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Lake on the Mountain Resort, Prince Edward County Wedding

Lake on the Mountain has always been a special spot for me. The lake is a natural curiosity because of it’s ability to have a constant flow of clean, fresh water, with no apparent source. It’s also 60 metres above Lake Ontario with views of the Bay of Quinte an the Glenora Ferry.

On the shores of this lake is the Lake on the Mountain Resort, a perfect little getaway spot to escape, get married, eat delicious food or all of the above, and that’s exactly what Will & Kirsten did.

Their day started with getting ready at the House Across the Road. Not only is the house quite literally across the road from the Resort, there’s enough room in the house for both the bride and groom to get ready for their big day and not see each other, so it’s perfect!

Once they were ready, they opted for a First Look before the ceremony so they could spend more time after the ceremony enjoying the cocktail hour with their family and friends. We decided to do most of their photos before the ceremony, and then sneak off after dinner / before sunset for photos on the dock.

Before I get to those photos, there’s just a couple more ideas that made their day a little extra special:

  1. They didn’t have a large wedding party, so they had their ENTIRE family walk down the aisle led by their Officiant to start the ceremony. I thought that was a nice way to open up the celebration.
  2. The served BBQ for dinner! There was fresh corn, brisket, BBQ chicken, you name it! Followed by homemade pies for dessert. It really added to the laid back vibe of the day and complimented the backyard feel of the venue. We served ribs at our own wedding, so naturally I was eager to document this!
  3. Just a quick shout out to the lovely and talented Laura Fenny who helped me capture the couple getting ready that day. Having a second shooter for part of the day is a nice way to “clone” myself.

Now that you know more about the day and how the couple made sure their personalities were included into the day, here are the photos to inspire some ideas for own event / upcoming wedding, and if you’re going to serve BBQ at your wedding you know where to find me….

Drake Devonshire Prince Edward County Wedding – Jaime & Dave

Confession:  I love visiting the Drake Devonshire in Prince Edward County for both work and play.  The Drake is equal parts delicious and photogenic, making it the perfect office and escape for me.  When friends come to town, there is no question which patio is at the top of our list.

I met Jaime while she x-rayed and cleaned my teeth.  We got to chatting, actually she chatted and I nodded a lot, and we soon realized that our wedding ideas were in line and a collaboration had to happen.

This beautiful couple met while being in the same wedding party and it all started with a dance.  Fast forward 6 years later and they’ve planned a beautiful intimate afternoon with family to celebrate their marriage.  The wedding took place at the side patio, which is alot quieter than the waterfront location, followed by cocktails and then a private plated multi-course meal inside the decorated Glass Box.

It was perfection!  We had the best weather, the entire beach to ourselves for photos and the food was beautifully plated making this quiet intimate wedding feel that more special.

Special thanks to Runway Bridal for helping Jaime find the perfect dress for her big day, and Gayle Wilcox for her stunning makeup application.

Waupoos Estates Winery Wedding, Prince Edward County – Jenny & Joey

Before we dive into this Waupoos Estates Winery wedding, you should know I’m slowly starting to pull myself out from under the pile of food I’ve been hiding under over Christmas, and I’ve crawled back into my office to review all the hard work we created last year, so expect all kinds of fun new content in the coming weeks!

Alright, let’s start with Jenny & Joey’s Waupoos Estates Winery wedding. It was a day filled with so many fun candid moments, warm July sunshine and oysters, oh! so many oysters!

I “met” Jenny & Joey as I meet most of my clients, through my online contact form (Did I just link my own contact form?? You bet your biscuits I did!). Anyway! It was Joe who initially reached out, and before I knew it we were setting up a time to meet for a pint at their Prince Edward County venue. When we met, they were easy going and relaxed, which is my kind of speed.

On THE big day, we started with getting ready at the Farm House across the street (super handy if you’re getting married here, by the way), followed by a first look and then drinks and high-fives with close friends and family. It was important to them that we capture all the candid fun instead of spending time posing photos, and I’m so glad we did because it was very them.

Alright then, while you enjoy these photos that may inspire something fun for your own day, I’m going to treat myself to one last Christmas cookie, and then I promise to wean myself…….till next Christmas….

Prince Edward County Ontario Engagement Photography

I’m just going to leave this Prince Edward County Ontario engagement session right here.  Maybe it will inspire some more couples to explore the quieter places of the county with me this summer, like Lysang & John did last July.

Also, a quick little shout out to Devil’s Wishbone for hosting the first half of our session.  I’m not a rose wine gal by nature, but last year I visited them often to restock.  Fingers crossed this year is just as refreshing!

Prince Edward County Ontario Wedding at Crystal Palace

Now that my season has calmed down, I can update my website with all the fun and beautiful memories I had the pleasure of capturing this year, including this Prince Edward County wedding at Crystal Palace.

Here’s what Brianna & Troy had to say about their big day:

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

Troy and I met in high school when my (Brianna) family moved to Prince Edward County. We were both in grade 11, but didn’t become friends until grade 12. It was at the end of grade 12 when we started officially dating. We spent the summer getting to know each other, and then were both off to Queen’s University to start our post secondary education. We were both in busy programs (nursing and engineering) but we ensured to prioritize our relationship. In third year, we got engaged! We were engaged 17 months before getting married on May 5th, 2018. We got married, moved cities, and graduated all in the same month!!

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

“When we reflect on our wedding day, it truly was the best day of our life. There were so many moments that were absolutely perfect! But one of our favorites is the dance. There was no more worry about having to make a speech, or not spilling food on my dress, we just got to dance with all of our best friends and family. It was the perfect ending to such a fun day!”

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

“Wedding planning at times was very stressful, as we were balancing wedding planning with finishing off our schooling. One thing looking back is I wish I would’ve enjoyed the moment more. I was so excited to get married that at times I wished time would go faster. Now looking back, I wish I would have enjoyed the moment more and not focused so much on our wedding count down (even though that is very hard to do!) Also, being organized is key. Troy and I used Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets to make sure we were both on the same page with the wedding planning. We also made sure that each vendor was on the same page by giving them wedding day schedules, and emailing them all the week before to go over any last minute details. Being organized is the best way to stay on top of wedding planning.”

4.  How did you choose your wedding photographer?

“We could not have asked for a better photographer. Christine made us feel so comfortable right from the very first meeting. She is talented, and it was so stress free for us knowing that she had it all under control. She ensured that she was in communication with us about what photos we wanted, and then surpassed all of our desires. When we got our photos back it was like we were re living the day. We were looking for a photographer that had experience, specifically with doing weddings. We made sure to look at the other weddings she had shot. We liked her style, and how she was able to capture pictures that were not necessarily posed. We are so blessed with photos that we absolutely love and are so excited to share with all of our family and friends.”

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

We had the best day, and it would not have been possible without all the people that helped make it all come together. Here is a list of vendors that we STRONGLY recommend!

Venue:  The Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario

Caterer:  Jack the Happy Chef 

DJ – Jason Ferguson:  Definitive Entertainment Productions

Cupcakes:  Iced Cupcakery

Videographer:  Laura Fenny Photography – Brianna & Troy’s Video – https://vimeo.com/274566658

Hair & Makeup – Polish Salon & Spa

Decorator:  Little River Vintage Rentals

Special shout out to my second photographer, Holly McMurter for all her beautiful candid shots and working with the guys that morning.

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