{Real Wedding Story} Ontario’s west coast wedding destination | Krysten & Tony

BRIDE & GROOM: Krysten & Tony Shmyruk

WEDDING DATE: July 28th, 2018

LOCATION: Hessenland Inn (♥) (hessenland.com) St. Joseph ON “The grounds of Hessenland Inn are amazing! I loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and there were many areas to choose from; I fell in love with the feeling of a shaded ceremony under a giant weeping willow tree. During the cocktail hour between the wedding and reception our guests could wander to the beach, through the vineyards and through the beautifully manicured lawns with a glass of wine.” – K

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: Tara Weddings (taraweddings.ca) Toronto, ON “Photography and videography were the most important thing to us on our wedding day. We loved everything about them on their website and booked them right away. Our favourite part of our wedding photos was how they captured the candid moments such as the picture of my mom and I hugging that I will treasure forever.” – K

# GUESTS: 100

BUDGET: $30,000

FLOWERS: Luann’s Flowers & Gifts (luannscountryflowers.com) Goderich, ON

DÉCOR: NJS Event & Party Rentals (njsdesign.on.ca) Clinton, ON “The head table down the middle of the room was my favourite. It had a sparkly table cloth with a big beautiful flower garland runner.” – K DIY: “We built our own lawn games to put out during the cocktail hour. Our nieces and nephews were also a big part of our day and my mother-in-law made us a custom colouring book for the kids to colour in at the head table with our love story illustrated by famous Disney couples.” – K

FAVOURS: “I moved to Alberta seven years ago to teach and met my husband there. We live next to a beekeeper and have hives on our own property. We decided to do little pots of honey that my mom found and put together for us. It felt special and unique!” – K

GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores Clothing for Men (♥) (mooresclothing.com) London, ON

BRIDE ATTIRE: Taylor’s Bridal Boutique (taylorsbridal.com) Elmira, ON

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca) London, ON

CAKE: “We opted out of a traditional wedding cake. Tony LOVES cheese of all kinds, and we also love charcuterie. Hessenland went above and beyond in creating amazing charcuterie boards with vegetables from their gardens that their wonderful chef pickled months in advance of our wedding. We supplied a cake topper and 3 different wheels of cheese and Hessenland put it all together. It was better than I ever could have imagined.” – K

HAIR: Thatch & Fringe (thatchandfringe.com) St. Jacobs, ON

MAKEUP: Miranda Haasnoot

DJ: DJ Alpha Productions (djalpha.ca) London, ON

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “I planned a Southwestern Ontario wedding from Alberta. It never would have gone as well without my mom and sister helping with in person consults when I couldn’t be there. Our venue’s wedding planner held Skype meetings, Google Hangouts and helped us every step of the way. If you are planning a wedding from far away, the best advice is to find a venue that is cooperative and understanding.” – K

BEST MEMORY: “Sneaking away from our reception at sunset with our photographers and getting pictures taken in the vineyard as the sun was setting behind us.” – K&T

Featured in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of The Wedding Ring Magazine

MORE ABOUT HESSENLAND COUNTRY INN | Hessenland Inn & Vineyard is the ultimate Ontario West Coast wedding destination offering gazebos, overnight accommodations, waterfalls, lake access and gorgeous in & outdoor wedding spaces. More details in their review in The Ring, here. To find out more, email Hessenland, directly using the form below. 🙂

David's Bridal, DJ Alpha Productions, Hessenland Country Inn, Luann's Flowers & Gifts, Moores Clothing For Men, NJS Design Event & Party Rentals, Real Wedding Stories, Tara Weddings, Taylor’s Bridal Boutique, Thatch & Fringe, the wedding ring magazine fall/winter 2019