May 3rd 2014 Brittany and Justins wedding

Good morning dear readers;

So the season started here May 3rd.   Brittany and Justin got married offsite and when they arrived we had a Sangria punch and a non alcoholic cider punch waiting for them.

 Urban Herb from Belleville were the caterers and they did a nice job.  Dinner was lovely served with wines supplied by Justin's parents.  The tables were set-up as below using Peter and Drew

The evening progressed with a busy cash bar.

Best wishes to Brittany and Justin from Pam and John, Lynne, Kirsten, Eliabeth and Livvy and word to the father of the bride who was kind enough to say: 'It was such a beautiful day, you did an absolutely wonderful and professional job in every aspect, your venue and home were gorgeous, your staff and efforts to keep it (the barn) warm and comfortable were fantastic and appreciated'  and thus ended our first wedding for 2014...cheers!

Ben and Jaimie's October 5th wedding

Dear Readers;


With less than a month to go until our 1st wedding of the season, 2014 will be starting soon.  Its raining today so what snow is left is shrinking away quickly...and the first of our daffodils are close to flowering (what a hardy little plant).  But back to the wedding at hand - Ben and Jaimie got married at the pondsite with Blooms doing the flowers for both the wedding site and the barn.  Moving into the barn the London England based couple had a travel theme to their wedding decorations - each table had a wonderfully eclectic mix of items related to various locations around the world.

New York City for example.

London England and on it went at about 14 tables - great fun! Instead of a cake they had a cheese cake - made of cheese and I am a bit confused because I reported that Carrie Lynn had a cheese cake the day before...well this time I have a photo as proof at least!  There was alos a small cake for Jaimie's brother who's birthday coincided with the wedding photo of it though

Ben and Jaimie had Bill and Marnie from the Beck and Call prepare dinner - always well recieved - Bill and Marnie also did late night grilled cheese while the band (Nova Sounds from Toronto) played expertly on into the night

There are a few details worth noting - which I have yet to mention.  Ben and Jaimie did most of their arrangements form England - skype played a key role and I think having a list of suppliers who all knew our facility made long distance arrangements easy for them.  I do recall that Ben had a request for a lovely South African Estate/Horse Farm wine selection - a property he knew personally.  We tried through our list of private brokers to get the wine - and Ben tried too.  Ultimately if there isn't an agent representing the product(s) in Ontario it can be a challenge to get some products into the province.  That being said, if memory serves, they chose to go with Sandbanks wines and as usual they were embraced by guests from around the world attending that night.

Wishing Ben and Jaimie our very best from John and Pam, Noreen and Elizabeth, Lynne and myself - cheers!

Carrie Lynn and Davids October 4th wedding

Dear Readers;

Spring apparently arrived a day or two ago but its minus 10 right now and well, I am guessing we are all wondering when will it really start feeling like spring?!  Maybe its because Easter is so late this year....

October 4th Carrie Lynn and David got married, with Larry Hurley as their officiant, in the sheepshed with our wooden chairs and floral work done by Blooms.

Post ceremony we set-up an outside bar using our wine barrels

Nice to have our own apples - those are Empires - we begin to have our apples and pears available by early September. Our tent was also set-up - it is a $500 option but seems so very civilized when it is set-up between the barn and the sheepshed - and there is still lots of room even with our giant jenga out and ready for play.

Inside the barn the head table was set-up on the stage with 12 seated.

Every one else was seated at round tables after finding where they were seated

a lovely meal was provided by East and Main

close-up on the floral work

We served Case Dea Pinot Gris and the always popular Sandbanks Baco Noir within our open bar package.  Rather than a wedding cake the bride and groom chose to offer a 3 tiered cheese tray filled with many exotic cheeses...but sigh, I have no pictures of it.  They did opt to give all of their guests lavender, rosemary and oatmeal homemade soaps as a thank you.

There was also a candy bar.

Paul Martin was the DJ - Paul generally works the entire day (he does the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner music and the dance).  You can also hear him doing the news on a few local radio stations - now Paul isn't a tall man but his radio voice is huge!  Late night was our popcorn and the candy bar.  So the evening sped past with guests taking polaroid photos in the photobooth, enjoying the open bar and not worrying about how they were getting home as Carrie Lynn and David had arranged buses with Tripps Unlimited

And we do wish all of our clients the very best - cheers from John and Pam, Kailey and Lenna, Elizabeth and Monica...Lynne and me