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Celebrations, a brand new facility near Owen Sound. They sent Erik’s parents and Laura’s brother to check out the venue. The group’s report was favourable. “Looking back, it was quite a leap of faith,” said Laura. “Erik and I first saw the venue the week before the wedding. We were so glad we chose it! It fit our wedding’s rustic theme perfectly with a century barn and a large new building for the dinner and dance. There was a great outdoor space for the ceremony looking out to the fields behind. I have a background in riding horses and love all things country. The simple, rustic look at Cattodale worked well.” Laura’s mother, who is a minister, did not perform their ceremony but helped the duo with planning their vows. The couple chose what appealed to them from different versions and created something meaningful. On the big day, rain threatened to move the ceremony indoors. However, at the last minute the sun emerged and their 127 guests took their seats outside. Solo guitarist Paul Danard played as Laura, carrying a bouquet of blush and white flowers, came down the aisle after Maid of Honour Michal McCurdy and bridesmaids Katie Brown and Karin VanderDuim. At the front, the groom was accompanied by Best Man Zak LinthorneShaw and groomsmen Jonathan Farmer and Daniel Brooks. Solo guitarist Paul Danard played during the ceremony, as well as at cocktail hour and during dinner. Later, the bride said her favourite moment of the day was when she first saw Erik on that walk. Happily, the groom’s fondest memory was seeing his bride at the same time. After a post-ceremony cocktail hour, guests enjoyed an excellent buffet dinner at tables decorated with centrepieces created by Laura, her dad and Erik. “My Dad and Erik cut slices of log as centrepiece bases,” explained Laura. “We collected lace doilies and mason jars that held flowers like the ones in my bouquet. Our table number holders were old horseshoes from my horse. The number was painted on burlap and stretched between the sides of an upright horseshoe.” After dinner, the fabulous party started with a mix of country and contemporary hits to give everyone the chance to get up and dance. “Our DJ Sam was great at reading the crowd,” said Laura. “She really played into the mood of the room and kept people dancing.” The newlyweds drove back to Edmonton with a car filled to the roof with wedding gifts and their two less than happy cats. In March 2016, the cats made a return trip to Ontario when their parents moved back to the Barrie area.


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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...