Vineyard Bride Feature – Vineland Estates Spring Wedding
I am super excited about Sarah & Dean’s beautiful Vineland Estates wedding being featured on Vineyard Bride. It’s truly such an honour. We love shooting in Vineland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, how can you not, it’s such a perfect setting being surrounded by such a pretty landscape…and wine…lots of wine. ;o)
Here is a bit from Sarah, the Bride:
We met back in England at university (ironically we now share a surname with the University – Lancaster University – which seems fitting!). Dean was dating my friend at the time which is how we were introduced (yes girl code – we asked her permission before we started dating). We didn’t get together until after University. That quickly escalated into moving in together and then moving across the world to Canada together!
Dean booked a trip to San Fran which took me completely by surprise. He booked the time off work for me through a friend/colleague and planned everything – flight, hotel, entertainment….everything (VERY unusual for him). It’s my favorite city. He TRIED to propose at the top of Twin Peaks, but it didn’t work out due to a busload of tourists disembarking at our spot. He ended up proposing over a morning coffee in the hotel (MUCH more my taste than a public scene anyway!).
We wanted something very informal, low key and relaxing – while being mindful many of our guests had travelled a great distance and we wanted them to have an event to remember too. We had very nearly gone the city hall route, but decided this was more of a celebration our families could be involved with. With that said, we kept the concepts of being budget friendly, very relaxed and simplicity at the forefront of all our choices as that was both of our focus on the type of day we wanted. We picked the time of year for our guests (didn’t want to freeze them in winter or blast them with heat in summer). The colour choice was yellow (to reflect the spring season) and navy (purely because I love navy and yellow together!).
There were 2 points in the ceremony we were in complete giggles, along with our guests. That sums up everything we had wanted – relaxed, informal and fun. The ceremony was simple, with one reading (by my brother). We held it indoors as it was a very biting and windy day, but the full windows overlooking the vineyards meant the light was streaming in.
We had no first dance, just dinner and speeches. The food was excellent, and after the meal our guests mingled and delved into the sweets at the side. We chose the evening menu to be a reflection of our Canadian lives (locally sourced menu selections, a Canadian cheese plate) and had some of our favorite British candy at the sweet bar to reflect our British side. It was really important and special to us with such a diverse group of people together (our UK and Canada lives that had been entirely separate up until this day) that people mixed and got a chance to meet and really chat to one another after hearing so many stories and tales. We made evening playlists ourselves for music entertainment and just let people relax and chat.
I worked with Shelley at Wine Country Floral. I gave her a very vague and brief overview of what we were looking for, and she managed (somehow!) to turn that into some really beautiful bouquets which were perfect. We went for white and yellow flowers with a navy ribbon to tie in with the colour scheme, and used a blend of tulips, crespedia, babies breath and freesia. The boutonnieres were freesia and crespedia.
VENDORS : Photographer – Avenue Photo | Venue – Vineland Estates Winery | Florist – Wine Country Floral | Hair and Makeup – Maria Delduca Hair and Makeup | The Wedding Company of Niagara | Dress – Ferre Sposa | Shoes – Pink Paradox London | Grooms Suit: Suit Supply | Grooms shoes – Clarks | Ties – Scott Alla | Rings – Blue Nile | Favours – Kate Aspen | Bridesmaid Dresses – Monsoon