feel at ease, and her

direction is fun and natural. I love her out-ofthe-box

thinking and her eye for a good shot.

Bobby and I were all in for our photos and totally

committed to the process. We froze, we got dirty,

we were all picking burrs out of my dress, but

man, was it worth it!"- K

FLORALS: Springhill Flowers (springhillflowers.com)

London, ON

FAV DÉCOR ELEMENT: Crafted Together Co.

(facebook.com/craftedtogetherco) Ottawa, ON

"We used an old mirrored closet door and hired a

calligrapher to write "Find your Seat", our names and

the wedding date." - K

CHEESECAKE: "We requested to have a

"cheesecake bar"as dessert. The venue provided

us with a cake stand with multiple tiers, which

resembled a wedding cake. We filled it with

mini round cheesecakes and had guests serve

themselves, choosing their own toppings. It was a

hit!" - K

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores

Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) London, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: Sew Stylish Wedding Works (♥)

(sewstylishweddingworks.com) Ingersoll, ON

LIVE MUSIC: Soul Tripper (soultripperband.com)

Woodstock, ON

HAIR: Hair by Shelby, St. Thomas, ON

MAKEUP: Blush & Glow- Makeup by Lis

(facebook.com/makeupbylisv) Tillsonburg, ON

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: “Some

little take aways I learned from my wedding day:

1. Invest in a cute hanger for your dress.

2. Make sure you are centred for your "I do's".

3. Ok... now for some heart to heart advice: You go

through so many emotions and so many special

moments throughout your wedding day. When

it's all over take some time to reflect. We had the

best day, but it truly goes by so quickly and feels

like a blur immediately after. A few weeks after

I struggled with the thought of it being done. I

wanted to relive the day all over again. But as time

goes on, the memories become more clear and they

bring you so much happiness. Your wedding day is

just the start of your forever, and you have so much

life to live together. So many more memories to

make!" - K •

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BEST MEMORY: "The best memory of our wedding is

seeing each other for the first time at church. We locked

eyes and time froze; we only saw each other. All of our

loved ones from near and far were in one place... for us,

celebrating us! It was so rare and special. A day we'll

never forget." - A

Radiant glamour at St. George

BRIDE & GROOM: Gerard & Angellie Blaquera

WEDDING DATE: May 3rd, 2019

CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Clement's Parish,

Cambridge, ON

RECEPTION LOCATION: St. George Banquet Hall

(♥) (stgeorgehall.com) Waterloo, ON

“We chose St. George Banquet Hall as our reception

venue because of the elegance and charm of their

ballrooms. We fell in love with their chandeliers

and large spaces. We also liked how they offered

a bridal suite for the entourage to get settled into

upon arrival. Brani, the Sales Director, was very

personable and honest. He explained their offerings

and process very well and we felt comfortable

dealing with him immediately. We signed our

contract the day we saw the venue.” - A

PHOTOGRAPHY: Latte Productions Wedding

Photography (♥) (latteproductions.ca) Kitchener, ON

"Our photographer was recommended to us by family

and friends. We chose Latte because of their high-quality

work and reasonable cost. They ensured that all photos

taken are secured and backed up, which gave us peace

of mind. We had a blast working with them for our

engagement shoot and on our wedding day!" - A

# GUESTS: 175

THEME: "Our theme was modern elegance. The

colour scheme was gold and ivory with accents of

wine red. We wanted our wedding to feel classic,

timeless, and effortless with a pop of radiant

glamour." - A

DÉCOR & FLORALS: Wedding Dream

(weddingdream.net) Cambridge, ON

CAKE: "Our cousin, Marivic Herrera-Serrano made

the 3-tier cake consisting of buttercream icing and

ube macapuno flavour, which is purple yam and

coconut, a Filipino delicacy and an homage to our

culture. The cake was embellished with flowers and a

gold cake topper. " - A

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores Clothing

For Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) Cambridge, ON

BRIDE + BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Sophie's Gown

Shoppe (sophiesgownshoppe.com) Kitchener, ON

DJ: Complete Weddings + Events (♥) (completewedo.com)

Kitchener, ON

MAKEUP: Brenda at Besame Studio (besamestudio.ca)

Kitchener, ON

HAIR: Amanda Weldon Hairstyling, Kitchener, ON

VIDEOGRAPHER: Goody Cambay Cinema

(goodycambay.com) Burlington, ON •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 11


Sweet surprises

BRIDE & GROOM: Nicole & Dario Komsic

WEDDING DATE: July 28th, 2018

CEREMONY LOCATION: Holy Cross Catholic

Church

RECEPTION LOCATION: Marquis

Gardens Banquet & Convention Centre (♥)

(marquisgardens.com) Hamilton, ON "I've worked

there since I was 15. So not only was the space like

a second home to me, I knew I trusted them to

make my dreams come true."- N

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: AMV

Weddings (amvweddings.ca) Hamilton, ON "I've

worked with them in the past and I knew they

were the perfect fit. We used them for both photo

and video. One of the conditions when I booked

the video was to not let the groom know about the

videographers! So when the wedding day came,

Dario had no idea that we had both photographers

and videographers. It wasn't until dinner was over

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that we played the same day edit. He was totally

surprised and had no idea!" - N

GUESTS: 150

BUDGET: "I don't think we had an overall budget.

I just tried my best not to over spend!" - N

COLOUR PALETTE: Grey, White & Purple

BACKDROP: Jane Renaud Design and Décor

TABLE DÉCOR & CATERING: Marquis

Gardens Banquet & Convention Centre (♥)

(marquisgardens.com) Hamilton, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: David's Bridal (davidsbridal.ca)

Hamilton, ON

GROOM ATTIRE: Stoney Creek Tailors

(stoneycreektailors.com) Stoney Creek, ON

FLORAL: Dutchman Florist (dutchmanflorist.com)

Stoney Creek, ON

CAKE: Bellas on the Bench Cakery

DJ: DJ Central Music Services (canadasbestdjs.com)

Burlington, ON

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Glam & Glow Niagara

(facebook.com/glamandglowniagara) Niagara-onthe-Lake,

ON

ICE CREAM TRUCK: Rita's Italian Ice (ritasice.com)

Hamilton, ON

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: "The biggest challenge

was planning everything in 7 months! We got

engaged in December and planned our wedding for

July." - N

BEST MEMORY: "Our wedding was probably the

best day of our lives. But if I had to pick (other than

surprising Dario with the videographers), it would

have been surprising all the guests with an ice cream

truck during the late night buffet. To be honest I

was surprised too. I thought they were going to set

up a table in the room, and then they pulled up in

an ice cream truck! It was amazing!" - N •


Romantic vision

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Betsy Jonuzi & Andrew Coutts

WEDDING DATE: June 30th, 2018

CEREMONY LOCATION: Sunningdale Golf &

Country Club (sunningdalegolf.com) London, ON

RECEPTION LOCATION: Four Points by

Sheraton London (♥) (marriott.com/yxufp) London,

ON "We had heard great things about the Four

Points. They have amazing food, and were able to

accommodate the amount of guests we had." - B

GUESTS: 315

PHOTOGRAPHY: Wesley Forbes Photography

(wesleyforbesphotography.com) London, ON "We

were referred by a family friend. We loved his

personality. He was amazing, so much fun to work

with even though our wedding was the hottest day

of the year! - B

BUDGET: $50,000

THEME: "Our theme was romantic elegance with

light dusty pinks, golds, and crystal."- B

DÉCOR & FLORAL: Babylon Decor

(babylondecor.com) Toronto, ON "They were

able to make my dream wedding come to life

without spending a ton of money. They needed

little guidance, just some photos of what I had

envisioned and they went with it. We loved the

head table; it felt like a dream!" - B

CAKE: Angelos Italian Bakery (angelosbakery.com)

London, ON

FAVOURS: Rheo Thompson mint smoothie

candies (rheothompson.com) Stratford, ON

HAIR & MAKEUP: Salon Prespa, London, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: Petrov Bridal (petrovbridal.com)

London, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David's Bridal

(davidsbridal.ca) London, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Joseph's

Clothiers (josephsclothiers.com) London, ON

LIVE BAND: "We hired a live Albanian band from

the United States that performs at weddings in

their spare time." - B

BEST MEMORY: "Dancing and enjoying the

evening with all our friends and family - it was

finally time to relax and party!." - B

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: "Try

and have fun, the day goes by so quickly that it

doesn't seem real! Relax and take in as much of it

as you can." - B •

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BRIDE & GROOM: Melanie Debney & Kyle Bom

WEDDING DATE: February 9th, 2019

RECEPTION LOCATION: THEMUSEUM (♥)

(themuseum.ca) Kitchener, ON “We didn’t really know

what to expect when we walked into THEMUSEUM

for our first appointment but when the wedding

coordinator started talking us through what our

reception could look like, we knew it was perfect for

us! Who else has a water table and giant floor piano

at their wedding, let alone a ball pit and balloon

room?” - M

PHOTOGRAPHY: Lula King Photo and Film

(lulaking.com) Toronto, ON

# GUESTS: 160

BUDGET: $30,000

Playful at THEMUSEUM

THEME:" We didn’t go with a theme for the

wedding. THEMUSEUM has over-the-top wow

factor so some draping with simple table settings is

all we felt we needed. Our colour palette was mostly

neutral and gold with splashes of deep purple and

navy blue. We had been to so many weddings where

the venue (chairs, tables, backdrop, cake etc) were

completely covered in the wedding colour and we

wanted it to be a little less flashy than that." - M

DÉCOR: AWE Events (aweevents.ca) Cambridge, ON

FLORALS: Cabbage Rose Lane (cabbageroselane.com)

Cambridge, ON

CAKE: "Donna, a family friend made our cake. " - M

FAVOURS: Koality Confections (facebook.com/

koalityconfections) Scarborough, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Collins Formal

Wear (♥) (collinsformalwear.com) Kitchener, ON

BRIDE + BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David's Bridal

(davidsbridal.ca) Kitchener, ON

HAIR & MAKEUP: KW Mobile Makeup and Hair

(facebook.com/KWmobile2016) Kitchener, ON

DJ: DJ Mastro (djmastro.ca) Toronto, ON

CATERING: Little Mushroom Catering (♥)

(littlemushroomcatering.ca) Cambridge, ON

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER:

"Remember to take care of yourself in the days

leading up to the wedding and on the big day too! It

sounds silly, but you may be too busy to notice that

the only thing you ate was a bowl of cereal and that

you haven’t had a sip of water in over a day. " - M •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 15


Classroom love at Concordia Club

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Megan Kerr & Dustin Rose

WEDDING DATE: July 28th, 2018

CEREMONY: St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church

(stmichaelw.ca) Waterloo, ON

RECEPTION: Concordia Club (♥) (concordiaclub.ca)

Kitchener, ON "Concordia Club has been a huge part

of my life; I've been going there since I was born (my

father is the President). I have worked there during

Oktoberfest since I was of legal age. I was Miss

Concordia in 2015. Concordia Club is the best place

to go!! The staff is amazing, the venue is awesome

and gorgeous, and the food is to die for!" - M

PHOTOGRAPHY: One2One Photography

(one2onephotography.ca) Kitchener, ON

"I knew Pete from when I was Miss Concordia as he

is the photographer for the Concordia Club. It was

extremely easy and enjoyable to work with him. He

has been in the profession for many years and knows

what he is doing." - M

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GUESTS: 185

BUDGET: $20,000

THEME: "Since we are both teachers, we had a slight

teaching theme happening. Our seating chart was

on an old glass door saying "Classroom of Love".

Cards went into an old desk saying "Report Cards".

Our table centerpieces were mini chalkboards with

math equations on them for table numbers stacked

on top of textbooks with an apple and flower. Our

favours were pencils and a donation to the Chelsea

Alvarez Memorial Fund which supports females in the

engineering field (in memory of one of my best friends

from highschool). Instead of a limo, we rode around in

a school bus." - M

DÉCOR & FLORAL: "Our family friend, Justine did

all the décor. I cannot choose a favourite décor element

as everything from the candy bar to the head table to the

sign in table was simply amazing!" - M

CAKE: Handmade by our friend Emily Panayiotou

BRIDE ATTIRE: Gina's Closet (ginasclosetbridal.com)

St. Jacob's, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David's Bridal

(davidsbridal.ca) Cambridge, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores

Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) Kitchener, ON

HAIR: Tatiana Shevtsova

MAKEUP: Natasha Aivaliotis & Kaitlin Zimmer

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER:

"Planning a wedding is hard work and takes time

but be sure to enjoy the process! Try not to stress

too much as everything will work out in the end.

The best advice we got from people was to be sure to

take a couple of minutes during the reception while

everyone was having fun and dancing and to sit back

together and take it all in. We are so glad we did and

would encourage every bride and groom to do the

same!." - M & D •


Outdoor Hindu celebration

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Niki Patel & Timothy Godin

WEDDING DATE: September 29th, 2018

LOCATION: Fanshawe Pioneer Village (♥)

(fanshawepioneervillage.ca) London, ON “As a

wedding photographer myself, I've always loved

the outdoor spaces Fanshawe Pioneer Village has to

offer. It is always so beautiful!.” - N

PHOTOGRAPHY: Raw Footage Photography

(rawfootagephotos.com) London, ON

“We planned our wedding in only 9 months and

usually you book a photographer a year in advance.

I also really wanted our whole HRM Photography

team to be at my wedding as guests. They are family

to me so I wanted them to celebrate with us! We

decided on Sophie from Raw Footage Photography.

She is a friend of ours and I love her work. It was

perfect! I loved the morning session of photos, the

first look and our photo session with just the two

of us. It was an early morning with our ceremony

starting at 10am, we had our photos done at 8:30am

and we had the best light!” - N

THEME: “We really didn't have a vision or

theme, all I knew was I wanted an outdoor Hindu

ceremony. I wanted the whole day to be about

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celebrating with our favourite people. We ended

up going with pink/rose gold/green/white for our

colours and based that around both of my dresses!”

- N

# GUESTS: 120

BUDGET: $20,000

DÉCOR & FLORALS: The Little Shed Flower

Company (thelittleshedflowerco.com) Varna, ON

"The beautiful Mandap that Sarah created for our

ceremony was stunning! She is so talented!" - N

RECEPTION BOUQUET & BOUTINEER: Designs

in Bloom (designsinbloom.ca) London, ON

DAY OF COORDINATION: Unmistakably You

(unmistakablyyou.com) London, ON "Hire a

wedding planner/day of co-coordinator! Having

Amy there made our day so organized and let us

enjoy the day!" - N

CAKE: Bake Shop Studio (bakeshopstudio.com)

London, ON

DJ: Music Central Entertainment (♥) (musticcentral.ca)

London, ON

HAIR: AlyCat Makeup & Hair Artistry (alycat.ca)

London, ON

MAKEUP: Carma (carmabyc.com) London, ON

GROOM ATTIRE: Ceremony - Asiyans (asiyans.com)

Toronto, ON | Reception Suit - RW&Co. (rw-co.com)

London, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: Ceremony - Traditional dress from

India | Reception Dress - Petrov Bridal (petrovbridal.com)

London, ON

CATERING: Sticky Pudding Catering

(stickypudding.ca) London, ON

FAVOURS: Donation to Pelotonia (pelotonia.org)

BEST MEMORY: “My favourite part of the day

was our dog Dre walking down the aisle before

me (I saw it from afar) to a Dr. Dre track. It made

all the guests have a good laugh before the tears

when I walked down! I also surprised Tim with

2 gifts; one was a custom cake topper of us in our

wedding attire and Leafs jerseys with Dre, and the

second was tickets to a Leafs game.” - N

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: "Just

remember there are no rules, so make your own

and make the day special to you both. We kept a few

traditions and snuck in some surprises!" - N •


White and whimsical in Stratford

BRIDE & GROOM: Nicola Schaerer & Kyle

Wilhelm

WEDDING DATE: September 14th, 2018

LOCATION: Stratford Country Club (♥)

(stratfordcountryclub.ca) Stratford, ON "The

Stratford Country Club exceeded our expectations!

Right from our first appointment with Jessie to our

food tasting and final set up the night before with

Isabelle, it was a smooth and enjoyable planning

experience!" - N

PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Thomson Photography

(laurathomsonphotography.ca) Stratford, ON "Laura

is a long time friend and an amazing photographer

who takes very natural photos. A year prior she

did our family photo's, during this session, Kyle

proposed and Laura was able to capture this

moment. We wouldn't have wanted anyone else to

photograph our wedding day." - N

# GUESTS: 145 for ceremony & dinner | 215 for

the reception

THEME: "The colour scheme for our wedding was

white, light pink with lots flowers, and greenery

accents. I found a lot of ideas on pinterest!" - N

DÉCOR & FLORALS: Designs By Cate

(designsbycate.ca) Stratford, ON "We loved

everything! From the ceremony décor, to the

mason jar flowers on shepherd's hooks that lined

the aisle, to the head table and centrepieces. It

looked so beautiful. Cate was so easy to work with

and she helped pull the entire look together!" - N

CAKE: Kandy Cakes (kandycakes1@gmail.com)

Stratford, ON

FAVOURS: "We did a candy bar instead of favours,

so people could enjoy sweet treats while at the

wedding!" - N

BRIDE ATTIRE: Petrov Bridal (petrovbridal.com)

London, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Valentina's Bridal &

Couture (valentinabridal.ca) Waterloo, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores

Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) Kitchener, ON

HAIR: "Dori Nelson & Brittany Henry did our

hair. Dori is a long time friend who is incredibly

talented. Her creativity with bohemian style updos

is amazing!" - N

MAKEUP: Makeup Artistry By Heather

(makeupartistrybyheather.com) Stratford, ON

VIDEOGRAPHER: Bonsai Creative

(bonsaicreative.ca) Waterloo, ON •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 19


ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER:

"Surround yourself with people who have the best

intentions for you. The last 3-4 months are the

craziest! The key is to get some of the little things

out of the way early. Also remember it is your day

as a couple - do what you want to do."- M

BRIDE & GROOM: Meg Pottruff & Brandon Thornton

WEDDING DATE: May 25th, 2019

LOCATION: Dundas Valley Golf and Curling

Club (dundasvalleygolf.com) Dundas, ON “We

immediately fell in love with the 180° view of

the Niagara Escarpment, Dundas Peak and their

beautiful golf course. The Dundas Peak has always

been a favourite hiking place of ours, so it was a

perfect fit. The venue offers and organizes all the

food, linens and décor, etc. which was exactly what

we were looking for.” - M

PHOTOGRAPHY: A Nash Photograph (♥)

(anashphotograph.com) Cambridge, ON "Amy is

family, so aside from it being an obvious choice,

her portfolio speaks for itself. She and Deane have

captured many of life's biggest moments perfectly.

We had the pleasure of working with Amy as she

Vintage modern

took our engagement photos 2 years prior. After

nailing those photos we couldn't have been more

excited to have her photograph our day." - M

# GUESTS: 125

BUDGET: $25,000 - $30,000

THEME: "Vintage modern with ivory, corals,

soft pinks and hints of dark blue. The inspiration

originally came from a vintage crystal candy dish

found while thrift shopping and we thought they

would make the perfect centrepieces." - M

FLORALS: Burlap & Lace Florals (burlapandlace.ca)

Hamilton, ON

DIY: "We did a lot of DIY! From our repurposed

cork seating chart to paper flowers and numbers we

cut out, to our handstamped favour bags, even our

homemade wooden guest book." - M

CAKE: Sweet Bakery (sweetbakerybrant.ca)

Brantford, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: David's Bridal (davidsbridal.ca)

Cambridge, ON

BRIDESMAID ATTIRE: eShakti (eshakti.com)

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores

Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) Kitchener, ON

DJ: Ruby Entertainment (rubyentertainment.ca)

Hamilton, ON

HAIR: Twisted Sisters on Dundson, Brantford, ON

MAKEUP: Makeup by Amber Baker (facebook.com/

makeupbyamberbaker) Paris, ON

BEST MEMORY: "Our favourite memory was our

first look. Finally getting to see each other after the

rush of getting ready in the morning then having

a few moments to ourselves was very special. It

also allowed us to take in a bit of our cocktail hour

without the rush." - M •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 21


Simple yet elegant in Woodstock

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Leslie & Kyle Difazio

WEDDING DATE: September 22nd, 2018

LOCATION: Craigowan Golf Course (♥) (craigowan.com)

Woodstock, ON “From the moment we toured the

venue and met with Deb, the Director of Hospitality at

the course, we knew it was the perfect fit! We wanted an

all-in-one location for both our ceremony and reception.

Craigowan was perfect for this! Their outdoor wedding

ceremony location is beautiful and unique with tiered

seating and the reception hall and patio are gorgeous

with perfect views of the golf course.” - L

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelly Taylor - The Bridal Lounge

Photography (thebridallounge.ca) Ingersoll, ON

“Kelly was absolutely amazing! She came via

recommendations from colleagues at work. She was

most definitely the perfect fit for us. We met early

on in our engagement and I didn't look any further!

From her website and Instagram, I loved her style of

very natural and not overly edited. She was so easy

to work with and helped to keep us all on schedule.

I knew I wanted to do pictures not just at the golf

course and she found the location downtown which

are some of our favourite shots.” - L

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THEME: “We never really named our theme but we

wanted something modern, with clean lines that we

would look back on and always love. I love neutral

colours which is why we had lots of white, grey

and greenery. We carried out the same white with

greenery theme in our invites, our wedding website,

all the stationary the day of and throughout the décor.

I wanted things to be simple, yet elegant.” - L

# GUESTS: 155

BUDGET: $35,000

FLOWERS: The Flower Fountain (theflowerfountain.com)

Aylmer, ON "Nancy's style is so modern and beautiful.

There would be no one else I would want to do

our flowers. She created all the beautiful bouquets,

boutonnieres and all the florals for the décor. She also

delivered and set everything up at the venue." - L

DÉCOR & STATIONERY: Unmistakably You

(unmistakablyyou.com) London, ON "Amy was

awesome to work with. She designed everything from

our invites to our day-of stationery. She also created

the backdrop frame with our initials hanging, which

then served as a photo op during the dance. We loved

it!" - L

BRIDE ATTIRE: Once Upon A Time Weddings

(onceuponatimeweddings.ca) Strathroy, ON

GROOM ATTIRE: EPH Apparel (ephapparel.com)

ALTERATIONS: Alterations by Bree McQueen (facebook.

com/AlterationsbyBreeMcQueen) Woodstock, ON

HAIR: Tomara Harmer | MAKEUP: Julia Owens

CAKE: Grandma's Oven Bakery & Cakes

(grandmasoven.ca) Aylmer, ON

DJ: Spin Doctor Productions (spindoctorproductions.

com) Kitchener, ON

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: "We both

feel that probably one of the best decisions we made

about our wedding was our first look! It allowed us to

spend so much more time together on our wedding

day! We completed all of our pictures before the

ceremony. This then allowed us to enjoy our meal,

dance and spend time with our guests throughout the

evening. However, know that whatever you choose

to do, will be perfect for you and your soon-to-be

spouse!" L&K •


A beautiful love story in the books

GROOM & GROOM: Jeff & Duncan MacKenzie

LOCATION: Victoria Park Pavillion, Kitchener, ON

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jess Collins Photography

(jesscollinsphotos.com) Kitchener, ON "Mostly

we loved how personable Jess was. We went to

The Ring's KW Wedding Expo and most of the

photographers were very professional but reserved.

Jess was outgoing from the start, struck up a

conversation, asked about us and seemed to actually

care. It wasn't a difficult decision. She was really easy

to work with, made a lot of helpful suggestions, and

helped us pick the right photo package for our day.

The best part of the photos is how accurately they

capture our friends and family. Anyone can snap a

quick pic, but to take a picture that actually makes

people come alive, that takes a great photographer

like Jess." - J & D

# GUESTS: 160

BUDGET: $25,000 - $30,000

THEME: "We used mostly navy & white, but the

'theme' was books. We both love to read, especially

sci-fi and fantasy literature, so we made that a big

element." - J

BOUTONNIERES & BOUQUETS: Lilies White

(lilieswhite.com) Kitchener, ON

DIY: "Rather than give each table a number, we

assigned each table a location name inspired by

some of our favourite books (ie. Hogwarts, Avalon,

Rivendell). Each table had a nameplate hand drawn

by a friend, a decorative stack of books topped by

the one we pulled the name from with flowers in

Erlenmeyer flasks rather than vases (Duncan is a

biochemist) with decorative twine and washi tape

around the necks to make them look classy." - J

GROOM'S ATTIRE: Indochino (indochino.com)

Toronto, ON

GROOMSMEN + GROOMSMAIDS ATTIRE: "The

groomsmen each wore a suit of their own, and the

groomsmaids wore nice dresses. We didn't have the

wedding party try to match us. We got them scarves

or ties with the same design as the ties that we were

wearing.' - J

MUSICIANS: Fred Hale & The Black Water Trio

(fredhale.ca/bwtrio.php) Waterloo, ON

CATERING: Lancaster Smokehouse

(lancsmokehouse.com) Kitchener, ON

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: "Try

to make sure all of your guests feel included and

appreciated. We had three hearing impaired family

members in attendance, and we arranged for a

sign language interpreter to ensure they could

understand the ceremony & speeches." - J & D •

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Rustic elegance at Hernder Estate

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Carmen & Brittany

WEDDING DATE: June 29th, 2019

LOCATION: Hernder Estate Wines (hernder.com)

St. Catharines, ON "Hernder Estate Wines is a

breathtaking location. It has such a warm, cozy feel

to it that it feels like home ~ it was an added bonus

that we met there!" - B

PHOTOGRAPHY: Chelsea Green Photography

(chelseagreenphotography.com) Niagara, ON

There are no words to describe what an incredible

experience it was to work with both Chelsea and

Stephanie. They are both so passionate about their

work, incredibly kind and so down to earth. They

both made having our pictures taken feel so natural

and comfortable! Chelsea and Stephanie capture

amazing candid photos that you don’t even know

are being taken in the moment; this was so special to

look back on!” - B

THEME: “The overall theme and colour scheme

for our wedding day was neutrals, neutrals and

neutrals! There is already so much detail at Hernder

Estate Wines; both inside and out, we loved the

rustic feel and didn’t want to take away from that.

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Our inspiration was a mix of rustic, elegant, and

an overall romantic feel. There’s just something so

refreshing and romantic about neutrals, and it’s our

overall preference for everything. There were a lot,

and I mean a lot of people who tried encouraging us

to add colour but we are happy we stuck to our gut~

everything was perfect!” - B

# GUESTS: 240

BUDGET: $50,000

FLORALS: The Watering Can (thewateringcan.ca)

Vineland, ON

LINENS & CHAIRCOVERS: Gotcha Covered

(gotchacovered.ca) Port Colborne, ON

DÉCOR: Stuff by Chris (stuffbychris.com) St.

Catherines, ON

DÉCOR RENTALS: Joani Wedding Décor

(joaniweddingdecor.com) St. Catherines, ON

CAKE: Cake Queens (cakequeens.ca) Grimsby, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Collins

Formal Wear (♥) (collinsformalwear.com) St.

Catherines, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: Bella Mia Bridal (bellamiabridal.com)

Hamilton, ON

HAIR & MAKEUP: Lavish Flair Hair & Makeup

(lavishflair.com) Toronto, ON

VIDEOGRAPHER: Dave Tebbutt

PHOTOBOOTH: The Bloom Booth (thebloombooth.com)

Beamsville, ON

BEST MEMORY: "SO many ‘best’ memories from

our wedding! Definitely seeing each other the first

time during our first look, and being announced

in as husband and wife! We also loved celebrating

with everyone we loved in the same room, you

could feel the love and happiness in the room and

this is something we will never forget.” - B

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: "Preplan

as much as you can! We tried to do as much

as we could as early as possible, when the wedding

day came there was less to do and we were able to

enjoy the planning process without as much stress.

Also keeping in mind that everything doesn’t go

according to plan. It’s a day where you really have

to go with the flow, enjoy the moment and BE

together to celebrate the beginning of this new

chapter!" - B&C •


Naturally gorgeous in Elora

BRIDE & GROOM: Blake Voisin & Danika Walden

WEDDING DATE: April 6th, 2019

LOCATION: Elora Mill (♥) (eloramill.ca) Elora, ON

The Elora Mill is gorgeous and they have amazing

service!” – B&D

PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Evans Photography (♥)

(gary-evans.ca) Kitchener, ON

“We were connected with Gary through a family

friend. He and his wife Kim were wonderful to

work with and made it so much fun! They are very

professional and provide a great experience. We

love the signature photo they did and the fact that

they stopped traffic on a bridge for us to snap some

shots!” – D&B

THEME: Vintage rose, grey & gold

DÉCOR & FLORALS: Jodi Leigh Designs

(jodileighdesigns.com) Kitchener, ON “I asked Jodi

to do florals that matched my colours with greenery.

I showed her photos from Pinterest and she made

it happen. We went simple with décor as the Elora

Mill is gorgeous on its own. Everything looked

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amazing!” – D

DIY FAVOURS: “We made red pepper jelly for our

favours, a wood signing board, and my mother-inlaw

made the furs that the bridesmaids wore.” – D

CAKE: “One of my bridesmaids is a cake decorator

and made a chocolate cake with white icing. It was

simple yet beautiful!” – D

MUSICIAN: Jessie Webber & The Uptown Girls

(jessewebbermusic.com) Kitchener, ON

HAIR: Jess Moser (@cozymosiebeauty) New

Hamburg, ON & Holly Wasser (hollywaser.com)

Kitchener, ON

MAKEUP: Erin Moreau (erindmoreau.com)

Kitchener, ON & Nerea Garcia Roth (facebook.

com/nereagarciaroth.makeupartist) Kitchener, ON

"Erin did my make up and she was AWESOME! She

listened to everything I asked for - a mix of glam

and natural" - D

BRIDE + BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE:Taylor's Bridal

Boutique Inc. (taylorsbridal.com) Elmira, ON "Love this

place! Linda Taylor really knows what she's doing!" - D

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Trends for

Men (trendsformen.com) Kitchener, ON "This place

is family run. Moe is excellent! He even had the

guys in after hours to accommodate their schedules.

His recommendations on ties, suit colour and shoes

were great. He knows his stuff and was great to

work with." - D

VIDEOGRAPHER: Lucas Bulger from Your Day

by Lucas (yourdaybylucas.com) Guelph, ON. “He is

amazing!!! We LOVE our wedding highlight video

and it was so fun to get to watch the ceremony

and speeches. Lucas is professional and takes great

pride in his work. I would highly recommend

him.” – D

BEST MEMORY: “Everything!! We had so much

fun and the Elora Mill staff were incredible and

made sure everything ran smoothly!” – D

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: “Choose

a venue that takes care of the details so you can

enjoy the day! It’s worth the extra money.” – D&B •


Two cultures, one wedding

BRIDE & GROOM: Pier Glaude & Amar Madhvani

WEDDING DATE: August 4th, 2018

LOCATION: Stonewall Estates (stonewallestates.ca)

St. Catherines, ON

PHOTOGRAPHY: Scarlet Lens Photography

(scarletlensphotography.com) Brantford, ON

# GUESTS: 190

BRIDE ATTIRE: Helen's Bridal (helensbridalbarrie.com)

Barrie ON

BRIDESMAID ATTIRE: Wedding Way by Adrianna

Papell (adriannapapell.com)

GROOM ATTIRE: Gotstyle (gotstyle.com) Toronto, ON

GROOM INDIAN ATTIRE: Bombay Trendz

(bombaytrendz.com) Mississauga, ON

HAIR & MAKEUP: Be You Beauty & Co

(beyoubeautygroup.com) St. Catherines, ON

JEWELLERY: Banglez (banglez.com) Oakville, ON

MEHNDI: Krini Henna Art (facebook.com/krini.henna)

Toronto, ON

DÉCOR & FLORALS: Vinifera Floral Design

(viniferafloraldesign.com) Jordan, ON

BARAAT HORSE: Ponies R Us (theponypeople.com)

Milton, ON

DUPPATA: Sia Importers (facebook.com/siaimporter)

Toronto, ON

DETAILS: “Our goal in this wedding was really to

bring together two cultures. We did not want two

different ceremonies or receptions, but wanted

both to merge together into one. I wore a white

dress, but had mehndi done on my hands and feet,

wore Indian jewelry and bangles and an Indian

dupatta (shawl). I made a ribbon out of my mother’s

wedding dress, which was wrapped around my

flowers. We had a friend of the family lead the civil

ceremony, which was both in French and English,

and Amar’s uncle lead the Indian ceremony, which

flowed into each other nicely.” - P

BEST MEMORY: “My favourite part was seeing

Amar arrive on a horse! He was led by a drummer

and all of his friends and family. I was tucked away

in a small cottage so that he wouldn’t see me, but I

was able to peek out the window and see him come

in.” - P

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: “Focus

on the parts that are the most important to you as a

couple – what you want the day to say about you and

represent about your relationship and union. There

are so many small details that don’t matter much at

the end of the day.” - P & A •

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Country escape at Nottawasaga

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & BRIDE: Jessica Bennett & Chrissy Sled

WEDDING DATE: September 14th, 2018

LOCATION: Nottawasaga Resort

(nottawasagaresort.com) Alliston, ON “We chose

Nottawasaga Resort for the beautiful wedding

garden, which has gorgeous flowers, a rustic water

wheel, and a pond with a fountain.” - J&C

PHOTOGRAPHY: Steingard Studios

(steingardstudios.com) Alliston, ON “Phil was

recommended to us by Nottawasaga. His portfolio

was breathtaking. He was so understanding, really

took our ideas and went with them. Phil really

wanted to make sure that he incorporated our

personalities into our photos instead of just doing

"standard" photos. He also had so many poses

and spots in the resort that we wouldn't have even

thought of.” - J&C

THEME: “Our theme was rustic and sweet with a

bit of Disney, because it matched our personalities

and interests. We love escaping city life, enjoying

time outdoors, and country music, which all

seemed to fit perfectly. We chose yellow and grey as

our colours. Sunflowers are Jessica's favourite flower

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and they fit the theme perfectly.” - J&C

# GUESTS: 86

BUDGET: $25,000

DIY: “Our wedding was very much a DIY wedding;

the centerpieces, the flowers, the crates that we

used, signs we put out, our programs, essentially

all of our décor! Even our glass container for our

sand ceremony was a DIY project. It took a lot

of planning, web searches for ideas, and trial and

error for every element. However, we learned

that a glue gun can fix anything! We spent many

hours together making decorations, putting things

together, going over every last detail! It was such

an amazing year together planning and visualizing

how our wedding would be!” - J&C

CAKE: Susan, a family friend

DJ: Scottify Events (scottify.ca) Toronto, ON

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Jordan Ashley MUA (facebook.

com/Jordanashleymakeup)

BRIDE'S ATTIRE: Jessica's dress was from David's

Bridal (davidsbridal.ca) Mississauga, ON | Chrissy's

suit was custom made from Moores Clothing for Men

(♥) (mooresclothing.com) Ajax, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David's Bridal

(davidsbridal.ca) Mississauga, ON

BEST MEMORY: Jessica: "The first look! Standing

there on the step waiting for Chrissy to turn

around, getting the first look of my beautiful

bride-to-be. I'll never forget the way I felt; the

joy and the butterflies, the excitement and the

happiness, I couldn't wait to look in her eyes and

see her beautiful smile!"

Chrissy: "The first look! The anticipation of

hearing Jess's voice but not being able to see her.

Waiting for her to come down the stairs and

knowing how close I was to seeing her. After

months of hard work and planning, turning

around and getting see my beautiful wife. The

rest of the world, just melted away. The dress, the

look on her face, the tears in both of our eyes, it

was everything that day. But saying "I do" was also

pretty awesome.” •


An intimate winery wedding

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Alyssa Hughes & Michael Ives

WEDDING DATE: June 8th, 2019

LOCATION: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

(peninsularidge.com) Beamsville, ON "Mike grew

up down the road from Peninsula Ridge Estates

Winery. Prior to visiting the venue, we had looked

at several other options in the area but nothing

seemed quite right. It wasn’t until I passed it on the

way through town that I remembered how lovely

it was. I booked an appointment to visit the venue

the moment I got home. After our meeting with

Melanie I knew we had finally found our wedding

venue." - A

PHOTOGRAPHY: Anne Edgar Photography (♥)

(anneedgarphoto.com) Cambridge ON

“I had fallen in love with Anne’s work many years

ago as she was the photographer for a family friend’s

wedding. I had my heart so set on her doing our

wedding that I made sure she was available for the

wedding before we signed the contract with the

venue.” - A

THEME: “We didn't have a theme.The space was

already fabulous on its own so we tried to pick

décor and colours that we felt would highlight the

space. We went with greens, pinks, whites and

touches of gold to balance the beautiful dark wood

interior of the Coach House. I was overjoyed at how

everything came together.” - A

# GUESTS: 46

FLORALS: The Watering Can (thewateringcan.ca)

Vineland, ON

STATIONERY: Red Bicycle Paper Co. (♥)

(redbicyclepaperco.com) Cambridge, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores

Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) Burlington, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: Taylor's Bridal Boutique Inc.

(taylorsbridal.com) Elmira, ON

HAIR: West End Hair Studio (westendhair.ca)

Grimsby, ON

MAKEUP: Makeup By Elisha (makeupbyelisha.com)

Burlington, ON

OFFICIANT: Brad Lehman from Kettle Creek

Weddings (kettlecreekweddings.com) Toronto, ON

RINGS: Zsolt Székely (zsoltszekely.com) Toronto, ON

"I had found Zsolt’s work a few years ago by accident

while I was searching gamer inspired jewelry. Mike

is a huge Legend of Zelda fan so when it came time

to choose our wedding bands, I sent him pictures

of Zsolt’s work. Originally, we were only going to

have Mike’s wedding band custom made, but Zsolt

offered to make my ring as well. I loved that he was

able to make our rings not only reflect our own

style and personalities, but that our individual rings

complimented each other." - A

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: "Make

sure you take the time to find vendors that you trust

and be open to their suggestions. This is what they do

for a living and they have probably encountered every

wedding trend or idea at some point in their careers.

The best example we have of this was working with the

florist. I had gone in to my first meeting with a basic

idea of the colours and flowers I wanted to use. Betty

was more than willing to work with what I presented,

but I wanted to know if she had any ideas that might

work better for the season and for my budget. Thank

goodness I asked for her suggestions! What she

came up with was better than anything I could have

imagined on my own. Also, by taking her advice on

re-using the floral décor for both the ceremony and

reception, she cut our anticipated floral budget almost

in half." - A&M •

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Out of this galaxy

BRIDE & GROOM: Courtney Bagley & Adam Janisse

WEDDING DATE: May 25th, 2019

LOCATION: Best Western Lamplighter Inn (♥)

(lamplighterinn.ca) London, ON “We chose this

location because my father and I have been dj-ing

together for almost 10 years. We have been the dj'd

many events at the Lamplighter Inn. Every time I

walk into the ballroom, it takes my breath away. It is

beautifully decorated and the food was incredible!"

– C

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashur Films (facebook.com/

ashurfilms) London, ON “Our photographer was

recommended to us through family. It was the most

incredible experience working with him and we

can't say enough good things to say about him.” – C

GUESTS: 75

THEME: "Our theme was galaxy. We mainly pulled

the colours from the galaxy so it wasn't over the top

but remained beautiful. We chose plum purple for

the bridal party to wear, our backdrop was purple

and blue, and my bouquet had quite a bit of blue

and purple. Our cake topper was star themed and

our guest book had a true galaxy pattern on it. We

were mainly inspired by the colours and then the

galaxy theme really settled in!” – C & A

DÉCOR: Simply White Weddings

(simplywhiteweddings.ca) London, ON

FLORAL: Petals of Love (petalsoflove.com) St.

Thomas, ON "Lori did all of our flowers and our

centrepieces. I felt the galaxy theme really solidify

when I saw the blue and white orchids in the vases.

We had these orchids fully submerged in water with

floating candles on the top. It was so amazing some

people thought they were fake or painted on the

vases." - C

CAKE: Chick Boss Cake (chickbosscake.com) St.

Thomas, ON

BRIDE + BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David's Bridal

(davidsbridal.ca) London, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores

Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) London, ON

DJ: TJ Disc Jockey

HAIR: Morgan from Scissorkitty Rock n' Roll Hair

(scissorkitty.com) St. Thomas, ON

MAKEUP: Vanessa D Artistry (facebook.com/

vanessadartistry) St. Thomas, ON

CATERING: "The Lamplighter did all of the

catering. I received endless compliments that the

food was incredible and I can't thank the chefs

enough for being so flexible with our guests who

had food allergies. The chefs made meals from

scratch for our guests with more severe allergies so

that everyone could enjoy their meal." - C

BEST MEMORY: "It's so hard to pick a favourite

memory from our wedding because the whole

day was amazing. Marrying my best friend was

unforgettable. But if I had to choose, dancing with

my dad was my best memory. My dad has always

been there for me and it was a really special moment

to be able to dance with him." – C&A •

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Unforgettable charm at Boler Mountain

BRIDE & GROOM: Allan Hodgins & Ally Quirk

white and burlap.” - A&A

HAIR: Zita, Ted & Wendy at Five Forty, London, ON

WEDDING DATE: November 3rd, 2018

# GUESTS: 170

MAKE-UP: Beauty by Preen (beautybypreen.com)

LOCATION: Boler Mountain (bolermountain.com)

FLORALS: Jim Anderson Flowers

London, ON

London, ON “When we went to Boler for the

(jimandersonflowers.com) London, ON "Geraldine

BRIDE ATTIRE: Garber's Bridal (garbersbridal.com)

first time, we knew it was the place we wanted

listened to what we wanted and went above and

London ON

to get married – it was perfect! They were very

beyond. Ally really liked baby's breath so she used

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David's Bridal

accommodating in making sure our wedding was

baby breath and made it a bit more special by

(davidsbridal.ca) London, ON

just the way we wanted.” - A&A

adding statice flowers. We had a ton of flowers and

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Collins

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

PHOTOGRAPHY: HRM Photography (♥)

(hrmphotography.com) London, ON

“We found HRM Photography by searching online

and really liked their work. When we met Heather for

the first time, she was so nice and personable. Her past

work and awards speak for themselves, but the passion

and energy that she brought to shooting our wedding

(finding views and backgrounds in a new wedding

location in London) was astounding." - A&A

were so happy with them all." - A

DIY: "We used Pinterest as our idea starter. Our

parents stepped up and took our vision to a whole

new level. Our favourite elements were the french

doors from the family's century old farm home,

Grandpa Ira's cowboy boots, birch branch flower

vases, our memory tree and the head table." - A&A

FAVOURS: "We made DIY personalized mini Heinz

Ketchup Bottles. Ally has always loved ketchup on

Formal Wear (♥) (collinsformalwear.com) London, ON

DJ: Music Central Entertainment (♥) (musticcentral.ca)

London, ON

BEST MEMORY: “Tough question because there

were so many incredible moments. One thing we

will never forget is feeling the love and support

from so many of our family and friends. We may

not get to see everyone as much as we'd like on a

regular basis but being able to celebrate this day

THEME: “We really didn't have a theme, it was just

everything and thought the customized bottles would

with them was incredible and something we will

things that we liked. The colours were navy, antique

be great as favours." - A

never forget." - A&A •

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Burgundy & blush

BRIDE & GROOM: Kourtney & Kolton Lynch

WEDDING DATE: September 28th, 2018

LOCATION: Croatian Sports and Community

Centre of Hamilton (hamiltoncroatia.com)

Hamilton, ON

PHOTOGRAPHY: DA Photography

(daphotostudio.com) Guelph, ON "We found Dragi

at a bridal show. After looking at his work from

previous weddings and photo shoots, we reached

out. This was the best decision we made! Dragi

was the absolute perfect person to photograph our

wedding! So accommodating, honest and full of

energy! He puts so much effort into his work and it

shows in every photo." - K&K

# GUESTS: 170

BUDGET: $25,000

THEME: "Burgundy, blush and rose gold. I did a lot

of research on fall weddings and I fell in love with

this colour palette." - K

FLORALS: Westdale Florists (westdaleflorists.ca)

Hamilton, ON

PHOTO LOCATION: Battlefield House Museum

Historic Site, Hamilton, ON

DIY: "We did a lot of things ourselves to save

on costs. The centrepieces were our favourite.

Although simple, they brought a pop into the

room. Two vases per table filled with water, with

a submerged rose gold stem with petals to add

sparkle and on top was a large floating candle. We

also had string lights hung behind the head table to

add a touch of romance. " - K&K

STATIONERY: All That's Lovely (allthatslovely.com)

Hamilton, ON

DONUTS: Grandad's Donuts (grandads.ca)

Hamilton, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: She's So Beautiful (shessobeautiful.ca)

Paris, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Best for Bride (♥)

(bestforbride.com) Hamilton, ON

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Collins

Formal Wear (♥) (collinsformalwear.com) Hamilton, ON

HAIR: Amber Lynn Hair Studio (amberlynne.ca)

Hamilton, ON

MAKEUP: Jessica Pettigrew

(prettybypettigrew@gmail.com) Hamilton, ON

DJ: DJ Young Legend (facebook.com/

younglegend1990) Toronto, ON

BEST MOMENT: "Sitting at dinner, looking out

at everyone enjoying themselves, laughing and

smiling. At that moment We really took everything

in and it made our hearts full." - K&K •

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BRIDE & BRIDE: Janine Anderson & Hannah Milley

WEDDING DATE: June 1st, 2019

CEREMONY LOCATION: Kincardine Rock Garden

(kincardine.ca) Kincardine, ON

RECEPTION LOCATION: Kincardine Beach

Pavilion (kincardinepavilion.com) Kincardine, ON

These locations were very special and important

to us. We fell in love walking on the beach in

Kincardine, where Hannah grew up, and so it was so

special for us to be able to celebrate our relationship

here.” – J&H

PHOTOGRAPHY: Spirits Intrigued Photography

(♥) (sipimage.com) Kitchener, ON “We found

Alex at The Ring's Wedding Expo very early in

our engagement. We loved the artistic style of his

outdoor photos. He was amazing to work with and

shot our engagement photos as well. We would

highly recommend him. It's hard to pick a favourite

part of our photos. Alex was able to get a lot of

beautiful photos of us on the beach, but we also

loved the candid photos of our guests dancing at the

reception.” – J&H

COLOURS: Green, white & copper

GUESTS: 70

Love at the beach

CENTREPIECE GREENERY: Everlastings Flowers

and Gifts (everlastings@hurontel.on.ca) Lucknow,

ON “Tracy pulled the centrepieces together with

greenery and the flowers my mother picked the

morning of the wedding.” – H

STATIONERY: Invited by Dani (invitedbydani.com)

London, ON

CAKE: “Lynnette McInnes, one of our bridesmaids,

is a professional baker. She made our cake and

cupcakes as a wedding gift to us. They were

delicious. She also made some vegan and gluten-free

cupcakes for our guests who needed them.” – J&H

BRIDES ATTIRE: Indochino (indochino.com)

Toronto, ON "As butch women, it's often hard for us to

find formal clothing that fits us well. Janine got a lot of

compliments on her velvet tuxedo!" - H

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: "We didn't require our

bridal party to wear anything in particular - we just

asked them to wear something that they liked and

felt good in. It was definitely the right choice - they

all looked great!" - J&H

CATERING: Little Mushroom Catering (♥)

(littlemushroomcatering.ca) Cambridge, ON "They

were amazing! We wanted a vegetarian wedding and

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE

TO ANOTHER: “Focus on

the things that are important.

It's very easy to get caught up

in the trappings of planning

a wedding and there's no

shortage of people trying

to sell them to you! What

we (and everyone else) will

remember is the time spent

with family and friends many

of whom traveled from as far

away as Florida, Vancouver,

Halifax, and Germany to

witness our marriage.” – J&H

they created a delicious, filling buffet table with a

variety of salads, pad thai, and lasagne." - J&H

VIDEOGRAPHER: True View Productions

(trueviewproductions.ca) Kitchener, ON

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Definitely the hardest

part was trying to plan the wedding from two

different countries with limited time together. With

Janine living and working in Colorado and Hannah

finishing medical school in Ontario, we had very

limited time together, but we started early and

powered through whenever we had an opportunity.

A few months before the wedding, we found out that

Hannah would have to move to Newfoundland to

start her medical residency just a few days after the

wedding. That added another layer of complexity,

but we managed.” – J&H

BEST MEMORY: “As much fun as our reception

was, we loved our ceremony. Because we had already

signed our marriage license privately in Colorado

a few months previously, we were able to have one

of our close friends officiate for us on our wedding

day. She wrote an incredibly beautiful and moving

ceremony and we were both barely holding back

tears by the end of it..” – J&H •

34 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


Destination Weddings

The following nine pages of features

are filled with love stories, planning

tips and tricks, written and contributed

by local brides & grooms and the

wedding professionals who know best

how to create the ultimate destination

wedding event. Curated by The Ring.

PHOTO: Simply Wedding Photography (♥)

(simplyweddingphotography.ca) in Guelph, ON

VENUE: The Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa -

Montego Bay, Jamaica

BRIDE & GROOM: Velvet & Ariston Corlette

WEDDING: November 26th, 2018

Full story: p38

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 35


Ontario's west coast wedding destination

BRIDE & GROOM: Krysten & Tony Shmyruk

WEDDING DATE: July 28th, 2018

LOCATION: Hessenland Inn (♥) (hessenland.com)

St. Joseph ON “The grounds of Hessenland Inn are

amazing! I loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and

there were many areas to choose from; I fell in love

with the feeling of a shaded ceremony under a giant

weeping willow tree. During the cocktail hour between

the wedding and reception our guests could wander

to the beach, through the vineyards and through the

beautifully manicured lawns with a glass of wine.” - K

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: Tara

Weddings (taraweddings.ca) Toronto, ON

“Photography and videography were the most

important thing to us on our wedding day. We loved

everything about them on their website and booked

them right away. Our favourite part of our wedding

photos was how they captured the candid moments

such as the picture of my mom and I hugging that I

will treasure forever.” - K

# GUESTS: 100

BUDGET: $30,000

FLOWERS: Luann's Flowers & Gifts

(luannscountryflowers.com) Goderich, ON

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DÉCOR: NJS Event & Party Rentals (njsdesign.on.ca)

Clinton, ON "The head table down the middle of the

room was my favourite. It had a sparkly table cloth

with a big beautiful flower garland runner." - K

DIY: "We built our own lawn games to put out during

the cocktail hour. Our nieces and nephews were also a

big part of our day and my mother-in-law made us a

custom colouring book for the kids to colour in at the

head table with our love story illustrated by famous

Disney couples." - K

FAVOURS: "I moved to Alberta seven years ago to

teach and met my husband there. We live next to a

beekeeper and have hives on our own property. We

decided to do little pots of honey that my mom found

and put together for us. It felt special and unique!" - K

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores

Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) London, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: Taylor's Bridal Boutique (taylorsbridal.com)

Elmira, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David's Bridal (davidsbridal.

ca) London, ON

CAKE: "We opted out of a traditional wedding cake.

Tony LOVES cheese of all kinds, and we also love

charcuterie. Hessenland went above and beyond in

creating amazing charcuterie boards with vegetables

from their gardens that their wonderful chef pickled

months in advance of our wedding. We supplied

a cake topper and 3 different wheels of cheese and

Hessenland put it all together. It was better than I ever

could have imagined." - K

HAIR: Thatch & Fringe (thatchandfringe.com) St. Jacobs, ON

MAKEUP: Miranda Haasnoot

DJ: DJ Alpha Productions (djalpha.ca) London, ON

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: "I planned a Southwestern

Ontario wedding from Alberta. It never would have

gone as well without my mom and sister helping

with in person consults when I couldn't be there.

Our venue's wedding planner held Skype meetings,

Google Hangouts and helped us every step of the

way. If you are planning a wedding from far away, the

best advice is to find a venue that is cooperative and

understanding." - K

BEST MEMORY: "Sneaking away from our reception

at sunset with our photographers and getting pictures

taken in the vineyard as the sun was setting behind

us." - K&T •


{ DESIGN PALETTE }

British Columbia 'art in the garden'

DESIGN & CONCEPT: Colleen O'Farrell

FLORAL: Foxgloves Flowers (foxglovesflowers.com) & Bella Guyon

VENUE: The Horticultural Centre of The Pacific (hcp.ca)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Chelsea Warren Photography

(chelseawarrenphotography.com)

RENTALS: Trend Decor (trenddecorevents.com) & Victoria Party Rentals

(victoriapartyrentals.ca)

CAKE & COOKIES: Schur to Please (schurtoplease.com)

GROOM ATTIRE: Outlooks for Men (outlooksformen.com)

BRIDE ATTIRE: The White Peony (thewhitepeony.com)

HAIR: Adorn by Amanda Johnson (adornbyamandajohnson.com)

MAKEUP: Privé Beauty Lounge (privebeautylounge.ca)

STATIONERY: Tickle Tree Design Studio (tickletreestudio.com)

CANVAS ARTIST: Anne Marie Stephens (amstephensthomas.com)

DAY OF COORDINATION: Blue Lily Event Planning (bluelilyevents.com)

DRONE COVERAGE: Pebble and Pine Photography (pebbleandpine.ca)

MODELS: Briellen, Connor, and Aubrey

DESIGN: "The creative team (all from Victoria, BC) put together an art

in the garden theme, with a bright sorbet colour palette in shades of soft

yellow, oranges, peach and blush. We did a ton of intricate details such as

succulent belts for the bride and flower girl, a succulent bow tie for the

groom and a circle serpentine aisle surrounded by large scale floral paintings

and lush florals. We even did a hanging cake in the forest!" - Colleen,

Foxgloves Flowers •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 37


Jamaica one love

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

BRIDE & GROOM: Velvet & Ariston Corlette

WEDDING DATE: November 26th, 2018

LOCATION: The Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa -

Montego Bay, Jamaica

“We researched a few hotels that we liked the look

of and had positive feedback from 'destination

wedding' groups. Then once we had our list we

simply chose the one that was most cost effective

for our guests! We had our ceremony on the lawn

overlooking the ocean which created a GORGEOUS

backdrop for our ceremony. Our reception was

suppose to be in a more private section of the lawn

area, but it rained so we moved into one of the

ballrooms.” – V

PHOTOGRAPHY: Simply Wedding Photography

(♥) (simplyweddingphotography.ca) Guelph, ON “I

found Jacquie at The Ring's Wedding Expo in my

city. She was bubbly, kind, welcoming, personable

and seemed to know her stuff without being pushy. I

liked her work and was excited to see how she would

capture the two of us. Working with Jacquie was

amazing! We could tell she LOVES her career choice

and is dedicated to her clients. She was great with

communicating with us and ensuring all our needs

were being met. Once we received our sneak peak

engagement photos back we knew we 100% made

the right choice in picking her! She really captured

our love and personalities on camera. It's like she

already knew all of our "good angles". With our

wedding being destination I LOVE how vibrant our

photos are! They literally look like postcards!” – V

GUESTS: 55

BUDGET: $12,000 - $15,000

THEME: "Ombré purple. I had my bridesmaids in

3 shades of purple. Purple has been my favourite

colour since I was a little girl and was always my

dream wedding colour.” – V

DÉCOR: “I wasn't very big on décor as I figured the

ocean, the palm trees and everything else in Jamaica

would be enough! I brought some garland for the

arbour, vases for centrepieces and used my bouquets

inside of them” – V

FAVOURS: "We did welcome bags. Inside was a

Jamaica keychain, a room key card holder with a coil

band (to wear on your wrist/arm to keep your room

key easily accessible) and an 'I regret nothing bag'

which included things like Advil, emergen-C drink

package, bandaids and a little snack." - V &A

BRIDE ATTIRE: Sophie’s Gown Shoppe

(sophiesgownshoppe.com) Kitchener, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: BridesMade (♥)

(bridesmade.ca) Kitchener, ON

GROOM ATTIRE: Exec Couture (execcouture.com)

Toronto, ON

ADVICE, ONE COUPLE TO ANOTHER: "Our

best advice would be to follow your dreams &

vision! You will never make everyone happy. Also,

go to wedding shows! See what's out there in your

community, join planning groups... there are SO

many resources and people who have been through

this process who are willing to help and give REAL

tips and advice. Most importantly... have fun and try

not to stress!” – V&A •

38 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


I DO!’s & PLEASE DON’T!’s:

Destination edition

EXPERT TIP BY DESTINATION DREAM VACATIONS (♥)

(destinationdreamvacations.ca) in Cambridge, ON

ABOUT DESTINATION

DREAM VACATIONS

(♥) (destinationdreamvacations.ca). Destination

Dream Vacations is a full-service travel agency

specializing in destination weddings and

honeymoons. From 100 guests to intimate

beachside receptions, Destination Dream

Vacations knows that your honeymoon or

weddingmoon is not just another vacation.

PHOTO: destinationdreamvacations.ca

please do...

... have some ideas as to what you are thinking

of for your destination wedding. A list of

locations you would like to go, how many

people may come, are there children coming

and of course budget for both the wedding

and the vacation portion.

... take your time planning. With destination

weddings, resorts planners start serious

planning approx 3-4 months out so take time

and expect your questions to be answered

back from the resort planner in about a week.

... hire an experienced professional! Make sure

you have a great and knowledgeable travel

agent that has done destination weddings

prior. Ask questions, such as: How many

weddings have you done? Are you certified?

Are you TICO approved (Ontario Agents

must be TICO certified) Would you have any

references?

... consider a welcome party or at least a

wedding menu. Your guests then will know

where they need to be and when. Have this

party, or hand out your menus the first or

second day you are there.

... keep calm. Things will not always go as

planned. Once you have your plans prepared

and you arrive on site you will meet and go

over your wedding with your local planner.

please don’t...

...leave your planning to last minute. This

can cause stress on both the couple and

the wedding planner and may result in less

options. We often start planning and booking

1-1.5 years in advance.

...get stressed with options. Use a great travel

agent that will help you narrow down the

destination and resort options based on your

criteria.

...pack your wedding attire in your checked

bags. This can include your wedding dress and

the groom outfit. Purchase a carry bag and

take it with you on board the plane.

...ask everyone for destination or resort ideas.

This will cause confusion and frustration as

you will get many ideas and get overwhelmed.

...expect everyone to come. This can be

disappointing however a lot of times your

guests may not be able to afford it or take the

time or like to travel. •

PHOTO: rayerwingallery.com

PHOTO: destinationdreamvacations.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 39


{ DESIGN PALETTE }

Rocky Mountain wonderland

BRIDE & GROOM: Thomas & Madison Sawatzky

WEDDING DATE: November 4th, 2017

VENUE: Silvertip Golf Course (silvertipresort.com) Canmore, AB

"This venue is set in a picturesque mountain town just 20 minutes outside of Banff, Alberta. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop,

every guest was in awe of their beauty." - Madison

PHOTOGRAPHY: Darcy Preece Photography (darcypreece.com) Kitchener, ON

"From the moment I met Thomas and Madison at a bridal show I had been envisioning this amazing wedding. It doesn't get much better

than an outdoor ceremony, at the top of a mountain with the famous Three Sisters mountains as a backdrop. The first snowfall of the

year hit just 3 days before the wedding transforming this fairytale wedding into a winter wonderland. Madison thought of everything

from warm fuzzy shawls for her bridesmaids to blankets for the guests to grab and cuddle up in at the ceremony. The whole day was

magical and we are so pleased with how the photos turned out!" - Darcy Preece Photography

40 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


Icelandic adventures

BRIDE & GROOM: Kiri Latuskie & Brett Buchanan

WEDDING DATE: April 20th, 2019

CEREMONY: Gamla Laugin (The Secret Lagoon) (secretlagoon.is) Flúðir, Iceland

BRUNCH: Icelandair Hotel (icelandairhotels.com) Flúðir, Iceland

RECEPTION: Ströndin Pub (strondin.is) Vík, Iceland

PHOTOGRAPHY: Karissa Poot Photography (facebook.com/karissapootphotography)

Listowel, ON

FLORALS: Auður Blómabúð (audurblom.is) Garðatorg, Iceland

OFFICIANT: "Our good friend, Ian Robinson" - K

MUSICIANS: Unnur Birna Bassadóttir (violin) (facebook.com/unnurbirna)

Reykjavik, Iceland & Gunnar Hilmarsson (guitar) (facebook.com/gunnargitar)

Reykjavik, Iceland

BRIDE ATTIRE: Taylor's Bridal Boutique Inc. (taylorsbridal.com) Elmira, ON

GROOM ATTIRE: Joseph’s Clothiers (josephsclothiers.com) London, ON

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: "Neither of us are from Iceland. We are both from

Listowel, ON. We decided to get married in Iceland because of its natural and

wild beauty. We planned the entire wedding independently through e-mails and

long-distance phone calls which sometimes was challenging due to the time

difference." - K&B

DETAILS: "Brett and I envisioned an intimate wedding that reflected our lovefor

adventure and each other. Our day began at the Secret Lagoon, a hot spring

hidden in the rolling hills of Flúðir. Our guests arrived, clad in their swim suits,

ready to witness our unconventional ceremony. We walked out as steam billowed

from the hot spring, light drizzle fell, and the beautiful sound of violins carried

across the lagoon. Our close friend, Ian, performed a personalized ceremony

which included a Fireball shot to seal the deal. We exchanged our vows as the

rain fell harder. Somehow, the rain made our ceremony even more magical and

romantic.

From there, we met our guests at the Icelandair Hotel in Flúðir for a Europeanstyle

brunch. We mingled with our friends and family while fueling for the

adventurous day ahead. Throughout the day, we met our guests at waterfalls

and other natural wonders on Iceland’s picturesque south coast. We explored

the sights, took photos, and enjoyed the otherworldly landscapes.Everyone

took a moment to relax and get ready before we reconvened for our reception at

Ströndin Pub, which overlooks the Black Beach in Vík. There, Icelandair Hotel

prepared a delicious three-course meal. Throughout dinner, our friends and

family shared many laughs and tears as our bridal party and parents delivered

their beautifully prepared speeches. We opened the dance floor with our first

dance to the song “Feels like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk. Brett and I lived apart

for the past three years while I went back to school and he worked. Our wedding

symbolized not only our love for each other but also the end of long distance. No

matter where we are, when we’re together, it feels like home." - K&B •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 41


Tips from a destination expert

7 REASONS TO PLAN A DESTINATION WEDDING

IN THE CARIBBEAN

PHOTOS, this page: vivawyndhamresorts.com

"Although a destination wedding often means

less stressful planning, there are several things to

consider when booking your destination wedding,"

says Ashley Fermin of Viva Wyndham Resorts

(♥) (vivawyndhamresorts.com). Ashley shares her

top seven things a destination wedding and the

Carribbean have in common....

• Breathtaking Natural Surroundings

When you choose a destination with

breathtaking natural surroundings, the native

flora and fauna become the beautiful backdrop

to your wedding photos and memories. Stay at a

resort on the beach that puts you in the middle of

all the beauty. Viva Wyndham Resorts offers allinclusive

wedding packages in the most desirable

waterfront locations including the Dominican

Republic, Mexico, and the Bahamas.

• A Dedicated Wedding Planner

From flowers for the bride to cocktails at

the reception, a dedicated Viva Wyndham

coordinator helps couples every step of the way.

Enjoy music, wedding cake, and professional

photography services without facing endless

brochures and samples. All you need to do is

arrive in paradise and be prepared to say, “I do!”

• A Romantic Reception By the Sea

Are you planning an intimate wedding with a

few special guests? Get ready for the good times

that come with an all-inclusive wedding in the

Caribbean. Whether it’s the two of you alone or

you bring a crew of family and friends, the team

at Viva Wyndham Resorts strives to satisfy your

wedding desires.

• Complimentary Honeymoon Package

Couples who plan a wedding at Viva Wyndham

Resorts with a minimum three-night stay receive

a complimentary honeymoon package.

Share a bottle of sparkling wine while you nibble

on fresh fruit. Enjoy upgrades and discounts,

based on availability. Bring home a photo

souvenir you’ll both treasure forever.

• Daytime Adventures

A honeymoon is a carefree time to celebrate love,

passion, and all the possibilities of the future.

Add endless adventures to your to-do list during

your stay at Viva Wyndham Resorts. From diving

lessons to windsurfing and kayaking, the world is

your oyster!

• Scintillating Nightlife

After a day of unforgettable adventures, stroll

along the beach hand-in-hand while you share

a majestic sunset. Share an intimate dinner for

two with culinary creations to tempt the most

discerning diners. Once you feel energized, it’s

time to party all night!

• Financial Freedom and Peace of Mind

The best destination weddings are all-inclusive,

so you never have to worry about money along

the way. Forget about bills and tipping. All you

must do is pay then play for days in paradise.

Eat, drink, and enjoy an array of activities

without opening your wallets. •

ABOUT VIVA WYNDHAM

RESORTS (♥) (vivawyndhamresorts.

com). Viva Wyndham Resorts

offers prime beach locations

perfect for your special day with

all-inclusive resorts in Dominican

Republic, Bahamas and Mexico

42 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


A Disney dream wedding

BRIDE & GROOM: Timaira Magnaye & Dennis Garcia

WEDDING DATE: March 2nd, 2019

LOCATION: Disney Dream Cruise Ship

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jess Collins Photography

(jesscollinsphotos.com) Kitchener, ON “Once we

decided on having a Disney Fairy Tale Weddings

(DFTW), I did endless amounts of research. I ended

up joining a Disney Cruise Weddings group and

that's where I found Jess. She is one of the preferred

vendors in this group. We loved her work and felt

comfortable knowing she loves Disney as much as

we do and that she's photographed previous Disney

Weddings. Her photo package had exactly what we

were looking for plus extras!” – T

GUESTS: 37

BUDGET: $15,000-$20,000

THEME: "We wanted our wedding colours to match

the overall "theme" of having a cruise wedding. We

chose navy blue for its more nautical aspect and

chose the light gray to brighten up our theme and

contrast well with the ship's colours. Our inspiration

for our "cruise wedding" came from not wanting

a traditional wedding but more to feel like an

extended vacation. So we combined both wedding

and vacation into one. We didn't want a one day

event and we love Disney and Disney Cruises so we

felt this was the best of both worlds.” – T

BRIDE ATTIRE: Brilliant Bridal (brilliantbridal.com)

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Lulus (lulus.com)

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE:

Men's Warehouse (menswarehouse.com)

HAIR: Chanel from The Chick Behind the Chair

(instagram.com/thechickbehindthechair) Kitchener,

ON "Our package with Jess actually included hair and

make-up by the talented Chanel" - T

FAVOURS: Antique Mickey Mouse Skeleton key

bottle opener from Amazon, as well as custom

tumblers from Party Innovations (partyinnovations.com).

DETAILS: "Unlike traditional weddings, our

choices were planned based on options from

packages from Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. There

was wiggle room for customization but we were

limited and some requests for customization were

based on availability. We upgraded our package to

include: the bridal bouquet and boutonnières, our

ceremony in the Atrium of the Disney Dream, and

a nautical themed cake. We also opted to upgrade

our reception by extending it by an hour. During

our two hour reception, we had Disney Cruise Line

and DFTW cater our event, and an onboard dj play

music. The original wedding package only included

cake and champagne but we upgraded and ordered

a variety of hors d'oeuvres, a dessert bar, and open

bar." - T

BEST MEMORY: "My best memory was walking

down the grand staircase of The Atrium to meet

my husband. It was my princess moment. As for

our best memory from our wedding, it was having

all the people closest to us witness us finally getting

married. After 11 years, this was a big deal for us and

our families. Our wedding was the first wedding for

both our families. Just being able to spend time with

our family and friends during the entire weekend

was such a blessing and joy for us." – T •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 43


{ DESIGN PALETTE }

Great Gatsby at Hatley Castle

BRIDE & GROOM: Monica & Fred

WEDDING DATE: September 29th, 2018

VENUE: Hatley Castle (hatleycastle.com)

Victoria, BC

PHOTOGRAPHY: Hildebrand Photography

(hildebrandphoto.com) Seattle, WA

THEME: "The Great Gatsby"

CAKE: Passion For Cakes (passionforcakes.com)

Victoria, BC

PLANNING & DÉCOR: Details Planning &

Event Design (detailsbc.com) Victoria, BC

44 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca

FLORAL: Brown's The Florist (brownsflorist.

com) Victoria, BC

CATERING: Truffles Catering (trufflescatering.

net) Brentwood Bay, BC

HAIR & MAKEUP: Beauty & Style by Erin

Bradley (erinbradley.ca) Victoria, BC

DESIGN: "The design was of course inspired by

The Great Gatsby film. We wanted to include all

the primary textures from that era: pearls, feathers,

silk and sequins, to create a true experience

for Monica, Fred and their guests. Together with

the bride and groom we came up with the midnight

blue and gold palette and then from there

we added as much glitz and glamour as possible

to truly embody the theme. Big feather candelabra

centrepieces were one of many defining

pieces. Guests came dressed in their finest Great

Gatsby 1920's attire making the whole wedding

like a trip back to the 1920's." - Nicola Scott,

Details Planning & Event Design •


Expert tips

The following thirteen pages of features are filled with wedding planning

tips and tricks, written and contributed by the experts who know

best how to create the ultimate wedding event. Curated by The Ring

CATERING: B Elegant Catering & Event Planning (♥) (belegant.ca)

PHOTO: Gary Evans Photography (♥) (gary-evans.ca)

pg 47

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 45


I DO!’s & PLEASE DON’T!’s:

Stationery edition

AN EXPERT TIP BY RED BICYCLE

PAPER CO. (♥) (redbicyclepaperco.com)

in Cambridge, ON. Red Bicyle Paper Co.

works with design styles ranging from

traditional to rustic to fun and flirty.

Essentially, if you can think it, she can

likely make it happen – at competitive

prices. And if you opt for day-of stationery,

Heather will even set it up personally.

PHOTOS, this page: brilliant-images.com

please do...

...number your RSVP cards so if any come

back blank, you know who it belongs to!

...ask for help! Designing a wedding invitation

is harder than it looks, so use a stationery

designer when your budget allows.

...let your personality shine! Have fun, swear,

be you! If you have a favourite sports team, or

met your partner somewhere unique, include

a small (or big) element in your stationery!

...order 5 to 10 additional invitations as you

may have overlooked a guest or two and some

may get lost in the mail.

...start early! Start designing your invitations 6

to 8 months before your wedding day. And be

ready to mail them 4 months before!

...coordinate your day-of stationery (seating

chart, menus, place cards, etc.) with your

invitations when possible. Keep the theme

consistent throughout!

...send save the dates if your wedding is more

than an hour away from where most of your

guests live, is on a holiday weekend, or a

Friday. Guests will likely need to make travel

arrangements or book time off work.

please don’t...

...overcrowd the card. If you have a lot to say,

use a details/information insert card!

...include registry information on the

invitation Use a registry card, or include the

details on your wedding website.

...forget that you need invitations. It tells

your guests the when & where which is pretty

important!

...spend your entire stationery budget on

your invitations. Save some room for day-of

stationery and signage.

...save your stationery till the last minute.

Invitations and day-of stationery are

important elements that need time to design

and produce.

...forget your parents and wedding party!

Even though you know that they are attending

your wedding, it's still thoughtful to formally

invite them.

...forget to add postage to the reply envelope

for guests living in Canada. Guests living

overseas or in the US will need to provide

their own postage to reply. •

46 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


How to create a memorable cocktail hour

PHOTOS, this page: gary-evans.ca

B.ELEGANT CATERING (belegant.ca) (♥)

Kitchener, ON creates event menus that are

customized to fit your unique style and vision.

They have partnered with beautiful venues

in Cambridge, Kitchener, Ayr, Roseville, and

more to help you find the perfect venue for

your style, group size, and vision. They also

offer a dedicated coordinator to assist you

with everything from planning to rentals.

BY B.ELEGANT CATERING & EVENT PLANNING (♥) (belegant.ca)

Your cocktail hour is the first impression of your wedding for guests and sets

the tone for the rest of the evening. This is a prime opportunity to showcase

personalized touches and create your desired atmosphere for your guests while

they mix and mingle. Keeping these tips in mind, you will be sure to create the

perfect ambience!

• When selecting your hors d’oeuvres, make it easy on your guests by

serving food that doesn’t require a knife or fork. This allows guests to not be

contained to one spot while socializing and exploring the venue.

• With all the modern fad diets its important to have options to be inclusive

of all your guests. Whether it’s having vegetarian options, keto, paleo, glutenfree

or stations to customize the dish to tailor to your guests’ choices.

• Create a signature drink! Give it a fun name and keep it in season to have

the most desirable outcome. Make it personal – it can be a combination of the

couples names or even the drink you had on your first date.

• Don’t spike the punch! Having a variety of non-alcoholic drink options is

important. A simple infused water with cucumber and mint is a great option

for the summer months. In the colder months, keep it seasonal with hot apple

cider and cinnamon sticks.

• Having seated and standing options provides guests of all ages with comfort

and selection.

• Live entertainment is another aspect that helps with setting a distinct mood.

Ensure to keep the music at a moderate volume, the dance party hasn’t started

yet so at this point the music should be light and enjoyable.

• If your wedding is outdoors, set up some lawn games (cornhole, ladder toss,

Jenga). This is also a great idea if you have a lot of kids attending.

Having a cocktail hour is a great decision to help with the flow of your special

day. This eliminates the confusion for guests not knowing what to do in

between the ceremony and reception, and ensures they are well entertained

while the newlyweds are getting their photos taken. •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 47


BRIDE & GROOM: Samantha & Martel

DATE: August 11th, 2017

LOCATION: Windermere Manor

DJ: Rob from Music Central "In this picture

they are dancing their first dance to Marry Me

by Jason Derulo"

PHOTOS, this page: hrmphotography.com

2019 First dance song ideas

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

Best part of me – Ed Sheeran ft. YEEBA

Speechless (acoustic) – Dan + Shay

Halo – Peter Katz

Dance – Tim Baker

Acoustic – Billy Raffoul

Harvest moon – Poolside

The one (acoustic filter sessions) – Kodaline

How long will I love you – Ellie Goulding

Millionaire – Chris Stapleton

The night we met – Lord Huron

Can’t help falling in love – Kina Grannis

My girl – Tiago Iorc

Diamonds or twine – Ryan Hurd

If I Know You – Justine Chantale

ABOUT MUSIC CENTRAL: Music Central

Entertainment (♥) (musiccentral.ca) is the area's most respected

disc jockey service based out of London, ON Canada. Music

Central specializes in weddings as well as corporate events, and

creating a unique event based on the client’s wishes, musicality

and suggestions. As well as their famous DJ Services, they can

also provide photo booths, lighting, special effects, audio/visual,

karaoke and much more.

48 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


How to include your pets in your wedding

EXPERT TIP BY CAST & CREWE PHOTOGRAPHY (castandcrewe.com)

I’m sure most pet owners would agree that our pets are more than just furry

friends; they are family members. They spend most of their time keeping

us calm, making us laugh, and loving us unconditionally (well, sometimes

with a little help from food ;). The team at Cast & Crewe Photography put

together the following tips to help include your pets in your wedding...

THE INVITATIONS & DÉCOR (photo, top): A great way to include your

THE WEDDING DAY PORTRAITS: Having your

pet at the portrait portion of your day is much less

stressful, especially if the session is located in a quiet,

familiar area. Ask a family member to care for your pet

during this time so that you can move freely during

the couple or individual portraits.

pets is to feature their image on the invitations, save-the-date magnet,

stationary, cake topper or place settings.

BEFORE THE CEREMONY: Ask your

photographer to include portraits of your

pet prior to the ceremony. Your pet is most

comfortable at home and will most likely be more

relaxed while having his or her portraits taken.

Also include a few wedding items, like the rings

for example.

PHOTOGRAPH YOUR PET'S PHOTO:

Sometimes it isn’t possible for your pet to be

present on your wedding day. If you have a photo

of your pet, ask your photographer to use it as a

background.

THE FIRST LOOK: The first look is a private moment

when a couple see each other for the first time before

the wedding ceremony. This romantic and often

emotional exchange usually takes place at a quiet

location on the wedding day and can be an ideal setting

if you would like to include your pet.

THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION: An engagement

session is usually a relaxed and fun session, and a

great time to include your pets. You can also see

how your pets interact with the photographer and

new surroundings, especially if you are unsure about

including them on the wedding day. •

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 49


Favourite creative reception tables

The team at The Ring is always on the hunt for fabulous finds in wedding items, designs, supplies, and trends. In this feature, we show

you one of our absolute favourite ways to make huge design statements within a reasonable budget, all thanks to the option of décor

rentals - all of which we found at Red Carpet Rentals, a division of Devine Wedding Design (♥) (devineweddingdesign.ca) Mitchell, ON

PHOTO: davidandkara.com

52 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


PHOTO: kimberlyroyphotography.com

Romantic (photo, opposite page): "A soft and ultra-romantic reception table highlighted with champagne gold charger plates, creative linen napkins

placed in the appearance of a rose, round wooden tree bark slices topped with stunning flower arrangements."

Plaid (photo, top): "A seasonal wedding done right! Our unique plaid table runners and antique-style cream charger plates are brought to life by the

centrepiece vignette featuring winter greenery and a fresh cranberry-filled candle holder."

Rustic (photo, bottom left): "One of the most beautifully unique, barn weddings featured lovely table settings. The bride found amazing, mix and match

rustic chairs and we provided the linens, navy blue table runners and our antique cream charger plates to create their enchanting table design."

Harvest Table (photo, bottom middle): "A perfect mix of rustic and elegance featuring our signature-built harvest tables, champagne gold Chiavari chairs,

gold beaded charger plates, our golden cutlery with luscious greenery and pops of romantic maroon red."

Rose Gold (photo, bottom right): "This light and romantic setting lets our rose gold cutlery do all the talking. Our folding white garden chairs along with

romantic candles and perfectly laid greenery brighten this stunning setting.."

PHOTO: heatherdeitz.com

PHOTO: devineweddingdesign.ca

PHOTO: wesleyforbesphotography.com

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Tips to create the perfect wedding timeline

ABOUT THE GRAND GUELPH

BANQUET & EVENT CENTRE: The

Grand Guelph under the direction of Platters

Catering (thegrandguelph.ca) (♥) Guelph, ON

is Guelph’s premier event facility, offering over

12,000 square feet of sophisticated, adaptable

event space for weddings, corporate and social

occasions that can accommodate 50 – 1000 guests.

PHOTO: deanpalmer.ca

The key to a wedding reception timeline

that runs smoothly is planning ahead. Every

wedding is different, so copying a wedding

timeline template usually is not the best.

Take the time to plan your details and be

realistic with how long they will take. To

help you get started, the team at The Grand

Guelph put together the following tips...

• Most professional wedding services are

booked 1.5 years in advance. Be open to

alternate dates if you are booking within a

year of your wedding. After picking a (few)

wedding dates call the venue or catering

service first to check availability.

• Plan and sort out all wedding details as

soon as you can. Leave at least one month

prior to your wedding to relax. This will

leave you time to deal with anything

unexpected that may (will) come up.

• Ensure that all vendors are aware of your

timeline. It is always best to send a copy

of your plan. Even if items do not pertain

to all vendors this will help us understand

your timelines. Be sure to allocate plenty

of time for the photographers especially

when photos are taken at a location that is

not the ceremony or venue.

• Receiving lines take longer than you

expect! For a ceremony with 100 guests

or less, this will take 12-15 minutes. With

54 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca

EXPERT TIP BY THE GRAND GUELPH BANQUET & EVENTS (♥) (thegrandguelph.ca)

150 guests, allow 20 minutes. If you're

expecting more than 150 guests, consider

skipping the receiving line and visiting

guests at their tables during dinner instead.

• It will be a long day, but that doesn't

mean you can sleep in! Get a jump start

on the day. This will settle nerves and leave

time to enjoy the day instead of playing

catch-up.

• Split up speeches that are made during

dinner. Guests will enjoy this more than if

all the speeches are back to back. This also

will give vendors a chance to eat as well as

help keep the kitchen moving along.

Welcome toast: (father of the bride or

by the bride and groom or master of

ceremony.)

First course (salad/appetizer) (after

being served): Start with the maid of

honour, followed by the best man.

Second course (main course) (after being

served): Parents speeches

Last course (dessert) (after being served):

The newlyweds can give a toast here.

And remember, don't sweat the small stuff!

Although you have put so much effort

into a perfectly scripted timeline expect

slight variations. Keep your mind on the

important parts of the day and don't let

change throw you off! •

PHOTO: gotsphotos.com

PHOTO: gotsphotos.com


PRESENTING

BY:

PHOTO: gotsphotos.com

Under the direction of Platters Catering, no event too large for The Grand Guelph

Banquet & Event Centre team!

“Our Chefs have prepared wonderful menus for countless wedding receptions, baby

and bridal showers, funerals,corporate and charity events, and many other creative

parties.

Any event can be entirely planned by our professional staff, including; décor, rental

equipment and more!!”

519-824-5076 | info@thegrandguelph.ca | www.thegrandguelph.ca


Extreme makeover: 1 venue - 2 ways

DÉCOR DESIGN: Now & Always Special Events Décor (♥) (nowandalways.ca), Paris ON

VENUE: Arlington Hotel - Dominion Telegraph Event Centre (arlingtonhotel.ca), Paris ON

PHOTO: matthewburgio.com

56 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


PHOTO: matthewburgio.com

PHOTO: matthewburgio.com

PHOTO: matthewburgio.com

Location can be everything when it comes to planning your dream wedding, but in many cases, it’s easier to find a wedding venue location (banquet

hall, ballroom, hall, legion, private estate, barn, community centre or otherwise) that checks all the must-have boxes (fits your wedding size, budget, and

availability), than it is to find one that looks the way you’re envisioning. But with a great decorator, you can make just about any venue perfect for your

wedding.

Photo (opposite page and top): Erin & Jamie Feb 16th, 2019 | Photos (bottom): Ali & Joe May 25th, 2019

PHOTO: bentleyphoto.ca

PHOTO: bentleyphoto.ca

PHOTO: bentleyphoto.ca

PHOTO: bentleyphoto.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 57


Top 5 kissing game ideas

PHOTOS, this page: theartofweddings.com

EXPERT TIP BY MAXIMUM MUSIC DJ SERVICE (♥) (maximumdj.com) Toronto, ON

ABOUT MAXIMUM MUSIC DJ

SERVICE: Maximum Music DJ Service (♥)

(maximumdj.com) is a full service DJ company

specializing in weddings in and around the

Greater Toronto Area. For over 30 years,

Maximum Music has been helping couples make

the most of their wedding day through music.

Getting the newly married couple to kiss

is a favourite of wedding guests, but the

old fashioned “clinking glasses” is just that:

Old Fashioned! Plus, your venue probably

doesn’t want everyone banging on their

stemware. Change things up with one of

these games to put a fun twist on an old

classic...

only a couple of seconds of each. If a guest

is interested in trying their luck, they

get up and ring a bell. Then the DJ plays

the beginning of a song and the guest

has to guess what song it is. If they guess

correctly, the bride and groom kiss. If

they guess wrong, they go back and kiss

someone at their table.

58 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca

• Sing a Song – One of the most popular

kissing games is to have your guests sing a

song. This can be done by a single person

or a group or even the entire table. The

MC can let your guests know that in order

to see a kiss you or your table must stand

and sing a song with the word 'love' in it. It

works and crowds love it!

• Hershey’s Kisses – Get a bag and fill

it with 2 different colours of Hershey’s

Kisses. The guests are invited to come up

and select a kiss from the bag. If they select

a silver kiss the happy couple will kiss, and

if they select a red one the guest must go

back and kiss someone from their table. As

with all kissing games, the MC or DJ can

announce this game.

• Name That Tune – The bride and groom

or the DJ make up a list of popular songs

that should be easily identifiable hearing

• Chopstick Professional – The guests

pick up different items with chopsticks.

The harder the item to pick up the better

the kiss. Have the 3 levels of difficulty

separated on a banquet table and set up

on the dance floor. Put tent cards with the

titles of the levels. Once an object has been

picked up, it is removed from the table.

Easy items: golf ball, another chopstick, a

flower, etc.

Medium items: a single grain of rice, a ring,

a grape, etc.

Hard items: a heavy book, something

slippery, a piece of paper, a coin, a marble,

etc.

• Demonstration – Simply announce

that in order to get the newlyweds to

kiss, a couple in the group must come

up in front of the head table and give a

demonstration of the kiss they'd like to see.

The newlyweds must copy it! •


Design palettes

The following fourteen pages of design palettes are the result of collaborations

between wedding industry experts and local brides and grooms. Curated by The Ring.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Stephanie Canada

Photography (stephaniecanada.com)

CAKE: Refined Sugar Cakes and Sweets (refinedsugar.ca)

pg 65 WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 59


A few of our favourite themes at Wedsy.ca

Rustic

Often an intimate gathering with all the comforts of home, the rustic wedding theme is full of homespun and charming do-it-yourself

details. This popular look comes to life with natural textures and layers of personality, accented with lovely touches of DIY.

Self Standing

Chalkboard Sign

With Rustic Wood

Frame: $75

Rustic Wood And

Glass Box With

Hinged Lid: $86

Galvanized Flower

Market Bucket

With Handle:

Large: $13.40 |

Small $10

Leather Bound

Journal Rustic

Style Guest Book:

$60

Vintage White

Enamelware

Pitcher Wedding

Favour (4): $25

Rustic Wood

Decorative Tray

With Ornamental

Handles: $25

Mini Mason Jar

With Lid (6):

$14.40

Natural Burlap

Ceremony Sign -

Here Comes The

Bride: $19

60 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


PHOTO: willreidphoto.com

PHOTO: oliviawitzkephotography.com

Favourite ceremony backdrops

DESIGN & FLORAL: Fresh Look Design Inc. (♥) (freshlookdesign.ca) Kitchener, ON

DETAILS: "We love to create something different

every season and keep it special and unique for each

client. Different textures, shapes and designs really

make it feel like a one of a kind while adding to a

beautiful design! From a circle or hex, an arbour or

floral, or some stunning greens making their way up

the wall, the possibilities are endless!"

- Ainsley, Fresh Look Design

PHOTO: fosteredphoto.ca

PHOTO: stephaniecanada.com

PHOTO: elishakphotography.com

PHOTO: cloud9photo.ca

PHOTO: fosteredphoto.ca

PHOTO: timothymuza.com

PHOTO: fosteredphoto.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 61


It's all in the details

"At Sew Stylish Wedding Works (♥) (sewstylishweddingworks.com) we know in the world of wedding gowns, there is so much to look at and so much to see

and consider. That's why we wanted to take the time to showcase just some of the amazing details our gowns have to offer. Whether it's a stunning back

detail or intricate lace design, we hope that these will help you to pin down ideas of what you truly love in a gown, because after all, it's all in the details!"

GOWNS: Sew Stylish Wedding Works (♥)

(sewstylishweddingworks.com)

PHOTOGRAPHY this page & next:

Martina Klyn Photography

(martinaklynphotography.com)

VENUE: Elm Hurst Inn & Spa (♥)

(elmhurstinn.com)

STYLE: Venus Bridal #

AT4719 $1500

62 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


STYLE: Bridalane International

# BL931 $1250

STYLE: Kenneth Winston

- Ella Rosa # BE471 $1300

STYLE: Casablanca Bridal

# BL289 $1400

STYLE: Venus Bridal #

AT6679 $795

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 63


{ DESIGN PALETTE }

Romance at Dante Club

VENUE: Dante Club (♥) (danteclubsarnia.ca) Sarnia, ON

BRIDE & GROOM: Patrick and Amanda Rondinelli

WEDDING DATE: October 27th, 2018

"The Dante Club exceeded our expectations on our wedding day. They worked alongside our decorator and

coordinator to ensure the wedding of our dreams became reality!" - Amanda

PHOTOGRAPHY: Christine Pelchat Photography (facebook.com/christine-pelchat-photography) Sarnia, ON

64 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca

DÉCOR: Exquisitely Designed (exquisitelydesigned.ca), Sarnia, ON


PHOTO: stephaniecanada.com

PHOTO: arianadelmundo.com

PHOTO: stephaniecanada.com

PHOTO: anashphotograph.com

PHOTO: anashphotograph.com

PHOTO: emasuvajac.com

Favourite cake designs

Sweet tables, ombre cakes, geode style cakes, cupcake towers, cakes hanging from the ceiling… accents ranging from statement florals

and strings of pearls to antique cake stands, designing your cake display can be sweet! This gallery is filled with cake design ideas we love,

thanks to our friends at Stacked: The Wedding Cake Shop (photos top row) (stackedweddingcakes.com) Ayr, ON, Refined Sugar Cakes and

Sweets (photos middle row) (refinedsugar.ca) Kitchener, ON & Decadently Yours (photos bottom row) (decadentlyyours.ca) Guelph, ON

PHOTO: courtesy of Decadently Yours

PHOTO: decadentlyyours.ca

PHOTO: decadentlyyours.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 65


DÉCOR: AWE Events (aweevents.ca), Cambridge, ON

PHOTOGRAPHY: Bassem Photography (bassem.ca) Kitchener, ON

BRIDE & GROOM: Amanda & Nick Scozzaro

WEDDING DATE: September 15th, 2018

VENUE: Creelman Hall - University of Guelph (event.uoguelph.ca)

Guelph, ON

CUSTOM DANCE FLOOR: Designer Dance Floors

(designerdancefloors.ca) Mississauga, ON

GOWN: Crème Couture (♥) (cremecouture.ca) Guelph, ON

FLORALS: Blooms + Flora (bloomsandflora.com) Guelph, ON

HARVEST TABLES & CHAIRS: Guelph Tent & Event Rental

(guelphtentrentals.com) Guelph, ON

66 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca

{ DESIGN PALETTE }

Tuscan dreams

LINENS: Around the Table Specialty Linen Rental

(aroundthetable.ca) Toronto, ON

STATIONERY: Mint Lavender Lace (mintlavenderandlace.com)

Hamilton, ON

CALLIGRAPHY: Love Words Stationery & Signage (lovewordsdesign.com)

Kitchener, ON

DESIGN: "Amanda and Nick were the sweetest couple to work

with! We started out with a fun, whimsical design which evolved

into a dreamy Tuscan Wedding. We paired an array of neutrals

with florals that had a hint of deep undertones, executed flawlessly

by Blooms and Flora. Fresh olive branches were even brought in

for an authentic feel around the space." Tanya, AWE Events


Versatile bridal party style:

The sweetheart: 1 dress, 6 looks

BridesMade (bridesmade.ca) (♥)

Kitchener, ON offers the glamour

of the dress without the stress of

the shop. BridesMade is the first

and only bridesmaid dress rental

company in Canada, and the

convenience of shopping online with

a guaranteed perfect fit can’t be beat!

PHOTOS, this page: Christina Marie Photography

Winter Wonder

Old World Charm

Graffiti in the Streets

Your bridesmaids are there to support you on your

day, but they also help communicate your palette

and theme to your guests. Not sure what your

theme is yet? Choose a dress that will suit your

whole party and is chameleon at adapting to your

special day. Rent the dress and save for accessories

that make the look. Bridesmaid dresses are $85

for knee or floor length. Strapless Sweetheart

sizes range from XXS-XL •

A Little Bit of Country

Island Vibes

Garden Beauty

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 67


Wrapped in love

Strong Like Bull Studio (♥) (etsy.com/ca/

shop/StrongLikeBullStudio) offers handmade

wedding shawls to keep you warm and cozy

on your chilly fall, winter or spring wedding

day. While there are many designs and

colours already available, Jess, the designer

at Strong Like Bull Studio says "I'm always

happy to design something custom for your

special day. Whether it's colour or weight, I

can create something that suits your vision.

I'm always working on something new and

have a lot of work in progress. To check out

what I'm up to, follow me on instagram at

instagram.com/officialstronglikebull."

PHOTOS, this page: gary-evans.ca

(unless otherwise stated)

PHOTO: brilliant-images.com

68 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


{ DESIGN PALETTE }

Elegant earthy wedding

DESIGN & FLORAL: Fresh Look Design Inc. (♥) (freshlookdesign.ca) Kitchener, ON

BRIDE & GROOM: Terra & Nate

WEDDING DATE: January 26th, 2019

VENUE: Elora Mill (♥) (eloramill.ca) Elora, ON

PHOTOGRAPHY: Nikki Mills Photography (nikkimills.ca) Toronto, ON

DETAILS: "For Terra and Nate, we went off of a moody Snow White Winter feel

that wasn't screaming holiday or Christmas but also worked off of that vibe given

the time of year. We had so much fun using rich jewel tones and deep green texture

with not only our floral but also with the décor. Having those key décor pieces

can really connect a space and bring the design full circle. This is easily one of our

highlights from this year! Amazing couple, beautiful venue and stunning design!"

- Ainsley, Fresh Look Design

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 69


A few of our favourite themes at Wedsy.ca

Glamorous

Bask in the lap of luxury and indulge your taste for the finer things in life with a glamorous wedding theme. Rich colour palettes

accented with sparkling details make this one sleek soiree to remember...

Diamond Shaped

Tealight Holders:

$75

Small Mirrored

Keepsake Box

With Lid (4): $25

Silver Plated

Diamond Napkin

Holders (4): $38

Classic Round

Table Number

Holder (6): $38

Ornamental

Ribbed Orb

Stationery Holder

(6): $54

Faux Jewels By

The Roll: $50

Classic Glass

Votive Holder: $15

Black and Gold

Opulence Large

Table Number

(12): $8.58

70 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


Favourite reception backdrops

DESIGN: Decorating Dreams (♥) (decoratingdreams.ca) New Hamburg, ON

When it comes to wedding design, a head table backdrop is one of the most important

design elements. Your head table backdrop will be the frame for so many of

your candid wedding photos. Here are a few of our favourite options to help inspire

you...

54 • The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 71


Favourite 2020 gowns

These 2020 bridal gowns are

beyond dreamy! With designers

having just released their Spring

2020 bridal collections, we have

your first sneak peek here at what

you can find at Crème Couture

(♥) (cremecouture.ca) in Guelph,

ON this coming season!

72 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 73


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Ontario bridal show calendar

Full list of bridal shows (updated year round!) can be found @ theweddingring.ca ♥

THE RING’S LONDON FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

September 8th, 2019

at The Best Western Lamplighter Inn

591 Wellington Road in London

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S BARRIE FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

September 15th, 2019

Liberty North

1-100 Caplan Avenue in Barrie

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S HAMILTON FALL

WEDDING EXPO

September 15th, 2019

at Marquis Gardens

1050 Rymal Road East in Hamilton

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S KW FALL WEDDING

EXPO ♥

September 22nd, 2019

at Bingemans

425 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S RICHMOND HILL FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥ NEW ♥

September 29th, 2019

at Oakview Terrace

13256 Leslie Street in Richmond Hill

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S SARNIA FALL WEDDING

EXPO ♥ NEW ♥

September 29th, 2019

at Dante Club

1330 London Road in Sarnia

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S STRATFORD FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

October 6th, 2019

at The Best Western PLUS The Arden Park

Hotel

552 Ontario Street in Stratford

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S GUELPH FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

October 20th, 2019

at Grand Guelph Banquet & Event Centre

340 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S BRANTFORD FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

October 29th, 2019

at The Best Western Brantford

19 Holiday Inn Drive in Brantford

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S MILTON FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

November 3rd, 2019

at Milton Banquet & Conference Centre

3090 Steeles Avenue West in Milton

theweddingring.ca/bridalexpo

THE RING’S NEWMARKET FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

November 10th, 2019

at The Newmarket Community Centre &

Lions Hall

200 Doug Duncan Drive in Newmarket

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S CAMBRIDGE FALL

WEDDING EXPO ♥

November 10th, 2019

at Paragon Banquet Hall

15 International Village Drive in Cambridge

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S KW WINTER WEDDING

EXPO ♥

January 11th & 12th, 2020

at Bingemans

425 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

CONCORDIA CLUB OPEN HOUSE

January 19th, 2020

at Concordia Club

429 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S BARRIE WINTER

WEDDING EXPO ♥

January 18th, 2020

Liberty North

1-100 Caplan Avenue in Barrie

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S LONDON WINTER

WEDDING EXPO ♥

January 26th, 2020

at The Best Western Lamplighter Inn

591 Wellington Road in London

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S STRATFORD WINTER

WEDDING EXPO ♥

February 8th, 2020

at The Best Western PLUS The Arden Park

Hotel

552 Ontario Street in Stratford

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

THE RING’S HAMILTON WINTER

WEDDING EXPO

February 9th, 2020

at Marquis Gardens

1050 Rymal Road East in Hamilton

theweddingring.ca/weddingexpo

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 75


Wedding worthy venues

The WEDDING WORTHY VENUES feature is 20 photo and fact filled pages featuring some of Ontario’s most sought-after wedding venues. From historic estates

and wide open spaces for tent receptions to ballrooms that any engaged couple would die for, Wedding Worthy Venues is an advertising feature designed to

give you an at-a-glance look at the styles, spaces, indoor and outdoor options, catering choices and guest capacities at selected wedding venues. Want more?

Find everything from colour schemes to wedding menus, and package pricing by checking out Location, Location, Location reviews at TheWeddingRing.ca ♥

VENUE: Elm Hurst Inn & Spa (♥) (elmhurstinn.com)

PHOTO: Dudek Photography (dudekphotography.com)

(♥) = Reviewed in theweddingring.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 77


WHISTLE BEAR

GOLF CLUB

IN CAMBRIDGE

519-650-2327

info@whistlebear.ca

whistlebear.ca

PHOTO: anneedgarphoto.com

A breathtaking landscape, with a New Hampshire style clubhouse, contemporary seasonal menus,

WHISTLE BEAR GOLF CLUB will look after your individual needs from start to finish

with all-inclusive packages that combine everything you could possibly dream of for an enchanting

wedding day. Each event space offers a stunning outdoor terrace, surrounded by smooth green

lawns, gently rolling hills, blue sky above you and an "away from it all" atmosphere that fuses the

relaxed and comfortable with something grand. The charming open-aired Garden Chapel features

manicured gardens encasing your aisle entrance while the natural landscape of Whistle Bear's golf

course provides the perfect backdrop. A retractable peaked roof provides complete protection

from the weather. UP TO 400 GUESTS | YEAR-ROUND CEREMONY OPTIONS | 3 PRIVATE

EVENT SPACES WITH OUTDOOR TERRACES | PERSONAL MAITRE'D & CONCIERGE | DAY

OF PAMPERING AND SERVICE | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING ONLY

PHOTO: cloud9photo.ca

PHOTO: cloud9photo.ca

PHOTO: anneedgarphoto.com

PHOTO: cloud9photo.ca

PHOTO: taylorjacksonphoto.com

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 57

78 •The Wedding Ring Magazine | www.theweddingring.ca


PHOTO: Paragon Banquet Centre

Devon C Photography

PARAGON BANQUET

CENTRE

IN CAMBRIDGE

519-722-4812

info@paragonbanquet.com

paragonbanquet.com

PHOTO: bassem.ca

PHOTO: lovesproutsphotography.com

Conveniently located 5 minutes off the 401 inside

the Armenian Centre in Cambridge, Paragon

Banquet Centre can accommodate large

celebrations of up to 400 guests for a sit down dinner

or an intimate gathering with family and friends.

Whether you need a location for a ceremony, reception,

engagement party, anniversary, shower, meeting,

corporate event or celebration, Paragon has it all.

40 TO 400 GUESTS | CEREMONY & RECEPTION

OPTIONS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

PHOTO: weddingdream.net | 2dstudio.me

PHOTO: decoratingdreams.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 79


CONCORDIA

CLUB

IN KITCHENER

519-745-5617

mail@concordiaclub.ca

concordiaclub.ca

PHOTO: one2onephotography.ca

PHOTO:zsuzsipalphotography.com

Concordia

Club is the place

to hold a beautiful

wedding ceremony and

reception. From outdoors

to indoors, they can

host an elegant wedding

reception, from small

and intimate, to large

and lavish. Much more

than just Oktoberfest!

UP TO 450 GUESTS |

FULL BAR SERVICE &

ON-SITE

CATERING

PHOTO: zsuzsipalphotography.com

PHOTO: one2onephotography.ca

PHOTO:zsuzsipalphotography.com

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PHOTO: zsuzsipalphotography.com


OAKVIEW TERRACE

RECEPTION CENTRE

IN RICHMOND HILL

905-888-0606

contactoakview@gmail.com

oakviewterrace.com

PHOTOS, this page: Oakview Terrace Reception Centre

OAKVIEW TERRACE offers a setting of elegance

and charm. We provide a relaxed atmosphere, flowered

gardens, terraces, an outdoor chapel and heart shaped

Haynes Lake for the picturesque backdrop to your next event.

INSIDE & OUTSIDE CEREMONY AND RECEP-

TION OPTIONS AVAILABLE | 50-200 GUESTS

| ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 81


PHOTO: Best Western Lamplighter Inn

BEST WESTERN®

PLUS LAMPLIGHTER

INN & CONFERENCE

CENTRE

Devon C Photography

PHOTO: novamarkina.com

PHOTO: one12photo.ca

IN LONDON

519-681-7151

sales@lamplighterinn.ca

lamplighterinn.ca

ALL-INCLUSIVE WEDDING PACKAGES

for twenty to five hundred guests. Host your

ceremony in front of the Atrium gazebo, dance and

dine with guests in elegant ballrooms, and get treated

to special accommodation rates. Have your own

Wedding Planner on-site, create your customized

menu, take advantage of fantastic indoor photo

locations and extensive wedding décor options.

20-500 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE

CATERING | GRAND BALLROOMS | CRYSTAL

CHANDELIERS | INDOOR WATERFALLS |

GLASS CEILINGS | INDOOR ATRIUM |

EXTENSIVE CATERING MENUS | LUXURY

OVERNIGHT SUITES | INDOOR GAZEBO

CEREMONIES | HONEYMOON SUITES | YOUR

ENTIRE WEDDING DAY IS TAKEN CARE OF AT

THE BEST WESTERN PLUS® LAMPLIGHTER INN

PHOTO: hrmphotography.com

PHOTO: one12photo.ca

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REVIVAL

HOUSE

IN STRATFORD

519-273-3424

weddings@revival.house

revival.house

PHOTO: davidandkara.com

PHOTO: angelicimages.ca PHOTO: vaughnbarry.com

STRATFORD’S

PREMIERE WEDDING SITE

Elegance, heritage, and warmth

await you. After all, it was a

church. This beautiful venue

is complimented by exquisite

menus and drink lists. One

perfect site for both ceremonies

and receptions. Your memories

will be better than a fairytale-

-they’ll be made of your story.

FROM 55-140 GUESTS | FULL

BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE

CATERING ONLY | ON-SITE

WEDDING

COORDINATOR

ON-SITE SOMMELIER | OUTSIDE

GARDEN TERRACE | CEREMONY

& RECEPTION OPTIONS

PHOTO: davidandkara.com

PHOTO: davidandkara.com

PHOTO: ninapolidorophotography.com/

PHOTO: maigancowenphotography.com

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 83


HAUSER HALL

IN HEIDELBERG

cherylh@hauserstores.com

hauserhall.com

PHOTO: hauserhall.com

GORGEOUS RESTORED 1800’S CHURCH | VAULTED CEILINGS

& CHOIR LOFT | BRIGHT AIRY CEREMONY SPACE | LARGE

RECEPTION SPACE WITH STONE FLOORS & FIREPLACE | STAINED

GLASS WINDOWS, MINUTES FROM ST. JACOBS & WATERLOO.

& ONE OF K-W’S ALL-TIME FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUES!

PHOTO: hauserhall.com

PHOTO: hauserhall.com

ORIGINALLY

AN

1800’S CHURCH,

HAUSER

H A L L

offers two floors of beautiful

décor and space for your

ceremony, reception, and

dance. From front to back,

the hall offers both natural

and contemporary sunken

lighting, cathedral ceilings,

and hardwood floors.

100 GUESTS | IDEAL

PHOTO: anneedgarphoto.com PHOTO: hauserhall.com

PHOTO: anneedgarphoto.com

FOR

CEREMONY,

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DINNER & RECEPTION


HUBERTUSHAUS

IN MANNHEIM

519-634-8491

info@hubertushaus.ca

hubertushaus.ca

PHOTOS this page: Courtesy of Hubertushaus

(unless otherwise stated)

PHOTO: jesscollinsphotos.com

PHOTO jesscollinsphotos.com

NESTLED ON 7

BEAUTIFUL ACRES,

an oasis just outside KW awaits

you at Hubertushaus. From a

charming pond with fountain

to the rustic hall, create the

perfect backdrop for your

wedding. With an abundance

of space, your guests can enjoy

an outdoor ceremony or some

backyard fun in between the

ceremony and reception. The

covered patio overlooking the

grounds ensures that no matter

what mother nature has in

store for your special day, you

won't be left out in the rain.

UP TO 300 GUESTS |

CEREMONY & RECEPTION

OPTIONS | TENT WEDDINGS

| FULL BAR SERVICE |

ON-SITE CATERING.

PHOTO: taralillyphotography.com

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 85


BINGEMANS

IN KITCHENER

519-744-1231 ext. 2268

weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com

PHOTO: hauserworks.com

PHOTO: latteproductions.ca

PHOTO: Decorating Dreams

PHOTO: sdavidandkara.com

BINGEMANS PROVIDES THE FLEXIBILITY,

EXPERIENCE AND SPACE OPTIONS

to suit any bride & groom. With six banquet rooms on the Bingemans

property, including the Ballroom and Embassy Room, Bingemans is the

perfect setting for all sizes and styles of weddings. Bingemans' expansive

grounds are also a beautiful backdrop for pictures to capture your special day.

MULTIPLE CEREMONY & RECEPTION OPTIONS AVAILABLE

50-1200 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

PHOTO: photographybyazra.com

PHOTO: lovesproutsphotography.com

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MILTON

BANQUET &

CONFERENCE

CENTRE

IN MILTON

905-864-8445

info@miltonbanquets.com

miltonbanquets.com

PHOTOS, this page: 1cmp.com

Situated in the midst of 36 acres of PICTURESQUE PARKLAND,

Milton Banquet & Conference Centre will transport your guests to a state of

serenity as they enjoy strolling through the manicured courtyard gardens and

lush green lawns. Our elegantly decorated banquet halls easily accommodate

parties of 50 – 500 guests and our dedicated and experienced staff will attend to

every detail to ensure a night of memories you're sure to cherish. CEREMONY

& RECEPTION OPTIONS | 50 TO 500 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-

SITE CATERING

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 87


CAMBRIDGE

HOTEL &

CONFERENCE

CENTRE

IN CAMBRIDGE

519-624-7732

weddings@cambridgehotel.ca

cambridgehotel.ca

PHOTO: cambridgehotel.ca

CAMBRIDGE

H O T E L

& CONFERENCE

C E N T R E

provides over 10,000 square

feet of flexible function space,

supported by 10-individual

function rooms. The recently

renovated space is ideal for

weddings, conferences and

events. When you get married at

Cambridge Hotel & Conference

Center you’ll have an entire team

dedicated to your wedding day.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION

OPTIONS | UP TO 200

GUESTS | ON-

SITE CATERING |

FULL BAR SERVICE

PHOTO: gary-evans.ca

PHOTO: geweddings.ca

PHOTO: gary-evans.ca

PHOTO: gary-evans.ca

One of our favourite things

about Cambridge Hotel

& Conference Centre is

that you can have your

ceremony, reception and

accommodations all under

one roof.

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PHOTO: gary-evans.ca

PHOTO: cambridgehotel.ca

PHOTO: gary-evans.ca


ELM HURST

INN & SPA

IN INGERSOLL

1-800-561-5321 ext. 8236

erin@elmhurstinn.com

elmhurstinn.com

PHOTOS, this page: dudekphotography.com

INSPIRED BY TRADITION SINCE 1872

Home to many gorgeous weddings, Elm Hurst Inn & Spa offers a picture

perfect venue for indoor or outdoor weddings. Located in Ingersoll (15

minutes east of London), the Inn features both elegant ballrooms and rustic

style reception spaces, indoor & outdoor ceremony options, beautifully

manicured grounds, all-inclusive packages and an on-site wedding coordinator.

FROM 4 TO 230 GUESTS | FULL BAR & CATERING SERVICES | INDOOR

& OUTDOOR CEREMONIES | INDOOR RECEPTION OPTIONS

| HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE | GAZEBOS | GORGEOUS GREEN

SPACE & PATHWAYS | PATIOS | FOUNTAINS | OVERNIGHT

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS | A VENUE WITH EVERYTHING

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 89


LIBERTY NORTH

is conveniently located close to

Highway 400 in Barrie, and offers

over 5000 sq. ft. of event and meeting

space, welcoming 20 to 500+

guests. Their versatile ballrooms,

with the option of on-site wedding

ceremonies, can accommodate

sit-down receptions followed by

dancing. Select from a menu of

traditional favourites or choose

from among several all-inclusive

wedding packages, offering

plated dinner and buffet options.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION OPTIONS

| 20-500+ GUESTS | ON-SITE

CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

PHOTOS, this page: Liberty North,

unless otherwise stated

LIBERTY NORTH

IN BARRIE

705-728-3877

info@libertynorth.ca

libertynorth.ca

PHOTO: natcaronphotography.com

PHOTOS, bottom row:

alleycatphotography.ca

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PHOTO: gary-evans.ca

DOUBLETREE BY

HILTON KITCHENER

IN KITCHENER

519-893-1211

stephanie.mcdonald@hilton.ca

PHOTO: DoubleTree by Hilton Kitchener

PHOTO: DoubleTree by Hilton Kitchener

NEWLY

RENOVATED,

the Doubletree by Hilton Kitchener is a modern

wedding destination! With a varitey of elegant venue

spaces Doubletree Kitchener offers professional onsite

wedding planners, award winning Executive

Chef offering customized menues, on-site décor

options, inclusive packages for every budget,

preferred guest room rates, complimentary overnight

accommodation for couples on their wedding nights

with chef-inspired amenities, and much more!

INDOOR WEDDINGS FOR 10 TO 300 GUESTS

| FULL BAR SERVICE | ON-SITE CATERING

PHOTO: redsuitcasephotography.com

PHOTO: redsuitcasephotography.com

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WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 91


THE TANNERY

THE TANNERY has been

revitalized from a turn-of-the-century

mill to a contemporary trendsetting venue

with exposed brick, wooden beams &

soaring ceilings. This venue is rustic, urban

and chic, and can compliment any

colour scheme or décor.

Let your photos be the backdrop for your

event with state of the art digital media

walls.

PHOTO: davidandkara.com

75-220 GUESTS | FULL BAR SERVICE |

ON-SITE CATERING | CEREMONY &

RECEPTION OPTIONS

PHOTO: davidandkara.com

IN KITCHENER

519-744-1231 Ext. 2234

weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com/weddings

PHOTO: decoratingdreams.ca

PHOTO: sethpartridge.com

PHOTO: decoratingdreams.ca

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CAMBRIDGE

BUTTERFLY

CONSERVATORY

IN CAMBRIDGE

519-653-1234 x 112

weddings@cambridgebutterfly.com

cambridgebutterfly.com

PHOTO: hauserworks.com

PHOTO: dudekphotography.com

PHOTO: cambridgebutterfly.com

BEAUTIFUL FREE-FLYING BUTTERFLIES

create a romantic, intimate and unique wedding venue for your ceremony,

reception, and photos all year round, rain or shine. The enchanting

indoor garden features cascading waterfalls, reflecting pools, streams

and lush tropical foliage. Offering customizable menus, a private bridal

suite, and personalized consultation. CONSERVATORY CEREMONY

AMONG THE BUTTERFLIES FOR 160 GUESTS | SEATED DINING

FOR 140 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | BAR SERVICES AVAILABLE

PHOTO: boxphotography.ca

PHOTO: egirardphotography.com

PHOTO: boxphotography.ca

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 93


WATERLOO

REGIONAL

POLICE

ASSOCIATION

IN CAMBRIDGE

519-622-0771

jackie@wrpa.org

wrpa.org

PHOTOS, this page: sipimage.com

The Waterloo Regional

Police Association Banquet &

Recreation Centre is situated on 52

acres of beautifully landscaped grounds offering

privacy for your special occasion. With the option

of indoor or outdoor services, WRPA can accommodate

celebrations and events such as family

reunions, anniversaries, engagement and retirement

parties, and of course, weddings.

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR CEREMONY &

RECEPTION OPTIONS | UP TO 300 GUESTS

| ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

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Photo courtesy of Bingemans

WATERLOO CENTRAL RAILWAY

IN ST. JACOB'S

519-744-1555 | weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com

Bring excitement, romance, and celebration to a whole new level

as you say “I do” aboard one of Waterloo Central Railway’s historic

locomotives. This 'rolling wedding chapel' is ideal for intimate weddings

and is sure to have your guests inspired by your special day in history.

50 TO 450 GUESTS | OVER NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

| ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of aboveandbeyondstyles.ca

BEST WESTERN PLUS THE ARDEN PARK

HOTEL

IN STRATFORD

519-275-2936 | armcgavin@wightman.ca

ardenpark.on.ca

Offering excellent menu options and prices, space for up to 450 guests, ceremony

and reception spaces, newly renovated décor, overnight accomodations and,

essentially, a one-stop-shop style venue and a staff that takes a hands-on approach

to assisting with your wedding, Stratford’s Best Western PLUS The Arden Park

Hotel is a fabulous venue option for a wedding day, both in festival season and out.

50 TO 450 GUESTS | OVER NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

| ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of Quality Inn & Conference Centre Orillia

QUALITY INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

ORILLIA

IN ORILLIA

705-326-7343 | kelly@qualityinnorillia.com

qualityinnorillia.com

Ranging in size from intimate gatherings of 15 to large functions of up to 200,

Quality Inn’s event and wedding venue in Orillia is the ideal space to host any

kind of social or professional function. With over 30 years of experience in

meetings, conferences, and large group events, you can rest easy knowing their

professional staff are on-hand to provide you with excellent event planning services.

15 TO 200 GUESTS | CEREMONY & RECEPTION OPTIONS | OVERNIGHT

ACCOMMODATIONS | ONSITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of Bingemans

STECKLE HERITAGE FARM

IN KITCHENER

519-744-1555 | weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com

Steckle Heritage Farm is a designated heritage property in the City of

Kitchener dating back to 1833. From the original farm buildings, to trees,

to antiques on site, many date back well over 100 years it maintains the

feeling of an old farm while having modern amenities. Its beauty combined

with being a "Farm within the City" are part of what makes it so unique.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION OPTIONS | INSIDE & OUTSIDE

OPTIONS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

WHERE FABULOUS LOCAL WEDDINGS BEGIN! • 95


Photo courtesy of Best Western Brantford

BEST WESTERN BRANTFORD HOTEL &

CONFERENCE CENTRE

IN BRANTFORD

519-753-8651 | events@bestwesternbrantford.com

bestwesternbrantford.com

The Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre offers an all-in-one venue

for your wedding ceremony, dinner, reception, and overnight accommodations.

Its large, adjustable space, elegant décor and beautiful crystal chandeliers make it

a perfect choice for brides and grooms hosting either a large or intimate wedding.

50 TO 500 GUESTS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of Bingemans

THREE BRIDGES EVENT CENTRE

IN ST. JACOB'S

519-744-1555 | weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com

Located just minutes from downtown St. Jacobs on the picturesque Conestogo River,

Three Bridges Event Centre offers beautiful indoor space and professionally landscaped

grounds, making it the perfect setting to customize your wedding to your taste.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION OPTIONS | INSIDE & OUTSIDE

OPTIONS | ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of Bingemans

WATERLOO REGION MUSEUM

IN KITCHENER

519-744-1555 | weddings@bingemans.com

bingemans.com

The Waterloo Region Museum is one of the most picturesque and historically

significant venues in the city. This beautiful and iconic venue is the ideal place

to make any event special. It's the perfect setting for your next special event.

Experience the unique ambiance of the Grand Foyer with its soaring walls of

Ontario Limestone, repurposed 19th-century barn timbers and dramatic skylights.

Choose from the Willow Green Gazebo or the Freeport Church for your ceremony.

ON-SITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

Photo courtesy of Marriott ®TownPlace Suites & Convention Centre Brantford

MARRIOTT ® TOWNEPLACE SUITES &

CONVENTION CENTRE BRANTFORD

(OPENING Fall 2019)

519-720-0084 | amber.kane@hilton.com

marriott.com

Brantford, Ontario's newest and largest hotel The Marriott® Townplace Suites

& Convention Centre is the perfect venue for your special day. From intimate

gatherings to large celebrations, offering 10,000 sq feet of modern and elegant

space with 24ft ceilings, executive chef and a dedicated event coordinator.

50 TO 600 GUESTS | CEREMONY & RECEPTION OPTIONS | OVERNIGHT

ACCOMMODATIONS | ONSITE CATERING | FULL BAR SERVICE

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