Rustic and Romantic County Wedding

The Boy and I spent the weekend in Prince Edward County a couple of weeks ago , and while it was a great way to spend some time together we never would have discovered this new little wine county were it not for our lovely friends Andrew and Charlsie. The Boy played volleyball in university with Andrew and thankfully Andrew brought Charlsie into our lives!

Their wedding was held at a big red barn near Bloomfield Ontario and just like this beautiful couple – it was a stunner! The Boy and I discussedon the day and since I think one of my favorite parts about a wedding is how each couple is able to create a day that is perfect and reflective of them. The Boy and I wanted a great party with all the people we loved in one room. A Catholic wedding was important to me and by default important to him. We wanted to make sure that everyone had a great time and knew how much we loved and appreciated that they were there. So that’s what we kept in mind all the way throughout the planning process. It was perfect for us.

Andrew and Charlsie’s wedding was equally as perfect for them. They wanted to keep it small and simple. They are environmentally conscious people, both country kids, love their families, their friends and each other. All of it was reflected in their day. And it was perfect for them.

Highlights for The Boy and I:

1. We took a minute to give each other a knowing smile while this beautiful couple said their vows – a welcome opportunity to renew our own vows in our heads.

2. We also loved the opportunity to catch up with some great friends – something you don’t really have the opportunity to do at your own wedding.

3. We brought the camera and while we both took about a million photos I edited it down to a few of our favorites.

Finally, a wedding tip. Keep track of the couple – or if you are the couple assign someone to keep track of you. Remembering back on our own wedding day, The Boy and I danced together a few times first, half a dance in the middle and our last dance. We were both trying to talk to as many people as possible (my policy was if you want to talk to me come and dance) and between the two of us we covered pretty much everyone. By the end of the night when we got back to our hotel room we turned to each other and said “so how was your day?!” It was fine, but I noticed that Andrew and Charlsie hadn’t so much as checked in with each other since their first dance. So I arranged for a check in for them.

It was appreciated by the couple and I think one of my favorite pictures we took.

Congratulations to a truly beautiful couple, we were so happy to be part of your day and look forward to many more celebrations together!

PS Charls, I know you’re a little sad about moving a little further west – but we’re thrilled! Hoping we can see much more of you guys this winter! XOXO

Touring the County of Prince Edward

Almost a couple of weeks ago The Boy and I packed up our car, our fancy clothes and our dancing shoes and headed East to Prince Edward County. Two lovely and wonderful friends of ours were getting married and we could not and would not have missed it.

One of the sweet perks of my new job is I have the option for a compressed work week – which just means that I get a free Friday every 3 weeks and I worked it out with my boss that I could take my freebie the day before the w-day.  The Boy and I spent a much needed day together touring wine country and tasting lots of new wines.  It was delightful but we learned a couple of things worth passing on.

  1. When you go wine touring on a Friday expect to be the only people in the winery.
  2. When you find you are the only people in the winery – expect to learn an awful lot about wine, since the lovely winemakers have your undivided attention.
  3. Wine tasting typically costs $1/person or per glass – depending on the place.
  4. Wine tasting is typically free if you buy a bottle
  5. If you are the type of people that feel really awkward occupying the winemakers at a small winery and only giving them $1 for their time… do not go wine tasting on a Friday.
  6. If #5 applies to you and you choose to ignore the recommendation to pick a busier day – it is likely you will find you suddenly have a trunk full of wine.

Good thing the wine rack was pretty much empty before we left – we came home with 8 bottles of wine, representing the 7 wineries we visited.

No matter, they were all delightful and we had way more fun than we would have in the liquor store.

But seriously folks, Prince Edward County (or “The County” as it is referred to in the area) was super fun – we give it 4 thumbs up!

More on the actual wedding tomorrow – but for now I’ll leave you with my PicMonkey skills of our pre-wedding golf game.

This was not the game I shot 109 on – yes, I’m still reveling in the 109ness of it all.

No, this was a different game – it did not go as well for me, but it was a beauty course and a lot of fun.

The highlights belonged to The Boy (above) and our friend Josh (below).All in all a great weekend get-away.

But really, we’ve only just begun…