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The bride wanted a country wedding. The groom wanted to be married close to water. Happily, Danielle King and Bretton Matthews found both at Celtic Roots Equestrian Farm on the shores of Georgian Bay.


s a bonus, the couple found they could have their entire wedding designed and coordinated by on site organizers Gavin and Cady of Georgian Roots Events. “This beautiful location was absolutely perfect,” said Danielle, who with her husband is currently a university student in London, Ontario. “The farm has many broad open fields. It was pure bliss.” Engagement happened quickly for the young couple, coming less than two months after their first date. However, they had solid role models for the decision. Bretton’s parents Mark and Casey Matthews married at 25 and 22 years old respectively, and Danielle’s parents Peter and Dale King tied the knot at 20-years-old. Both couples are still happily married. “I think when you come from families like ours, you know that when you’ve met the person you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with, you just know,” said Danielle. “One evening in March, Brett got down on one knee under a street lamp and spontaneously proposed. He gave me a ring in April at Discovery Harbour. We grew up on Georgian Bay and the water is very meaningful to us. My wedding ring is my Mom’s 25-year-old platinum eternity ring that my Dad gave to her.” Innovative invitations were created from real birch bark covered with a printed transparency and tied with a gold bow. On August 20, 2016, the couple’s 105 wedding guests arrived in very warm weather for the outdoor waterfront ceremony. Georgian Roots designed faux church windows from twigs and vines to encircle the outdoor space decorated with simple wooden buckets tied with teal ribbon and holding baby’s breath. The wedding party included the groom’s brother Colby, the bride’s brother Erik, and Danielle’s nieces Makinley King and Kalina King as flower girls. Danielle walked down the aisle to “Beyond”, a Celtic instrumental. “This was sentimental for me because my

great grandfather was from Ireland and I wanted to include part of my heritage in the ceremony,” explained the bride. The couple’s photographer Lexy Parks flew to Ontario from her home in British Columbia to photograph every aspect of their wedding day. “Lexy was absolutely phenomenal,” said Danielle. “She is so talented. My wedding planner knows Lexy and helped arrange our connection with her. I’ve had so many compliments about our photos. Lexy is an artist and very creative.” The reception tent reflected the day’s theme of rustic elegance and a California bohemian feel with chandeliers, a huge dance floor and centrepieces filled with fresh dahlias and green parvifolia. Guests enjoyed a country buffet with chicken, ribs, corn on the cob and four types of salad. For guests with a sweet tooth, a chocolate bar featured 20 types of handmade chocolates by Leslie Tripp. Leslie also created table favours using the couple’s favourite candies, Smarties and Oreoes, in a white chocolate bark. A cookie bar was stocked with treats made from favourite recipes from both families including Danielle’s grandmother’s legendary oatmeal cookies. Late night appetites were sated the arrival of pizzas from Pizza Delight. To give guests a place for quiet conversation, Georgian Roots created a lounge area hidden in the field’s tall grass. Fairy lights hanging from a lofty tree softly illuminated a gold couch. The bride and groom came to the lounge during the reception for a private moment to reflect on the day. “It was the first time we were alone as husband and wife,” recalled Danielle. “We had a chance to talk about everything that had happened that day.” A few days after their wedding, Bretton surprised his bride with a honeymoon to the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.


Jewellery/ring designer Bride: Peoples Jewellers Groom: Corona Jewellery

Dress shop Sew Stylish Wedding Works, Ingersoll Tux shop/Men’s shop Collins Formal Wear, Barrie

Honeymoon/travel agent Terri’s Travel & Cruise Centre, Midland Caterer E.L.M. Catering, LaFontaine Church/hall Celtic Roots Equestrian Farm, LaFontaine Wedding coordinator Georgian Roots Events Music/DJ Chris Evans Hair stylist/Makeup Hair stylist: Christina Wood-Horton of Dayden Salon, Midland Invitations Handmade with birch bark and card stock Florist Fresh by Leanne, Midland Paula at Mountainview Nursery Rentals Happenings Party Rentals, Collingwood Photographer Lexy Parks Photography, British Columbia Table/guest favours Homemade Smarties and Oreo Bark by Leslie Tripp Wedding party gifts Bridesmaids: earrings, personalized robes, handmade bath salts by Georgian Roots Groomsmen: green/yellow dress socks for groom’s parents’ bike shop; personalized flasks, custom bicycle chain cufflinks Bride’s father and brother: dress socks and Irish cuff links Total cost of wedding $25,000


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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...