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Drake Devonshire Wedding Photography, Prince Edward County

While it’s gaining popularity with tourists and their beach-front makes for perfect wedding photography opportunities, it’s the Drake Devonshire’s side garden and Glass Box that I love for intimate weddings. It’s a quiet space and perfect for celebrating with your closest family and friends. Before we get to the photos, let’s learn a little about the couple that chose this space to celebrate their wedding day.

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

 “We met in a coffee shop in 2011, it’s not the most romantic story.

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

I loved when they brought family members upstairs before the ceremony, I was feeling a bit anxious at that point and it was both lovely to have moments with them before everything started and a distraction from how nervous I was feeling.

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

I think it is important to sit down and have an honest conversation about what both of you want and expect from the day. When we started planning we sat down and discussed how much we wanted to spend, what type of wedding we both wanted, and we also made clear what aspects of the day were important to us individually. So once we’d established these basics it made making the big decisions a lot simpler because we were both on the same page from the beginning.

4.  How did you choose your wedding photographer?

We looked through portfolios online and found photographers that had the style of photographs we were looking for. You should make sure that whoever you decide to go with is someone who’s work you actually like.

5. List of vendors who helped make this day come together:

Coriander Girl “The flowers were perfect, we didn’t have any other decorations so it was important to get those right and the blooms on the tables smelled amazing

The Spah/The SalonTook care of hair and makeup for the day, their team did a great job

Runway Bridal – For THE dress.

The Drake Devonshire – “They did a fantastic job, they took care of everything, and everything went perfectly. Most brides have a story about something that went horribly off the rails, the staff at the Drake made sure that didn’t happen.

Serenity Cottage Owen Sound Destination Wedding – Part II

As promised, here is Part II of that beautiful Serenity Cottage destination wedding in Owen Sound. Just when I thought the first half of the day was fun, the fog and the fun stuck around for the second half, making it truly special to capture. Before we get to those photos, here is the rest of Jen & Trevor’s story:

What Was Your Favourite Moment from Your Wedding Day?

This was hard to choose! One of our favorite moments was coming in from taking photos on the cold misty day and seeing the tables setup up and candles lit for dinner. From the smell of fresh eucalyptus from the table garlands to the sounds of conversations and laughter, we were able to see everything we envisioned setup making it cozy warm intimate environment that we dreamed of. At that moment we purposely tried to be present and take in the moment as the wedding day goes by very quickly.

How Did You Choose Your Wedding Photographer?

We chose Christine for a few reasons. We had seen that she was familiar with shooting our venue Serenity Cottage through other couples online blogs and admired her beautiful photos that she had captured, especially the candids. Through back and forth emails she helped us feel confident in her because her upbeat and positive personality. We believed that finding a photographer that could make us feel comfortable, goofy and 100% ourselves in front of a camera which was very important to us. Christine you exceeded all expectations!  You also had us at “I love a bottle of red wine in the afternoon, the smell of bacon in the morning”

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

Make lists, lists and more lists. There is a certain satisfaction of crossing things off a list and feeling accomplished. Hire people that you trust. We found that by hiring the  experienced vendors that we did, we were able to have full confidence in that the job would be done seamless, and that alone made us feel less stressed. Lastly, have the wedding that you as a couple envisioned and not what you think other people would want. There will be a lot of people who share their opinions and judgments. It is okay to break traditions to make the day your own.” 

List of Vendors Who Helped Make the Day Possible

Catering – Culinary Designs
Florist / Room Decor – Linda DeBoer Decor
Hair & Makeup – MBA Mobile Hair & Makeup
Dress – Bridal Temptations (Hanover)

Serenity Cottage Owen Sound Destination Wedding – Part I

It was impossible to narrow this Serenity Cottage destination wedding down to one simple blog post, so I’m splitting into two parts. There’s just too many fun memories to share from Jen & Trevor’s day! I have traveled to Serenity Cottage for weddings every year for the last 4 years, but this year was truly unique because Georgian Bay was covered in fog for the big day. Most couples might be bummed about the foggy skies, but we were all obsessed with the ambiance it created and the photos turned out amazing. No harsh light = no squinting!

Before we get to the photos, let’s start with the first half of their story:

Tell Us How You Met

“We will cut it short, sweet and very unsappy. Trevor was receiving cancer treatment at the hospital I work at, we bumped into each other a year later. The rest is history. “

Do You Have Any Tips / Advice for Newly Engaged Couples Who Want to Plan a Small Wedding?

“Make lists, lists and more lists…. There is a certain satisfaction of crossing things off a list and feeling accomplished. Hire people that you trust, we found that by hiring the  experienced vendors that we did, we were able to have full confidence in that the job would be done seamless, and that alone made us feel less stressed. Lastly, have the wedding that you as a couple envisioned and not what you think other people would want. There will be a lot of people who share their opinions and judgments. It is okay to break traditions to make the day your own. ”

Part two of this Serenity Cottage wedding will share their favourite moments of the day and how they chose their photographer. In the meantime, here’s some moments to help inspire your own day.

What to Wear to Your Engagement Photo Session

Fact: I’m not afraid to get a dirty to take your photos. If you tell me you would like photos by the water, chances are I’m getting my feet wet. If you tell me you want photos done at your family farm, I’m probably wearing rubber boots and ready to get muddy.

But What Should YOU Wear to Your Engagement Session?

Wear something comfortable, but makes you feel confident. It’s okay to pick up some new threads for the session, just make sure you’re not tugging at it to make it fit where or how it should. Also, try to avoid clothing with large logos or distracting designs. Patterns are totally okay! I’m a huge sucker for anything plaid and floral prints can totally work when paired with something neutral. Don’t be afraid to layer or accessorize, especially in the fall. Things like jackets, scarves, sweaters or mixing textures can be fun!

It’s important to think of the location too. If we’re working on a rocky beach, heels are probably a bad idea. If we’re on your family farm (like the engagement session posted below), then totally pack your rubber boots or Blundstones and get ready to off-road. There is also a chance we might be sitting down. I usually pack a blanket, but it’s no good if you’re pants are too tight to sit on the ground cross-legged.

Lastly, be yourself. Don’t wear something that you’re going to look at later and cringe because it’s not something you’ll ever wear again. These photos are more than just a formality. They are meant to capture your relationship as it is now, so you can look back and remember how you were when this new chapter was about to start.

I’m going to use Jackie & Kyle’s engagement session below as an example of keeping it real. These guys dressed comfortably, and included elements that says a lot about who they are as a couple, like their cute pup, lilacs and some fun four-wheeling…. (and I cannot wait to see again for their farm wedding this fall!)

Lake on the Mountain Resort Wedding – Prince Edward County

I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve been sitting on this Lake on the Mountain Resort wedding in Prince Edward County since last August. I have no reason why, but I’m pretty darn excited to share it now! Before we get to all the pretty photos, let’s touch on a quick topic or two.

Why Should We Get Married in Prince Edward County?

Prince Edward County is becoming an Ontario destination wedding location for those looking to escape the city and potential drama of a large wedding. This island on Lake Ontario provides a variety of venues and cottages to accommodate the vibe you’re looking for on the big day. It also turns your event into a celebratory weekend getaway with trips to the beach, wineries or the delicious local food scene. The wedding day ends up being a part of a weekend away with friends and family, rather than a one-day event.

Tips to Planning your Prince Edward County Wedding / Elopement

Here’s a quick few tips to consider while planning your wedding / elopement in Prince Edward County:

Hire Local Vendors: We are a seasonal community and appreciate you using our talents to make your day special. Plus, we know all the fun spots for photos, places to explore, eat and have a few tricks that vendors outside The County wouldn’t know.

Use the Telephone: Prince Edward County wasn’t always popular and the influx of inquiries is new to the community. Don’t be discouraged if you’re favourite venue or vendor doesn’t respond quickly to online inquiries. A lot of the locals have limited internet speeds / are slow to respond. Also some locations are “old school” appreciate the personal touch of a telephone.

Less is More: The County has a lot to offer in terms of charm. Your wedding doesn’t need all the bells and whistles you think it might, so save your money and spend it on the local wine for your guests instead. If you need a little something extra, the local florists are always happy to fill in the blanks.

Today’s blog features Cynthia and David’s wedding at Lake on the Mountain, which was all planned from their home base in Toronto. They followed the above tips and their day was a beautiful success! (vendors are listed below)

Special Thanks to these Talented Folks:
Catering: Jack the Happy Chef – http://www.jackthehappychef.com/index.html
Officiant: All Seasons Weddings – https://allseasonsweddings.com/wedding-officiants/profile/john-mccormack
Flowers: Blooms on West Lake – http://bloomsonwestlake.com/
Venue: Lake on the Mountain Resort – http://lakeonthemountain.com/
Photography: Christine Reid Photography – http://christinereidphotography.com/

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