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When planning their winter wedding, Ashleigh Wilson and Jeff Morris wanted a venue where they could have their ceremony and reception as well as accommodate guests from Arizona, Colorado, West Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, Alberta and northern Ontario.


n other words, it had to be a place where everyone could park their cars for the weekend, and have fun. The solution for the Orillia couple turned out to be very close by Casino Rama. “We realized the Casino had a hotel, spaces for the ceremony and the reception, and lots of places to take our photos,” said Ashleigh, who married her love on February 20, 2016. “Many of our 178 guests came up on Friday and enjoyed Casino Rama’s good restaurants, the spa, pool, live shows and the casino itself.” Ashleigh and Jeff met about ten years ago, but the exact date is unknown. With mutual friends, involvement in family businesses and a common fondness for boating and waterskiing, they kept crossing paths for a while before starting to date. “It is no secret that I had a crush on Jeff for years prior to us becoming a couple,” recalls Ashleigh. “I remember saying to a friend that I imagined spending my life with him. Little did I know that things would actually turn out that way.” The couple became engaged almost exactly a year before the wedding in what is normally

not a romantic location – the parking lot of a ski hill. Jeff had asked Ashleigh to go skiing one Tuesday evening with an ulterior motive. “When we got there, the hill looked dark and appeared to be closed,” said Ashleigh. “Jeff said ‘Grab something for me out of the glove box and we’ll go home’. I opened the glove box and the ring was there! Jeff had a file on his phone of comments I made during the year about rings I liked. He had the ring custom made and the day it arrived was the day he proposed.” As it turns out, Ashleigh’s Dad had proposed to her Mom in a very similar way. As they are very active in the summertime and love days on the water, Ashleigh and Jeff decided on a winter wedding to ensure they and their friends didn’t miss any sunny days on the lake. To personalize their ceremony in the beautiful Anishinaabe Ballroom, the couple wrote their own vows. Ashleigh embedded treasured jewellery from her late grandparents in her bouquet of Alabaster Garden roses, white hydrangea and white ranunculus with snowflake embellishments. “In my bouquet, I had the first ring that my


Jewellery/ring designer Bill Shaw, W.J. Shaw Jewellers, Orillia

Dress shop Bride: Monique Lhuillier gown from White, Toronto Bridesmaids: Avenue 22 Bridal, Toronto Flower girl: Say Yes bridal Gallery, Orillia Tux shop/Men’s shop Collins Formal Wear, Barrie Honeymoon/travel agent Gansevoort Turks + Caicos Caterer Casino Rama Church/hall Casino Rama Music/DJ The Handy DJ, Orillia Hair stylist/Makeup Cavana Salon + Spa, Orillia Invitations Invitations by Dawn (online) Florist Street’s Flower Shop, Orillia Rentals Tiffany Party Rentals, Barrie Photographer Holly Bodkin, Hipnotik Photography Videographer In the Moment Productions

Wedding party gifts Bridesmaids: Tiffany’s necklace, fur stole Groomsmen: gambling money, special socks Total cost of wedding Priceless


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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...

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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...