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Cottage Wedding on Lake Simcoe

There’s something intangibly majestic about expansive wilderness. So when your family has a cottage in the middle of said majestic wilderness, the wedding venue is a given. Just take a look at this breath-taking ceremony on the shores Lake Simcoe in Orillia. Add in family, friends, fleece blankets, camp fires, and maple syrup, and that my friends is a party! Mango Studios was there to capture the event.


From the bride… After 6 years together, JD and I got engaged and we just knew our wedding
had to be at my family’s cottage. It is a beautiful spot in a bay on Lake Simcoe,
where we had shared so many memories with family, friends and each other. We
wanted our wedding to feel like a cottage weekend of celebration and love with
our family and closest friends. We wanted it to be natural, relaxed and lots of fun!
My parents had been a bit apprehensive, knowing that planning a wedding on
the property would be a lot more work than having everything taken care of at a
venue. But we were prepared for that, rain or shine.

Our wedding day was incredible! We were married under our favourite trees,
overlooking the lake and the weather held up for the outdoor ceremony. A friend
of JD’s family officiated and we wrote our own vows. After the ceremony, guests
mingled and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers as our incredible photographers
captured special moments and the overall scene.

We then moved under the tent for the reception. We had a local caterer with a
wood-fired oven serving all sorts of delicious starters and fresh gourmet pizzas
and salads for dinner. The food was amazing! My aunt made pies for dessert,
my friend Lindsey baked the cakes and cupcakes and one of my bridesmaid’s
made cookies. We laughed and cried during the speeches and we danced the
night away thanks to our brilliant DJ. Late-night homemade sliders were served
by campfire. It was perfect. The whole day was magical but one of the most
memorable moments has to be our first look on the dock. After all of the build up,
I was so happy to finally see my husband-to-be.

I could not have planned this wedding without my sister, who was my sounding
board, helping me with all of the decisions and details, big or small. She knew
my vision and helped me with all of the DIY details; sewing the burlap and lace
runners for the tables, the bunting flags to decorate the tent, the chalkboard signs
and more. Our wedding was a labour of love. My mom planted gardens all over
the property. My sisters helped plan the late-night snacks, build signs and fill jars
of maple syrup for favours. JD and I were lucky to have a wonderful and multi-
talented group of friends in our wedding party to help us set up the day before
and with all of the last minute details on the day. My wedding planner, who was
also one of my bridesmaids, and my brother-in-law were amazing and vital to
the day’s events running smoothly. It took all of us working together to make it
happen which made our incredible day that much more special. It really was a
dream come true!

Photography: Mango Studios | Event Planning: My Promise to You | Florist: Streets' Flower | Wedding Dress: Ivy And Aster | Caterer: All Fired Up | Make-Up: Ashleigh Scott | DJ: Jimmy Bills | Cake Artist: Lindsey Bakes | Rentals: Muskoka Party Rentals

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Ontario Wedding by Elizabeth Kaye + Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events

Not only is this a bookmark-worthy wedding (it totally is by the way), but it also goes to show a little rain (and a collapsed tent…eek) doesn’t ruin a wedding day – mostly for this beautiful Bride and her amazing family. It warms my heart how they all pulled it together so perfectly just hours before the show was about to begin, and after poring through all the gorgeous images from Elizabeth Kaye, it’s hard to believe things went less than perfectly. There are SO many details to love about this gorgeous fête, but I think I love the love behind everything most of all. See even more lovely here!

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From Lynzie Kent, Bride and Owner of Electric Blonde Entertainment and EventsWhile many brides say that their wedding day was perfect, I will admit that mine was not. I had dreamed for over a year of a beautifully sunny day and got the exact opposite. There was a torrential downpour the entire night before the wedding, complete with thunder and forked lighting, and it continued until about 12 p.m. the next day. When my mom and I arrived at the reception venue at about 7 a.m. on the day of the wedding, we found that our tent had almost completely collapsed from the weight of the rain on the roof and that so many of the details inside that we’d set up on the previous day were ruined. The people who set up the tent hadn’t done a very good job, and it was falling apart. I was bawling and my mom, who was trying to stay positive, broke down too. But thankfully, I have incredible people in my life who saved the day — literally. My dad and uncle showed up with a ladder for putting the tent back together, my friend and coordinator for the day, Lisa, dried paper bags, rearranged the broken cake stands and cleaned the flooded dance floor. And my mom, bless her, remade about a million props for the photo booth.

By the time the ceremony started at 2 p.m., the rain had stopped. It was still very cloudy and sprinkling here and there, but my photographer Beth assured me that clouds made for the best pictures. I wore my mother’s veil, a Victorian-inspired hat, and walked down the aisle to Led Zeppelin’s “Over the Hills and Far Away.” I was so nervous, but the minute I saw Andrew, my face lit up. From there, things actually began falling into place and it was the most amazing day I could ever wish for. Andrew and I chose traditional vows and I remember talking over the officiant because I was so eager to get them out of my mouth — everyone laughed at me.

The reception was so incredibly fun, and when I walked into the tent I knew that our hard work all year had paid off. The speeches were particularity hilarious and there was so much love in the room that I felt like I was buzzing. We even ended up having a rainbow! Our goal was to create a vintage rustic elegance that incorporated our Canadian and Australian backgrounds. Andrew is an Aussie and over 30 people joined us from overseas. We named all the tables after Canadian or Australian animals and had a photo booth where you could dress up as a typical Aussie or Canuck, which was a blast. My sister Kendall, a graphic designer who designed everything from the jam labels to the buttons, even put a beaver bride and a koala groom on our invites. The food was delicious and prepared right in front of our guests, and we served local micro-brewed beer and made our own wine. And to top it off, my sisters sang to us, which left the room (and me) in tears. Lastly, the most important thing to us was the music. I am a musician by trade and Andrew is a huge music fan. When we got engaged, the first thing we did was book the Neil Murray Band. We loved every song they played and the dance floor was packed from the word go. At the end of the night, the played an extra 30 minute set. Their last song, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis, resulted in the entire dance floor surrounding Andrew and me, hugging and singing to us. I was crying; it was so moving. For the late night partiers, we held a bonfire back at my cottage where we all reminisced and sang campfire songs. A perfect Canadian ending to such a beautiful day.

Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Kaye / Wedding Styling, Décor + Coordination: Lynzie Kent (Bride) and Lisa Cascun (Bride’s Friend) of Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events / Flowers: Roots Floral and Event Design / Ceremony: Bride’s Family Cottage / Reception: Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia, Ontario, Canada / Invitations, Labels, Programs + Buttons: Beet & Path Designs (Owned by Bride’s Sister) / Wedding Dress: Barbra Allin via Becker’s Bridals  / Shoes: ZU / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coralie Beatrix by Sophie Pearl / Bridesmaids’ Purses: FA2U / Men’s Suits: Andrew’s Formals / Men’s Ties: Cyberoptix Tie Lab / Hair: Sheila Loder of Fresh Salon and Spa by Holly + Madeleine Griffin of Body Bar Hair Salon / Makeup: Sarah Smith ( / Caterer: Era 67 / Videographer: Michael Engel ( / Ceremony Music: Richard Grossman via Electric Blonde Entertainment and Events / Band: The Neil Murray Band / Koala + Beaver Cake Topper: Garden4Arts / Jam Favours: Bride’s Grandmother / Cake + Cupcakes: Mariposa Market / Tissue Paper Pom Poms, Cake Stands, Table Numbers, Table Runners, Place Cards, Seating Chart, Bunting + Wine: DIY