Marigold Springs is becoming one of the most popular areas in and around Orillia for wedding photos, however, the owner of the property will allow other photo shoots, but you must arrange this with the owner, as this is a privately owned home and grounds.
There are acres of property with a variety of "sets", some in the forested areas, and some in the landscaped grounds (which can be seen from the roadway). Near the front of the property you can see a small, low waterfall surrounded by pathways of stone, a small white footbridge crosses the stream here, while to one side is a small wooden building, and many wildflowers adorn this shaded glen. Along the endge of the roadway is a tiny miniature wooden church.
Just inside the entrance a white wagon replete with planted flowers, and a larger white carriage of the type normally pulled by horses, where you can get in to have your photos taken. The pond itself comes complete with a derelict pirate ship, docks, walkways, ducks, geese and swans, numerous small wooden buildings and sheds all with a charm of their own.
Just towards the edge of the manicured and landscaped lawns and gardens is an outdoor chapel of wood, where couples can choose to be married, and beyond that in the entrance to the forests, a small "wild west town" with wooden buildings and hitching posts.
Throughout the forested areas you may come upon little surprises here and there; a large wedding cake, a crooked wooden bridge, an outdoor seating area, or even Cinderella's castle. What you may find could depend on how adventurous you are.
There is parking for a number of cars on the property, so a small to medium size event can be held here, but any event plans will require you to visit the property and meet the owners. I once asked why they didn't have advertising or at least a website for people to visit. Mr. McLachlan smiled and said that they were almost always booked well in advance for weddings and events, mostly by word of mouth. As I looked around the property I understood why.
Bob and Margaret McLachlan
1689 Division Rd W RR#2
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