Jessica & Adam
September 3, 2016
Caterer: O&B Blue Mountain
Planner: Amanda Jerome, WPIC
Photographer: Olive Photography
Videographer: Jeremy Robertson Wedding Films
Music: DJ MasterMix
Cake: CakeyBakey Boutique
Makeup: Makeup by Carmela
Officiant: Kate Sparling – Georgian Triangle Weddings
Adam and I met in high school, in grade 10 history class. Adam sat directly in front of me. We quickly became close friends and would often get in trouble during class for talking. We dated throughout high school and continued dating through University, despite going to different universities.
Shortly after my parents moved up to The Blue Mountains, they started planting the seed of us having our wedding there. We were up for the weekend and my mom thought it would be a good idea to check out the It’z Your Wedding Show at The Westin although we were not even engaged yet! Adam had his heart set on a downtown Toronto venue, but after meeting Amanda and seeing (and tasting) what O&B had to offer, the decision was obvious. Right before Adam proposed, he took me to Georgian Hills Vineyard and we loved how peaceful and relaxing it was. Suddenly the visions of our wedding day all came together.
On June 13th, Adam and I visited to book a potential wedding date for the following year. It was Adam’s birthday on the 14th and I had secretly planning for a surprise dinner with our families. After seeing booking our wedding venue, (still not engaged) Adam suggested that we go to the top of the mountain instead since it was a beautiful day. We drove to the top of the mountain and began to walk through the crowds of people to a secluded area. As we walked I noticed two deer grazing in the forest. I grabbed Adam’s hand and told him that I believed it was my grandmother and his grandfather, who were telling us that getting married here was the best decision and that they supported us. Adam agreed and said that they were here with us today, watching over us.
As we continued to walk, we got to a clearing in the forest. Adam walked slightly ahead and pulled out a small booklet from his jacket. He told me that he had a present for me and that he wanted me to read it out loud. As I read the book, I realized that each page was written like a journal, documenting the dates of how he began saving for my ring, the process of designing my ring, the days he asked my parents for permission, and when he told his family that he was going to marry me. I could barely hold the book as my hands shook and the tears began to pour. He continued to read the book and on the last page, it said “On June 13th, this is the day that I will ask you to marry me.” Adam got down on one knee, pulled out the ring box from his sock and proposed.
After the proposal, I immediately went to call my Dad, since he had hidden this secret from me! Adam stopped me and explained how he had arranged for both our families to come up and are waiting for us at the restaurant. When we arrived back at O&B the entire staff and both our families were waiting for us with celebratory champagne.
When it came to planning the wedding, family was the most important factor for us to showcase at the wedding. Our nieces, nephews, siblings, parents, grandparents, and even the family dog, all had a role in the wedding. The speeches and first-dances absolutely showed our guests how much we value family and demonstrated the love that we have for each other. As for divvying out the planning, Adam’s priorities for the wedding were food and bar. Whereas I took responsibility for all the décor and small details that I felt made our wedding unique and personalized.
Our biggest worry for the wedding was the weather. We spent so much time planning all the details for the outdoor ceremony at the vineyard that we could not picture it any other way. Our first dance was also going to be outside underneath the stars, which would not have been possible if the weather did not cooperate!
Adam’s favourite part of the day was at the end of the night. The wedding may have ended at 1am, but the party continued at a local bar in the Blue Mountain Village. “Watching my Bride dance in her dress with family and friends was the perfect way to end the night.” My favourite part of the day was the moment I walked down the aisle towards my soon-to-be husband. Those feelings of excitement and nervousness as something I wish I could experience all over again.