"Vineyard bride was the first place I visited when I began planning our wedding last August. The style and inspiration was exactly what Derek and I wanted and needed for our wedding."Read More
A beautiful vineyard wedding with such personal plans. We loved how this couple included the bride's father who had passed by using the flower petals from his memorial in confetti cones.
From the bride: 'When we started thinking about planning our wedding, we knew we wanted that intimate, romantic, whimsical feel for the entire day. Our main priority was that it would be a celebration of our love with our closest family & friends. 100 of our closest family & friends joined us as we exchanged our vows in the beautiful Cave Springs Vineyard. I had always loved the idea of getting married in a vineyard and as I was researching venues, I stumbled across the Inn on the Twenty. The town of Jordan is such a beautiful small, quaint town. It was the perfect choice.
The most memorable part of the day was walking back down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. I felt our wedding was personal to our love story because it was exactly us. Fun, playful, intimate and a great dance party to finish off the night! Everyone in attendance knew our story, has been a part of our lives and relationship and genuinely was there to support us. Whether it was handcrafted decor items made by us, homemade pickles as wedding favours, notes from family members or the many photos of us and each of our families displayed, the entire day was the perfect representation of us.'
FROM THE BRIDE: The most standout moment for me was walking down the aisle during our ceremony. The doors to the old stone and mortar Carriage House burst open to reveal a slow-motion spectacle. The flowers softly illuminated every space they inhabited. The violin string duo pulled my heart towards my handsome groom, and also pulled the tears from our eyes. I could feel my father's strong arm in mine, but couldn't take my eyes off my own heart standing in front of me. The love of my life. It lasted only a few seconds, and I breathed it all in. I will never forget the weight of that moment and even though we had a first look, it was still such an impactful moment that I will always cherish. Everybody always told me the day would fly by. So, I made a concerted effort to soak in every moment. And I did. And the day didn't fly by. It was wondrously long. I made sure I appreciated every second.
Looking back on our wedding day, I’m immediately brought back to all of the most colourful and rich moments of my life. My husband, Mat, and I opted for a very private and intimate wedding amongst only a handful of our loved ones in the most beautiful setting of Vineland Estates in Niagara, Ontario.
Being a proud florist myself, I made so many decisions throughout the planning process that I am so thankful for and that really made our day more special than I could have imagined! Our ceremony and reception space was beautiful but very dark, with stunning timber beams, stone walls, and ornate chandeliers, giving it a seriously nostalgic quality. I also designed and constructed my 3 wedding signs using old frames, cheeky words, a bit of paint (and a LOT of patience). The wedding cake was a special gift my mother-in-law ordered from Sweet Philosophy for us. It was absolutely stunning and so perfect! Everything tied together so beautifully with the addition of my wedding dress, which was a Patricia Bonaldi dress I ordered online and then had customized in alterations by removing the back and adding a train!
Since our wedding was so small and intimate, we put a lot of thought and intention into who we selected as vendors for our day. We absolutely loved having Kayla as our photographer. She was so down to earth, easy, breezy, and sweet. Your photographer is one of the vendors who will spend the most amount of time with you on the wedding day, so making sure that they are a good fit is so important!
Photographer: Kayla Yestal | Venue: Vineland Estates Winery | Florist Ashley Woodsford (the bride!) | Hairstyling - Strong Hairstyles | Bridesmaid Dress - Ya Ya & Co | Shoes - Call It Spring | Suit - Hugo Boss | Brides Ring - Emilian Jewellery | Back Necklace - Blair Nadeau | Groom's Ring - Clogau | Invitation Suite - Vistaprint | Cake - Sweet Philosophy | Dress Boutique - Revolve Clothing | Dress Designer - Patricia Bonaldi | String Duo - Duo D'Amore | Bowtie - Banana Republic | Firewords - Redboss Pyrotechnics | Favours - Greaves Jams and Marmalades | Tanning Salon - Glo & Go Tanning | Lash Extentions - Labelle Lash | Ribbon - Stella Wolfe | Alterations - Melanie's Dressmaking | Officiant - Jack Birtch
'Niagara is full of stunning vineyards and wedding venues, however we tend to forget how gorgeous our own properties can be for a simple intimate wedding. Especially the properties within Niagara-on-the-lake. D+A had a small wedding in their own backyard and made it look more beautiful and meaningful than most of the weddings I've seen. Just about everything was done by their own hands. There were a tone of personal touches, including passing a string along to each guest, connecting them to the bride and groom, a thai rope tying tradition, and several musical performances by family members. They also stepped away from the traditional family photos and requested group "vanity fair" style photos for each family in attendance.' Photographer: James Paul Correia Photography
We enjoy a good hometown wedding with the theme of the day being elegance, simplicity and a lot of love!
From the Bride: 'Though we both now spend most our time downtown Toronto, we wanted our wedding to be rooted in where we are from and celebrate the life we have created together. St. Thomas church, the vineyard, the jam all involved home. As a kid, I spent many a Sunday up and down those church pews. For their 25th wedding anniversary, my parents chose Inn on the Twenty to celebrate their own marriage. The jam too wasn't just any jam, it wove in contributions from so many important people; rhubarb from my mom's backyard, strawberries grown by one of my bridesmaid's family, and peaches from Niagara – all homemade by our family and bridal party. Our wedding colors chosen from paint swatches we had flipped through for our own apartment walls.'
Photographer: Tied Photo & Film | Venue: Inn on the Twenty | Florist: The Watering Can | Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Church | Bride's Dress: Paloma Blanca from Klienfelds | Bridal Party Attire: Bill Levkoff from Mirella’s Ladies Boutique | Cake & Caterer: Inn on the Twenty | Music: Sound Obsession | Hair,Makeup: Niagara Brides Mobile Hair and Make-up Stationary: All That’s Lovely
A soft classic boudoir session is perfect inspiration today's bride and makes a beautiful gift for your partner on the wedding morning. It's the neutral colours and bright images photographed on film that gives this session such a timeless feel.
From the Bride: 'In planning our wedding, I had a simple vision in mind - that it would be elegant and classic. In particular, I loved the idea of having a vintage wedding. Growing up in Niagara, I knew I wanted to be married in the heart of vineyard country in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. The venue was simple to determine and the Pillar and Post posed the perfect backdrop for a spring garden wedding, while the vintage touches sprang to life with the red interior bricking. The details seemed to fall in place after this. My dress would be lace, with a long train, paired with a cathedral veil to complete the classic bridal look. The flowers were kept in soft shades of ivory and blush, with accented greens showcasing the boutineires and my hair piece. Everything came together in perfect harmony as we exchanged our vows under the shade of the magnolia tree in the Pillar & Post Rose Garden. The simple beauty of the area provided us just the right setting for our photos. The sun, trees, and serenity of Butler's Barracks proved to be the only location necessary to capture all our memories for the day.'
Photographer: Daniel Ricci in collaboration with Joel Hannigan and Lauren Valvasori Venue: Pillar and Post Florist: Country Basket Flower Boutique Hair and Makeup: Glow Hair & Beauty Event Decor: Joani Event Decor DJ: Liquid Entertainment Invitations: Pretty in Print Invitations
Trusting your wedding vendors is so important during the wedding planning process. When you book the right team for you and let them run with your vision you'll have such a beautiful and relaxed wedding day! KJ and Co and her team of talented wedding vendors put together a beautiful shoot for this week's feature!
'A little something soft, romantic, and colourful for some wedding inspiration from a team of truly talented vendors! I gathered a bit of inspiration for them as a starting point and then relayed the details for the selected hard goods like tableware and furniture, and soft items like the gown and linens. I then left everyone to create.' -Krista from KJ and Co.
Planning & Styling: KJ and Co. Photographer: Elizabeth in Love Venue: Cave Spring Vineyard Retreat Florist: Ooh La La Designs Paper Goods: Simply Sealed Gown and Accessories: Sash & Bustle Gown: "Candy" by Hayley Paige Earrings and Headpiece: Hushed Commotion Tableware and Bar Cart: Plate Occasions Chairs and Linens: Gala Decor Cake and Sweets: The Dessert Room Hair and Makeup: Makeup Worx
We've had some really beautiful and dramatic sunsets this season. But they don't come close to the beautiful sky captured at this engagement session with Ally & Nicholas Photography.
From the photographers: 'This couple has such a special bond and the sky was something we haven't seen before. We planned to capture Alicia + James' love in NOTL because of the romantic scenery. It was the perfect setting to capture their natural beauty and connection. A big storm started all around us but didn't hit Niagara-On-The-Lake. We could see the storm happening from across the lake in Toronto & the GTA and it created the most beautiful sky. The sun was bursting through the clouds. James very sadly lost both of his parents, and we truly believe that the sunset and gorgeous sky was from his parents. Both of them were emotional near the end of the session, feeling a sense of comfort from his parents, and we captured them staring out at the scene. It was a very touching and emotional moment. To see the comfort and joy it brought the two of them during this session is a moment we will never forget. And for it to take place in our home of NOTL is just the cherry on top.' - Ally & Nicholas Photography
If you'd like to chat about your wedding with Ally & Nicholas, they will be at the First Look Wedding Show on November 12, 2017 at Hare Winery.
'I think that's the most beautiful thing about choosing to marry in Niagara: there is a talented vendor to suit almost every style, need, service and budget, which makes the process more streamlined and efficient. Two words that are music to a planner's ears.' - Amanda CowleyRead More