In late March, my husband Mike and I attending the wedding of his cousin at Geraldo’s at La Salle Park, Burlington. I was so impressed with many aspects of the location and the service that I just had to write about it!

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Located at 50 North Shore Boulevard in Burlington Ontario, La Salle Park dates from 1917 and sits on 57 acres of park and woodland featuring the La Salle Pavilion (above) with a view of Hamilton Bay. The park is stunning in every season – even very early spring!

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The main floor of the pavillion features a magnificent covered verandah with spectacular views that could be used for the ceremony, dancing or any family or business function. Upstairs are two banquet halls which are accessible by elevator.

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On this day, both the ceremony and the reception were indoors. If the weather were warmer both could have taken place on the covered verandah which can accommodate up to 400 guests.

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Inside, the ceremony area featured a white runner and arbor that was lovely.

Following the ceremony, it only took about 20-30 minutes for the staff to revamp the hall and set up for the reception with tables and center pieces.

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While I don’t particularly like tall centre pieces, I did enjoy these. They were slender and clear and did not inhibit one’s view of the other guests, the room or conversation, which is always good! The only complaint I had about the bar service is that they did not have any ginger ale when they first opened, which to a few at my table was a disappointment, particularly those wanting a rye and ginger. But after dinner this was remedied and there was ginger ale at the bar.

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The table wine with dinner was a Merlot-Cabernet blend from East West Wines (Inniskillin), Niagara-on-the-Lake. There was also a lovely East West fruity Pinot Grigio. Everyone seemed to enjoy the wine selections.

Dinner was excellent (although some guests found the chicken to be a bit dry). I was very impressed with the vegetarian/gluten free meal – stuffed red pepper. It was so good that Mike asked if i could make it at home. (I have yet to mimic it perfectly!)

Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the salad that they served but I was very impressed with it.  IT WAS A REAL SALAD!!!! – not just leaves and a slice of tomato.  There was zucchini, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, and cauliflower on crisp lettuce leaves. The dressing was excellent too – not too much and not too little! On the table there was a basket of 3 different rolls – white, multigrain and pumpernickel. Oh, how I wish I wasn’t wheat intolerant!

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Above: Stuffed red pepper with roast potatoes and veggies was the vegetarian/gluten free option.

The meat options were roast beef (below) . . . .

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and chicken (below).

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For dessert, gluten free guests got the typical wedding dessert: fruit. (I really wish caterers would come up with a better option!)

The other guests were served a lovely cheesecake. I miss cheesecake!

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After dinner there was a huge table filled with cupcakes!!

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Here are a view more photos of the location:

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View from the head table

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Jaquard tablecloths add extra elegance to the head table.

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Touch up goodies in the women’s washroom.

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I didnt go into the men’s but the ladies bathroom was very lovely – decorated and clean.

All in all, I would recommend this location and give them 4.5 stars out of 5! The location is versatile with indoor and outdoor options. The service was great with friendly staff, the food was excellent given the challenge of serving vegetarian and gluten free (much better than even my own wedding), and the bar service was great – once they got ginger ale! If you’d like more information on this location visit Geraldo’s at La Salle Park website, call: 905-361-6158 or e-mail: info@geraldosatlasalle.com!

I leave you now with a few shots from the wedding!

~Jordin

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