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WEDDING BLOG

Picturesque Niagara on the Lake Wedding at Gracewood Estates

October 17, 2019 | brooke

Anne Marie and James’ Gracewood Estates wedding has us feeling all of those dreamy, romantic feels! The couple wanted their day to be personal, picturesque, and joyous for all of their family and friends, so they decided to mix DIY (their table numbers, runners, and signage were all hand crafted) with a few key investments like whimsical florals with pastel accent colors by Mums Garden. Anne Marie’s style vision was to look simple and classic, so she went with a fitted Enzoani gown covered with a feminine Chantilly lace. We think she looked absolutely stunning! Scroll on for their sweet ceremony on the Gracewood Estates lawn, and some gorgeous golden hour portraits captured by the talented Ally + Nicholas Photography!

The Couple:

Anne Marie + James

The Wedding:

Gracewood Estates, Ontario, Canada

Wedding planning advice from the couple: Prep ahead of time! If you are doing any DYIs, prep and craft in advance and then relax and enjoy the week leading up to your big day. We were so glad that we took the week BEFORE our wedding off work to head to the cottage and relax. We wouldn’t have been able to do that if we didn’t do the small things in advance. It was so nice to just unwind and be in the present moment leading up to the biggest day of our lives.

The ceremony for us was the most memorable part of the day- the moment we became husband and wife. The walk up the aisle was a long one, and in that moment we only had eyes for each other. Time slowed down and sped up all in the same moment. We loved that our amazing officiant- Debbie Van Dyk encouraged us to pause and look out at all of our loving family and friends who had joined us to celebrate our big day.

We immediately fell in love with how picturesque Gracewood Estates was. It was important to us to have the full wedding- the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception- all the same venue so that our guests could unwind and not have to worry about travel. Although every component of our wedding day took place at Gracewood, each felt unique in that the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception took place in different areas of the property-the pear orchard, the front lawn of the estate and the cherry orchard. Each area offered so much character and charm. We love that the staff of Gracewood told us that we could essentially pick anywhere on the property to get married. It truly felt very personalized.

My mom (the mother of the bride) and I pressed flowers and placed them in acrylic for our table numbers and wedding signs. We also hand dyed cheesecloth as table runners for our reception. It was so much fun to craft!

Ally + Nicholas Photography are AMAZING. They put us at SUCH ease and gave us helpful direction in the most natural way possible. Not only are they fantastic photographers, but they are fantastic people. Ally helped bustle my dress, adjust my veil and provided makeup touches on the go. Their images of our day and the way that they captured the light completely blow us away. We love reliving our favorite day through their photos- such a treasure!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Ally + Nicholas Photography
Wedding Venue – Gracewood Estates
Floral Design – Mums Garden
Catering – Kurtz Orchard
Officiant – Cathy Davis and Company
DJ – Kurtz Orchard
Videography – Solely Love Films
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Makeup Worx
Wedding Dress – Enzoani
Bridal Accessories – Graziella Fine Jewellery
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Mori Lee
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Rentals – Simply Beautiful Decor

 

Congratulations to Anne Marie and James, and a special thanks to Junebug member Ally + Nicholas Photography for sharing their day with us! Into these romantic Gracewood Estates vibes? We think you’ll love to see how these high school sweethearts tied the knot in a chic romantic Ipswich wedding at The Crane Estate.

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