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A Romantic French Vineyard Inspired Wedding in Elora, Ontario


Kate and Andy envisioned their wedding theme from the moment they stepped into their venue, the Elora Mill. “It was hard not to feel like you were in a French estate,” Kate recalls. “From the beautiful chandeliers to the gilded mirrors in the reception room, the space was clearly romantic and ethereal.”

The venue felt like a fitting choice, due to the couple’s love of France, the countryside and their decision to honeymoon there. “We wanted our guests to feel like they were being transported to the countryside,” Kate explains.

Their guests were also their #1 priority, as over 50% of their attendees were from out of province. “We wanted to take care of everyone, and that meant finding a ceremony location and reception all in one spot,” Kate adds. “We had a welcome reception the night before the wedding, and a school bus available to take guests to and from the Elora Mill the day of the wedding.”

For Kate, seeing the reception space for the first time was an emotional moment. “Andy and I did a first look, and then he went over to the ceremony space. I had a few moments to collect myself with just the photographer prior to the ceremony, and we snuck a peek at the reception space,” Kate shares. She had given the florist, Alexandra of Forever Wildfield, a description of what she wanted—a “wild garden” with edible components in warm tones of yellow, peach and ivory, but nothing prepared her for what she saw. “I may have cried the hardest when I walked into the reception room and actually saw my floral dreams come to life.” Guests loved the edible component of the centrepieces. “More than once I caught people snacking on fruit from the arrangements!” Kate laughs.

Being huge fans of house music, Andy and Kate wanted a first dance song that reflected this, but weren’t sure they’d be able to dance to a fast-paced song in Kate’s ball gown. As a happy compromise, the couple chose an acoustic version of the song “We’re All We Need” by Above & Beyond. “The intro to both versions sound very similar, but only once did the beat drop did we realize we were dancing to the house music version,” Kate says. “Rather than stopping mid-song, we decided to go for it! Somehow Andy spun me around that dance floor for a very fast-paced, crowd-rallying first dance!”

Kate Fisher and Andy Dennis, July 27, 2019, Elora, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jennifer See Studios.

Venue: Elora Mill
Bridal gown: Anne Barge from Pearl Bridal
Bridal jewellery: Tiffany & Co.
Bridal gowns: Amsale from Pearl Bridal
Groom’s tux and groomsmen attire: SuitSupply
Flowers: Forever Wildfield
Hair & makeup: Lavish Flair
Stationery: Minted
Ceremony music: Duo D’Amore
Reception music: 586 Event Group
Officiant: Al Harder of Kettle Creek Weddings
Videography: Dimi Studios

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