Lindsay + JP … a barn wedding dreams are made of!


Not sure where to start with these two. Two incredibly genuine and kind individuals, truly dream clients!

Lindsay and JP planned an incredible wedding day #thatnightinaugust  A day jam-packed with of love, beautiful decor, perfect weather and tons of thoughtful details. Lindsay and JP were extremely hands on with each and every planning detail; which is necessary when renting a family-friend’s property to host an epic wedding celebration! Essentially, they were building and establishing their own venue, down to the rentals, bathrooms, power and so much more. Now, to say it was a lot of work is an understatement (Lindsay, JP am I right or what?), but I think if you ask them, they would do it again!


Wait until you see the gorgeous images Inna Yasinska captured of the day.  Lindsay’s stunning smile did not leave her face all day and no one was pulling JP off the dance floor once the music started! But then again, when you hire Dwayne Gretzky to entertain your guests you’re guaranteed to have a packed dance-floor all night! Nevertheless, safe to say I’ve never seen a groom so glued to the dance-floor as JP.  And since he wasn’t leaving, when the late-night McDonald’s arrived, we made sure to hand-deliver some delicious-ness right to him!

We’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. Make sure you catch Lindsay’s show-stopping dress, the head table backdrop, the intimate moments between L+JP and SO much more!



If you’re looking for ‘rustic, burlap-barn’ wedding inspiration, you are NOT going to find it here! Lindsay curated the more luxurious decor to execute an upscale barn wedding … and she NAILED it! Feast your eyes on the beauty of this wedding decor !!


Sending so much love over to the Morley’s and hope we have the chance to grab a drink soon 😉



Reception Venue: Private Barn owned by the couple’s family-friend
Ceremony Venue: St. Ann’s Parish, Ancaster
Photographer: Inna Yasinska
Flowers: Curly Willow Floral Boutique
Head-Table Backdrop: Lorrie Applebaum – Filmgreens Toronto
Entertainment: Dwayne Gretzky 
Tables/Chairs/Rentals: Kayware Event Design & Decor
Bride’s Dress: Catherine Langlois

2018 Event Manager

Jackie Penner Events has a role for a 2018 Event Manager and It Could Be You!

The 2018 Event Manager role is a perfect part-time position for those looking to pursue a career in event management. Most events are weekends so it is complementary to another part-time or full-time position. The team member that will fit best will be able to work independently and have excellent customer service skills.

The Event Manager will work under our Lead Planner as well as lead their own events team. At Jackie Penner Events, the 2018 season is full of opportunity for an aspiring event planner to earn a ton of experience. We specialize in corporate events and weddings. Here is a breakdown of the job requirements:

  • On-site event management
  • Possess own vehicle to get to and from events
    • Events range in location from Toronto to Cambridge to Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Responsible for the smooth running of the event
  • Responsible for maintaining the rules of the venue and communicating with vendors
  • Able to work days/ afternoons and nights
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Personable and friendly demeanor
  • Professional and courteous
  • Customer service oriented (very important)
  • Leads by example ensuring event execution meets the JPE standards
  • Physically able to setup, stack and tear down tables and chairs for events
  • Experience in events or event planning considered an asset

Job Type: Part-time

Are you a good fit for the role?  E-mail us your resume at

Inspiration for Your Upcoming Winter Wedding

Winter weddings truly are for brave couples! While we cannot control mother nature in the summer, in the winter, she poses many more threats: snow or ice storms, transportation issues, frigid temperatures, and so on! So, to all of you courageous couples getting married over the next few months in this unpredictable Canadian winter weather, we applaud you!

Here is some inspiration and tips we’ve learned from previous winter weddings we’ve had the privilege of being a part of! When you go with the flow on your wedding day, aren’t afraid of a little below freezing temp and ALWAYS have a back-up plan, the day will undoubtedly be epic!

Gorgeous Overcoats 

This stunning bride choose to stay warm during their first look and wore this STUNNING hooded shawl! (Bonus: Next week we’ll show you how great her bridesmaids looked in a gift from the bride the morning of the wedding!)

White Fur

This snowy-goddess-bride embraced the temperature, which, obviously paid off. Look at these photos!

More Fur and the BIGGEST Smile

Although it’s hard to tell, this was actually NYE! No snow on the ground, but it was frigin cold! These two enjoyed a bit of the outdoors before opting for the warmth of their back-up photo location!

Backup Location for Photos

With advice seasoned wedding professionals, these two had a unique, indoor back-up location for their photos!

A Venue with Indoor Photos Options Included

One of the biggest ice storms in Cambridge history didn’t stop these two from enjoying a beautiful wedding day! Thank goodness for the beauty of Cambridge Mill, these two were able to avoid the parking-lot-turned-skating-rink to ensure beautiful (and safe) photos!

Stay tuned for more winter wedding inspiration, but this time for your bridal party! You don’t want them cold and complaining 😉


Spring Wedding at The Burroughes, Toronto

The Burroughes weddingBetter late than never to show off wedding photos right?!

Especially when the couple is this cute, the bride’s dress it to die for and the bouquet is show-stopping! Not to mention the love that filled this entire day is evident in the photos captured by White Spruce Photography.

Now, before we show you the good stuff, we want to share a bit more about this wedding. Over here at JPE, we love when couples plan their wedding with their guests in mind. For these two gems, they hosted their ceremony, cocktail reception and dinner all at The Burroughes. Booking one location for your wedding offers the most relaxing experience for your guests, especially in an city such as Toronto. Guests arrive at the venue and stay put. They have to park/hail a cab/order an Uber just one time and they don’t have to worry about fighting traffic in between ceremony and reception.

Our favourite thing about The Burroughes was the rooftop patio! Being that the weather cooperated on this day, guests were invited upstairs after the ceremony for cocktails and appetizers. Did we mention the groom catered his own wedding?! Yep! Matt owns an incredible catering company, Word of Mouth Catering, and served his favourite people the MOST delicious apps followed by an incredible dinner.

Finally, when booking The Burroughes you should know that it’s basically a DIY venue. While they have one staff member on-site, it’s up to you to arrange the catering, the setup, the decor, the bar, and the tear-down. Insert mandatory planner here. But while there’s a lot to do yourself, clients have the option to bring in their own alcohol, which is a significant cost savings!

We won’t hold you up any longer! If you want more of the inside-scoop, feel free to connect and for now, enjoy the beauty of this wedding lovelies!

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You two make my heart skip a beat! Love reliving this magical day! xoxo


Venue: The Burroughes
Photography: White Spruce Photography
Flowers: Mint & Magnolia
Catering: Word of Mouth Catering
Dress: Becker’s Bridal
Makeup: Hutch Luxury Hair & Makeup
Hair: Studio 11 Stylist






Spring | Simple and Elegant

Wedding Traditions Guests Could Go Without

Weddings are FULL of traditions. Some traditions are timeless, others are a fad. How do you decipher between the good, the memorable and the ‘really, we have to do that?’ Ultimately, what traditions you include in your wedding day is a completely personal decision for you and your partner. Your wedding day should reflect you two and you two only (granted you’ll likely throw some things in for the moms, dads, etc. to make them happy but that’s another story).

Today, we’re sharing with you guests opinions on wedding traditions. This is not to say EVERY guest feels the same way, but after the past decade, we’ve heard our fair share of feedback.

Below are some of the wedding traditions that your guests are quite okay saying goodbye to …

1. The Guest Book

Believe it or not, guests rarely notice when this part of the receiving table is missing. When they don’t have to stop and write the same thing as everyone else in a book, on a tree, etc., they simply do not even remember it’s a thing.

2. Waiting for a Drink until the Cocktail Reception

These days, couples are choosing to serve their guests a pre-ceremony drink, and it’s a FANTASTIC idea. Whether alcoholic or non, guests LOVE being greeted pre-ceremony with a beverage!

3. Bridal Party Entrances

Guests definitely want to cheer and welcome the couple into the reception! But not everyone knows the bridal party. Foregoing introducing each bridesmaid and groomsmen is something guests do not miss.

4. Bouquet and Garter Toss

Enough said.

5. Cutting the Cake

Similar to the guest book, guests do not seem to notice missing watching the couple cut the cake. With this said, they look to ooh and aw over the beautiful cakes but actually watching the couple cut into it, they don’t seem to have the same feelings!

Take time to think about what traditions feel right including in your day. The ones that feel like you’re doing because you have to, consider cutting out. Personalize your day as much as possible so that you and your soon-to-be can enjoy each and every moment. You’ve heard it before but the day really does fly by!

Have fun!