Tuesday, December 11, 2007

We're getting married!

As you all know we are getting married. For the big day we have decided to create a blog to provide everyone with all the pertinent information for our wedding. On this site you will find information about the church, the reception venue and our registries. But before we get to that we thought we would make sure everyone knew our story.

We met on December 31st, 2003 at a New Year's Eve party and we have been inseparable ever since. We travelled to Scotland together where we lived for a year and studied to become teachers. We have since travelled to the Great White North of Canada to teach in the village of Kangiqsujuaq in Nunavik, Qc.

This past August we went to Chicago for a week of sightseeing, concerts, baseball games and a musical. To Sayard's surprise, Neil decided to propose.

Neil had it all planned out. A reservation at Chicago's best Thai restaurant which was kept secret from Sayard until she walked through the door. We enjoyed a wonderful meal of the best food we have ever eaten accompanied by the best wine we have ever tasted. Thinking it couldn't get any better, Sayard was utterly shocked with dessert.

Neil excused himself for a moment and went back to the kitchen where the chef had created a special dessert just for Sayard. He then returned with it, got down on one knee and presented Sayard with his surprise message of "Will You Marry Me?".

Sayard said yes.

We have celebrated our engagement with friends and family, and can't wait until we will all gather together to celebrate our wedding!

The Church

The ceremony will be held at Howick United Church in Howick, Qc at 4:30 in the afternoon.
Howick United is a small stone church built in 1927 beside a river at the site of Howick's original mill. The stones used to build the church are those from the old mill, making this church as old as Howick itself.

The address is 2 Bridge Street, Howick, QC J0S 1G0.

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This church has great significance for Sayard as her great grandfather helped build it and her family has been attending Sunday service there for several generations.


Here is a link which will provide you with the directions on how to get from Howick United Chruch to Blair's Apple Orchards in Franklin. A map is also provided.

Driving Directions from 2 Rue Bridge, Howick, QC to 1421 Provincial Secondary Route 202, Franklin, QC


The reception will be held at Blair's Apple Orchard. Drinks and appetizers will be offered as guests await the wedding party's arrival. Dinner is to be served at 7:00 pm.

This venue is located in the small village of Franklin, about a 20 minute drive from Howick.
Franklin is a beautiful area, full of apple orchards and old farms.

The address is 1421 Route 202 FRANKLIN QC J0S 1E0

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The venue is usually used for apple festivities, country dances and the occasional wedding.

If you would like more information about the venue please go to their web site: www.blairorchards.com

Monday, December 10, 2007


As many of our guests are coming from out of town we have provided contact information for several bed and breakfasts in the area.

Au Petit Ruisseau
2278 route 202
Franklin Centre, Quebec, Canada
J0S 1E0
Contact: Johanne Deniel & Richard Brault
Tel: 1-450-827-2178

Manoir Bagnell-Hall
1965 Grimshaw Road
Franklin Center, Qc
J0S 1E0
Contact: Mary Ann Ferko (Bagnell)
Tel: 1-450-827-2415

Carson's Crestwood
2421 Route 202
Rockburn, Qc
Tel:(450) 264-3960

L'Hermine S.E.N.C.
212 rang St-Charles
Havelock, Qc
J0S 2C0
Tel:(450) 826-3358

Gite Du Centaure
2268 Gore
Ormstown, Qc
Contact: Eric and Ariane Pritchard
Tel: (450) 829-3593 or/ou (800) 701-3882

Bardon Farm
1557 Fertile Creek Road
Howick, Qc
J0S 1G0
Tel: (450) 825-2697

Hazelbrae Farm
1650 English River Road
Howick, QC
J0S 1G
Tel: 1-450-825-2390

Our Registries

If you were interested in any ideas for wedding gifts we have created two different registries. The first is a traditional registry at the Bay and the second is called a Honeymoon Registry. The concept is that you help us create our honeymoon by selecting different things we might need to make our honeymoon special. We thought that since we didn't yet have a house and we are still living up north, perhaps we could focus on something that we could cherish right now. For our honeymoon we are planning to travel across Europe for the month of July, visiting Spain, France, Scotland and Ireland. We love the idea that you might all play a part in making this dream honeymoon a possibility.

Both registries can be accessed by the links provided on the left side of our blog.