Tai & Tom on Modern Weddings!

Tai & Tom on Modern Weddings!

Did you see that one of our weddings from last year was published on Modern Weddings?

Tai & Tom got married at Sydenham Ridge in September of last year and boy was it beautiful!! I thought I’d post some photos here in order to celebrate as well!

Tai & Tom were so fun and beautiful to work with, their families were divine and we felt blessed to have their wedding at Sydenham Ridge.

Vendors:
Photographer: NovaMarkina Photography
Venue:  Sydenham Ridge Estates
Floral & Décor: Sydenham Ridge Estates (Formerly Under the Grapevine)
Make Up & Hair: Selah Vie Hair & Makeup Artistry
Bakery: Bright Eyes Cake Design
Dress: Once Upon A Time Weddings

We feel so privalidged to host such beautiful events, and to work with some great weddings vendors. Thank you to Nova for all of these photos!

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First Dances are the Best Dances

First Dances are the Best Dances

Y’all, let’s talk first dances.

 Photo credit:  Aleisha Boyd Photography

A few weeks ago my cousin was over at my place and we were talking about what song she is going to use for her first dance. You see, I am, among many things, a music nerd/lover/snob, etc. and this is the one aspect of a wedding that I have HUGE opinions on. Normally, I keep them to myself, but get some wine into me, ask me my opinion about your first dance and hold onto your hats because you’re going to hear what I have to say.

Really I think it’s a combination of my love of good music AND my love of weddings in general that have worked together to create this monster. So I’m going to pretend like I’ve had some wine, and you’ve asked my advice and I’m going to share with you what I shared with Lindsay.

1.     Above anything else, if you love the song, who cares what any one thinks (even me). Sure we’ve all been to weddings where Ed Sheeran serenaded the bride and groom around the dance floor, but if you love Ed Sheeran, love the song and it means something to you. Go. For. It.

2.     Not to play into the stereo type, most grooms will let their bride have her way on their big day, but chances are, he has a song he likes. Ask him. Honestly, nothing makes me swoon more than when a bride tells me that her groom picked their first dance song. Come on. It’s so sweet.

3.     Think outside the box. Last time I checked there was no ‘first dance’ list of rules, so don’t feel compelled to follow suit. A few years ago, one of our couples sang their first dance song to each other and it was so beautiful. Seriously, is there a song that you and your fiancé sing along to religiously? Are you just not a “slow dance couple”? Have you finally received the Mumford & Sons and Hanson mash-up you’ve been begging for from your DJ friend for years (*hint*DJ Alpha…I’m still waiting…*hint)? It’s so much more important how it makes you feel then what everyone will think. Your Mom will get over you not dancing to Celine Dion’s Power of Love, trust me.

4.     When all else fails, John Legend. Always go with John Legend. It’s still kind of surprise, but also still known enough that people will know the song.

I’ve decided to share some of my favourite first dance options below.

Seriously though, just to reiterate,  it’s such a special moment of your wedding day, do what is going to feel good for you and enjoy it!

Until next time!!

 Photo Credit:  Haley Thuss

Photo Credit: Haley Thuss

April & May Wedding Round Up

April & May Wedding Round Up

I’ve been throwing some ideas back and forth for this week’s blog post and I wasn’t really feeling any of the ideas that I was coming up with. And you were just about to get a post on my favourite first dance songs when I got distracted by some of the beautiful pictures that have been posted from the wedding at Sydenham last weekend, when it hit me. Uh, hellllooo, how about a monthly wedding round-up!  We shouldn’t be the only ones getting to indulge in some tricks learned, beautiful moments captured and the warm feelings that love-filled photos fill us with.

We are going to start with Lynn and John, I know their wedding was not technically in May, but I wanted to include them in this post because their wedding was just too special not to share. Getting to know Lynn and John was so special and watching how their day came together was beautiful. And their kids. You guys, their kids were adorable.

Photography by: Alina Claire Photography

Then on May 12th, Lorrinda and Kevin’s wedding was pretty close to perfect, except for the pesky moisture down by the pond. But these two, rolled with the punches and got married at the top of the hill with St. Marys Chapel in the background, and it became one of our favourite scenes. It was just stunning. We couldn't have been more happy to host this wedding, the crowd was just fantastic and it was just such a special day, and one we won't forget.

Photography by: Angela Van Horn Photography

Then came Melanie & Marcus’ wedding on May 19th. Nations came together for this one. We Canadians educated the Americans in attendance on Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Curling and Canadian Whiskey and they showed us the Wobble. It was a pretty fair trade if you ask me. That all being said, if I had to pick my favourite thing about Melanie and Marcus’ wedding it would have to be the show of support and the love that these two were enveloped by that day. Family and friends came from far and wide, they had notes from friends abroad… not going to lie, I left this wedding feeling like my tribe may need to step up their game a bit ;)

Photography by: Gaetz Photography

We finished up May with Mikaela and David’s wedding which was just absolutely so sweet and romantic. I loved every second of it. I know I said it in their chalkboard post (if you don’t what these are, you can find them on our Instagram and Facebook) but really these two so clearly love each other and everything about that was steeped throughout their day. HOWEVER… my highlight of the month (yes, Month) was meeting Mikaela’s grandmother who gave me the BEST fashion tips and was the embodiment of who I want to be as I age. Just sassy, sweet and the ability to spot a pair of red velvet heels from a mile away.

Photography by: Rebel Hearts Productions

The beginning of this season was magical. And June is shaping up to give April and May a run for their money… I can’t wait to share with you what comes through these doors over this summer!

Up next week, a list of our favourite dance songs... unless something else inspires me :)

Talk then!

Lisianthus, Lisanthus, Lisianthus

Lisianthus, Lisanthus, Lisianthus

Spring means flowers! (Someone needs to talk to Mother Nature about all this rain) And boy do we love flowers, lucky for us, we found this girl, who also loves flowers!

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We’ve been so fortunate to add Brittany to our team this year. Not only is she here to help make all your floral dreams come true, but she’s also been integral to the launch of our floral workshops!

And because I'm so grateful to have her on our team, I wanted to take a second to share with you some of her beautiful work to so you can get a taste of what's to come this year and hopefully add some colour to this kind of gloomy day!

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The First One

The First One

Welcome to the first blog from On the Ridge! Here we are hoping to share with you some projects, tips and insights from our little corner of Southwestern Ontario. If you have anything you’d like to see here, please let us know!


I tried and tried to think of the best way to start this blog. There are so many things that we are hoping to share with you here, but the first post almost felt like the most important post (you know what they say about first impressions). It was a really scary decision and to be frank, I didn’t think I would ever make the right one. Then, it came to me, just like that... what better way to start the blog for a space that hosts celebrations of love then to tell you about the moment I knew I was in love with Sydenham Ridge.

The first time I was here, at Sydenham Ridge, was in October of 2015. I came out with my sister-in-law to check it out during a photoshoot that was happening on site and if you knew my sister-in-law Sarah, you’d know, she’s always trying to get into some kind of hijinks. We weren’t here long when she convinced me to take a golf cart through the trails. So off we went, Sarah driving (just a point to note, Sarah’s car driving is questionable and her golf cart driving doesn’t fair much better) and I, with my camera, holding on for dear life.

The trails were a bit over run, and the leaves had started to fall, but it was a beautiful sunny day and we were just having a really great time gabbing about the space, and just life in general when we turned a corner. And were faced with this…

(Photo Credit: Nikki Carradine

The pine forest.

It took my breath away, like really did (In all honesty, I initially thought it was the quick stop that Sarah had made, but then realized that it was the way the light peaked through the trees that was doing it to me). I think our drive through that section of the property was the quietest the two of us had ever been together, but it was just so peaceful and glowy and stunning. Luckily I was in the right state of mind to take a few photos!

(Photo Credit: Nikki Carradine

It wasn’t long after we started hosting events that the appeal of the forest caught on and I’m not surprised! It has quickly  become a favourite amongst our couples and photographers. In fact, some of our favourite pictures taken at Sydenham were taken in the pine forest.

 (Photo Credit: Andrea Bartholomew Photography)

(Photo Credit: Andrea Bartholomew Photography)

 (Photo Credit: Misty Nolan Photography)

(Photo Credit: Misty Nolan Photography)

 (Photo Credit: Haley Thuss Photography)

(Photo Credit: Haley Thuss Photography)

 (Photo Credit: Cassidy Crowe Photography)

(Photo Credit: Cassidy Crowe Photography)

 

When it comes right down to it, I think what I love most about the pine forest is that it really just is so encompassing of Sydenham Ridge in general. It’s elegant, rustic and serene. And also, really really cool.

 (Photo Credit: Nkki Carradine)

(Photo Credit: Nkki Carradine)