This year 9 amazing couples said “I do” amongst the cedar trees here at Camp Kintail. One thing I have come to notice over the years is that no two weddings are the same. One of the things I look forward to most when we host weddings is seeing how each couple construct their ideas and watch them come to life while making camp theirs for the weekend.
The wedding season kicked off in May of this year as we welcomed Olivia and Blake who tied the knot in the Kintail Chapel, with the peaceful lapping of Lake Huron in the background. The unique set up of their wedding reception was truly inspiring as they included a mixture of beautiful brown harvest tables and round tables. One of my favorite features at camp during a wedding is the string lighting that we are able to hang from the ceiling of the dining hall. To me, these lights bring a little more atmosphere to the room and give it a special feel for such an important day to many of these brides and grooms.
In June, as the temperature got warmer, we hosted two more weddings; Alecz and Steve and Justin and Sonia. Steve, known to people at Camp as ‘Liger’, is a Camp Kintail alumni and it gave us great pleasure to be able to host his special day. Justin and Sonia had a very unique wedding that was unlike anything I had ever seen at Kintail before. They brought in a highly regarded caterer from Massachusetts and had a lot of local food prepared and cooked over fire. Their ceremony and reception both took place at the lower section of camp on the lawn in front of Harmony House, the Chapel, and the Rec Hall.
In July we hosted a wedding that many of us at camp were extremely excited for. Alex “Crash” Fensham and Holly “Zucchini” Boyne had been campers and staff of campfor many years and you could imagine our excitement as we prepared to share their big day with them. When we talk about weddings at Kintail, a lot of credit must be given to Alex for the incredible work he did this year organizing with every couple, processing bookings, and coordinating for their big day. It was only fitting that Alex would have his wedding here at Kintail since he was already so familiar with everything.
We rounded off the summer with 2 more nuptials as we welcomed Deane and Kailen and Christine and Jamie for their respective weddings. Both weddings were able to enjoy beautiful days by the lake capped off with a fun night of great food and dancing at MacDonald Lodge. The addition of our Kitchen Manager Mark “Lobo” Mertens, who has years of camp and conference center experience, helped us this season to continue catering for wedding parties and their guests and maintain a quality of excellence.
My favorite season at camp is the fall; the landscape starts to change color and there is still that residual radiance from the summer that makes it still of to wear a short sleeve t-shirt well into October. On Labor Day weekend we watched Kaitlyn and Reece join together in their union of marriage. This was a wedding that I started to really see the positive impact of one of the major changes we made to the dining hall this past year. If you weren’t able to catch the news, we upgrades the south side sliding windows into a pair of bi-folding doors that open up allowing people to flow in and out of the dining hall. During Kaitlyn and Reece’s reception we were able to have these doors fully open and access the patio behind them. It was a magical sight. We wrapped up the weddings for the year in October with Jenn and Darren’s big day followed a week later by Brittany and Adam.
2018 was another great year for making memories at Camp Kintail and we were honored to play host to each bride and groom this year. Not forgeting, in addition to weddings we held several Bachelorette parties and wedding showers. When it comes to the most memorable moments in any couple’s lives, Camp Kintail can be there to provide the space for their love to grow.
– Matt ‘Turkey’ Hill