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Wedding Venue with Outside Space (and good food)

Hello all,
My finance and I have started the crazy journey of trying to find a place in TO to get married in the summer of 2009 or 2010.
I was wondering if any of you can recommend places you've been to that may work for us.

We are looking for:
A space to get married at and have the reception
Preferably some 'outdoor' space for pictures and the reception
We are not decided on if it will be cocktails or a sit down dinner
A place that has a good caterer or will let you bring your own (I am gluten free and want my wedding to be so a caterer needs to be able to handle this)
Accessible
A place that will let you bring in your own wine?
Most family lives 2 hours N/E of TO so places outside the city are ok.
Caterer recommendations are great too!

I don't want a big hall that mass produces weddings/events. Preferably a place that only has 1 or 2 functions at a time.

We don't have a massive budget so we are looking for an affordable place but will find the money for a place we love.

Places I have started calling:
Casa Loma
Botanical Gardens
Black Creek Pioneer Village.

I am just starting to call places so any recommendations or info on the above named places would be great!

Thanks all!
-Michelle

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  1. Vaughn Estates...gorgeous place!!

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    1. re: canadianbeaver

      2nd this! it is lovely, food is stunning.
      will be able to tell you more after my wedding there in july

      http://www.estatesofsunnybrook.com/we...

      and congrats!

    2. The Manor House at the Bob Rumball Centre might fit your bill.

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      1. re: merlot143

        I forgot to mention that I want to look into the Manor House...I don't know if it will fit 100 people though!

      2. Cullen Gardens in Whitby -- we were married there last summer.

        You can bring in your own alcohol.

        Last I knew, you were limited to three preferred caterers -- of the three, I would recommend Pelican Catering (new owner/chef in the last three years -- is pretty good and very accommodating).

        You can be married outside on the grounds -- lots of places to take pics.

        Contact the City of Whitby -- they own it now.

        1. There's the Heintzman House in Thornill -- you bring in your own caterer and bar. Beautiful setting.
          http://www.heintzmanhouse.ca/rental.htm

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            1. re: bacchus_is_watching

              Might be a bit far for the family, but we did the Gladstone Hotel (the ballroom) a few years back for around 100 people and took our pictures (free) outside Osgoode Hall. We had Green Mango cater it (www.greenmango.ca) who were very reasonable, but now that the Gladstone has a kitchen, I'm not sure what they may insist on food wise. All I know is their brunch is very good.

              www.gladstonehotel.com

              1. re: currycue

                I e-mailed them yesterday and are waiting to hear back...but I have a feeling they may be a bit over our budget!

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