Alluring and exotic Fort Hamilton

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Photographs by Melanie Fiander of Fiander Foto

High up on a hill, overlooking the City of Hamilton and its harbour, is Fort Hamilton, a picturesque site built in the 1870s to protect its constituency and act as a defence for the western Dockyard. With landscaped lawns, unmatched views, a wooden bridge and a dry moat lush with tropical foliage, the former military base has found a new purpose, lending itself to betrothed couples looking to tie the knot at a unique location.

One such couple, Haley Benevides and Martin Trott, said “I do” on the spacious lawn at Fort Hamilton on May 23, 2015. “We chose the venue because we appreciated the beautiful garden setting, perfect for both a ceremony and reception. To us, it was quite unusual,” says the bride, Haley.

The couple enlisted the help of several local vendors to transform the space. Demco constructed pillars to adorn the location where Haley and Mark would be wed, while Exclusive Events provided much of the décor with the bride’s mother dedicating her time to constructing homemade centrepieces with Christmas tree bottoms and paper roses.

With 120 guests in attendance, the couple agreed that Fort Hamilton lends itself exceptionally to large numbers, allowing separate spaces for the ceremony, reception, buffet dinner, dancing and staging for catering. The only drawback is the small parking lot, a problem they rectified by hiring a taxi to shuttle guests from the venue to the larger parking lot on King Street in Hamilton.

Another advantage of the vast property is the infinite opportunities for on-site photography. Favourites of this newly wedded couple include the 30-foot-wide dry moat, with a walkable path that allows an intimate view of the fort; an arched staircase; the exceptional views of Hamilton Harbour, perfect at sunset; and, of course, the artillery placed strategically around the property.

All in all, Haley and Martin enjoyed every moment of their special day, which included a performance by four junior violinists and a simple but stunning Italian-style reception—sharing it all with their family and friends who danced into the wee hours of the morning.

For more information regarding Fort Hamilton or to book, contact Craig Burt at (441) 236-5902 or e-mail

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