Scott and Justine's Saturday September 28th 2013 wedding

Dear Readers;

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.

 

Lounge settings

Dear Readers;

Apparently we have only about 25 days (as of this writing) of winter left but its hard to imagine today with the temperature at minus 14.  But the season is coming and Lynne and Drew from Blooms have tracked down a a few ttems for you to consider - if you are looking for lounge settings either in the barn or perhaps the sheepshed.  But first we have 2 wine barrels which when put together with a table top and straw bales (we normally charge $2 ea. for the straw bales but include as needed for this set-up) makes an excellent outside bar - each barrel is $25 - the full set-up is no extra charge.

One of the three groupings

Note the major items are $25 ea.  the grouping of milk bottles and 3 crates are considered as one item - the set-up is no charge.

And the second grouping (neither grouping is cast in stone - tell us which items you like and we - most likely Lynne and Drew - will arrange the setting).

There is one more vintage sofa setting just in - do contact Lynne if you are interested in any or all of these items for a lounge setting either in the barn or the sheepshed.

All the way back to the wine barrels above below is a bar set-up with the wine barrels - it worked really well!

Cheers and do lets us know if any of these pieces/set-ups strikes your fancy and just in a firs sign of spring grown onsite in Drew and Peters greenhouse - Primula or Hardy Primrose.

All the Best!

Mark and Lynne

Tim and Jaclyn's Saturday July 27th wedding

Dear Readers;

Still cold and snowy out - it seemed like a good time to share Tim and Jacyln's wedding with you. Although Jaclyn is from a very well known dairy farm family north west of Belleville we worked mostly with the couple from their southeastern Australian home in Melbourne - and it was a pleasure working with them even though they were half a world away.  Tim and Jaclyn got married at the pondsite with our folding wooden chairs set out for them. Blooms on West Lake did the floral work (obviously after I took this photo).  The bride and brides maids arrived for their 4:30 wedding in a series of black rented Dodge Chargers - quite an entry!  A three piece string band played before and during the ceremony which started with Mary Higgins (minister from the family's church) officiating.

After the ceremony everyone moved on to the sheepshed where we had pre-poured some mojitos in Mason jars with stripped paper straws (thought you would want to know), Hinterland champagne in flutes, a bucket of beers (Steamwhistle and Barking Squirrel as requested) and lemonade while East and Main arrived with appetizers. We set-up a couple of extra tables - in front of the sheepshed for guests to bask in the wonderful summer weather we had that day.

as well as some groupings in the shade while the DJ for the evening played various selections.  Dinner was to start at 6:45 sharp and we were ready

a lovely, simple sign-in table with one of our ancient (circa 1920) apple crates for gifts sitting under it. The tables were rectangular - a set-up I remain truly partial to...With everyone on the main floor the stage needed some decoration.

while the tables were set as seen below

You can see there were candle chandeliers hanging on each post - supplied by Blooms on West Lake. 

Our bar opened at 5 PM as part of their open bar package with the remaining champagne from the cocktail hour (as it was an extra item outside our bar package) moved to the bar.  Wines during dinner were Sandbanks Baco Noir and Dunes. Blooms on West Lake really did a lovely job with their flowers while Katrinas Cakes supplied the wedding cake (which I somehow missed photographing!)

As 10:30 rolled around Budha Dog showed up for the late night fare.  They use two little machines and all local products to deliver a great late night option of tiny, tasty, gourmet hot dogs.

Our rooms were full in the Inn so as 1 AM approached we filled up for the night and shuttles took everyone else to a number of our other recommended places to stay...and by 2 AM the caterer, DJ and Budha Dog were gone and the barn was quiet.

Tim and Jaclyn told us just the next day in an email that they had had a '...wonderful day.  Thank you for making it stress free'.  Then after their honeymoon they contacted us again saying 'The day went perfectly, and the feedback we had from guests was it looked amazing and they had a great time'  Good to hear - always

Our best wishes go out to Jaclyn and Tim now enjoying summer in the southern hemisphere - from John and Pam, Noreen and Kailey, Lynne and Me, Elizabeth and Monica - cheers!