Jenn & Curtis
July 22, 2017
The Golf Club at Lora Bay
Wendy Alana Photography
Mitchell Laframboise (L’Attitudes Barrie)
Lieutenant Commander Walter Moniz
We met at a bar/pub in Orangeville. Dating for us required a lot of logistical planning as Curtis was living in Guelph when we met, and I was living in Collingwood. We both put a ton of miles on our cars, but it was well worth it. We really like to travel and are both into sports, so we made a point in revolving our dating life around both of those. In our first year of dating, we went to the Kentucky Derby, Italy, New York and Boston. Although living far from one another was a bit of a challenge at first, it really made us appreciate the time that we did get to spend together.
I had been in Halifax for work during the Family Day weekend. I flew back home late on the Sunday evening and Curtis was busy cleaning the house so that we “wouldn’t have any chores on Monday”. After making sure I promised to snowshoe with him on Monday morning, I went off to bed. The next morning, he was adamant that we hike the Singhampton Caves trail, but I wanted to try something new. Our conversation went in circles until I agreed to go with his choice. It was a beautiful blue bird day and he honestly gave me no indication of what was about to happen. When we arrived in the cave, he got down on one knee and proposed. He had packed a nice bottle of champagne for us to celebrate with on the spot!
Given that we are both from the Guelph area, we thought that it would be fun to host our family and friends in the Collingwood area for our wedding. Being in the Navy, I love the water, so it was important to me that we had a venue with a view of Georgian Bay. We wanted a venue that offered an outdoor ceremony site, had great food and a licenced patio as we figured that our guests would want to be outside. We looked at many various locations in the Collingwood area, but Lora Bay was the only one that hit everything on our list.
We kept our décor minimal as we wanted to feature the view of Georgian Bay from Lora Bay. Given that so many of our guests were visiting from out of town, we really wanted to showcase the best of Collingwood by ensuring that their stay was enjoyable. We wanted our wedding to be a big party and less of a formality.
Curtis took care of most of the logistical planning for us; booking buses, getting our marriage license and wedding rings. He also built a beautiful arbour for our ceremony, which was amazing! I was responsible for all the other details, but he was always willing to help when I was stuck on a decision. The bonus of planning a wedding in 4.5 months is that you don’t really get to mull over your decisions for very long, so it forces you to keep moving forward.
I was so excited the day before our wedding. The day became even more fun as our wedding party arrived and we attended our rehearsal dinner in The Village at Blue Mountain. On the day of the wedding I felt a little anxious until I saw Curtis during our first look. After that moment, everything became a party. Following our wedding day, I felt sad that our big day was over! You look forward to that day your whole life and it is amazing how fast it goes.
The biggest stress of the day was the weather. All I wanted was to get married outside on a sunny day. It drizzled a little the morning of our wedding, which was heartbreaking for me. My photographer was a huge calming force, reassuring me that the clouds were great for pictures and that the rain would end in time for our ceremony. Fortunately, the rain held off for the ceremony and just before we said “I do”, the clouds broke and the sun came out.
My favourite part of the day was our first look at the top of Blue Mountain. It was an emotional moment and something that I’ll always remember. Aside from that moment, our reception was my favourite. There is nothing better than having all your favourite people in the same room together.