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I’m excited to finally share Brigitte & Scott’s Casa Dea Estates Winery wedding with you.  As you know, I love Prince Edward County weddings and wineries, so naturally I was pretty darn excited to photograph their winery wedding last August.

If you remember, I photographed Brigitte & Scott’s waterfall engagement session at Sherman Falls near Hamilton last summer and not long after that, they traveled out my way to The County to tie the knot and celebrate, bringing all their friends and family too.  I am sure I was the only local in the room, making this a bit of destination wedding for everyone – a fun idea, really!

After getting ready at The Waring House in Picton, Brigitte met Scott at the Wellington Beach for their first look and then we all headed to Casa Dea for their wedding and reception.

I had never been to Casa Dea before this day and I have to say I was impressed with their setup, but my favourite part?  They allowed Brigitte and Scott’s dog to attend as well!  As a dog person, this was a nice touch to the day and created some really special moments to be captured.

Enjoy!

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Are you ready for this?  It’s a monster long blog post (you’ve been warned..), but I’m extremely excited to share this Prince Edward County wedding at Marshlands Vacation Rental with y’all for so many reasons and I am certain you’ll enjoy the images as much as I do.

I first met Catherine & Mike a week before their wedding over cold cuts and mushroom soup in Catherine’s family farm house kitchen near Picton, Ontario.  It reminded me of my own childhood and after only a short period of time of knowing them I felt at home and excited about their family farm wedding in the County.  It was a perfect fit!

Their July wedding took place at Catherine’s childhood home, now known as Marshlands Vacation Rental (also known as the oldest brick building in Prince Edward County).  This place is lovely with it’s large open rooms, tall windows (natural light win!), hard wood floors and cozy fire places.  It’s a perfect spot for a wedding and photos.

After a beautiful ceremony and some family photos, the wedding party loaded me up into the family RV – no joke! – and headed to a local flat rock beach for some fun photos.  It’s not everyday I get chauffeured around in an RV and I won’t lie…. I kind of liked it! (Reason #364 why I love County folks)

After our photos at the flat rock beach, we headed to Catherine’s family farm for a lasagna dinner and butter tarts for dessert JUST before the rain started (thunder included), but the rain didn’t matter.  There were still lots of laughs, trampoline jumping, and a killer first country swing dance to one of my favourite songs:  High Valley – Make You Mine.

Seriously an amazing day and I couldn’t be more honoured to have been a part of it.

Catherine & Mike:  Thank you!

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Last spring I met Valerie (wedding coordinator extraordinare!) at Occasions By The Bay and I did a quick venue review based on my first impressions.  Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a wedding there with Tarina & Justin – if you remember, they were the brave couple that ventured out in -20 degree weather for their engagement session at Vanderwater Conservation Area last winter and they’ve been awesome to work with ever since!

This venue has some lovely potential and Tarina & Justin certainly cashed on that potential.  I loved their big white floral centre pieces and their idea of a cocktail reception instead of a large sit down dinner.  It was pretty much a perfect day.

After a golden sunset ceremony, we started to lose light quickly, but not before we traveled to the barn for photos at the Quinte Conservation Area just a few minutes away near Walbridge Loyalist Road.  The light was perfect!  We had to work quickly, but that part was easy for these two – seriously a smokin’ couple.

The day was filled with nervous giggles, snack packs, selfie sticks, eye lashes on fleek, sunshine and best friends – I’m not sure a couple could ask for more.

Enjoy!

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This year I had the amazing opportunity of shooting Lauren & James’ wedding at the MacKechnie House Bed and Breakfast in Cobourg, Ontario.

If you know me, then you know I hate it when other photographers say “this was my favourite wedding” or “my favourite couple”…. how fair is that to all the other weddings you shot?!  It’s not, but I will say photographers are allowed to have their favourite venues and hands down the MacKechnie House in Cobourg made my short list of favourite local venues.

The internet tells me this house was owned by the former Mayor of Cobourg in 1853, but in terms of location it certainly doesn’t feel like the typical home of a Mayor.  Instead it’s tucked away on a quiet street and is the perfect setting for an intimate wedding.

…and the food!  As a foodie I really shouldn’t get started, but honestly it’s downright delicious and the smells of dinner (I assume it was the pulled pork, or maybe the chicken soulvaki…then again likely the beef tenderloin) from the kitchen fill the backyard during cocktail hour, while mini hamburgers and summer fresh hor d’oeuvres are being served.  Yes, it’s as cute as you think it is.

I will fully admit that Lauren and James deserve full credit in introducing me to this venue, with their Canadian / British country garden themed wedding.  The light was so perfect and the details so delicious that I would LOVE for it to happen all over again.

If you’re still not sold, check out these photos from their day and then check out the glowing reviews on Trip Advisor HERE.

A little story about this couple that I would also love to share before we get started:

As you will soon see, Lauren and James decided on a first look.  Just when I was about to take their first photo as a couple, James looked over at Lauren and said “You know, it’s crazy to know that this photo being taken, right now, is the photo we’ll show our grand children.”  Then he kissed her.

Enjoy!

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If you didn’t already know, I grew up near Violet Hill, Ontario in a little town called Shelburne.  As a child, every now and then my mom would would stop by a specialty gift shop called Granny Taught us How, a store I remember being filled with many breakable things that I wasn’t allowed to touch.  I am pretty sure that while sitting on my little hands this place started my appreciation for warm country smells like cinnamon and my love for plaid.

Just across the street from this cute Violet Hill gift shop is a restaurant that smells equally delicious and contains the same warm and inviting atmosphere:  Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant, which is where Jenny & Ryan celebrated their wedding day.  It was such a treat to revisit this area with all it’s rustic charm and to be a part of their special day.  Now that I am older, I can appreciate why this place is so special and it was the perfect spot for a small wedding with delicious country details.

Their day started with a first look on a bridge to the swan pond near the ceremony location and finished with a delicious 3 course meal prepared by the talented folks at Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant.  In-between, there was a cute little ceremony, some fun photos around the property and a cocktail hour.  Overall, a pretty great day!

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