Tucked on nearly fourteen acres, this log hotel on Lake Ouimet served as the perfect winter wonderland for my radiant couple, Aunie and Sean. The most popular time for weddings is in spring and summer to avoid that Canadian cold. However, winter weddings bring a magic that cannot be duplicated in any other season.
Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant was the perfect setting to capture this magic. Thanks to the snowstorm the day before, we had freshly fallen snow and crisp, refreshing air—a photographer’s dream. I absolutely adored Aunie’s blue fur, and it served as both an eye-catching statement and much-needed warmth. Sean’s complementary blue suit against the pearly white background provided a dramatic colour pop against the gorgeous landscape of this venue. It would be hard for anyone to forget the natural beauty and distinguished ambience.
The leading lines where the wedding party was photographed coupled with the warmth of the cabin lent itself to some amazing shots. Just outside were the Laurentian mountains, a breathtaking scene that made it easy to figure out why the bride and groom wanted to celebrate their nuptials there.
Sean’s two children were incorporated into the wedding party. I couldn’t help but tear up at the sight of Sean’s daughter typing up her speech while getting ready that morning. I love couple love, but there’s just something about that daddy-daughter bond that feels even more special. The ring bearers were also simply adorable, mixing up formal wear with casual shoes to steal the show. Just look at the guests’ faces and you’ll see exactly what I mean. My favourite moment of the day, though, was Sean’s brother singing Everything by Michael Bublé during the signing of the register. So much emotion delivered with a genuineness that felt intimate.
The reception dinner was spectacular—I had the most delicious cod! It’s definitely a place I’d return for another meal or romantic getaway. Then of course we danced the night away as the kids, once again, stole the show.
I adore winter weddings. They’re an awesome alternative for couples who embrace our Canadian winters. Winter weddings provide for stunning shots and unique opportunities. Finally, Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant was a remarkable venue from start to finish, making this happy couple’s magic winter day unforgettable.
Emily and Sean got married in a gorgeous resort down south in Mexico. Everything from the design of the invites, to the details in the boys suits was perfectly planned. The day started with the girls getting their hair and make up done by a good friend. The boys of course relax by the pool with beers in hand. Why does that always happen?
Emily and Sean opted to have a first look which is always a great option because the sunsets are so early down south. All day we were expecting torrential downpour and as luck would have it we avoided it completely. There was a little bit of sprinkle of rain just prior to the ceremony which made for a really fabulous cloudy contrast in the sky.
Hanging with the people in the wedding party was absolutely amazing and they had me in stitches all day. A huge shout out to Chase for helping me hold Sean’s suit during portrait sessions. The wedding party had such a positive and upbeat vibe for the entire day and it lasted to the wee hours in the morning.
What really impressed me by the entire wedding party including the parents was their calmness throughout the entire week. They were so welcoming and they made the wedding day such a breeze to photograph and document. Everyone that I came in contact with were truly great humans.
I have to admit I was really nervous about photographing a wedding for another photographer. Their wedding took place about an hour and a half from where I grew up in Nova Scotia. They got married at White Point Beach Resort. Coincidentally, this is where I had my own honeymoon 20 years ago. Heather looked like an absolute goddess in her wedding dress. Chris looked equally as handsome in his beautiful blue suit. Their boys, I have to admit, stole the show.
Chris and Heather are teenage sweethearts, sharing their first kiss with one another. Her very forward pounce on Chris at age 15 was dared by her friends. They grew up 3 hours away from one another. However, they had limited ability to connect via phone calls from the kitchen island, and MSN messenger they never did ‘date.’ They would reconnect at Youth Camp and Youth Conventions with small opportunities to hang out.
Heather grew up in Newfoundland and remembers climbing the salt water rocks as a kid. Chris being from Nova Scotia also grew up right on the ocean. They both wanted the sand under their toes and salt water in their hair as they said I Do. Having the Drift wood arbour made by Heathers’ parents, added a special touch and a taste of home for them both. Finally, Chris’ son’s were involved and this was also very important to both of them.
They had written vows together that was read to the boys. During the ceremony, Heather handed each of her stepsons a necklace with a dog tag on it. These had their family of 4 engraved as stick people on one side. On the other was a quote that read “Not flesh of my flesh nor bone of my bone, but miraculously still my own. Today I tell your Daddy I do, and I promise you forever too.” It was an emotional moment for all who witnessed.
They had a moment where they asked the boys to sign their name, solidifying that they too agree to the marriage. The boys each chose their favourite colour and wrote their name on the certificate.
Additionally, they wanted to host a stand up casual reception that offered personalized menu items. This food represented the East Coast that they grew up on. Mini fish and chips, poutine, a mussel bar, and fish tacos were just a few of the items that White Point Chef curated for their menu.
They immediately had me feeling like I was part of the family. I stayed with everyone in the days leading up to the wedding at the house. Being welcomed into their family prior to their wedding was absolutely heartwarming and made for even more authentic emotional images all of the adventures.
Finally, Chris had delivered hand written beautiful letters to Heather with a gift throughout the day. These gifts symbolized their love and were meaningful every step of the way.
If you’re after a scenic, rustic vibe, Clinton Hills is a perfect venue for you. A restored 1959 rustic barn situated on 92 acres, this location was stunning and picturesque. With its seemingly never-ending countryside and panoramic view of the Southwest river, I was thrilled to shoot Amber and Josh’s wedding and capture PEI’s beauty.
Amber and Josh met in a second language course they were both taking in Saint Jean, Quebec. Immediately smitten, Josh worked in secret with a ring maker, taking 3 months to craft just the right design. Proposing with an original song on a trip to Niagara Falls, Josh poured his heart out and Amber excitedly said yes. Take note, fellas—this is how it’s done.
To complement Clinton Hills’ rustic tone, Amber and her family made custom barn board boxes with weathered mason jars. Focusing on simple and elegant decorations, many of the accoutrements were made from real barn board and barn tin roofing, natural beauty of the venue. Every element of the celebration was selected to pay homage to Amber and Josh’s loved ones, incorporating small elements of items that reminded the couple of their nearest and dearest.
The bride was stunning in a dress of tulle-and-lace, with gorgeous embroidery. The forest landscape for this couple’s outdoor ceremony gave an enchanted and magical quality to the moment. A vintage blue pickup truck provided the perfect backdrop for some colourful country memories.
The reception barn had the perfect country feel, with soft lighting and exposed wood beams. Amber and Josh’s playful sides really showed, with a fun “kiss the fish” game taking place of the usual knife-against-glass routine. The room was full of life, love, and amazing moments to capture—all of my favourite things.
It was an honour to capture Amber and Josh’s special day, and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful location to celebrate their love.
I’m so happy that this barn wedding became more than just a reality – it became a fantasy. Alyssa and Morgan let me take them under my wedding wing and together we created their beautiful wedding. All I did was help them along with the certain nuances of what happens during a wedding day. They and their families provided all the rest of the magic. The amazing decor took Alyssa’s dad close to a year to create.
Photographing this wedding was extremely easy as I was taken right into both families right from the get go. The couple were up for anything I asked and before I knew it I was climbing ladders to capture the love from every angle.
Working with both families was absolutely dreamy because they were up for anything. Honestly, they were all so happy the entire day. My joy as a wedding photographer is documenting the happiness surrounding the couple. It truly blew me away that they transformed this barn into a wedding extravaganza.
As the evening progressed, Quality Entertainment did a fantastic job keeping the dancefloor packed all night long. One of my favorite memories was documenting Alyssa’s brother dancing with his grandmother to a fast song. In fact, everyone was enjoying themselves either on the dancefloor, at the bar or in the DIY photobooth that they created for guests.
Did I mention this was a vegan wedding? The food created by Pure Kitchen was out of this world fantastic! I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. This was my first ever Vegan wedding and I must say, the chefs did not disappoint.
Lastly, if you know me you know I’m a big believer in all kinds of unions between people. To me it does not matter if you are the same gender because we are all just humans and we should treat each other equally.