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I met Rebecca’s mom while speaking on the topic of ‘How to Host a Huge Cottage Party’ at the Cottage Life Show. We spoke after the show about her daughters upcoming Muskoka wedding and I later met with the couple to talk about how I could make things much less stressful and make the day enjoyable for them. Rebecca and Gareth had a gorgeous sunny ceremony on the lawn of Windermere House. The wedding party processed past the old stone walls and beyond the Hollyhocks and toward a birch arbour overlooking the lake where they sat on historic railway trunks from the area. After the ceremony guests moved to the shade of the wraparound veranda for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then inside for a delicious dinner complete with vintage napkins provided by family and friends. This group knew how to dance and dancing they did! My favourite moment was when my assistant and I created a ring of fire on the lawn for the first dance. Guests were surprised and joined in a circle to light their sparklers on fire. All images are provided by


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