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Prince Edward County Wedding at Trail Estates Winery

This Prince Edward County wedding at Trail Estates Winery is something really special because it reminds me of my own.  Marlisa and Calvin got married on a Thursday, surrounded by a small group of those closest to them.  Fresh flowers were hand picked for the bouquet, they planted a lemon tree during their ceremony, had it watered by everyone in attendance, and then ate ribs and snacked on some of the best caramel corn I’ve ever tasted, all done by the hands of their family and friends.  I’m not sure you could ask for a better afternoon, or a more simple, but elegant event to signify such a special day.

Here’s a few notes on what they thought about their day:

1.  Tell me your story / How did you meet?

“We met in a grimy basement masquerading as a bar in a restaurant- it was a job interview.  It was a skeptical hire that quickly evolved into an unprofessional love connection that, despite best efforts, could not be ignored. “

2.  What was your favourite moment from your wedding day?

Calvin: Mar walking down the aisle
Marlisa: Eating ribs
Both: The tree planting ceremony

3.  Do you have any wedding planning advice for newly engaged couples?

Elope… haha.. or keep it small, simple and fun.

4.  How did you choose your wedding photographer?

We were just impressed with her work on social media and thought we would give her a try- we could not be happier we did.

5. A list of all your vendors / people you will want to give credit to.

We would like to thank:

Trail Estates for hosting us.  Our parents for cooking for everyone and all our family and friends who helped pull our perfect day off.  Special mention to Lily’s Bridal Boutique for helping Marlisa with her beautiful Mon Cheri dress.

 

Fields on West Lake, Prince Edward County Ontario Wedding Photography – Sara & Alex

It’s no secret that Fields on West Lake is one my favourite wedding venues in Prince Edward County, so when Sara & Alex reached out all the way from Calgary and asked me to photograph their wedding day, I was pretty excited!

While the weather on that September day would be risky at best, it didn’t matter to this couple and we rocked their first look before the ceremony and some epic portraits against the windy corn fields.  We also manged to get their family photos done before the ceremony too!  However, because the skies were threatening rain (see photos), it did mean their plans for an outdoor ceremony would be changed to the Sheep Shed.  While the name: “Sheep Shed” sounds more than a little…. rustic, it’s actually quite cozy and serves as a great alternative if it rains at Fields on West Lake.  This time, it actually ended with me capturing one of my favourite aisle exits of all time and the smiles on Sara & Alex’s face says it all.

Another fun and tasty highlight of the day was working with Jack the Happy Chef.  The food is always delicious (hello shredded chicken taco bar!), the service is speedy (food stations set up around the room is a brilliant option for this venue) and Jack is always present to make sure things are running smoothly.

As the day started to wind down and sun was setting, we took a quick moment to sneak away for some photos in the field – something I recommend all couples do, if time allows for it.  You’ll thank me later….

P.S.  I promise to blog more frequently…

Fields on West Lake, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Mount Nemo Rock Climbing Engagement – Burlington, Ontario – Erica & Trevor

I’m not sure how I missed sharing this Mount Nemo rock climbing engagement session from last July with Erica & Trevor, but as I started planning for 2018 I looked back at some of my favourite sessions and this one has me begging to shoot more just like it!

When I first met Erica & Trevor, they were just starting to plan for their Prince Edward County wedding.  As we got to talking, it came out that they love the outdoors and are experienced rock climbers, which triggered a light bulb moment and I had to suggest we do that for their engagement session.  I mean, what better way to get to know them before their wedding day AND get them some great shots of them doing what they love.

Which brings me to the following topic:

How Do You Choose an Engagement Session Location?

When choosing a location for your engagement session, think about what you two actually enjoy doing as a couple.  Is there somewhere special that means something to you or are you simply looking for a photogenic backdrop where you can just ‘be’ together?  If you brainstorm and put in that extra little effort into your own engagement session, the results will end up meaning so much more to you.  Don’t just schedule an engagement session because someone told you to have one.  Instead, take advantage of it!  Let me get to know you and let’s do something fun!  That way, you’ll get to know me / how I work behind the camera AND you can look back at the photos and see genuine smiles, memories and moments captured.

We chose Mount Nemo not only for it’s spectacular views, but it also meant something them.  They were completely in their element and were kind enough to let me in.  I really hope this post inspires other couples to consider something similar, and if so… message me?

Cheers to exploring to create!

Lake on the Mountain Resort, Prince Edward County Ontario Elopement Photographer

Before I share this perfect little elopement from Lake on the Mountain Resort in Prince Edward County, I had Lindsay and Andrew share their experience with me so that I could share with other couples who might be considering something similar.  If you and your partner feel that a large wedding just isn’t for you (or your bank account), then perhaps consider a quick little escape to Prince Edward County and give me a call so I can document it, then you’ll have some great memories to share with those who couldn’t make it.  Also, a weekday wedding isn’t a bad idea either, but that’s just my two cents.  Here’s what Lindsay and Andrew have to say about their special day:

How did you choose the Lake on the Mountain Resort for your venue?

“We decided to go to the County for our wedding day because it’s so beautiful and relaxing. It felt like a destination wedding without all the travel. We’ve been to Lake on the Mountain before and really enjoyed it, so it seemed like an obvious choice for our wedding venue.”

What was your favourite moment from your wedding day?

“For both of us, the moment we saw each other just before the ceremony started was very special. It was amazing to look at each other and know such a meaningful thing was about to happen. The time we spent taking photos was also a big highlight. Christine made the photoshoot super fun and even though we had a small group, that was the only time during the day when it was just the two of us.”

Do you have any wedding planning advice for newly engaged couples?

“Keep it simple and focus on the things that really matter to you. Don’t be afraid to do something different if that’s what you want to do. It’s your day!”

Other Prince Edward County vendors who helped make your day special:

Venue:  Lake on the Mountain & Devil’s Wishbone
Makeup: Jenna Makeup
Hair:  Village 272 Salon
Officiant:  Larry Hurley 

Some of my favourite moments from their day included Lindsay’s bridal portraits in bare feet, watching Lindsay and her dad work their way around the bushes to get to the front of the house, and Andrew’s sweet vest and hat.  Of course, working with the crew at Devil’s Wishbone is also a highlight and we could not have asked for better weather for photos when the rain stopped just before we started.

Prince Edward County Ontario Fall Engagement Photography – Jeff & Angela

The only thing better than Prince Edward County in the summer, is Prince Edward County in the fall.  The parks and patios are still open, but the crowded lineups are gone.  When Jeff & Angela realized I lived near the PEC area, they wasted no time in taking the extra mile to plan a county-getaway for their engagement photos.

We met at the County Cider Company for a shared charcuterie platter and drink to get us in the County spirit.  Before leaving the Cider Company, I noticed that Jeff & Angela had their bikes with them for the weekend.  I asked if we could use them in the shoot and they were up for the idea, which made me all kinds of giddy.

On the drive to our next location (the scenic Little Bluff Conservation), we found a stretch of road that begged for some cute fall bike ride photos.  These are easily some of my favourite fall moments of 2017!

Once we got to Little Bluffs, the bugs were biting and the sun was high in the sky.  While it wasn’t an ideal situation for cozy photos, Jeff & Angela quickly settled in to the groove and ended the day by splashing around in some of the County’s calmest waters.

I’m in love with their photos, their willingness to adventure, and incredibly thankful for their spunky nature and for being extra good sports and taking time out of their busy schedules to make this magical weekend happen.  I wish them all the best in the new year and beyond, as they become husband and wife this February.

Cheers to going the extra mile!