Ah, the power of social media! Laura put out an ISO on facebook for wedding coordination suggestions. I was fortunate enough to have one of my lovely brides from last season offer my name, and just like that, in a few short emails, we had hit it off and were consulting over coffee about the details of her special day.
Laura & David were married in early May at Holland Marsh Wineries in Newmarket - a new venue for me. Having originally begun my wedding planning career in Niagara, this idealistic setting allowed me to experience again those much-missed vineyard vibes. I am now shouting from the roof tops that this venue is truly special and I understand fully why this couple selected it.
The forecast for this outdoor ceremony called for those dreaded wedding day showers. Indeed, rain pelted my windshield that morning as I made the drive from Barrie to Newmarket, casting doubt over the sublime “Plan A” of exchanging vows among the vines. A light sprinkle began moments before guests were set to arrive, sending all hands on-deck to wipe down the chairs as I held my breath while praying that for the 20-minute ceremony the weather gods pull through and have the rain pass lightly and quickly. To my great gratitude, they did, and as the bride rounded the corner, awaiting her groom’s first glance from the altar, the sun poked through the clouds, offering a huge sigh of relief and a beautiful glow over the vineyards.
Bridal party photos followed the ceremony, while guests were directed to the tasting room where the venue’s own wine awaited their arrival. From there it was on to the reception space, decorated in a rustic, spring-like style, beautifully displaying the personal décor touches that the couple had so carefully selected and built! Indeed, they deserve a big DIY shout out for their creativity and custom building skills, from the centerpiece lanterns, to the lace-enclosed jars hanging from the ceremony chairs, and a sweet, hanging hoop that would serve as the backdrop to the head table. All of the carefully planned and well executed details were a lovely and personal reflection of the personalities of this amazing couple - an important element of any wedding in my opinion.
From the seats of a 13-person head table, Laura & David listened to many touching speeches from close friends and family. There was lots of laughter, tears of joy and the recollecting of fond memories. To end off the evening, guests enjoyed the ambiance of a close-by fire, where a s’mores bar and late-night taco station received much attention.
It was a perfect 4th of May wedding. Laura and David, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, and “May the 4th be with you”. (I couldn’t resist!)
Venue: Holland Marsh Wineries | Day-of Coordination: All Things Love Events | Photography: Miller Ellis Photography | Videography: Sunmoon Media | Officiant: Revered Tracy Cox | Catering: O’Malley’s Catering | DJ: Bob Hawkins Disc Jockey | Cake: Family Friend | Florist: MId Valley Gardens | Hair & Make-up: Victoria Bourque Beauty Boutique
Video Feature by Sunmoon Media