"Fortunato in amore, fortunato nella vita. Siamo molto benedetti." (Translates to "fortunate in love, fortunate in life … we are very blessed!")
When the summer heat hits its peak, wise Italians escape the city and head to the country to join their loved ones for the mid-summer festival of Ferragosto on August 15. This was the inspiration for Janine + Roberto's Ferragosto wedding among the vineyards at Good Earth Food and Wine Co. in Niagara’s wine country.
The wedding ceremony was held in a verdant meadow under century old willow and sugar maple trees. Our nieces and nephews helped out in the religious service with a rousing responsorial psalm and handmade alleluia signs. The groom’s papa led the guests in reciting an Italian version of the Our Father – Il Padre Nostro. The ceremony ended with a prosecco toast: viva gli sposi! and we were deluged with handfuls of rice thrown from every direction.
As the sun was setting behind the orchard, guests strolled toward the winery bistro alongside the vineyard. The communal dinner table was waiting under the pergola, softly lit by sparkling crystal chandeliers and votives in a combination of mercury glass and custom hand-sewn vintage fabric sleeves in tones of muted mauve, pale lavender and mulled grape.
The last word goes to Janine + Roberto's five-year old nephew who whispered into the groom's ear: “Zio, can I tell you something?” “Yes, Ryan, what is it?” “This is the best wedding I’ve ever been to. It’s only the first wedding I’ve ever been to, but it’s the best!”
This wedding was perfectly captured byuber-talented wedding photographer Nataschia Wielink!
Event Photography: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema / Private Photography: K Black and Co. / Wedding Venue: Good Earth Food and Wine Co. in Niagara, Ontario / Floral + Event Design: Mimosa Flower Studio / Menus + Programs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Place Cards: DIY / Wedding Cake: Good Earth Food and Wine Co. / Music: Claudio Santaluce / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via White Toronto / Bride’s Veil: Antique Belgian Lace / Bride’s Shoes: Sigerson Morrison / Bride’s Earrings: Laurent Gandini / Hair + Makeup: Jessica Jean Myers / Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna via Holt Renfrew / Groom’s + Pageboys’ Ties: Pomp & Ceremony / Flower Girls’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Pageboys’ Suits: J.Crew Crewcuts
This Niagara wedding is so full of pretty it nearly bursts with joy!!
Enjoy the rustic details and design of this Niagara winery wedding at Inn on the Twenty.
Cinema by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema.
Florals & Event Design by Mimosa Flower Studio.
Wedding Venue is Inn on the Twenty.
Wedding Cake by Vineyard Sweets.
Linens & Chiavari Chairs by Simply Beautiful Decor.
Vintage Rentals by The Warehouse.
Lynn and Michael had been dating for over four years before getting married on an early summer’s eve in lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. For the proposal, Michael planned a “surprise” vacation to New York right before Christmas 2 years earlier. In their room at the Plaza Hotel, he got down on one knee and asked Lynn to marry him. She burst into tears right away and said yes!
View all the delicious pictures and the wonderful love story over on the WedLuxe Magazine blog.
We’re seriously loving this pretty purple Niagara-on-the-Lake winery wedding featuring work by a dream team of our Swish List Niagara wedding vendors!
This outdoor affair features true Niagara wedding style ... held at a local winery in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, it’s filled to the brim with lovely little details!
From the whimsical lavender paper lanterns to the personalized chopsticks to the wedding cake inspired by Kandinsky (one of the couple’s favourite artists) every nuance of the day was a perfect reflection of the bride and groom.
Venue Coordinator: Danielle Sweet – Vintage Hotels
Wedding Flowers: Jennifer Elliotson – Mimosa Flower Studio
Wedding Cake Designer:Catherine O’Donnell – Willow Cakes and Pastries
Linens and Chiavari Chairs: Angelica – Simply Beautiful Décor
Photography by Tyler James.
This absolutely romantic winter wedding in Niagara on the Lake was sent to us by photog Nataschia Wielink. It’s so romantic, classic, beautiful ... sparkly! And the bride is kind of hot, isn’t she?
Love this silhouette image … makes me want to get married again in the winter … so pretty!
Devon really did light up the room ... like a gorgeous snow princess at her coronation!
Devon and Steve celebrated their wintery wedding in Niagara on the Lake at Queen’s Landing on January 2 ... it was a perfect winter wonderland with a fresh layer of snow that coated the beautiful Vintage Hotels property the night before.
The delicately detailed wedding cake courtesy of Willow Cakes and Pastries.
A really beautiful wedding celebration with close friends and family!
Claire + Scott were married on a warm summer afternoon on the shores of Niagara’s Crystal beach, just south of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Their outdoor beach wedding ceremony and reception took place on the grounds of the family cottage and was filled with all the warmth, charm and elegance of seaside affair in southern Niagara.
We just love it when our Swish Niagara wedding photographers are bursting to share their pics and stories with us ... we ♥ a great love story! So, here is Claire + Scott’s wedding story in the photographers words ...
“I don’t know if it’s the couple ... is that why I loved this wedding? Maybe it’s the heart ... a whole lotta heart! Great couple. Loved them. We flew to NYC for their e-session in Central Park earlier in the season and had a blast!”
“This wedding ... it was a fairy-tale wedding that reminded me of a movie. The atmosphere ... a casual, yet elegant feel. The best friends from college flew in. The scrapbook they made for her. The heirloom necklace created by grandpa. The live band. The chairs set out on the beach for the bonfire. The magician they hired to entertain the kids. The smell of the popcorn maker after the dance started. The lanterns and homemade cupcakes. Every toast that was made ... it just wrecked me.”
The gorgeous and delectable reception dinner was produced by local Niagara wedding caterer and Swish List Member, Kristin, of Kristin’s Event Creation & Catering!
Swish List Member and Niagara wedding photographer Nataschia Wielink is the artist behind the lens on this one and she has managed to send us completely over the edge with these gorgeous photographs of Heather and Joseph’s outdoor Niagara wedding celebrations!
What’s really cool about this wedding is that there is not just one, but three of our fabulous Swish List Niagara wedding professionals featured! Hair and makeup provided by Storm Hair Group and the cheery flowers were designed by the uber talented Niagara wedding florist Jennifer Elliotson of Mimosa Flower Studio.
Next to Heather, Joseph’s Austin Mini (an original, vintage Mini) might be his greatest passion! The bridal party travelled in style all day ... in a vintage Mini caravan! It was a blast watching Heather pop out of the sunroof and joust her bouquet to the cheers of the guests as they ripped out of the church parking lot after their ceremony ...
Thanks to Heather + Joseph for sharing their day with us!
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We recently took a little field trip over to Swish List Member The Good Earth Cooking School and Food Co. in Niagara’s Lincoln County. As we navigated our way between the birches and past the vineyard rows to the transformed schoolhouse cooking school, we were welcomed by the scent of late spring in Niagara. Sitting down at the harvest table for a fun chat with Good Earth proprietor Nicolette, it was as if we had entered another world. A deep, peaceful breath of fresh air - a culinary escape in the heart of Niagara’s wine country.
For more than a decade, The Good Earth has had the edge on the ‘Farm to Table’ food movement. Their 55 acre working fruit farm, vineyard and ‘potager’ vegetable and herb gardens provide seasonal ingredients absolutely exploding with Niagara freshness. Just the thought of it makes us salivate!
When it comes to people, happiness and food, you’ll discover that Nicolette is an extremely passionate person! Whether you’re planning your Niagara wedding, stopping in to pick up your Moveable Feast Picnic or simply sampling the latest vintage (winery coming this fall!) … whatever your connection to The Good Earth, you can count on an unrivaled culinary experience, with a healthy dose of laughter on the side.
We peppered Nicolette, the Good Earth’s self proclaimed “facilitator of fun”, with many questions and she was quick to share her thoughts and passions with us ...
The Good Earth’s philosophy is a simple one - authentic, natural and spontaneous. By using the best of what Niagara has to offer ‘in season’, in combination with sourced ingredients from all over the world, the Good Earth keeps it simple to let the beauty of the natural tastes and textures shine through.
Although predominately a cooking school (classes run every weekend taught by resident chefs and local Niagara restauranteurs), The Good Earth property is also an ideal location for an elegant outdoor Niagara wedding with an upscale, yet earthy feel. Specializing in events that range from 12 to 120 guests, Chef Patrick and his staff spin their culinary magic to make each event a unique and memorable one.
Standing out from the crowd is something that The Good Earth does naturally. Proud of their authenticity, each menu created is an original work of culinary art - inspired by the season and nature. Using uncommon cuts of meat as well as jams and jellies made on the property is standard fare at The Good Earth.
A reception tent is set up up on the west side of the outdoor ‘al fresco’ BBQ - complete with old-fashioned lanterns lighting the way through the garden. Wedding ceremonies typically take place just a few steps away in a shady spot in amongst the ferns to the south of the reception tent.
Nicolette and her staff have the best opportunity to let their creative juices flow when there is a genuine connection between their client and all things “Good Earth”. There is a creative process in the building of a unique event - and when the involved parties are ‘in sync, you’re guaranteed an experience that will be both tasty and fun!
Niagara first ...
An ambassador of sorts for Niagara, Nicolette is very ethusiastic about the plethora of ‘farm to table’ delights that the Niagara Region offers - especially The Twenty Valley, where The Good Earth is located. Award winning wines, fresh ingredients, breath-taking nature ... The Good Earth is very deliberate about supporting local farms, markets, wineries and cheese factories.
On the horizon ...
Breaking ground this summer, The Good Earth will be opening the doors to their new winery in the late fall of 2009. The winemaking is already underway ... Chardonnay and Cab Franc are in production! In true ‘Good Earth’ fashion, this will be no ordinary winery ... guests will also be able to enjoy a unique culinary experience while sampling the latest vintage! The new winery will feature a dining space suitable for lunch, dinner, rehearsal parties, weddings and special events in the unique Good Earth way - harvest tables, natural light and unforgettable food!
Photos by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema.
A beautiful Niagara wedding, shot by one of our favorite Swish List photogs, Stephen Dominick. How lovely!
Bethan + Adam were married in an afternoon wedding ceremony at Stamford United Church in Niagara Falls with cocktails and an evening reception following in Canada’s Prettiest Town, the lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Swish List Photographer Nataschia Wielink sent us these photos of a great Niagara wedding she shot last weekend ... here’s the story in her words:
Family… is there anything closer to your heart? It was so evident that for Maris and Mike, family is treasured. Maris made plans to sleep at her grandma’s and get ready there the morning of the wedding. It’s the home that Maris’ Mom grew up in and a gorgeous location for pictures - beautiful sunlight spilling into every room. And Maris had a beautiful timeless and classic look - she made an absolutely stunning bride!
Things we loved about this Niagara wedding:
All of the details coordinated with the look and feel of the day. The bouquets matched the delicate look of the wedding gown. Designed by boutique Niagara wedding florist Mimosa Flower Studio, they were so full and looked almost as if the flowers might even have been gathered from the garden!
The red carpet that ran down the aisle that would lead Maris to her handsome groom. Mike was waiting at the front of the chapel in RCMP Full Dress Uniform.
A few giggles came from the crowd when Maris almost dropped the ring and very politely exclaimed “oopsie daisy”!
The chapel was filled with the sounds of a bag piper as the newly-weds signed the license.
Their day was rich with tradition, getting married at Ridley College, being one of them. A lunch to follow at the beautiful Queen’s Landing surrounded by the ones they love and care for most. I’m searching for a word or a phrase to describe the feeling of the day ... a genuine celebration of two very lovely people!
Thanks to Maris + Michael for sharing their day with us!
A little something special ... Andrea and Felipe will always share their wedding anniversary with her parents ... how fabulous! Fortunately, the sky broke just long enough to get outside and get some great images!
Andrea and Felipe had planned their wedding ceremony to take place outside, overlooking the Niagara River, but as the clouds rolled in there was a quick change of venue as Mother Nature had other plans!
The looming storm clouds turned their planned outdoor event into an even more romantic indoor ceremony. Andrea and Felipe exchanged vows under sparkling lights in a cozy heritage building on the banks of the river… it was heart warming and ridiculously romantic!
The lovely Andrea and Felipe flew in for their ‘destination Niagara’ wedding all the way from the UK! Their friends and family met up to celebrate their nuptials with them in the pretty town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. They had planned their wedding ceremony to overlook the Niagara River, but as you’ll read in Part 2, Mother Nature had other plans!
Congratulations Andrea and Felipe ... thanks for sharing your story!
From the photographer: A favourite moment ... Felipe pacing the floors practicing his speech that would later in the evening move everyone to tears ...“stunning on the outside - beautiful on the inside”.
There were few weddings that didn’t get rained on last summer ... and Jeff and Courtney’s was one of them. It was a gorgeous day for a Niagara wedding!
Courtney looked stunning in her wedding gown! I love that she choose a slightly off white dress to compliment her beautiful skin tone. Courtney’s little sister stayed close by ready to help out whenever needed!
Congratulations and best wishes Courtney and Jeff!
From the photographer: “You could just see the love that Jeff found in Courtney by the way he looked at his stunning bride, how he held her hand ... how he kissed her.”
Janelle and Cameron exchanged their vows in a beautiful Niagara wedding ceremony under the trees at a B&B in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The note attached to the flowers delivered early that wedding morning stated how excited Cameron was to be getting married ... nothing else mattered - not even the forecast!
It truly was the summer of rain as parasols set out for the sunshine came in handy to keep their guests dry from the showers. The sun was welcomed after the ceremony - just in time for a few pictures! So many beautiful and thoughtful details were put into the day including the surprise cookies baked especially for Janelle by Grandma.
We just love how the breezy soft lavender and magenta pops on the dramatic grape background! Another beautiful Niagara wedding!
Nothing brightens up a November Niagara wedding quite like these pink bridal bouquets created by the uber talented Jennifer at Mimosa Flower Studio. We love the dramatic colour palette of this wedding!
Kathy and Dave were married in the afternoon and invited their guests to a dinner reception at a local golf course and winery. In between the “I do” and dinner, pictures were taken in downtown St. Catharines and at Decew Falls.
Things we love about their wedding - the classic black bridesmaids dresses bought off the rack at RW&Co. (great find!), the feather in Kathy’s hair and the twirling little flower girl, Kate. So cute!
Dave and Kathy ... perfect for each other! Your wedding was so Swish ... thanks for letting us share in your day!
Photography by Nataschia Wielink (a Swish List featured Niagara wedding photographer). Flowers by Mimosa Flower Studio (a Swish List featured Niagara wedding florist) and Hair by Allure Hair and Makeup (also a Swish List featured Niagara wedding vendor!)