Tamara and James' wedding August 22nd 2010

Sunday and the weather was still holding we set up for the 3rd, and again, it was a distinctly different wedding with just 22 attendees.  The wedding service was at our pond site.

After the ceremony champagne awaited guests returning to the barn

 and the set-up using rectangular tables in one long row was picture perfect

 so that evening - Sandbanks Baco Noir and Sandbanks Dunes were served - the bar was an open one and it seemed a perfect end to a 3 wedding weekend.

We do wish Tamara and James our very best,

Sincerely, Lynne, Kailey, Ron, Mekenzie, Ezzie, Ellen and her Dad...me

Allison and Colin's Cocktail wedding August 21st 2011

On to the second wedding of the weekend which was completely different from the one the evening before.  This reception was done in a rather spectacular cocktail style.

For this sort of wedding we set up half the usual number of tables and chairs - which is why we can use our premium stainless and the chivari chairs.  No one has a set seat - other than perhaps one or two tables set aside for guests who absolutely need to sit down - most of the time.  Its about celebrating food and good friends - mingling with everyone - not just those at your table.

  A range of soups were served in soup 'shot glasses' this station was very busy.

 But then so was the hot grill station where meats and seafoods were flash grilled - all the activity just seemed to add to the energy that swirled about all evening.

There was a chocolate fountain as well.  Now we truly don't welcome these units because they stain linens permanently and generally create a large mess to clean up.  But having said that, this particular set-up, on plastic, over our linens, worked surprisingly well.

Of course there was another desert table - cocktail style weddings lend themselves well to multiple temptations!

 But not to be forgotten there was a very pretty wedding cake

 and noting the flowers on the cake - they were also found throughout the Hall ...

 and if you are only setting up half the tables you only need half as many flower arrangements. 

Now we know you want to know who the caterer was - we didn't grab their card but many of the team were from the Loyalist College Culinary Arts program...and it seems they will remain a mystery!  In a league of their own; this caterer(s), does not what to be known as a caterer - rather they did it as a favour for Colin and Allison (sigh).  Otherwise, 96 guests consumed 22 bottles of wine and then there was a cash bar.  As happens at cocktail style weddings the evening flew by - we do hope we see more of this sort of event in 2011 - they are fun for us too.

Wishing Colin and Allison all the best, one last time,

Sincerely, Lynne, Kailey, Bethany, John, Ron, Ezzie and Mekenzie, Ellen and Mark

 

The Nune Maidment Wedding Friday August 20th 2010

With a very relaxed rehearsal dinner in the barn on Thursday, this wedding was off to a lovely start - these days we encourage the use of the Main House and Angelines to assist with such memorable rehearsal events.

Saturday saw a wedding ceremony set-up unlike any other we had seen.  In the area behind the barn, the family involved set up a wrought iron trellis.  We then set out chairs such that there was a centre aisle...but as you see in the picture below it was a unique arrangement.   

 

 ...although we never may see this idea duplicated we are very much in favour of working with you to find new and different ways to work with our property. 

The Head table was crisp and clean - note these days we truly prefer to work with linens which just come to the floor versus skirting.  We find these linens hold much better through the evening - and from our perspective are far more current. In 2010 we didn't use any skirting at all. 

Note the screen behind the stage - because it is set up as high as it is videos can - if you wish; run throughout the evening without anyone having to duck around the projector. 

In the next photo you may note that the wedding couple opted for clean simple settings on their tables.  Although we are are more than happy to arrange whatever items you wish us to set out - there is absolutely a case that can be made for 'less is more'

And that was the 1st of three weddings we had the pleasure to host that weekend in late August.  This particular night 48 bottles of wine were consumed by 111 people - 4 champagne were served as well to a select few...but...with the open bar, it seemed everyone had a great time.

Best wishes again to the happy couple,

Sincerely; Lynne, Kailey, Ron, Mekenzie, John and Bethany