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KRISTINA AND ADAM'S WEDDING

August, 2009 in Kingston

"Our wedding in Kingston Mills/Joyceville was charming yet inexpensive. I did have certain aspects that were more important to me than others and first, I had to pin point exactly which aspects those were. Mainly, we wanted it to feel like a good old fashioned summertime get together where people would feel relaxed enough to have a good time, catch up with people they knew and maybe meet some new friends.

We had just bought a house and with the slugish state of the economy right now, we didn't want to break the bank. It was a huge challenge to make all these decisions that would make our wedding look nice but not cost us a fortune. In the end, I think we managed fairly well to pull this off. I found it was all about perspective. I would think to myself, "okay, they want $1,000 for this limo, that's a week and a half of work for me...is it worth it?" The groom and I made the executive decisions to do without a few things; a limo (borrowed a convertable instead), printed programs and a lot of the reception decorations, all to save our hard earned money. These areas are where we did spend a little more:

1. The honeymoon. We love to travel! We focused a lot of our attention on our honeymoon - a 12 night mediterranean cruise with Royal Caribbean...a truly beautiful, four star rating trip! I would whole-heartedly suggest it to anyone but next time I would go in the spring or fall months. The cruise ship was packed full of young children who usually took over the pools during the daytime.

2. The Wedding Dress. I was going to buy what I loved, period. It turned out to be a dupioni silk, mermaid, Paloma Blanca original. I was fortune enough to have my lovely Mom split the cost with me. Done.

3. The tuxes. He was going to wear what he wanted and felt smoking hot in.

4. Photography. The groom is a budding photographer and we both really appreciate good photojournalism. We both felt negative feelings towards "hosey posey" wedding photography and wanted something a little more artistic and authentic that would capture the feelings of our day.

5. Gifts for the wedding party. We spoiled them and enjoyed every minute of it. The guys received engraved Cutco pocket knives and the girls sterling silver bracelets.

The rest of the wedding was one big compromise. We wanted our family and friends to feel comfortable but not too formal or "up tight" (since we're all from the country). The Colonnade served a great meal and our DJ kept us dancing. I think the whole day turned out pretty well and we've had lots of people telling us what an awesome time they had.

We love our photography and our memories of the day the most. What made it really wonderful was seeing friends and family from out of town and our wedding speeches that were so sincere and exceptionally delivered. We both laughed and cried over and over again. Most importantly, WE'RE MARRIED and saying yes to that certain popped question was the best choice I ever could have ever made!"

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Ceremony: Holy Name Parish
Reception: Colonnade Golf and Country Club

Vendors

Venues

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Florist:

Paradiso Flowers

68 Princess Street
Kingston, ON, Canada

"The ladies who run the shop are very personable and friendly. However, my wedding flowers did not turn out to be exactly what I had asked for and I was a little disappointed considering the amount of money that I paid (about $800 for eveything). The groomsmen's boutonnieres were a little sloppy as well. Apparently when the groom arrived to pick them up the morning of the wedding, they were not yet made! In general, I did get a few compliments on the flowers from wedding guests, but they were not really "my" style. If I could do it all over again, I would go to McMahon's House of Flowers. He had a similar quote (a bit higher) but had lots of great ideas. http://www.mcmahonshouseofflowers.com/"

Photographer:

Ian Taylor Photography

Kingston, ON, Canada

"We were so happy with the job Ian did for us. He was professional and funny and so talented. He only works with natural lighting, which we liked. He's not cheesy and doesn't put his name on every picture either. He's just...cool! I couldn't say enough good things about him! He's only in Canada during the summer though so book him if you can!"

Rentals Vendor:

Sandra Jackson Rentals

17 Smith Street
Kingston, ON, Canada

"Sandra Jackson is a sweet, super-lady who runs her shop out of her house and garage. She has every vase, candle, light and container known to man and her prices are fantastic! We ordered our centrepieces and flowers for them all through her and she came, set everything up and took everything away the next day. She's truly AMAZING and you MUST visit her!!! Hurry and book her in advance because she is one busy woman, and for good reason - she's simply the best."

Wedding Day Beauty Vendor:

Professional Makeup Artist - Lacey Blacklock - Wedding Day Beauty Vendor - Kingston , Ontario , K7P1Y2, Canada

Lacey Blacklock Make-up

Kingston , Ontario K7P1Y2, Canada
613-329-1005

"She's great - came to our house and did everyone's make-up! Super professional and lovely. We all liked her and her prices were reasonable."

Wedding Day Beauty Vendor:

ECHO Hair Studio

Kingston, ON, Canada

"I had Liz, the "bridal stylist extraordinaire" do my hair and I was very pleased with how it turned out. The studio crammed us in at the last minute due to a "not-so-great-trial-run experience" elsewhere (I won't name them because it would only make me upset and I'm sure they usually do a great job). My bridesmaids were all happy with their hairstyles as well."

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

Bridal Creations

296 Queen Street
Kingston, ON, Canada

"It was so easy having the bridal boutique, tux shop and seamstresses all under one roof. Our associate, Brooke was amazing at her job! She was considerate, honest and very helpful in all regards. Stephen Murano in the tux shop was also excellent and went above and beyond for us! I loved Bridal Creations and would recommend them to anyone shopping for a wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses or tuxedo rentals."

Ceremony:

Holy Name Parish - Ceremony - 950 Old Kingston Mills Rd, Kingston, ON, K0H

Holy Name Parish

950 Old Kingston Mills Rd
Kingston, ON K0H

"Holy Name is an old, tiny church on the outskirts of town. I fell in love with it from the outside first, but once I saw the stained glass and narrow little aisles inside, I was sold. I would be a stunning spot for a candlelight wedding ceremony in the fall or winter months. We crammed about 150 guests in and the airconditioning held up great. My only sadness was that the nice priest that we both liked moved out of town at the last minute! One month before our wedding, another priest came to marry us and we didn't know him. The priest...he wasn't a happy man and I will leave it at that. All in all, Holy Name will always have a special place in my heart."

Reception:

Colonnade Golf and Country Club - Reception - 2789 Woodburn Rd, Kingston, ON, K0H

Colonnade Golf and Country Club

2789 Woodburn Rd
Kingston, ON K0H

"The food was homecooked and delicious. We had a hot buffet dinner consisting of chicken cordon blue, roast beef, caesar salad, PEI potatoes, green beans and baked beans. For dessert, they prepared chocolate brownies with ice cream. The whole dinner was very good and they were able to get our favourite wines in stock to have on the tables. The eleven o'clock buffet was cold cuts, cheese, pickles and buns.....a little boring, but it was fine. I found the hall to be a bit...well, lacking. The lighting and fixtures are outdated and it's not as "polished" or elegant as I would have hoped. We've been to countless weddings at other golf courses in the past and most have been much nicer than this one. However, it was quite inexpensive and that was a deciding factor for us (that and it was one of the only paces still available for this summer). We had 150 guests and we paid about $6,000 for everything, including the chair covers. Our wedding was a happy day for us that we will cherish always, and I am the only one who was less than inspired by our reception venue. Everyone else thought it was nice or were just too sweet to tell me otherwise! If I could do it over again, I may have thought more about booking the Loyalist Country Club in Bath or somewhere in Prince Edward County and paid a little bit more money."

Hotel:

Comfort Inn Kingston - Hotel - 55 Warne Crescent, Kingston, ON, K7K

Comfort Inn Kingston

55 Warne Crescent
Kingston, ON K7K

"We did not have any complaints from our out of town guests. It was very close to the 401, which made getting to the wedding very easy for people staying there."

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