Weddings Atlantic

Vendor Highlight- Bates Barn!

Brittney Toner

Bates Barn in Long Point, New Brunswick has a rich history rooted in New Brunswick farm culture. The family operated a farm in Rural New Brunswick that included fruits, vegetables, a roadside market and beef cattle. To show their support to the community towards their farm, they hosted an annual corn boil and barn dance in a beautiful rustic barn constructed on the property in 1946. The barn overlooks the Belleisle Bay and the longest cable ferry in Eastern Canada. This eventually turned into couples who met at a barn dance asking to have their wedding at the place they met. Thus, the Bates Barn Wedding Venue was born. The original Bates Barn was destroyed by fire in February 2017 and a decision was made to rebuild. The new Bates Barn opened its doors on the same site to weddings and events in June 2018.

Photo By Yorke Photography

Photo By Yorke Photography

Photo By Yorke Photography

Photo By Yorke Photography

With a magnificent view of the Belleisle Bay and situated on 15 acres of farmland, the Bates Barn is located in the hub of Saint John, Sussex, Moncton & Fredericton with access by vehicle or boat. Open year round, there is seating for 175+ guests with additional space in the mezzanine overlooking the main floor. Air conditioning offers comfort on hot summer days while heat warms you up on colder days. The 40’ X 82’ all wood structure with its majestic beams provide a rustic, yet modern and elegant feel for your special day. The outdoor ceremony location offers picturesque views of the Bay while the outdoor patio provides the perfect outdoor ambience for guests. The nearby Bates Family Apple Orchard, beaches, country roads, fields and worn buildings offer prestige scenery and the perfect setting for photographers.

Photo By Yorke Photography

Photo By Yorke Photography

Photo By Yorke Photography

Photo By Yorke Photography

Bates Barn prides themselves in being available to answer any questions or to assist in any way they can from advice on set-up, décor or vendors from our preferred services list. Their competitive rates include full bar service, tables, chairs, WiFi, Satellite TV, sound system, in ceiling screen, and projector. They also have a bridal room with private washroom and shower, private caterer’s entrance, wheelchair accessibility and ample parking. Bates Barn also offers a log house and serviced camp sites to rent, access to docks and swimming , and will assist with other local accommodations and transportation.

Photo By Yorke Photography

Photo By Yorke Photography

Advice From Bates Barn: 

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  • Know your guest list and invite those who have had a part or meaning in your lives. 

  • Don’t wait to book your favourite venue, photographer, caterer or other service. I highly recommend a videographer as well - looking back on a video has lasting memories. 

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, it's free! 

  • Delegate so you can enjoy your day, the way you have dreamed it would be.
    Guests will not know about the little touches that did not get completed so don’t stress! They will remember how they felt on your day which will make it the best day ever for the newlyweds!

Find Bates Barn on Facebook or at where they are proud to have been voted as a 2019 Best of Weddings location!

Bates Barn is truly a one of a kind Venue from its location with water view, venue amenities and its rustic yet modern feel. You can’t go wrong by choosing Bates Barn, “Where Memories Are Made!”

Contact Bates Barn:

Owner: Janice Bates 

Find Bates Barn on Facebook Here: 

Email: Phone: (506) 647-6781 

Flashback Friday! A Look Back At Weddings New Brunswick!

Brittney Toner

As we excitedly approach the launch of Weddings Atlantic, we wanted to take a look back at our journey so far!

We’ve had so many amazing moments, it’s impossible to fit them all into one post, however here are just a few of our favourites:

The Planning Stage For Weddings NB!

Some of our original swag!

Some of our original swag!

Working on the website.

Working on the website.

Ashley & Brittney Hard At Work!

Ashley & Brittney Hard At Work!

Meetings in the sun- always made better with cake!

Meetings in the sun- always made better with cake!

Issue 1!



A Time For Weddings Bridal Show

A Time For Weddings Bridal Show

The Atlantic Wedding Showcase!

The Atlantic Wedding Showcase!

At Carats & Lace!

At Carats & Lace!

Issue 2!

Issue 2 At Blog Jam Atlantic

Issue 2 At Blog Jam Atlantic

CTV Morning Live!

Editor In Chief Brittney Toner On CTV Morning Live!

Editor In Chief Brittney Toner On CTV Morning Live!


Our Very Own Office Mascot!

Ashley’s Very Own, Guacamole

Ashley’s Very Own, Guacamole


The Announcement Of Weddings Atlantic!

Ashley working her designer magic! We love the real weddings section of the magazine!

Ashley working her designer magic! We love the real weddings section of the magazine!

Our Launch Party Invitation!

Our Launch Party Invitation!

We’ve had so much fun along the way, and can’t wait to see what the future holds! See you at the launch party tomorrow!

Weddings Atlantic 2018 Atlantic Canadian Gift Guide & Giveaway!

Brittney Toner

The holiday season is upon us, and we are SO excited to share our 2018 Atlantic Canadian gift guide with you!

We want to encourage you all to shop local this holiday season! Read to the end for details on our giveaway!

Check out these amazing Atlantic Canadian Businesses:

Sandy Toes Shop

Sandy Toes Shop is an apparel line for anyone with salt water in their veins and a love for the east coast. It was founded by Crystal Richard, the Blogger behind East Coast Mermaid! They feature items for the whole family, from onesies to adult sizes! Their items also make the perfect gift for anyone from Atlantic Canada who are now living away from the ocean.

They have a coastal crush on Atlantic Canada, and their products show it! Visit their website at

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Nova Scotia Fisherman

Their products are hand crafted in New Minas Nova Scotia using premium, high end natural ingredients. All of their products include locally harvested Sea Kelp which is sustainable and incredible for your skin! At Nova Scotia Fisherman, they are constantly inspired by their environment, and source local apple cider from the beautiful Annapolis Valley for their apple cider soap! Their inspiration from their surroundings makes them proud to support the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Enjoy these locally crafted premium plant based body care products with everyone in your family!

See their products at


Denis Brun Woodworking

Located in Moncton, NB, Denis Brun has been doing woodworking as a hobby for several years before turning it into a business. He says “ I strive to make beautiful products that will last a lifetime.”

His work includes cutting boards and kitchen accessories, as well as household items such as jewelry shelves and more.

You can view his work and purchase his products here:


 Morrowen Knits

Morrowen Knits is a small local business from Montague, Prince Edward Island.  Kayla makes cozy knits inspired by her home province, including toques, scarves, headbands, blankets and more. 

Each piece is handmade with attention to quality and detail.  Kayla strives to create cozy knits that are gift-worthy and can be enjoyed for years to come.  Morrowen Knits on-line Etsy shop is an ongoing venture that is composed of original Morrowen Knits pieces and also original knit patterns.

You can visit her shop here:


Scotia Glass

Alisha started her sea glass and pebble art a few years ago, but has been a beachcomber for most of her life. She creates unique pieces of art from natural things that she finds along the shores of the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic ocean.

All of her ocean inspired art is created using only Nova Scotia beach treasures. She also accepts custom orders and would love to hear from you. Scotia Glass ships worldwide

Alisha is also a bride-to-be and is getting married July 2019 with a “good old backyard Nova Scotian wedding.”

You can view her shop here:


Subtidal Creations

Through studying marine biology and learning to scuba dive, Natasha Hynes developed a strong appreciation for algae. After bringing home a few pieces of seaweed from the beach one day, Subtidal Creations Co. was born. Coming from Newfoundland, her love for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean motivated her to show the world the beauty, the elegance, and the diversity that our ocean provided. 

 Subtidal Creations Co. is currently based in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and aims to represent the natural beauty of Atlantic Canada in as many countries as possible. Her wish is that her passion and love bleeds into my art and fills your home with the same positivity. She hopes that every time one of her presses is viewed, it reminds us to show the utmost respect for the ocean: our blue home. 

You can view her shop here:


Lyndsey Paynter Fine Art

Located in Charlottetown, PEI, Lyndsey Paynter Fine Art works to give you a piece of art that captures the important moments of your life. Choose to have a commissioned artwork done to remember past events or have Lyndsey paint live at your wedding or special celebration to entertain guests and add a special touch. 

Live painting packages and commission pricing may be found at

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The Giveaway!


Our 2018 Home For The Holidays Giveaway is taking place over on Instagram!

Head on over to our Instagram and follow the instructions on the photo posted above! You must comment on the photo in order to be entered!

Links to the Instagram pages of all of the shops mentioned will be posted along with the photo, and you MUST follow Weddings Atlantic, as well as each shop in order to be entered.

Here’s what the winner will receive!:

$50 Gift Certificate To Sandy Toes Shop

20% Off An Order Of $50 Or More From Nova Scotia Fisherman

$75 Gift Certificate To Denis Brun Woodworking

$30 Gift Certificate To Morrowen Knits

$40 Gift Certificate To Scotia Glass

20% Discount For Subtidal Creations

And 50% off of any live event/wedding package or commissioned painting for Lyndsey Paynter Fine Art!

The winner will receive codes to redeem all of the prizes listed above online!

We will announce the winner on Friday, December 14th! Good Luck!

Writing Your Own Wedding Vows? Try These 5 Tips

Brittney Toner

So, you’ve decided you want to write your own wedding vows. Where do you start? We’ve gathered up five of the most helpful tips to help ensure there’s not a dry eye in the house on your wedding day.

Do your research

If there’s one piece of advice we can offer, it’s to do your own research. Whether you’ve been to a hundred weddings, or just one – take the time to read other vows to get a good sense of what appeals to you. Are you going for pure, raw emotion with a hint of laughter? A set of vows that only you the two of you will understand? Or are you the perpetual ‘funny couple’ always looking to make others laugh? Your vows should reflect who you are as people, as well as the ‘vibe’ of your overall wedding.

Settle on a format

Be sure you both sit down well in advance to discuss what you’re both aiming for in terms of time and overall execution. If there’s an embarrassing story that you’d rather not be told, be sure to speak up, now. There’s nothing worse than your partner spilling a detail in front of your most loved friends and family that you were otherwise trying to keep on the D-L. Decide if you’ll be sharing your vows with one another before the ceremony, or if it’ll be a surprise.

Write it all out

Don’t get overwhelmed in the beginning. Spend some time thinking about what you love most about your partner, and what you want to speak to. Make point form notes, or keep a list in your phone of bulleted points to consult later. If inspiration strikes, run with it. That’s why it’s super important to give yourself plenty of time to write your vows. Eventually, you’ll continue to hone in on the story you want to tell, and you’ll prepare a ‘rough’ draft.

Remove cryptic details and stale clichés

Your vows should come naturally and (forgive the cliché) from the heart. Now isn’t the time to demonstrate your love for similes or alliteration or the English language generally (unless that’s your style, and if so – carry on!). Continue to edit your vows until you feel they’re the best, most true representation of your heart. Don’t be too cryptic, though – you’ll want your guests to be able to understand most (or all) of what you’re trying to say.  

Practice makes perfect

Practice your vows over and over again. Practice in front of your bridesmaids and your dog and anyone else who will listen. Record yourself reading your vows, too. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll feel when the time comes.

Flashback Friday! The First Look- Yay or Nay?

Brittney Toner

Article By Hannah Chalifoux

Fun Fact: according to the internet (which is, obviously, the true, unabridged, entirety of human knowledge and existence) the tradition of waiting until the wedding day to see the bride stems from arranged marriages. Marriage was a business deal where the bride was “given” (she was sold, but I feel gross talking about selling humans) to a man of higher standing, who could take care of her. The family wouldn’t want the man to see the bride before the big day for fear of him rejecting her! So, not that I’m against tradition, but I’m hoping you have met your future husband before your actual wedding day!

Photo By Ashley Marie Photography

Photo By Ashley Marie Photography

Well, if you’re not into entrusting Wikipedia with all your major life decisions, this article is for you. There are many aspects of wedding planning that you’ll know literally nothing about. I mean, seriously, they should teach event planning in high school. You would use it on the regular in real life. When was the last time you even used algebra? This, however, is not just any event. It’s your wedding! It’s one of the most important days of your life, and you’re not leaving anything up to chance…or Wikipedia.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered. We’ve interviewed LOCAL, New Brunswick, wedding experts- who have expertise in everything wedding- to gather their input on The First Look aka seeing your spouse BEFORE the ceremony.

The First Look- Yay or Nay?

Chantelle Elliot

AC Events- Wedding Coordination & Design

We love the idea of First Look photos! It helps to make this moment a private and intimate one- allowing true feelings and excitement to really show through in the photos. You will be able to hug, kiss, talk, cry, and any plethora of other reactions, that you may not want to have in front of an audience. It also makes things easier logistically. It could free up time for group portraits/photos before the ceremony, limiting the amount of time you will have to leave your guests waiting before the reception.

Pro Tip: If you can’t get past the traditions and “bad luck” of seeing each other before the wedding (some people just can’t- and that’s okay!) consider having the first look with your Dad instead!

Phillipe Boudreau


I’m all for the First Look! From a photography stand point, it allows me to capture both partners’ reaction in one frame, rather than in two separate images. It tells the story of the moment much better. From a timeline perspective, couples get to spend more time together on their wedding day, since they’ll see each other earlier in the day. It also gives couples a chance to laugh, cry, hug and kiss; things which usually don’t happen after walking down the aisle, as the ceremony starts immediately. All in all, it’s a very special moment that I absolutely love to capture, but ultimately it’s up to each couple to determine what works best for them!

Tosha Whalen

The Cocoa Room- Venue

There are many benefits to having a First Look prior to a wedding ceremony. As a venue, we see more than 50% of our couples choose to do a First Look versus waiting for the moment when they walk down the aisle. A First Look should be planned with as much care as a ceremony.  Choose a beautiful location with a spectacular background; your photographer will love you for that. Or choose your ceremony site for the first look. Being in the exact spot where you plan on saying your “I dos” gives you a sense of seeing each for the first time as you walk down the aisle.  It is an intimate time for a couple, and a First Look helps to take away many pre-wedding ceremony jitters. It also gives you more flexibility for your wedding day timeline. No need to feel like you have to rush through pictures; take them before. Of course, if your heart is set on seeing the love of your life as you walk down the aisle surrounded by family and friends, then make it happen.  There are no rules in weddings!

Can I just say that I love that these are the opinions of real wedding experts, from right here in NB??? I also love them because they agree with everything I think about the First Look. I swear I didn’t plan it. No bribes needed! I just ask the questions and write the answers ya’ll. I can’t help it if the experts agree with me.

I love that they so perfectly describe all the reasons I went for the First Look. Logistically, it just made sense for our evening wedding. Emotionally, it was a God send to spend the day with my love.

But, there’s one perspective missing, the bride! Luckily for you, I’ve got you covered. 

Hannah Chalifoux


The one thing I was worried about was that I’d miss that spark walking down the aisle; that moment when your eyes meet for the first time that day. Your heart flutters as you walk down the aisle to join your life partner. I mean, would you still feel that way if you had seen each other just two minutes before? Well, I can attest that. Yes!  That walk down the aisle is still everything you want it to be. My heart was pounding so hard I thought I was going to die… of happiness of course! I think it’s not about the last time you saw each other, because this moment isn’t about anything in your past. This moment is about looking to the future, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen each other that day, the day before, or even the week before. The walk down the aisle is going to be everything you dreamed because you are walking into your future with the person you love.

Really, I think the moral of the story is, you do you. If you’re traditional, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! If you’re not, that’s okay too! As long as you know that the First Look is not a choice you’ll regret making. It still has all the drama and romance you’d expect from your wedding day.

P.S. I wanted to put the opinion of the bride AND groom but literally, every man I asked, gave me a blank stare.  They had no idea what a First Look was, and then when I explained, the blank looked continued. When I prompted for answers they said, “I don’t care”. I asked multiple grooms. I think my next article will be How to Deal with a Finance Who Doesn’t Want to Wedding Plan.