Andrea & Collin
September 21, 2019
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
Samantha Ann & Co.
Thistle & Birch
David & Sherry Photography
In the Cue DJ
La Casa Dolce
Marian's Hair Studio
Father Gerard Pilon
@ St. Mary’s Church
Collin and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday. We were introduced, started talking and had an instant and special connection. I recall sitting across the table with him and thinking… This is the one! It truly was love at first sight.
Our first date was watching the Toronto vs. Boston Bruins hockey game at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto. It was the playoffs, game 7 and we were both cheering for opposing teams. In the dates that followed, we learned that we both shared a similar love of the outdoors, country music and big adventures. That summer, our dates were spent outside exploring new hikes and trails, hanging out with friends and family, and road tripping. Each date was better than the last and was always a new and exciting experience. I went away to university that September and made the distance work. It was four years of long distance and a semester abroad to Singapore where Collin was able to come visit and led us to some of our best travels exploring together.
The engagement came when Collin and I had planned to spend the weekend away at my family cottage in Muskoka. We love the fall season and the cottage is our favourite place in the world. He had planned a full weekend of fall activities starting with a float plane flight to see all of the beautiful fall colours followed by visit to the Bala Cranberry Festival .The final event of the day was Collin’s big proposal! We returned back to the cottage for a sunset boat cruise, a special family cottage tradition, paddled out to the middle of the lake in Collin’s red canoe where he then got down on one knee. He pulled out this beautiful birch bark ring box that he made and asked me to marry him. It was just starting to rain as I said yes and the tears poured down my face.
Shortly after we got engaged, Collin and I began the search to find the perfect wedding venue. We looked all over Southern Ontario to find a venue that was rustic yet elegant. We had stumbled upon Lora Bay and absolutely fell in love. Nestled along the shores of Georgian Bay and landscaped to the nines, Lora Bay felt like home and the perfect place for us to start our new beginning.
Collin and I were very collaborative in our planning approach as we wanted our wedding to be reflective of us as a couple. It showcased our passions, personalities and was just so us! We were able to incorporate sentimental traditions like the crowning ceremony in our wedding service where we used the same crowns that my grandparents and parents used at their own weddings.
The day before the wedding, I was a nervous wreck. There were so many little details we all needed to remember. The day of the wedding, I was so happy. Getting ready with my mom and best friends, we were pampered and giddy with excitement. I remember waking up the day after the wedding and looking at Collin saying, Wow, that was the best wedding I have ever been to!
The biggest stress of our wedding day was finalizing our thank you speech to our guests. We had just started the day before and were sending draft versions back and forth up until a few hours before the ceremony. That being said, it was one of the best speeches we have ever given. To all future couples, I would recommend writing this well in advance.
Thinking back to our wedding, it is so hard to pick one favourite moment as the day was filled with memorable moments. It is the most incredible feeling to have your family and friends gathered together to celebrate you in your joy and happiness. If I had to pick one moment it would be our first dance under Georgian Bay’s starlit sky. The staff at Lora Bay had ushered our guests out of the room arranging them in a circle on the 18th hole with lit sparklers. As a special surprise to Collin, I sang our wedding song to him as we danced in the middle.