Real Weddings

Dana + Adam’s Konzelmann Estate Wedding


A lovely fete sent to us from film + digital photographer Andrew Mark Photography... enjoy the soft pastels that remind us spring is almost here! 

From the photographer: Dana & Adam's wedding was the essence of what a Niagara wedding is. A Toronto couple raised in Niagara and passionate about wine and the region looking to celebrate their wedding right on the Lake with their closest family and friends. The ceremony and reception took place along the water behind the countless rows Konzelmann Estate vineyards. The weather was perfect and the party went late into the night-it ended with a beautiful first dance surround by their company's sparklers. Dana & Adam's wedding truly embodied what we believe a Niagara wedding is.

From the couple: We were married on a perfectly sunny summer day. The first look in the vines was unforgettable; it was an intimate moment that we shared, just the two of us, before celebrating with the full group. The ceremony was so special to us. The speeches were authentic, heartfelt and full of laughter. After a sparkling first dance, we had a fun-filled reception.
The 'First Look, the champagne toast that immediately followed the ceremony; the sunset photo shoot to the sparkler first dance-there are too many highlights to list. Perhaps the highlight of the day was when we walked out from the vines to say our vows to one another, in the company of our loved ones.

We wanted our wedding to be natural, elegant, outdoors and on the water. We didn't want to get lost in the details, so we tried to keep things simple, The colour palette was soft, with some pastels, white, and a lot of green from the natural greenspace and trees where we got married. We envisioned something intimate in an outdoor space for the ceremony and a handful of harvest tables for the reception.

Konzelmann Estate Winery was the perfect canvas to bring that vision to life. We were married along the vines and trees, right next to Lake Ontario. We knew it was the venue for us when we realized you can see the CN Tower across the lake - while we're both originally from Niagara, we've lived in Toronto for nearly ten years so this was a special touch to us, to be able to see 'home'.

Vendor Love: 

Photographer: Andrew Mark Photography Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab Venue: Konzelmann Estate Winery Officiant: Cathy from Kettle Creek Weddings Catering: Stone Mill Inn Flowers: Flowers Niagara Stationary: Erin Aubrey Design MakeUp: Amber Diignard Hair: Allure Hair and MakeUp Dress: Maggie Sottero Suit: Banana Republic 

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Wedding Venues, Niagara Wine Country Wedding, Niagara Wedding Photographer, Niagara Wedding, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pastels, Konzelmann Winery

John + Larissa Barn Wedding in Niagara

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Décor, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Photography

It was the pair of Fluevog shoes that caught my eye... and then I scrolled through all of the rest of the lovely details!!! Thank you Green Autumn Photography for sending us this lovely little Niagara wedding feature. A barn and a sweet little chapel... the perfect combo for this outdoorsy couple! 

And the award for most original date idea goes to John and Larissa! For their first date, the couple attended a flying trapeze class at the Toronto School of Circus Arts. There's nothing quite like wearing spandex to break the ice. 

This adventurous and active pair loves outdoors activities like hiking and climbing. As a matter of fact, John proposed while the two were rock-climbing. For these two, a wedding that incorporated their love of the outdoors was a must. Balls Falls Barn was a perfect choice for a rustic-casual-chic celebration. A simple barn and chapel, set on a beautiful conservation area in the heart of Niagara's wine region.

Planning along they way, they took a simple approach, focusing on their personalities, hobbies and faves, rather than the trends. With her gorgeous red hair, the bride has learned what colours compliment her best and this was to be a (refreshingly) pink-free wedding. Planning the florals was exciting, incorporating warm colours and some out of the ordinary blooms, inspired by the bride's favourite wardrobe pieces and the fall season, lots of greenery and garland and even touches of wheat. She looked stunning on the wedding day in her custom wedding gown and show-stopping unstructured bouquet.

The couple worked on several DIY projects like their succulent wedding favours, ribbon decor for outside the small ceremony chapel, and their awesome cake topper. KJ and Co. sourced talented vendors and details to fit their rustic aesthetic, like the neat modern-rustic guestbook poster from Etsy. There were rustic vintage pieces that fit well with the barn venue as well. They enjoyed a gourmet dinner as bride and groom at an antique sweetheart table, set in front of the draped barn doors.

To surprise their guests, Larissa and John practiced for weeks and weeks with a choreographer in order to perform a first-dance tango under the string lighting in the barn. 

Vendor Love:

Photographer: Green Autumn Photography Planner + Designer: KJ and Co Venue: Balls Falls Conservation Area Musicians: Duo d'Amore Officiant: Enduring Promises Makeup Artist: Frosting Mobile Beauty Fashion Designer: Lisa Van Hattem Invitation Designer: Minted Floral Designer: Ooh La La Designs Linens and Coverings: Simply Beautiful Decor Hair Stylist: Civello Caterer: Niche Catering DJ: Spirit Of Sound

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Wedding Venues, Rustic, Niagara Wedding Flowers, Barn Wedding, Turquoise, Chapel, John Fluevog Shoes, Green Autumn Photography

LeeAnn + Kevin’s Winery Wedding


A little Alice in wonderland inspiration at a cozy winery ceremony and reception... thank you Darling Mine for sending this over! 

From the photographer: While the weather may not have cooperated fully, it never put a damper on their obvious love for one another. They met beneath the covered bridge for their first look.  The rain was a good excuse to get married in the cozy downstairs space at Hernder's-it was just as an intimate as the barrel room was for a few of their photos. Guests were welcomed upstairs for the reception where they were greeted by amazing decor and details by Anne & Co. With an Alice In Wonderland feel, the room was filled with books and clocks and lovely florals from Wine Country Florals.  



Ashely + Dave by JF Hannigan

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!

This lovely collection of wedding goodness was sent over by JF Hannigan! Ashley and Dave exchanged their vows at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Dalhousie with a reception to follow at the Queen's Landing.  Three favourite things: 1. the timeless, classic blue dresses 2. the gorgeous light in the Church 3. Did you see the evening shot at the very end of the post...? Stunning! 

Gorgeous wedding...beautiful images! 

Vendor love: 

Photography: JF Hannigan Photography

Venue: Queen's Landing

Decor: Simply Beautiful

Flowers: Cathy Martin

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Wedding Photography, Niagara Wedding Flowers, JF Hannigan Photography, Blue, Queen's landing

Chris + Patricia by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Cinematography

The first dance. It can be a little overwhelming.  Or... you can totally embrace it like Chris and Patricia did.  Their wedding was filmed by Mike Enns for Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema.  Enjoy the story!



Nick and Aleksandra by Lush Florals

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Décor, Wedding Flowers

We’ve been looking for weddings that feature this year’s pantone colour of the year…a beautiful rich Marsala colour.  The bouquets were created by Lush Florals and the photography by JF Hannigan Photography.

Aleksandra and Nick wanted their day to reflect their very relaxed nature.  Not too frilly, not overly traditional with just slight touches of interesting detail.  For flowers Aleksandra wanted a large garden inspired bridal bouquet in neutral shades but for the gals... a bold pop of colour-shades of Marsala with gold sequined accents.  The church service was Ukrainian Catholic and simply breathtaking in the cathedral-the florals coordinated perfectly with the cathedral. The simplicity of the crowns used in a traditional Ukranian Catholic ceremony are different from what you typically see. 

Aleksandra and Nick celebrated with their friends and family with a reception held at Chateau de charmes decorated with draping and chandeliers by Simply Beautiful. Centerpieces mimicked the garden style bouquets with gold accents. Beautiful work by Niagara's finest wedding vendors! 

Congratulations Aleksandra and Nick!  

Florals: Lush Florals

Photography: Joel Hannigan

Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor

Venue: Chateau de Charmes