I am working my way backwards through the season - in case you hadn't noticed its now a Sunday in mid October - Thanksgiving Sunday.
It was a lovely day to get married at the pondsite. Mark and Adrianna brought most of the leaves from their yard for us to sprinkle up the aisle...well sprinkle we did with a 6 in deep bed of leaves to rustle through. With Peter and Drew doing all the floral work and Stephanie from Bruno and Bobbi doing hair and make up in the Carriage House things were set for a 415-430 start to the ceremony officiated by dear Pat Hacker.
After the ceremony cocktails started in the sheepshed at around 5 PM. We had prepared alcoholic and non-alcoholic cider punches and at the groom's request there were 4 types of beer in an old galvinized wash bucket which always just seems to fit right in to the era of the sheepshed - (the 1920's).
Michael Hoy's staff circulated with appetizers and as usually happens time flew by. Its probably not a bad time to mention the DJ. Earl Mclean was onsite to do the ceremony, provide music during the cocktail hour, dinner and the dance. An older gentleman, he still seemed to do such a great job (as in many people were still dancing late in the evening) so we added him to our list. I believe there was a group photo at 615 (it was part of the itinerary) and then dinner was set for 630. We set places for 126 guests. The head table was on the stage.
Hmm sometimes I take my photos before all the floral work is done...at least I caught the tables on the floor closer to completion.
a simple runner
and a lovely navy blue napkin made for a nicely formal set-up
Dinner was a traditional turkey dinner served family style by Michael Hoy and his very capable staff. We served Sandbanks Dunes and Baco Noir - both perennial favourites here. Speeches happened - they are de rigueur for every wedding - but I am not telling you anything you didn't already know here. Followed by desert - which was plated and in the midst of all that the photographer Jen did her job - I suspect very well.
Meanwhile our bar was open with a 'total spend' cap in place. Cupcakes from Katrinas were on display for the evening.
Many of them had a sugary maple leaf in keeping with mid autumn. At 1030-11 we set out late night lovingly pre-prepared by family (and it all looked lovely)...it was devoured as most every late night offering is when it includes meats, cheeses, fresh buns...oh but then there is the whole chip wagon pizza oven thing - its absolutely amazing how hungry you can get a group around 1030 to 11 with the right combination....
Buses arrived from Tripps Unlimited and between 11 and 1 when we turned the house lights on everyone found their way home.
Best wishes to Adrianna and Mark from Elizabeth, Kailey and Lenna, John and Pam, Jared, Lynne, Noreen and me...and the final word is from Adrianna (thank you for writing this)
'Thank you Mark and Lynne for a beautiful wedding. We had a wonderful stay and appreciate all you have done.'
Hello again dear readers;
Paul and Kristen got married in the sheepshed.
we had the rehearsal here the night before at 6 PM - they had then headed off to Angelines for a rehearsal dinner which apparently went very well...they then returned for the 1st of 2 nights in our Inn...but then I digress. The ceremony was conducted by Pat Hacker at 4 PM - oh, we are going to miss Pat as she is no longer offering officiant services...sigh...life goes on and we wish her well in her retirement. But back to to the wedding. Music was provided by an IPOD and our system but also by family who sang beautifully during the ceremony.
For the cocktail hour we were asked for our cider cocktail(s) - both with and without alcohol...judging by how it disappeared we had the recipe correct (we mostly use (lots of) rye). We also had Steamwhistle and Kronenbourg Blanc and Coors light in a galvinized wash bucket - self serve. We set-up a table for the pre-popped popcorn with some seasonings brought in by the bridal party. There were some games set-up between the barn and the sheepshed...so time passed quickly as it does when there are things to do. At 5:40 the MC called everyone into the barn where the bride and groom had their first dance before dinner. A buffet dinner was set to start at 6 PM with Bill and Marnie from the Wheelhouse doing a wonderful job as always. It featuring roast pig on a spit, chicken and vegetable pasta and about a million delicious salads. Meanwhile we served Sandbanks Baco Noir and Sandbanks Shoreline within the open bar package.
The barn was set as below
and yes those are special order linens - everyone had a cookie waiting for them at their seat
and wouldn't you know, there were none left over - sometimes we get samples...not this time - especially not at the childrens table which had been set-up with games - you can sort of see them neatly sitting in the middle of the table...BUT! for only about a second after they sat down - which is to say the kids were happy.
another view of how things looked
The evening's reception music started with jazz music played over our house system before and during dinner. Speeches began once everyone was seated with food. After the speeches the wedding cake was cut and dessert was set-out followed quickly by the dance with Rock Party providing the music. Last time they were here was June 2nd 2012 - once again they did a great job keeping everyone dancing until late. Around 1030 (because the timing works well) Bill and Marnie re-packaging items from dinner. They were devoured...again...there was also a chip truck - one we hadn't seen before...I think it was Ralph's...but need help finding a link for them.
with the open bar, good music and food, and perhaps the warmth of our heating systems no one seemed in a rush to head out.... The instant camera on the sign in table got used a lot as guests were prompted to do their best selfies...
and thats how it played out when things wrapped up early October 20th.
Our best wishes go out to Paul and Kristin from everyone here - Elizabeth, Pam and John, Kailey, and Lynne, Lenna and me
With the wedding season now over I have run out of excuses to report on our 2013 weddings. Starting with the most recent one lets begin.
October 26th was a miserable day. The winds were up and the rain has coming down very convincingly. Initially the pondsite was selected but it was pretty obvious an outside wedding wasn't going to happen...as the day progressed even the sheepshed wasn't going to happen. For the first time this season we prepared for a ceremony in the barn.
You can see that we have taken the chairs from two tables to create an aisle - those chairs - and there 28 of them, were used to create a small congregational setting in front of the stage. The cermeony took place on the stage with Reverend Edward Bentley presiding.
Within minutes following the ceremony we had the chairs back where they belonged and guests moved to sample two signature cocktails - one which had the alcohol content of rocket fuel alcoholic and the other a much more sublime non alcoholic apple based beverage went over well with the bar opened soon after that. But it was an unusual bar in that we had been asked to change far more of our standard brands than usual. We worked out a (higher) price with the wedding couple well in advance and from what we heard things went well - it was a hit and we would do that again.
Blooms did all of the flowers. October lends itself well to a celebration of fall colours; Peter and Drew took full advantage.
on the tables
around the stage
in the wild outside weather in front of the barn
We set up 146 seats wih our rectangular tables in rows with runners rented through our linen supplier (something we rarely do - but are happy to price for you) - (I think) the tables looked lovely with fall colours and candied apples at each place setting.
Bill and Marnie from Wheelhouse Catering served a lovely plated meal with deserts (which they are famous for) set out allowing guests to serve themselves.
The wines served for dinner were Campo Vierjo Reserva and Graffigna Centenario Pinot Grigio . The wedding cake came from Katrina's Cakes in Belleville and was truly a very simple, very sophisticated, pretty cake - I should have taken an even closer shot so you could see the detail.
Music was provided by Danny Flohback with guests dancing on the stage (with our flimsy rope holding them back from falling off) and on the floor in front of the stage. Marc Polidero was the photographer - we are looking forward to seeing his photos!
The evening progressed - we were asked to source late night pizzas and, is always the case, they were demolished as if no one had even thought of the generously large dinner they had eaten just hours before...always the sign of a good evening - in spite of very cold howling winds and raining coming down in sheets everyone seemed happy to stay late...it was (we think) a great night in our barn.
Best wishes to Tim and Christin from all of us here at Fields - Elizabeth, Pam, John, Noreen, Kailey, Lenna, Lynne and me.
...and a last word from the bride - thank you for this Christin! 'Everything was so beautiful and really came together nicely. We were very happy with all of it. As someone else had said, that I had read in an earlier blog, I'd give it a 12 out of 10. We've really had nothing but positive feedback - from family and friends. Really, the only thing we would have changed would have been the weather and we had no control over that. Everyone had a blast :)'