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 date...no 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!
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....
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
As it continues to snow outside it seemed an ideal time to revisit the warmer days of late September. Scott and Justine had their ceremony in the sheepshed at 4:30 with the added touch of having popcorn ready for their guests on arrival.
The bride was escorted down from the barn to enter at the west end of the sheepshed where we had seating for 130. After the ceremony we had drinks available both in a canoe.
As well we had set-up an outside bar using our locally produced wine barrels and our own straw bales.
Guests mingled under ideal conditions until asked to head in to the barn for dinner.
East and Main catered a reportedly excellent meal. We were set up as follows:
with flowers expertly done by Drew and Peter at Blooms . Here is another angle to see how the tables were set-up with paper runners.
Dinner was to be served at 7:15-7:30 as a fully plated meal. But to step back one little bit - as guests arrived in the barn they were greeted by a unique seating chart set-up:
stepping back for a larger angled shot:
It is always so appreciated by us to have so many rich personal items to work with They bring a depth and unique-ness which we value as these items truly differentiate one wedding from another here at Fields. There was a fun photo-booth - guests seemed to enjoy.
A bit dark - but we had halogens trained on the area to improve the lighting and success of the photos.
Our sound system had driven the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and speeches - then a band took over and kept the evening going in fine style.
As the evening proceeded East and Main did a well recieved Taco Bar and guests were then invited to enjoy homemade conserves.
They too were well recieved as the evening wound down under what we recall were perfect weather conditions.
We have just learned that the bride and groom are expecting - a further reason to extend best wishes to Scott and Justine from all of us here - best wishes from:
Pam and John, Monica and Elizabeth, Kailey and Lynne, and Me.