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our story

Have you ever known something was right so deep in your heart and soul, that you didn't hesitate to jump in with both feet? Of course you do,  you wouldn't be here considering our estate for your wedding, if you didn't! Well, that's exactly how Wheatfield Estate came to be...

As Hospitality professionals for over 20 + years (and counting), we had always dreamed of one day owning our own property to host weddings and events. The plan was to find our dream property as a retirement plan many years down the road, but when the opportunity came to purchase this iconic property in 2020, we jumped in with both feet - during a Pandemic no less!

Previously loved by Winter Wheat, a whimsical and quirky folk art and country store, our estate's heritage has been a landmark destination in Central Elgin for over 20 years. Wheatfield Cottage, built in 1844, was the original dwelling on the property, and we like to think we have honoured its history, but with a cozy English cottage twist.

about us

While the property itself is considered new as a wedding venue, we are not new to the Wedding Industry. Our years of experience planning events for hotels, convention centres, and our sister business, Twelfth Night Events, has prepared us for this exciting new venture. We look forward to creating an incredible planning experience for our couples for years to come!


Lauren has been planning events for almost 20 years. Originally from the GTA, Lauren began her career working for major restaurant chains and five-star hotels, where her passion for sales + event planning sparked. She received her certification as an International Wedding Planning Professional in 2010 and has been actively planning weddings ever since under Twelfth Night Events.

As a serial entrepreneur, Lauren continued to see gaps in the industry where her experience, level of service, and keen eye for detail could be utilized. When we established Wheatfield Estate in 2020, Lauren became the Director of Sales and Marketing and was the visionary behind the property. Now, she is the one behind the keyboard responding to your inquiries


John began his career in 1999 working for a reputable restaurateur, where he started as an “Opening Manager”. After several years working for restaurants, John chose to grow his experience within the hospitality industry by moving into the hotel sector in 2005, working for Starwood Hotels (Sheraton, Westin, the W, Le Meridien, Luxury Collection).

In 2014, John joined the Liv Love Hospitality Team (then known as Twelfth Night Events) where he began helping with business growth and account management. In 2020, after acquiring a wedding venue, John's role evolved into operations. Overseeing the build process, the property management, and logistics, John is often found in the background ensuring every detail is running as efficiently as possible - and he and he is often the friendly face you see behind the tours! 

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