Summer has finally greeted us here in Prince Edward County and wedding season is getting busier. I am also taking the time to blog some weddings and, if you’ve been following along share some advice for future brides looking to have a wedding in Prince Edward County. What I love most about this area is how every venue offers up a different piece and view of the County. When I first photographed a wedding at the Drake Devonshire in 2015 I was in awe of it’s beauty and the vibe it creates – it keeps me going back for my own little mini breaks. Andrew & Cailinn chose local vendors as much as possible for their wedding and were happy to answer a few questions for me.

Why did you choose the County for your wedding?

Having our family coming from the Waterloo/Toronto and Ottawa areas, we wanted somewhere that everyone could meet in the middle and it wouldn’t be too far for anyone to travel. We had done a few vacations in the county to check out the wineries and Sandbanks, and we loved that there were lots of fun activities for our guests to make it a good place for a long weekend destination wedding. We also loved that our families could stay at our venue (Drake Devonshire), and all our guests were close by in Wellington as well. Our two families got to know each other over the weekend and we ran into lots of guests the night before in the town.  It made the weekend so much more relaxed and fun.

What advice would you give brides planning a wedding in Prince Edward County?

As we don’t live in or near the county, I had to do most of my research from a distance, so I relied a lot on recommendations from our venue and blogs/websites. I was really happy with how everything worked out, but if you are really picky it might be good to plan a few more visits to check everything out in person. Also, make sure you give your guests plenty of advance time to book accommodations, especially on busy weekends in the summer, as they book up fast. If you are having your wedding in a small town and people aren’t staying within walking distance, it can be difficult to get a taxi, so make sure you book one in advance or rent a bus, to make sure your guests get home safely.

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Vendors:

Flowers: Floralora Flowers (they were great, I didn’t have a strong idea of what I wanted for flowers, so I just sent one or two photos and asked them to surprise me, and the flowers were beautiful!) http://www.floraloraflowers.com/
Dress: Sash and Bustle (Toronto) http://www.sashandbustle.com/
Hair and Makeup:  Your Day Your Way – http://www.ydyw.ca/ Melissa was great and came to our hotel room and did hair and makeup for myself, sister, mom, mother in law and sister in law.
Officiant: Suzanne Pierson (All seasons wedding officiants) – https://allseasonsweddings.com/ Suzanne was very sweet and open to our ideas for our ceremony.
Venue: Drake Devonshire – http://www.drakedevonshire.ca/ It was the perfect venue for us as we had a relatively small wedding, and could have our ceremony and reception onsite, as well as staying there. They offered a wedding coordinator to help us which was very appreciated as well.
Transportation: A1 limo – we rented a limo to transport a few guests who were staying in Belleville. They were reliable and reasonably priced. http://www.a-1limousine.ca/
We also loved our photographer and were so happy with the beautiful photos 🙂
Second shot by Fiona Chiu Photography