This past Sunday Kristine and I had the pleasure of attending the open house of the beloved Toronto venue, The Estates of Sunnybrook. The property is located on Bayview Avenue and is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, perfect for photo opportunities. There are three historic buildings on the property that have been converted into intimate venue spaces.
The open house gave prospective couples and industry goers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what an event could look like at their venue. There were numerous vendors set up throughout the space, as well as delicious canapes and food stations to give you a taste of what the venue has to offer.
The upper level boasts several smaller rooms, including the bridal suite and several meeting rooms perfect for corporate events. During the open house, they converted two of the available spaces into ceremony rooms. As we headed up the staircase, we were welcomed by the sounds of music from Dunstan Morey Guitarist and Ambiance Flute & Guitar Duo. In the Academy of Medicine, Phoebe Lo Events designed one of the ceremony spaces with a breathtaking natural theme! Not to miss in the room was also Afya Jema Cakery which displayed mouth watering desserts, that we definitely were tempted to taste (but alas! It was a display only). Down the hall, The Valleyanna Room was pleasantly decorated with fresh greenery and flowers, styled by San Remo Florist. Both rooms have numerous windows that bring in natural light and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding property outside.
The Vaughan Estate
The Vaughan Estate is the largest of the threes buildings on the property. It hosts three floors of charm and character that are the perfect backdrop for an intimate and sophisticated event. You can choose from the lower or main level ballrooms that can accommodate up to 150 guests seated.
Walking into the venue we were pleasantly surprised to see Patricia’s Cake Creations set up in the foyer with her succulent cake designs and samples of cake pops, as well as the wonderful sounds of Chantal Dube Harpist and Ken De Los Santos. These spaces are best suited for live musicians as they have great acoustics. The Main ballroom, was beautifully setup by Fete Floral & Events while the Lower Ballroom was creatively styled by Fabulous Occasions and D&D Floral Designs. In both rooms we got to sample some of the in-house catering. We could not get enough of the gourmet grilled cheese station and the mushroom risotto balls - absolutely delicious! Both ballrooms contain their own personal bar and cocktail space, perfect for welcoming the guests into these warm and inviting receptions.
The Coach House
This 2 level intimate space is perfect for smaller functions, seating up to 40 guests . Wedding ceremonies can be had on site on the private patio. Secrets Floral Collection provided all the floral and decor for the ceremony and reception, while Brooklin Paper Co. designed all the stationery. Each table was perfectly set up to represent a different themed function. Our personal favourite table set up was the Alice in Wonderland themed table.
The McLean House
When you enter this venue space which seats up to 72 guests, it opens into a unique foyer which leads into the Conservatory. The first thing that caught our eye was the brilliantly displayed head table created by Weddings by Design. The flowers, which were themed with this year's ultra violet colour, were complimented by the luxurious gold table details. To the right of the table, The Cocoa Cakery had an array of beautifully crafted cakes and sweets on display. This gave the guests a chance to sample the various cupcakes and goods, and proved to be a wonderful sugar filled pick me up!
The second floor is home to the The Bayview room, which was our favourite space in the entire venue. The room's large, arched windows provided a natural light, which even during this cold winter month, felt as if you were on an outdoor patio. Asian Fusion Weddings decorated this ceremony space, accommodated with an elegant floral arrangement from Periwinkle Flowers.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that the Estates of Sunnybrook gives all of the revenue they generate towards the medical research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. If the space itself doesn't sell you on this venue, then this certainly will. What a special opportunity to not only have a unique venue space for your event, but to feel good about the money spent.
We are certainly looking forward to coordinating and designing some spectacular events at the Estates of Sunnybrook in the near future.
Emilia Da Silva, Creative Director