This magnificent wedding at Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club in Ontario makes me want to drop everything I’m doing and hop on a plane to Canada. The stunning lake backdrop is breathtaking. The venue’s inviting charm emanates warmth and love. And this couple channeled a wedding style that enhanced their surroundings in a truly remarkable way. The only thing more heart-stoppingly gorgeous is the bride’s gown. I mean, WOW. I could gaze at this dress for days. Lucky for me, I can do just that thanks to ART HAUS FOTO and Love Madly Wedding Films + Photo. Check out the full gallery of images here, and don’t miss the video!
From the Bride… We toured many Muskoka venues in the months leading up to our wedding, but we instantly fell in love with Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club (MLGCC). I remembered the MLGCC from my childhood days participating in events at the annual regatta held there. Diving off the dock as a child, I never envisioned that from here I would commence my married life. The moment we stepped into the magnificent boathouse room with its floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful wooden floors looking out onto Lake Rosseau — we knew we had found our spot. It also helped that our venue came with Pat Bakogeorge, Clubhouse Manager of MLGCC and wedding planner extraordinaire, and now, a good friend. Pat truly brought our dream wedding to life and we were so fortunate to have her by our side. Teamed with Pat was Chef David, who graciously took on the formidable challenge of preparing a wedding menu that was entirely gluten-free. True to form, he delivered a spread that far exceeded our expectations.
I had the same “aha” moment when I found my wedding dress. I tried on countless dresses before stumbling across Claire La Faye’s “some kind of wonderful” dress on Etsy. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Claire was a joy to work with and the dress was everything I had hoped for. The final touches were my grandmother’s nursing pendant and my grandfather’s military pin. Although my grandparents weren’t able to be there on our big day, they were certainly there in spirit. All credit is owed to my mom for making our day everything I had dreamed of. She inspired and created so many beautiful aspects of our wedding. From building and painting our “here comes the bride” sign, to making soap and cookies for our welcome bags, sewing purses for my bridesmaids and crafting flowers for my hair. We really appreciated all the love and energy that went into every DIY project, and they were without a doubt our favourite touches. We were also very fortunate to have a good family friend make a beautiful wedding cake for us, while my dad built a brilliant wooden sign that highlighted the distances our guests traveled to celebrate with us. Our wedding was truly a labour of love in every sense. In keeping with the relaxed atmosphere of our day, we dispensed with a head table and, in lieu of traditional wedding favours, we made a donation to Autism Speaks, an organization very dear to our hearts. We also ensured that money wasn’t wasted on wedding party attire that would never be worn again. Instead, we found solutions that fit our cottage theme, yet could easily find another spot in our party’s wardrobes.
Since our wedding, we’ve often reflected upon how lucky we are. Our wedding day was total magic, and it was made possible thanks to the efforts of so many amazing people. Our florist, Diane Miller of Rural Roots Design Co, crafted beautiful floral arrangements consistent with our vintage theme, our photographer, Renata Kaveh of Art Haus Foto brought beauty and life to every detail of our day, and our super talented cinematographers at LoveMadly were incredible to work with. Finally, our band, Signal Hill, was just plain awesome. They definitely brought the party to life. From the first song to the last song, we never left the dance floor (and neither did most of our guests). In fact, our guests chanted for an encore at decibel levels that may have exceeded the band’s amps. But, most of all, we feel lucky to have met one another and so grateful to have been surrounded by such wonderful family and friends on our special day.
Wedding Photography: Renata Kaveh of ART HAUS FOTO / Wedding Venue: Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Carling, Ontario / Floral Design: Diane Miller of Rural Roots Design Co. / Wedding Cinematography: Love Madly Wedding Films + Photo / Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Earrings: Swarovski / Bride’s Dress Pendant: Her Grandmother’s / Bride’s Pin: Her Grandfather’s / Hair + Makeup: Aniya Nandy + Cassidy Shkimba (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Groom’s Suit: Custom Harry Rosen “Samuelson” / Groom’s Cufflinks: Autism Puzzle Piece / Groom’s Bow Tie: Canali / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo