The first time Tina Lavigne met Bart Lind she fell head over heels for him—literally. “We were at a bar in Toronto and I tripped over him,” Tina laughs. “When I turned around his eyes lit up. He asked me to stay and chat, but my friends were calling me back inside. I went in and he soon followed and started to dance with me. He was the best dance partner I ever had. I knew that night he was the one.”
Fast-forward four years later on a trip to the south of France where Bart surprised Tina with a proposal via a mock National Post newspaper with ‘Marry Me?’ as the headline. “I handed her the paper to read over brunch,” Bart recalls. “It was a blur—she cried and eventually got out a yes.”
Although the couple got engaged in October they held off location scouting until January. “We just wanted to enjoy being engaged,” Tina explains. At first the two had set their sights on a barn in Huntsville—but after attending a wedding show in Toronto and seeing photos of Kurtz Orchards in Niagara-on-the-Lake (which also had a barn), Tina had a change of heart and convinced Bart to switch spaces. “I wanted something organic and natural, and the photos of the orchard with the pear trees had me—it was stunning,” Tina says.
With their venue booked the duo jumped right into wedding planning, including hunting down their favours. “We went to Kensington Market and visited a bunch of spice stores,” Tina reveals. “We ended up buying three different ones: herbes de Provence, spicy barbecue rub and lemon dill.” With a rustic meets elegant theme in mind, the duo worked hard on finding the perfect pieces to complete their celebration. “We had parasols and fans for our guests because we knew it was going to be hot,” Tina says. “My parents were amazing as they helped construct all the signs, while Bart hemmed all the runners for the tables and I created all the stationery.”
Guests were greeted on the wedding day by a spectacular outdoor display of Mason jars strung at the end of each aisle and paper lanterns hung from trees. “I’m a really big crier, but when I walked down the aisle I didn’t shed a tear,” Tina confirms. “I somehow parked all those emotions and was overwhelmed with happiness. I loved that my dogs got to be there too!”
Being mindful of their guests and the down time between the ceremony and reception, Tina and Bart offered friends and family one of three activities to choose from to keep them entertained. “We wanted to create a different wedding experience by giving the option of a cooking class, wine tour or free time to roam and play with a few lawn games we created,” the two volunteer.
Of course, the wedding wouldn’t have been complete without any dancing, especially for these two. “The first time Tina and I met we danced until the wee hours of the morning,” Bart admits with a smile. “And as any guest at our wedding can attest, nothing has changed since.”
Tina Lavigne and Bart Lind, August 25, 2012, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Krista Fox Photography.
Ceremony and reception location: Kurtz Orchards
Bridal gown: Pronovias from Superior Bridal
Bridal party attire: Amsale at Pearl Bridal House
Cake: Carbone Cakes Flowers: Best Buds Designs (705-706-4408) Groom's attire: Tom's Place
Hair and makeup: Coni Wood Jewellery: Perfect Details
Music: Julian Taylor Band
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