Why have one party when you could have two? Those are the sentiments from Matt and Kimberly, and we couldn’t agree more! 


Photography: Philosophy Studios | Venue: Ravine Vineyard 


Matt and Kimberly met in university, but it wasn’t until a few years later that the two began to date. Living in the U.S., the two would often travel to the Niagara Region, and discovered, and fell in love with, Niagara’s wine country. Soon after, they returned to the Niagara Region for their engagement. 

As many of Matt and Kimberly’s friends and family live abroad, they knew that a destination wedding was in the cards, and since the two built a deep connection to Niagara, they decided that a wedding in Niagara-on-the-Lake was the ideal location. With the help of KJ and Co., the couple was able to make their wedding dreams come true. 

The pre-wedding celebrations began on a perfect Friday evening in July with a cocktail reception to welcome out-of-town guets. Photographed by Philosophy Studios and held at Ravine Vineyards, one of Matt and Kimberly’s favourite spots in Niagara, this casual rustic party had all of the fixings: cigar and wine bar, delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, lawn games, and a bonfire with s’mores.

The evening’s cocktail reception was the perfect opportunity to mingle with family and friends, welcome them to Niagara, and a great way to begin the couple’s wedding celebrations. 

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Philosophy Studios | Planning + Styling: KJ and Co. | Venue: Ravine Vineyard | Florist: Sue Gallo Designs | Hair Stylist: Hair by Rio | Makeup Artist: Glow Hair & Beauty | Chairs + Linens: Simply Beautiful Decor | Rentals: Special Events Rentals | Stationery: Crane | Transportation: Coventry Transportation