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Intimate Wedding at Graydon Hall Manor

Timeless. Elegant. Intimate. These are the words that come to mind when I think of Lyle & Maria’s wedding at Graydon Hall Manor. So when they asked me (the complete opposite of those things) to capture their day, I was a little nervous that I might not be able to deliver.

The reason I said “yes”, is because I have known Maria for over a decade and I couldn’t think of another photographer that would pour their heart into capturing their day the same way I knew I could. You see, Maria and I met in college while studying to become Law Clerks (just a handful-ish of years ago). Yes, it’s true I have lived a whole other life before photography. After college, Maria and I stayed in touch. Having lunch in the city, wine and cheese dates, laughing about life, venting about boys, and sharing so many sweet moments. Maria is one of those humans that make you feel more elegant just by being near her.

When she told me she met the man she would marry, I think I my response was “Is this man worthy of your beauty?” Well, I’ve met Lyle and he most certainly is. Their story is really something special, so I’ll let them share their experience with you below.

Why did you choose Graydon Hall Manor?

For our wedding venue we chose, Graydon Hall Manor. It was the first venue we toured and we did not want to see anymore because we felt immediately that this was the place for us. It embodied all the characteristics that we were looking for in a venue. Graydon Hall is a historic building that has all the charm and glamour of the old world. The Manor is like a great Lady, timeless, classic and full of mystery. It fit perfectly our James Bond meets Great Gatsby theme.

Do you have any wedding planning advice for couples?

I won’t lie, wedding planning is stressful, it’s true what everyone says, at the end you just can’t wait for it to be over with. I would say patience is definitely in order. Also, giving yourself enough time to get everything done, but not too much time so that this whole thing feels likes it’s consuming your life and the wedding date is still so far off. I would say 9months to a year is a good time frame any longer than that I think I would have gone mad.

How did you choose your wedding photographer?

Well, I was very lucky to have known an amazing wedding photographer personally. Otherwise, it can be quite overwhelming trying to chose one. Unlike other vendors at your wedding, your photographer is with you ALL DAY and you have to be confident that he/she will capture the moments that you want captured. We were very fortunate to have Christine agree to shoot our wedding, the personal relationship I already had with Christine made the process that much seamless and it was easy to place our trust in her.

What was your favourite moment of the day?

I’m sure everyone says there are so many favorite moments, and there truly are, but the one that stands out the most to me is after the speeches everyone was seated for dinner and as the dinner service commenced, there was like this comforting hum from the sounds of guests talking and the music playing softly in the background and for a moment the world stood still and I was able to take scope of all that was going on around me, my new husband next to me, the faces of my happy guests, relief that poured over me that all the planning leading up to this moment was finally behind me and it was the beginning of my new life with a person that I love most in this world.

Graydon Hall Manor Vendor Thank You’s

Photography: Christine Reid Photography
Venue: Graydon Hall Manor
Hair & Makeup: I Do! Beauty Co.
Flowers & Candles: Creations by Gitta
DJ: Bill Cooke Entertainment
Crooner: David Iannandrea
Soloist: Jonathan Michael
Invitations / Menus / Place Cards: The Polka Dot Paper Shop

Wander the Resort, Prince Edward County Wedding Photography

Anytime I get to hang with a laid back couple at a location like Wander the Resort Prince Edward County, I get re-inspired. Maybe it was the fall breeze, the warm autumn sun, or maybe it was the moment I first saw Gary, while he napped on the beach after doing some fishing. I was obsessed with their drama-free itinerary, and the amount of trust they put in me to capture what they were really about.

Best Part of an Unplanned Wedding at Wander the Resort?

As the saying goes: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry“. On this day, Gary and Morgan left the day to fate and their talented local Prince Edward County Wedding specialists: Craig Logan, Jenna Makeup Artist and myself. Together we curated a day that couldn’t have played out more magically. Craig even found a last minute second witness who was strolling the beach at the VERY moment we needed one. How does that even happen?

After the beach front ceremony, we headed back to their private cottage to sign the necessary paperwork and cheers to a new chapter. Seeing the way Gary and Morgan move around the kitchen to open a bottle of bubbly was like watching a dance. They are so in sync.

This was my first time shooting at Wander the Resort Prince Edward County and I now understand what the fuss is about. The beach front property has so much to offer: private cottages, swimming pool, fire pits and cozy nooks to cuddle in a watch the sunset.

If you’ve read this far, then you’re probably interested some photos that illustrate these words (I know you didn’t come for the writing). So scroll down to experience some pretty magical moments of 2021.

If you came here because you’re interested in booking an elopement at Wander the Resort Prince Edward County, then please head over to my contact page and let’s chat more. I would love to help you plan a stress free day on the beach where you marry your best friend.

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Drake Devonshire, Prince Edward County Elopement

Once again Prince Edward County’s Drake Devonshire provides the perfect backdrop for an elopement.

This time the elopement took place a chilly Tuesday afternoon in December, with a magical winter sunset, making it easy to document Dana & Fil’s special moments.

When I asked Dana & Fil why they wanted to come to the County to get married, the answer was simple: COVID wasn’t going to stop this new chapter they were destined to begin and the Drake Devonshire provided a safe place for them get it done in style!

While we’re on the topic, I can’t help but stress how important it is to choose vendors who are local to the area when planning your elopement.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be safe and travel when it’s only necessary to do so. Asking a photographer, officiant or other wedding vendor to travel multiple hours to be a part of your intimate moments is risky.

If you need help planning your elopement, I am more than willing and qualified to point you in a fun direction, both with unique ways on making your day special and vendor referrals.

For example, Craig Logan is not only an amazing officiant capable of weaving a ceremony into something really special, he’s local and reliable.

Port Elgin Intimate Winter Farm Wedding

Today is a pretty special day. It’s the one year anniversary of this sweet intimate Port Elgin winter farm wedding I shot for Dusty & Emily. Since then they have added another beautiful human to their family, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them! They have so much to celebrate this weekend!

Looking back over their photos, I’m so glad we decided to capture the day as it played out. We started the day by capturing their early morning farm routine of feeding the cows and barn cats together as a family. That’s how farms work and a cow’s stomach doesn’t understand “sorry, we’re busy getting married”. While it was an early start to the day, you could tell they didn’t mind and I loved tagging along. That’s the perk to a having a small wedding. You can still enjoy your day and stress less when there aren’t so many moving parts.

Once the chores were done, it was time for some Daddy-Daughter time while Emily went to town to finish getting ready for the rest of the day. I followed them around capturing little details of the day. The photo of the two of them at the fridge will always be one of my favourites.

The day was so relaxed, that I also had plenty of time to capture the details, like Emily’s flowers and dress. Once Emily arrived, it was time to get dressed and set up for the ceremony in their warm farm house. Four white chairs for family and an original wooden door was all they needed, and it was perfect.

After their ceremony, we celebrated with champagne and then headed to the barn for photos, followed by a most delicious feast at Ristorante Rosina in Port Elgin. The day was perfection!

Happy Anniversary Dusty & Emily! Every time I see one of your photos, I’m inspired again and I hope you feel the same today, and many many years from now.


O’Hara Mill and Roslin Hall Elopement Photography

I’ve been keeping this warm and rustic O’Hara Mill and Roslin Hall Elopement to myself for way too long. While the photos tell the story of a perfect day, it’s Elizabeth & Maury’s insight on their day and relationship that really warms the heart. Hopefully, sharing this giant blog post during a quieter time of year gives you time to really let their words sink in.

Tell Us Your Story / How Did You Meet?

We met in the summer of 2015, on an army course (we are both reservists in the Canadian Armed Forces). We both knew from day one we needed to be together, and although there were many obstacles in our way, we made some major choices to allow or lives to end up working out that way. We both lived in separate provinces (Nova Scotia & Newfoundland) and so Maury took the ferry to NL all the time, and we made it work between our jobs, and when Elizabeth got a job pretty early on in the relationship in Peterborough, Ontario, Maury came with her, and the rest is history! And here we are now married and feathering our little nest together. You have to choose sometimes to take a step back to let the other person take a step forward, but in the end it’s just to be together, and it’s for the best. Don’t second guess yourself if you think you’ve made the right decision.” 

Do You Have Any Wedding Planning Advice for Newly Engaged Couples?

Before you start planning a single thing, enjoy your engagement and take that in. Do not rush into planning or even setting a date. Then when you’re ready, take time together to identify 2 things: 1) what is important to you as a couple, aside from weddings (so for us it was Sunday mornings, coziness, coffee, nature, simplicity). Then you can ensure these things feature strongly in your day. 2) think about the standard wedding, and identify which components are truly important to you. For us it was the ceremony, and immediate family’s presence, and for Elizabeth it was a lace dress and lilac bouquet her mom picked from home, and for Maury, it was a kilt in his family tartan. If you do this, you will save money and stress! Ultimately, we suggest you do what YOU want! Don’t go with a crazy huge budget just to serve people you never see their choice of chicken or fish. Don’t have 100 people there if you don’t want to, and make it what you want to do instead of following someone else’s wedding format. It’s YOUR day, so do it with only yourselves in mind. It should be the one day in your life where you’re entitled to be selfish, we think, and your family in turn will love how “you” the event was.” 

How Did You Choose Your Wedding Photographer?

We loved the fact that Christine uses amazing light techniques, doesn’t over edit pictures, and knows how to keep the focus on the shot. Especially we loved that her “posed” photos still felt so real and authentic, and not stiff and staged. Then, we met her in person, and she was super friendly, outgoing, and more than accommodating. Christine was also very creative with her out-of-the-box ideas. With such intimate shots, we needed a person we both felt comfortable around, and she was totally it. She could have taken 6 months to complete the editing, and it would have been worth it, so the fact she completed everything so promptly is a credit to her skill as a photographer first and foremost and editor second. We are so in love with our photos – thank you Christine! 

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