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Summer Camp – A Wedding at Camp and the giveaway continues



Imagine a summer camp for girls and boys set on the edge of a clear lake in Algonquin Park, Canada.  Your only access to this camp is by boat. (It could be a motor boat…doesn’t have to be a canoe.)

Now imagine that same camp as the scene for a late summer wedding at sunset where all the guests arrived by boat the day before, and even the wedding party shows up in canoes.

Got that image in your head?  Now picture the actual ceremony on the dock by this beautiful lake and the guests seated in benches (on an area called The Slope at this camp.)

Super sweet isn’t it?  The camp is Camp Tamakwa north of Toronto.  The couple rented it for the weekend, and all their guests enjoyed a taste of summer camp complete with sleeping in cabins, roasting s’mores over the campfire, and swimming in the crystal clear lake.  The dining hall was the site of the reception…decorated a little more formal than summer camp style.

Notice the little packages of ingredients for making s’mores at each guest’s place.

And as the sun went down the lights of Camp Tamakwa lit up the scene.
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Now I need to show you this photo again because I want you to notice that tower there by the lake.  See it?

At some point in the weekend, the couple took a jump off  that swim tower and into South Tea Lake – wedding dress and all!  I want you to go over to the brilliant photographer’s website to see that shot.(jenn and dave stark photography)  You will enjoy many more images from this precious wedding there. Come back here after it though, because I have more to tell you.:)

Do you see that poster above?  Notice anything about it….?  Yep, it is the poster for the movie in our giveaway treat! This poster, autographed by all the actors from the movie, hangs in the dining hall at Camp Tamakwa.  Indian Summer was filmed there, and the story of the movie was based on the founder of the camp, “Unca Lou.”  (And the movie is a favorite of the couple in the wedding here.) Isn’t that neat?

Let me remind you what goodies are in the summer camp giveaway this month.

There is the movie…

Indian Summer [Blu-ray]

the skewers for roasting marshmallows,

and the book by Tereasa Surratt, one of the owners of Camp Wandawega (featured in my first summer camp post.)

Found, Free, and Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures

To enter for the random drawing, just leave a comment on any or all of the Summer Camp posts before midnight, August 22, 2013.  And let me add that I just LOVED reading all your comments about camp memories on the previous post!  Oh my gosh.  I was totally blown away!!  (And if you haven’t read all the comments, you should go back and do that.  You will enjoy them, too.)

So let me leave you with another question to talk about today.  I loved the idea of having a wedding weekend at a summer camp.  So my question for you is…

What would be your dream location for your wedding?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Rhonda - August 15, 2013 - 3:28 pm

I always thought it would be nice to get married in the middle of a red dirt road near sunset. Then the reception would be in a nearby field under a big oak tree with chandeliers hanging from the branches. I just really hate bugs, so I didn’t get married like that, but I still think it sounds lovely.

Sally Gee - August 14, 2013 - 10:41 am

My husband and I were married at the Cataract Lake Yacht Club in Indiana in their clubhouse. It is not a big or formal place at all. Very down to earth, kind of quaint, it is decorated with lots of the old hickory furniture. My friends made the whole place magical for the ceremony and reception. The next day went jet skiing with friends.

Laura E - August 13, 2013 - 11:00 pm

This was a wonderful idea and setting for a wedding – not sur I could top that one. The camp I went to was in Cedar Hill, Texas. We had meetings and worshipped in an open air tabernacle made of cedar(?) logs which allowed sunlight to shine through the roof. There was also an ampitheater where we had a movie night each year while there. I think the movie was “Old Yeller” every year and we loved it. Either of those places come to mind as I looked at all the wedding photos but this setting in Canada was beautiful! A friend of mine recently went to a wedding in California and the ceremony was held on the stump of one of the great redwood trees!

Kathy - August 13, 2013 - 12:11 am

Yes, Katrina….a tropical island! And, I would happily address your invitations….but only if you were marrying Fred! Kelly, if I don’t win, please let Katrina win!

Rose L - August 12, 2013 - 4:21 pm

What a wonderful place for a wedding! I love “The Slope” and the table settings were so gloriously beautiful with just the right touch of rustic. I have no clue where the perfect wedding spot would be for us. I guess we haven’t found it yet.

Marianne in Mo. - August 12, 2013 - 10:57 am

Sorry, typo in my post! It’s Pere Marquette, not “Pete” !!!! Love auto-correct. =0(

Marianne in Mo - August 12, 2013 - 10:54 am

I would maybe pick the same place where my oldest daughter got married. Pete Marquette Lodge along the river in Illinois. Reminds me of a camp. The main part is a log building, where the dining, banqueting are, as well as a gift shop, front desk and lounge area. There are hotel rooms that are very nice also. I have a lovely photo of my daughter and son in law, on the lawn there, at sunset, gazing at the river, and through the thin clouds you see a full moon. Absolutely the best shot ever! It was a first time diy wedding, minor issues involved, but they were happy, and it was a perfect afternoon and evening for a September wedding. My girls and us were all married in September, by the way…just have different days and years!

Debbie w - August 12, 2013 - 8:52 am

Def. Hilton head or edisto island! Love the camp posts!

Terry - August 11, 2013 - 9:26 pm

I never had the opportunity to go to summer camp. My ideal wedding location would be Hawaii or so e tropical island.

Laura Ingalls Gunn - August 11, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Even 15 years later my husband and I felt like we had the perfect wedding but if we were to renew our vows it would probably be over in Europe or perhaps a warm, sandy beach.

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - August 11, 2013 - 7:32 pm

I have been married almost 20 years now, and if I had it to do over I would have a ceremony similar to this. Mine was more formal……….which I am NOT! Lots of mason jars and right smack dab in the woods would be just fine for me!

Karen Watson - August 11, 2013 - 7:02 pm

What an inspiring post! My son married this summer next to the pond of his bride’s parents’ home – it was lovely. My daughter will marry in Key West next summer. I think I have determined that the best place for a wedding is the place you can gather with the people you love for shared memories all around. When love provides the smiles, the decor is inspired. (OK, corny, I know, but I do think that weddings are lovely occasions no matter where they are held!)
Love, love, love your blog!

Garden, Home and Party - August 11, 2013 - 6:12 pm

This was charming. What a great idea for a wedding. My dream destination, if I were to do it again (with the same sweet hubby) would be to have it in St. Helena, the area a little north of Napa. I would choose the Newton Vineyard and have a very small and intimate wedding.
The summer camp idea would be a close second.

Jayne - August 11, 2013 - 5:37 pm

My in-laws own a little house at Lake Hartwell in Hartwell, Ga. They have a large grassy cove next to it. In that cove is a beautiful Water Oak tree. A couple asked if they could have their wedding there. I would have loved to have been there to see that wedding. I think it would have been fun to have a wedding there, then for the reception everyone enjoy the lake with swimming, skiing, tubing, the works! Now I think of this on my daughter’s 1 year anniversary! Oh well! We’ll just have to have a 30 year anniversary there in a few years!

Grammy - August 11, 2013 - 1:14 pm

I had a beautiful fall wedding almost 38 years ago. I would love to try a winter wedding, perhaps in a lodge in Yosemite when it is snowing!

anita - August 11, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Ontario, Canada has many beautiful places to visit. Have you heard of Niagara-on-the-Lake? Been there, absolutely picturesque! I will need to take a trip to Algonquin for sure. A dream wedding would be in Banff, Alberta with the Rockies in the background. I love all these wedding pictures.

Barbie - August 11, 2013 - 2:13 am

Best wedding ever!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing with us.

Lindy James - August 11, 2013 - 1:02 am

Since it’s been 37 1/2 years ago when we were married in a Methodist church in Arcadia, Ca., my dream wedding location today would have to be on our favorite island of Maui, Hawaii. A destination wedding at the Grand Wailea hotel would be ideal! Thanks for this newest giveaway, I have wonderful memories of Camp Mosey Wood in Penn. as a child.

Cathy Skinner - August 10, 2013 - 11:40 pm

I would love for our son or daughter to get married at our cottage one day. We started building it when our son was one and our daughter wasn’t even yet born, so it has provided many family memories over the years and a wedding there one day would be the icing on the cake!

Megan - August 10, 2013 - 8:10 pm

I love the creative ideas that the bride and groom had for their wedding at this camp. It was amazing!!!!!

I will “kind of” answer your question: One of my favorite weddings was my sister’s wedding that was held at Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, NY . It is in the Thousand Islands region, and is so breathtakingly beautiful that you can hardly believe it. There is a heart wrenching love story associated with Boldt Castle, which is on the website.

If you ever happen to be in the 1000 Islands, take the boat tour that stops at Boldt Castle. And if you have the chance to get married there – you are SOO LUCKY!!!!!

Dawn - August 10, 2013 - 7:36 pm

I like the idea of getting married on a lake. I’m not a big boat person so would like to drive there!

Louvina - August 10, 2013 - 6:49 pm

This next week- August 14– will be our 49th anniversary — I think a nice 50th renewal of vows would be in a little chapel in Cades Cove in the Smokey Mts. Absolutely think a summer camp (wonder if they met there ?) was a terrific destination wedding idea and had to be a great time for everyone if they loved the great outdoors. Told my daughter about these camp postings and we got to reminiscing about our Camp Fire Girls days, laughing and signing the old camp songs!! Fun, fun!:)

Katrina - August 10, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Oh I so want to win!!! Okay where would I want to get married…… I was married almost 30 years ago on New Year’s Eve in Charlotte, NC. Records were broken that winter for extreme cold temperatures and the school district where I was teaching had snow days almost the entire month of January………. this time I think I would choose a tropical island to the same man!!! I would want my sweet friend Kathy ( who is diligently mastering your lettering style ) to address all our invitations !!!

Kayleigh - August 10, 2013 - 6:04 pm

My dream wedding is to get married in the North Georgia mountains, and lucky me – that’s exactly where I’m getting married June 7th, 2014 to the man of my dreams!! I can’t wait. We were going to get married at a Christmas tree farm but they’re not taking any reservations. Instead, we are getting married on a golf course called Butternut Creek. I can’t wait!

House Crazy Sarah - August 10, 2013 - 6:00 pm

well I got married on a mountain in Colorado so that was pretty spectacular. Although, the whole summer camp theme is really appealing! (Lots of great places like the one you featured here in northern Ontario – where I’m from!)

Martha - August 10, 2013 - 5:19 pm

This beautiful! and what a wonderful location for a wedding. Love the casual attire and sunflowers.The second photo with the colorful canoes (or kayaks) is tempting me to get out my canvas and paint it. As always… your blog!

Darla - August 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

I think a mountain wedding would be spectacular. Maybe with a little chapel surrounded by God’s creation. Thanks!

Dawn - August 10, 2013 - 5:12 pm

My ideal wedding place now would be a small tropical island. The sights, sounds and smells… oh how wonderful!

Donnamae - August 10, 2013 - 5:11 pm

I’m a relatively new reader…and I’ve really enjoyed reading your camp posts. It does bring back all sorts of memories…good and bad! This post, with the wedding pics, was great. I thought our wedding was perfect, in a church, with family and friends…and since it’s been 39 years, I wouldn’t change a thing! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

Pattie - August 10, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Love this wedding idea. Would love to win the give away.

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