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Intimate Winter Weddings in Muskoka

A quick shot I grabbed at the Muskoka Wharf on my way through for a meeting of the Muskoka Steamships, two popular 'venues' for Muskoka Weddings.

A quick shot I grabbed at the Muskoka Wharf on my way through for a meeting of the Muskoka Steamships, two popular ‘venues’ for Muskoka Weddings.

Often we think of Muskoka from May to October. Where we can go up, grab a cold beer or a glass of wine, sit on the dock, soak up the sun, read a book, swim, boat, fish, window shop in Huntsville, Port Carling, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, etc. Though it may be more difficult to warm up to the idea, a winter wedding in Muskoka could create that warm fuzzy feeling many hope to create for friends and family on their wedding day. On my drive north yesterday I will agree with you that the driving can be difficult, as long as you take your time, once you arrive north of the brown slush and bumper to bumper traffic, it is SO worth it!

Pulled over to take this photo of the gorgeous roads I was driving on yesterday!

Pulled over to take this photo of the gorgeous roads I was driving on yesterday!

Driving out highway 169 and turning onto Narrows Road, following it to Lawland Heights Road I became so enamored with the white stuff I normally curse. Driving down winding cottage roads with snow covered branches it was so peaceful! A nice change from the hustle and bustle summer brings. My destination? Muskoka Soul, a luxury cottage located on Lake Muskoka. As I pulled into the driveway, I felt like I was driving up to my own cottage and stepping into it I was first struck with how clean, how beautiful, this two storey, 5 bedroom cottage is! Perched overlooking Lake Muskoka we watched the snow accumulate on the railings, and cover the Muskoka chairs while the fire kept us warm and the conversation.

During the tour I grabbed this shot from the second story, overlooking the living room. You could remove the furniture and have an intimate wedding meal here.

During the tour I grabbed this shot from the second story, overlooking the living room. You could remove the furniture and have an intimate wedding meal here.

This is just one of the bedrooms in this Muskoka Lakefront Cottage! Great for wedding photos right?

This is just one of the bedrooms in this Muskoka Lakefront Cottage! Great for wedding photos right?

I met with a few local business owners to chat about 2013 and thoughts about 2014 over tea, coffee and some yummy breakfast items. Sandra, owner of Muskoka Soul, was a wonderful host and let us know how her property could be used for intimate gatherings, corporate retreats, girls getaways, guys weekends, small weddings (max of 50 day guests, only a max of 10 overnight guests at any point in time) and much much more! I think it would be an excellent spot for a wedding party to get ready, or a couple to use the week leading up to their wedding or the week after for a nice getaway. Whether you are two people or ten people the space feels like home with super cute bedrooms and neat little nooks overlooking the living room. Luxury and privacy does come at a cost but there is no shortage of bookings for Sandra’s crew at Muskoka Soul! There are sooooo many things you can do with a small group here, using this even as a starting spot in Muskoka with access right off Highway 169 between Bala and Gravenhurst. You can take private charters on historic Muskoka wooden boats like the Peerless or the Idyllwood (with Captain Randy Potts of Sunset Cruises) or bring in a yoga instructor and have a yoga class by the fire or on the lake (with Tara Kinden of Muskoka Yoga Studio). Don’t feel like cooking? Why not have someone in to cook for you and your guests (like Robbie and Alain of North in Muskoka).

It was such a perfect winter scene! Chatting and watching the snow fall on the Muskoka Landscape.

It was such a perfect winter scene! Chatting and watching the snow fall on the Muskoka Landscape.

I was very inspired by the space and I am very happy to know spaces like this exist for the right clients looking for private, luxury cottages in Muskoka that I had to write about it today! I didn’t want to leave but I will hopefully be back with Muskoka wedding clients in the future. Give the intimate winter wedding a chance? Consider making the girls getaway weekend in Muskoka at the cottage instead of Niagara – it will be worth the trip! Check them out by clicking here, LIKE them on facebook too by clicking here.

Dream.Plan.Enjoy.

Holly Matrimony

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