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Jewellery/ring designer Damasci Jewelers Dress shop Purchased on Kijiji – brand new Tux shop/Men’s shop Banana Republic Ties: Hudson’s Bay

Honeymoon/travel agent Cruise Holidays – Cheryl Kelly-Guest, Bradford

Avid golfer Jason Stroud knew he wanted to get married on a golf course. Bride-to-be Laura Johnson figured that would be par for the course, but insisted the club be close to their home in Barrie so guests could stay over at their place.


he National Pines Golf Club in Innisfil filled both priorities beautifully for their wedding on July 16, 2016. “At National Pines, I had a long walk with my Dad from the limousine to the aisle,” said Laura of one of her favourite parts of the day. “It was beautiful to have that anticipation of seeing Jason. The ceremony was the most memorable part of the day because that’s what a wedding is really about – writing and sharing our own vows and making our whole wedding unique to represent us.” Jason planned his proposal to Laura for six months, largely because she kept guessing what was going to happen every time he tried to surprise her. Finally on Father’s Day in 2015, with the help of Laura’s friends, his plan worked. “My girlfriends and I met for walk in Fairy Lake park in Newmarket,” recalls Laura, who now lives in Barrie with her husband. “My friends wanted to meet at a certain bridge and I wanted to meet at our usual spot. Once we got to the bridge, I saw Jason. My friends hid in the bushes to take pictures while he proposed. He had asked my parents for their permission. My Mom gave him 30 days to propose because she was too excited to keep the secret any longer. It 34 Wedding trends 2017

was about day 28 when he asked me.” The couple sent their 87 guests an RSVP card that included the line ‘I promise to dance if you play…..’ to make a request to the DJ. During the reception, the DJ posted his phone number so guests could text requests all evening. The innovative idea brought guests from all generations to the dance floor. Writing and sharing their own vows was very important to Laura and Jason, as was adding a knot ceremony to their outdoor wedding. The knot was inspired by their first vacation together in Eastern Canada. “We were told by a person at a lighthouse that the fisherman’s knot is the strongest,” recalls Laura. “We would tie this knot at our wedding to represent our love for one another and for our travels. We practiced and practiced tying it. It represents bringing together your past as one, and staying strong together regardless of what life throws at you.” On the wedding morning, Laura, her Mom and the bridesmaids, including the bride’s sisters and best friends Lindsay Johnson and Julie-Anne Johnson, filled mason jars with flowers from the bride’s and neighbour’s gardens to line the aisle. For a vintage feel,

Caterer National Pines Golf Club Cupcakes: Nicole Campbell Church/hall National Pines Golf Club Hair stylist/Makeup Ciao Bella Hair and Makeup Artistry Invitations Vistaprint Florist Natalie Weaver Rentals Party Affair Rentals The Perfect Table Photographer Mary Rose Thaler, Thaler Photography Assistant: Chelsey Cunningham Table/guest favours Vin Bon – Pinotage bottle of wine with custom label Wedding party gifts Bridesmaids: pearl jewellery set, jewelled clip hairpiece, robe Groomsmen: cigars, socks, ties, belt, dress shirt, pocket square Total cost of wedding $15,000


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Wedding Trends 2017  

Wedding Trends is a magazine published once a year featuring local weddings and resources as well as a 9 page planner to help future brides...

Wedding Trends 2017  

Wedding Trends is a magazine published once a year featuring local weddings and resources as well as a 9 page planner to help future brides...