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The 2023 Muskoka Wedding Show - I’m Back!

It’s that time of year again but wait! We missed a few years - but not on purpose.

After the 2019 Muskoka Wedding Show, my little brother passed away. You might remember him from the Doozy Pics / Knight Hawks Entertainment photobooth up on the ship. He looked so handsome and professional and I remember pointing up several times telling people “look! That’s my baby brother up there!”. He was probably mortified but I was so proud.

The rest of the year was a blur, with my team at the time stepping up to look after all of my wedding couples that were to get married that year. I will forever be grateful for that even though it saddened me not to be at those weddings, it seemed like everyone had a “little brother” that was supposed to do something at the wedding like walk someone down the aisle, say a reading, deliver a speech which made it really hard for me.

Then COVID-19 hit just as I was about to get back and running for the 2020-21 season which put my business in a super difficult position. I was constantly checking in with my lawyer and insurance company to verify they would protect me everytime a new announcement of an emergency measure was made. It wasn’t looking good and not everyone was understanding. A difficult time for everyone I know, but no one was protecting me if I decided to move forward despite the risks. (Even though my contract doesn’t require me to do so, I intend on making up with my COVID clients who were kind and understanding through the process as I move through this year.

So in riding out the pandemic I wanted to keep my skills fresh and took the opportunity to work for a couple of businesses in the wedding industry. I went to Bayview Wildwood Resort on Sparrow Lake for a couple of years and then Muskoka Party Rentals. A nice change from the previous 10 years but it’s time.

Time to get back to what I love doing most. Planning and coordinating Muskoka Weddings for couples from all over. I will officially be kicking off the next 10 years of my business at The 2023 Muskoka Wedding Show, at the Muskoka Discovery Centre on Saturday February 11, 2023 from 9am to 4pm. If you or someone you know is considering getting married in Muskoka, please send them my way. I promise to take good care of them.

I can’t wait for you to see the booth design for this year! In the meantime, here are great and not so great photos of my booth during the 7 years I participated in the show.

Which one is your favourite?

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