{Reality Wedding Story} A west coast love story at Hessenland

“When we walked through Hessenland and onto the grounds, it took my breath away. Instantly, Brad decided that the ceremony would be under the willow tree. The venue is 20 minutes from our family cottage. I had originally imagined that we would have a big backyard BBQ style cottage wedding. Hessenland was maybe the 10th venue we looked at, both in Toronto (where we live) and in Huron County. I was beginning to lose hope that we’d find something that was “us” until we saw Hessenland. It was exactly what I wanted” – Morgan

BRIDE & GROOM: Morgan Shuker + Brad Leitch

WEDDING DATE: July 1st, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHY: A Simple Photograph, Bayfield (simplephoto.ca)

LOCATION: Hessenland Country Inn, Zurich (♥) (hessenland.com)


BUDGET: $30,000

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “How much time it takes. I’m not sure we were really prepared for that. We try to jam pack a billion things into our schedule and we just added a wedding on top of that. If I had to do anything over, I would have pulled back from some of the other things in our schedule in the months leading up to the wedding…” -M

FLORALS: The Backyard Flower Shop, Clinton (thebackyardflowershop.com)

HAIR & MAKE-UP: Liz Roelands of Hairstream
Beauty Artistry (hairstream.ca), London

DESIGN: Brad custom made all of the decorations, including collecting and scrubbing over one hundred glass bottles. “We had 16 canvases around the room as decorations. They were also surprise gifts – a painting from Brad for each of our parents and members of the wedding party. He also hand painted a design on canvases for each table.” – M

GROOM’S ATTIRE: Hudson’s Bay, Toronto (thebay.com)

BRIDE’S ATTIRE: Becker’s Bridal & Formal, Toronto (beckersbridals.com)

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

OFFICIANT: Jeff Sabin, Goderich (jeffsabin.ca)

Contacting Liz at Hessenland…

Liz, her family and the staff at the Inn welcome any questions or booking inquiries that you may have – whether it’s for the location, accommodation or off-site catering. You can reach them by email using the form below 🙂 The Inn is located on the shores of Lake Huron between Grand Bend and Bayfield, 45 minutes North of London. Their very informative website is www.hessenland.com.

A Simple Photograph, Becker's Bridal & Formal, DJ Alpha Productions, Hairstream Beauty Artistry, Hessenland Country Inn, Hudson’s Bay Company, Jeff Sabin, Real Wedding Stories, The Backyard Flower Shop, The Wedding Ring Ontario Magazine Fall/Winter 2017