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If you and your SO are fans of cozying up to a nice glass of red by the fire, then a winery wedding is the perfect choice for you. And, well, even if you don’t fancy a glass of chardonnay every now and then… it might still be your ideal venue. Wineries in Ontario are absolutely stunning in every way, and offer an exceptional backdrop for your nuptials. Whether it’s your dream to get married in a vineyard or in the quaint accommodations of a historic winery, there’s one place in Ontario that we can guarantee you’ll find it all: Niagara. Just outside of the GTA is brimming with stunning Niagara wineries with exquisite wines and more importantly, beautiful wedding venues. If you’re interested in tying the knot at one of the elegant wineries Niagara has to offer and aren’t quite sure where to begin, worry not. Take a look at some of our favorite Niagara wineries—we guarantee you’ll find something you love!
Beautiful Niagara Wineries for Your Wedding
Located in St. Catherines, Hernder Estate Wines is the perfect option for any type of wedding. Their outdoor facilities are gorgeous, with a quaint little bridge for photos, and a gazebo just begging to be strewn with flowers. They have indoor facilities if you fancy a winter wedding, with two different rooms that seat from 140 to 300 guests. The barn-like structure of this venue gives us some serious rustic vibes, making it perfect for a rustic chic event.
Just outside of St. Catherines is where you’ll find this stunning winery. Well-suited for a more intimate affair, this quaint venue is ideal for someone looking for a cozy place to say I do. The stunning view of their vineyard that seems to go on forever is incomparable, and makes for a gorgeous outdoor backdrop.
If you venture a little further out of St. Catherines towards Beamsville, you’ll stumble upon Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. Since it sits right at the gateway to Niagara, you’ll find incredible views of the Niagara Escarpment, Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario when you visit this venue. What’s most unique about this location is their incredible charming coach house, where you can entertain just under 50 guests for a sit-down dinner. This makes it the perfect spot to have the intimate wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
This Niagara-on-the-lake winery’s ambiance is surprisingly modern, while still maintaining the peaceful and elegant atmosphere of the surrounding area. They have a number of stylish rooms you can host you guests in, their most notable being the Press Alley Industrial Chic. Here, Stratus Winery can become the setting for your reception, with 50 to 100 of your closest loved ones seated at a harvest table among the oak fermenters and stainless steel tanks. Could your winery experience get any more authentic?
If you’re looking for a winery with a grand Victorian mansion, you’ve found the place. If you’re planning a winter wedding, you can take advantage of their stunning stained glass windows and cozy fireplaces in the Great Hall. In the summer, couples have a wrap-around verandah and an acre and a half of gardens to take gorgeous photos that’ll last a lifetime. With something to offer year-round, you’ll find that the Reif Estate Winery is the embodiment of the term ‘quaint.’
An absolutely regal venue, Chateau Des Charmes is a stunning winery that absolutely begs to host the most luxurious of winery weddings. As is the Bosc Family Wines weren’t delicious enough, their grounds are swoon-worthy. With both indoor and outdoor accommodations, this is the ideal choice for those that want to forego the cozy and quaint vibe associated with most wineries, and opt for something a little more grand.
These are just a few of our favorite Niagara wineries, and we hope you found something you like too! Did we forget to mention your favorite Niagara winery? Leave us a comment and let us know!
By Tarisha Beniprashad
A ton of couples are opting to add cutesy personal touches to their wedding decor by adding handwritten (or not) signs around their ceremony and reception venues, and we are absolutely obsessed with this trend. Whether it’s a quote that near and dear to your heart, some fun dance floor rules for your guests, or a luxe welcome sign, you can’t go wrong with making the addition of a few signs to your decor. If you’d like to see some incredibly cute wedding signs that you never knew you needed, just keep on reading!
CUTE WEDDING SIGNS YOU NEED IN YOUR DECOR
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cute signs that you can include in your wedding decor. We hope that our little selection gives you a little inspiration for your own signage! Have you seen any super cute wedding signs lately? Leave us a comment below and let us know, we’d love to hear from you!
Whim Event Planning and Design is a team of Toronto wedding planners and day of coordinators specializing in modern romantic weddings for fun, sweet couples. Get in touch with us today to start planning your dream day!
By Tarisha Beniprashad
Intimate wedding venues in the GTA
These spots are ideal for a cozy ceremony and a reception just for you and your closest loved ones. Keep on reading if you’d like to find out more about some of the most popular intimate venues in the GTA!
With a variety of rooms to choose from, the Old Mill offers class and Victorian style like no other. They also have an on-site 16th century candlelit wedding chapel with stained glass windows that would make for some amazing photographs. With amazing in-house catering and luxurious outdoor gardens, Old Mill is an ample choice for any small event.
Located next to the Stephen Bulger Gallery, the Camera bar is decorate with beautiful art pieces. However, the majority of the space had been left raw, which allows for you to run free with your creativity and create your ideal room. Capacity is 30 for a seated dinner and 110 for a cocktail reception.
Featuring high arched ceilings, fireplaces, antique furnishings, and wooden trim, the Miller Lash house is both versatile and beautiful. The University of Toronto owned spaces allows for 50 seated guests, and a cocktail reception of 100.
An authentic Parisian bistro in the heart of downtown Toronto, Le Select features a beautiful rear garden equipped with heaters for the cooler months, and a wine cellar with 1,200 different labels. This bistro would be a great option for a slightly more casual affair.
The Ancaster Mill is a little oasis in the scenic suburb of Hamilton. With a waterfall complementing the exquisite exterior, this is the ideal location for a small outdoor wedding. There are also a number of rooms inside of the inn to choose from, if you’re interested in an indoor ceremony. You can choose from rooms with a more modern feel, or go for something a little more rustic. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
This location might be the most unique amongst our suggestions. You have the opportunity to exchange your vows amidst free-flying butterflies, serene waterfalls, and lush tropical foliage. The conservatories facilities may accommodate up to 200 reception guests. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
Established in 1908, this club features a Tudor style hall, baronial fireplace, cathedral ceilings, and gothic stained glass windows. In-house catering features seasonal flavors, and local tastes. The largest room in the club had the potential to accommodate 112 reception guests. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
Offering exceptional French-inspired Canadian cuisine, Sassafraz is set in an array of Victorian row-houses in the historic city of Yorkville. Despite having been around for decades, the interior of this intimate wedding venue in the GTA has a refreshingly modern twist. intimate wedding venues in the GTA
We hope that this collection of intimate wedding venues in the GTA helps narrow down your search, and gets you closer to finding the perfect venue for your wedding! Are there any venues you think should be on our list? Contact us today so we can get started on finding the perfect intimate venue for your wedding!
intimate wedding venues in the GTA
The professionals pictures are in! The professional pictures are in! These two wedding planners have waited a few months to see these beauties, and they were worth every second of the wait!
We are so in love with this wedding, and our gorgeous Ashley & Ben! I can’t believe it’s been over 5 months since this wonderful wedding happened. Let me tell you, this wedding ceremony was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. I could feel their love with every spoken word. Ash & Ben had such a fantastic and fun bridal party! You’ll see from the images below that this party took the time to have fun and the photos reflect it!
A special thank you to Ashley & Ben for allowing us to decorate and coordinate their big day, and thank you so much to Two for Two Photography, who captured these lovely images, and to Skyloft Ski Resort for the wonderful service!
Whim Event Coordination and Design are Toronto wedding planners who help fun, quirky and whimsical couples plan their dream wedding.
On November 8th 2014, a beautiful event occurred. Our clients and now friends, Ashley and Ben, got married! Michelle and I had the privilege of decorating and coordinating the event, and from start to finish it was a smashing success!
Michelle and I provided the décor for the ceremony and reception, and we also assisted throughout the day to ensure that the families, bridal party and our couple were well cared for and that the timeline ran according to schedule.
Ashley and Ben have featured in past posts as the couple with the fall engagement shoot, and in planning their wedding we learned a lot about this awesome couple. Ashley and Ben share such a sweet love story. They dated for about 5 years prior to their engagement, and as soon as Ben proposed, these two lovebirds knew that they did not want a long engagement. Around 4-5 months after he popped the question, Ashley and Ben were saying I do.
They chose to have their wedding at the beautiful Skyloft Ski Resort in Uxbridge. Michelle lives in Markham, and I live in Mississauga, so we used Michelle’s place as our base of operations as we planned and put together décor. Skyloft has a stunning banquet space, and as we planned out how the day would flow, we were very excited to see how it would all come together.
Little did we know, however, as we drove in the morning of the wedding, that we would be facing huge fluffy flakes of snow coming down on us as we traversed the dirt roads up to Skyloft! Fortunately the wedding guests arrived after the snow pretty much disappeared, and my loving hubby made a point of driving out to the main road to attach a sign that directed guests to the venue in case anyone missed the turnoff.
When we planned the ceremony décor, we had a vision for the space. Skyloft has gorgeous, high ceilings and a huge window with a breathtaking view. Our vision for the ceremony was to have our couple walk down the aisle, lined with ivory and soft yellow rose petals, with vases of floating candles and chairs adorned with baby’s breath bouquets toward a rustic birch arbour complete with hanging candles and tiny bud vases of flowers. This type of décor, we felt, would complement the hall, which has a lot of natural lighting and is all wood on the inside.
Ashley and Ben are also both into design, as both have a background in graphic work and printing. Since this was the case, we really wanted to wow them with the seating chart, and so we designed a seating chart made from old windows that we cleaned up and painted. Nirvanie assisted with this project as she wrote each and every name onto the panes of glass (thanks Nir, I owe you one.. or ten!). We placed the seating chart on a nude-matte glitter table runner and added a few small votives and fresh cut blooms in tiny bud vases. We believe that every event should have a show-stopping piece, and this was it!
For the centerpieces, we used wildflowers in a small milk-bottle shaped vase, with twine around the lip and votives along side, all sitting on a woodslice. We attached the table numbers by using a clothes pin, and voila, beautiful, rustic centerpiece!
Lastly, to really give the hall a romantic look, we incorporated a few white lanterns with pillar candles. In fact, we used quite a lot of candle light, as it gave the hall a very warm feel once the sun set.
All in all, the wedding was incredibly beautiful and the bride and groom were so happy. Listening to the families speak and the couple speak about their love was heartwarming. Michelle and I are so happy for Ashley and Ben, and we are proud that we played a small part in their wonderful day. We would like to send a quick thank you to all of the vendors that played such a critical part in making this wedding a success, especially the owner and staff at Skyloft Ski Resort. They were a pleasure to work with and made every effort to ensure that the event ran smoothly and seamlessly!
Burlington, Window Painting, and Starbucks: The Whim Girls’ Guide to Window Seating Charts – Toronto Wedding Planner
This past Sunday Michelle and I decided to get going on a project we needed to complete for an upcoming wedding. We meant to do it sooner, but we’ve had a few other projects come up along the way. In any event, we have a rustic wedding coming up later this month, and we are designing all of the décor for this beautiful ceremony and reception. The venue is Skyloft Ski Resort, and it is the perfect setting for all sorts of pretty little rustic details. One of the ideas that we came up with was repurposing old windows and using them as a seating chart.
Our first task was to locate old windows. Michelle found a great listing on Kijiji that was advertising old windows from a cottage for $25 each. The panes were painted a soft yellow, which made them a perfect find, since they were both affordable and easy to repaint white.
So after verifying that our vehicle could hold all of these windows, we scooped up my cousin Nirvanie from Brampton and hit the road for Burlington!
The owner was very nice and helped us load up the windows into our already-stuffed car, and we headed over to Michael’s to purchase a few supplies.
Once we arrived at Michael’s, we immediately began searching for appropriate markers to write on panes of glass. It took a while to find the right kind of markers in white, but we eventually found them and bought two, as we had 18 panes of glass and 140 names to write. And by we, I mean my cousin Nirvanie, as she has the best writing of the three of us. Thanks again, Nir!
While taking some time to apply a bit of lipstick, and stop for a much-needed Starbucks-infusion, we headed back to Markham to begin our adventure in window re-purposing.
Once we arrived back in Markham, we created a workspace in the garage by laying down some old sheets, and setting out our supplies. We had 3 windows that needed to be cleaned and painted. We used clean cheesecloths to clean the wooden parts of the windows and windex and paper towels to clean the panes of glass.
Next up was probably the most tedious part: applying painter’s tape to each pane of glass. This part is especially important because getting paint on the glass is no fun to clean up later, and if we are honest with ourselves, none of us are master painters. We enjoy colouring outside of the lines J.
We decided to use a white paint with primer already in it, just to avoid having to put several coats of paint on the windows. The yellow paint on the windows was a very soft colour and easy to cover up, and because this was designed for a rustic wedding, we didn’t want the windows to look too modern and clean.
The exact colour of our paint was eggshell, and one can was more than sufficient to cover all 3 windows. We used two sizes of paintbrushes, one medium in size and one smaller, thinner brush to get into angles and corners nearest to the glass.
After a while we moved our operation into Michelle’s bedroom because it got a bit chilly in the garage, and we also wanted to watch The Walking Dead J. As you can see, the painter’s tape was a necessity!
Once the paint dried, which took about half an hour tops, Nirvanie was able to begin transposing the seating chart names onto the panes of glass. She went through a few dry runs before deciding on the appropriate size and orientation of the text, but overall, we are very happy with how the windows turned out.
As you can see, one coat of paint covered the yellow nicely, and hand writing the names, while tiring for poor Nir, added a lovely touch to the windows.
The last task to complete these windows is to add hinges onto the sides so that the windows can stand up on their own on the receiving table, which we will add in a little later. All in all, this was a fun way to spend a Sunday! Bookmark our blog to see these beauties in all of their glory at our client’s wedding later this month.
If you are interested in having us design a custom piece for you, contact us at –email@example.com or call us at 647-990-5474. Remember, if you can dream it, we can design it! Our décor selection is extensive, and we are always excited to add to our repertoire.