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Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club, Hamilton Ontario Photography – Leena & Matt

I finally have some time to relax and sort through photos to blog Leena & Matt’s beautiful Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club Wedding near Hamilton, Ontario.  It’s been a busy 2017 season, but I’m incredibly thankful to all the couples who shared their day with me and I’m looking forward to blogging them.  I thought I would start with Leena & Matt since their wedding is seasonably appropriate – hope you’re all keeping warm out there!

I met Leena through her sister, another talented photographer over at Splash Photography.  Since her sister, Andrea would be IN the wedding she couldn’t capture the moments AND be in them… though, I’m sure she would have tried.

I would also love to give a shout out to their wedding coordinator, Anna of Spunky Sapphire Events & Design.  This woman moved like an organized ninja through the room making sure all the little details were where they should be.  This would include lighting all the candles at the 20-person head table.  That’s a lot of candles!

The staff at Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club were also fantastic!  The Catering Manager, Leigh made sure the bride and groom AND the vendors were taken care of.  She gave us a quick tour of where we could go for photos since the grounds were icy and unsafe for golf carts.  She also gave suggestions on how to keep warm throughout the chilly sub-zero temperatures during outdoor photos.

This brings me to my next thank you: Leena & Matt for braving the super chilly November weather for photos.  We took frequent breaks, had an outdoor dance party with the wedding party to help keep warm and found ways to stay cozy in the sunshine.  If you ask me, it was totally worth it and you would never know there was a chill in the air.  I also want to thank these guys for the glowing review they left on WeddingWire.

In more news, Leena is also a wonderfully talented wedding professional with her videography business at Splash Films.  You can also see some of Leena’s work on her Vimeo page here.

 

Inn on the Twenty / Cave Springs Cellars, Niagara Winery Engagement Photography – Meghan & Allan

The Inn on the Twenty is one of those venues that holds a special meaning for me.  It’s been the “unicorn venue” for me for a long time – that means I’ve always wanted to shoot there, but never had the opportunity till Meghan & Allan asked me to capture their engagement photos there last fall and then again with their wedding later this year (yay!)

I remember when I first started shooting weddings 9 years ago (whoa, really?  Really!), outdoor winery weddings seemed so inspirational and the Inn on the Twenty / Cave Springs was one of those places I thought I would really like to be.  Fast forward 9 years later:  I now live near Prince Edward County (the gastronomic capital of Ontario) and I have the pleasure of working with some beautifully located winery venues throughout my wedding season, but in the back of mind, Inn on the Twenty always sat on my bucket list, while I sipped on the occasional Cave Springs Dry Riesling all summer (yes I seriously linked it – it’s delicious, go try it!)

Anyway, this awesome couple also brought their adorable puppy with them and we had the most amazing afternoon playing in the vines against the fall colours, it was honestly a dream.  I cannot wait to visit this venue again to capture what is sure to be an equally beautiful wedding day for these two photogenic people.

Cheers!

 

 

Waupoos Estates Winery, Prince Edward County Wedding Photography – Ian & Stephanie

Ian & Stephanie’s wedding at The Waupoos Estates Winery in Prince Edward County was perfect!  Yes, it was cloudy and yes it rained, but that didn’t matter to them and if you ask me, the weather only made the colours pop more than usual and made it that much more beautiful to photograph.  Plus it forced us to get creative with the front porch of the farm house.

We started the day with Ian getting ready in Picton at the Claramont Inn (Room 2 in case you’re wondering).  I’ve never been here before, but it was a great spot for the guys (and best lady) to get ready.  After making sure the guys got their ties on straight, I headed to the Waupoos Farm House to see how the girls were getting along – yet another venue with tons of character to play with.

Something that’s new at Waupoos this year was their covered area attached to the tent.  It’s a decent alternative to the waterfront dock setup should it rain.

I hope you enjoy these photos and it inspires some couples to ignore the rain like Ian & Stephanie did.

 

By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery & Vineyard Prince Edward County Wedding – Jessica & Dale

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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