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Prince Edward County is one of those places in Ontario where no matter how many times your visit, you still find something new to experience.  So many people believe they can do “The County” in a day, or even in a weekend…. Well, after living here for 3 years and travelling nearly all 1,050 square kms of that island more times than I can count, I can tell you there are STILL places I haven’t seen, tasted or dined at.

This year, one of those new places for me to bring my camera to was By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery & Vineyard just outside of Wellington.  It’s a lovely little winery (which is for sale by the way!), with it’s own farm house, barn and apple house (used as their tasty room).

I first met Jessica & Dale here and their vision for their wedding was something I could appreciate: 16 of their closest family and friends, married on the back deck of the apple house, overlooking the vineyard at sunset, drinking wine.  The lovely Dawn Quantrell officiated the intimate ceremony, which included pouring two bottles of wine into a decanter and re-pouring it into each guests’ glass to signify unity.  It’s a dream really….(and you guessed it, also helped inspire my own wedding day).  Making the day as personal as possible is what a wedding is really all about.

After the sun set and the photos were done, they gathered together in the farm house for a catered dinner where I took my leave, but not before taking one of my favourite moon-rise photos ever.

I hope you enjoy some of these glowy vineyard wedding moments with this beautiful couple, and if you’re planning an intimate wedding in Prince Edward County, do not hesitate to check this venue out (tip: September is a lovely time of year to get married there).

Cheers!

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This Lake on the Mountain Resort wedding in Prince Edward County, Ontario also played a part inspiring my own wedding day.  It was so lovely and refreshing to spend the day by the water, surrounded by deliciously smelling food, and good tunes.  It felt like a lakeside backyard BBQ, but with updos and suits and I loved it so much that we decided to have a similar vibe for our own day.

Melissa & Kevin both got ready at the House Across the Road – yes, it is actually called that!  You can check out the house HERE.  It was the perfect setup really, since the boys got ready upstairs while Melissa got ready and dressed in a dress handmade by her Godmother.  I loved shooting in this old farm house with all it’s natural light and open space – making it easy for the couple to not cross paths before the ceremony.

Their ceremony was beside the Lake on the Mountain, which is a lake found 62 metres above Lake Ontario fed by fresh water and defies geological theories, so it’s interesting for more than just the view.  It’s a really sweet spot and despite the dry (see: crazy hot!) summer had, the lake and the large willow tree provided a beautiful backdrop, helping us ignore the dead grass.

After the ceremony officiated by Brenda Hamilton and some formal photos with the wedding party, I gave the newlyweds some time to enjoy their cocktail hour while I grabbed some detail shots of the delicious smelling food catered by the ever cheerful Jack the Happy Chef.  This guy is both talented in the kitchen and on the microphone.  After serving up a tasty buffet style dinner complete with sirloin, potatoes, chicken wings, seared maple salmon and a plethora of summer salads, he serenaded the couple with a quirky little tune about love.  Then he served up some of the best homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie I have ever tasted.  It was literally summer in a pie crust!

Once our bellies were full, Melissa and Kevin reminded me that they met while in a rowing club – so naturally, we had to incorporate the giant oars into their photos at sunset on the dock.  Then Melissa surprised me with wardrobe change into her party skirt, which also allowed her to get into the water for some of my favourite sunset photos – I love when couples are willing to skip off the beaten path like that, it makes my camera happy.

I hope their day and these images help inspire future couples to explore the idea of an Ontario destination wedding.

Enjoy!

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Two years ago I had the pleasure of working with Athena & Mark at their Steamwhistle wedding… last year, it was Athena’s sister who finally tied the knot in similar Greek style.

Greek weddings are some of my favourite events to capture and while I am the first one to say outdoor weddings are where it’s at, I actually really enjoyed shooting at Parkview Manor – the lighting there is super fun to work with and the food was some of the best I’ve had at a wedding!  So, I’m warning you… this blog post is of epic Greek proportions… brace yourselves.

I had my second shooter, Aamer Kapadia from Studio 95 Photography, out to help me be in two places at once and captured the boys prep.  Then we met up at Panagia Greek Orthodox Cathedral for a beautiful traditional ceremony where the couple has their first meal, walk, kiss and group family photo all within the church.  Once we finished there, the talented videographer (Taylin Wilson of Lucas & Tay Weddings) and I headed to the Hart House Theater for some wedding party fun photos.  You can check out their wedding video HERE.

Then, the party really got started at Parkview Manor.  There was an antipasta bar fit for a king, complete with saganaki (aka: Greek flaming cheese – see epic photo below), a four-course meal with creme brulee for dessert and all the Greek traditional dancing I could handle – which was a lot of it!  These guys love their vodka and their dancing and they know how to celebrate!

This wedding never had a dull moment and I had an absolute blast photographing it.  With their one year anniversary coming up, I thought it was only fitting that I blog this wedding and share all the awesome memories of their Big Greek Wedding.  Happy Anniversary guys!!

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Photographing a backyard surprise wedding has always been on my wedding photographer’s “bucket list” because I knew the reaction shots would be priceless and it all tells a pretty amazing story – plus who doesn’t love being let in on a huge secret like that!?

I finally had the pleasure at Sam & Mike’s engagement-party-turned-wedding this past summer in Kitchener and not only was it a surprise wedding, but it was all pulled together in little over a month (which is all kinds of impressive in itself!)

We started the afternoon with photos of just the couple and their adorable puppy before any of the guests showed up.  We did this so they could personally greet every guest who arrived to their backyard “engagement party” and announce what was really going to happen.  I spent the next hour before their ceremony capturing so many reaction shots (too many to post!).  Once all the guests arrived, we took a few family photos and then got these two crazy-fun kids married!

One of my favourite moments of the day was running into the lovely and talented Lorna Heidt, a cellist from Kitchener-Waterloo who plays like an rock and roll angel.  Trust me, you need to check her out and then email her for your event at lornaheidt@gmail.com

Something I learned from this wedding:  Put things into perspective and only focus on including only the elements that mean the most to you.  For Sam and Mike it was about keeping it simple and fun, surrounded by family and close friends, having the element of surprise and I think it’s fair to say they flawlessly pulled it off – proof that weddings are a lot of fluff and it’s easy to get lost in it all.

I hope this wedding inspires other future brides and grooms to plan their day around the things, people or events that mean something to them as a couple.  It’ll be more memorable, less stressful and tons more fun!

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All of my wedding couples inspire me.  In fact if we’ve worked together, you should know that I always take something away from your wedding as inspiration for my own wedding some day.  This being said, it’s safe to say that Natalie & Kevin’s lakefront cottage wedding at the Serenity Cottage along the Georgian Bay, near Owen Sound is something I would totally do too!

The idea of a destination wedding in Ontario is just as exciting as an overseas wedding for me.   Getting married on the lake with your closest family and friends enjoying some amazing food (Culinary Designs by Season Leone) in such a scenic area is a fun little way to make your wedding day into a wedding weekend holiday.  Plus, they have an adorable Boxer who is family to them and I think it’s cool that he was able to attend as the ring bearer.  Not many venues would allow that….

Something else that’s special about this wedding:  I have known Natalie for as long as I can remember.  She has always supported my career in photography from day one – she even helped me build my wedding portfolio many years ago while modeling a wedding dress in the middle of winter (she’s really pretty inside and out, so she was great to work with).  To have our friendship come full circle like this is pretty cool and I am so excited to finally share these images.

A few credits to the amazing vendors involved:

Cake – The Flour Studio in Toronto (Eglinton)

Flowers – Tulip by Leuk in Collingwood

Wedding Dress – Amy Kushcel – Cassidy (found at Mrs. Bridals Boutique in Yorkville)

Groom’s Suit – Harry Rosen – Munro

Make-Up Artist – Katie Ballantyne Makeup Artist

Natalie even had an amazing singer show up to accompany her playing Billy Joel’s “Lullaby” on piano for her parents.  His name is Jamie Smith and he’s from the Collingwood area.

There were so many great details to the day and I could go on, but instead I’ll just show you the photos and you can see for yourself why this wedding gets me excited.

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