Grace + Matt
{Windermere Manor Wedding Photography}

A few years ago, I photographed Grace's sister's wedding and was thrilled when Grace contacted me to photograph her wedding as well! I subsequently photographed their cousin's wedding - I truly feel like I am part of their family now, which is such an honor! This family is so full of love, laughter and are all a little wacky (so I feel like I fit in just perfectly!) Grace and Matt had a cozy fall wedding that was so perfectly laid back and lovely. We had lots of silly fun with the hulk hands I brought along at Matt's request and made the best of a bad situation with a stand in cardboard cut out of Grace's sister and maid of honor Sara. Thanks so much for including me in your celebration!!

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: A timeless romantic autumn day.

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: Getting to go to an abandoned mansion for pictures with just HRM and Matt after the ceremony. It was the perfect way to sort of calm down and regroup with my new husband. Also I remember looking out during the reception and seeing everyone I love in one room, it was wonderful.
Groom: Seeing Gracie for the first time walking down the aisle, managing to keep her from crying during our vows by winking, our ring-bearer tearing up the dance floor until midnight.

Best wedding related decision: The venue (Winderemere Manor) and our amazing photographer(s). The second Matt walked into the venue he said "Can we really get married here?!" and Heather managed to capture our vision for the day exactly while still making sure it reflected our personalities.

Favourite detail: Matt loved the card box, a vintage suitcase which had belonged to my grandparents. I think my favourite detail was cardboard Sara. My big sister got hit by a car two days before the wedding, and even though she's fine now, she needed surgery and couldn't fly in for the day. The night it happened, I called Matt bawling and he immediately jumped into action. Working with Heather (who went WAY above and beyond) they managed to get a life-sized cardboard Sara made within 24 hours and it became one of the most wonderful and hilarious parts of the day.

Advice for future brides & grooms: Don't worry too much about whether everyone else is having a good time at the wedding, just make sure you have fun! It goes by so quickly.

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again?
Matt: Nope.
Grace: I would not have fixed my lipstick and then touched my very white dress 5 minutes before the wedding ceremony. Shout-out to our wedding planner Amy who was there with cleaning supplies within seconds and had me looking spotless in time to walk down the aisle.

Best surprise of the day:
Matt: Grace's dress. For months leading up to the wedding she had dropped hints that it was short, or had puffy sleeves, or was multicoloured and then she comes down the aisle looking like the most traditional beautiful bride.
Grace: My Dad's speech. He just did an amazing job mixing humour, history and love and it was something that I'll never forget.

Anything else you'd like to add: You know that saying "it takes a village to raise a child"? Well it it takes a village to throw a wedding. Our day wouldn't have been half as perfect were it not for all the help and unconditional love our friends, family, and vendors showed us. Thank you for everything!

VENDORS: Ceremony Location - Windermere Manor | Reception Location - Windermere Manor | Officiant - Lori Hawkrigg (All Seasons Wedding Ceremonies) | Cake - Our friend Caity made the amazing cake and Grace made the toppers | Dress - Garber's Bridal | Wedding Planner - Amy McNall (Unmistakably You) | Flowers/Decorator - Grace and her Mom Jennifer | Hair/Makeup - AlyCat Make-Up & Hair Artistry | Caterer - Windermere Manor | DJ - Adam (Vanrock Sound)

WEDDING SONG: Seating of the Mothers - These Days by Nico | Processional - Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones | Recessional - Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye | First Dance - Can't Help Falling in Love With You by Elvis | Parent Dances - Twist and Shout by The Beatles | Other - Marriage Registry Signing - Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones

 

 

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Jessica + Ahmad
{Downtown London Ontario Engagement Photography}

This is one of my favorite engagement sessions ever! Jessica & Ahmad were up for anything, and when I said I wanted to try some different locations for their engagement session in downtown London, Ontario they happily went along with all my suggestions! Thanks for being such great subjects guys! Stay tuned for their beautiful wedding pictures!

- Heather

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Linda + Jamie
{Idylwyld Inn Wedding Photography}

Linda & Jamie had a lovely intimate wedding with their closest friends and family at the beautiful Idylwyld Inn. They both braved the cold to get some awesome shots outside!  The dinner room was set up so beautifully and had many personal touches made by the couple themselves and their loved ones! Linda, being the creative person she is made her own wedding cake and also with the help of her mother & grandmother made her bouquet! 

-Niki 

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Cozy, intimate, relaxed, romantic, vintage

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: The ceremony itself was very memorable to me. We hand picked all of the content to be very meaningful to us, so it was an extremely sentimental ceremony for me. I loved having time to talk with all of our friends and family, and I had an absolutely amazing time sharing stories and a ton of laughs with our guests!

Groom: Obviously it was seeing my beautiful bride as she entered into the room for the first time, and having our closest family and friends present to witness the event,  but I was also very fond of the venue.  It was a very cozy, intimate, and classy Victorian Inn.  The food was great and our guests absolutely loved every bit of it.  Having everyone stay overnight at the Inn, followed up by a private brunch on the Sunday morning was a nice segue to ending the weekend.  

Best wedding related decision:
Bride: Picking each other!! Also keeping it small and within budget, and doing things ourselves to give it a personal feel.
Groom: Everything that was handmade added a very personal warmth:  the wine, wedding cake, invites, programs, wedding songs, table runner, flowers/decorations, and of course the wedding dress and groom’s suit were also custom tailored.

Favourite detail:
Bride: The personal touches to the wedding. Every detail from the invites, to the music, favors and decor, to the attire was somehow created or enhanced with the amazing help of our family and friends.
Groom: Each personal touch somehow held a sentimental value or relevance that reflected the bride and grooms passions towards life and love for the guests.

Advice for future brides & grooms:
Bride: Keep the day about you and your spouse-to-be.  There is so much pressure these days to have over-the-top, showy weddings, but so often you hear people say that it just went by in a daze, and they barely had time to enjoy the day, or that they or their families will be paying off debt for ages. Don’t let the day take over the true meaning of the day. It is just one day in the rest of your lives together!!!
Groom: Most couples nowadays seem to try and outdo the wedding before them.  This could very well be the worst fallacy for brides and grooms.  We recognized this, and for us, it was not difficult to ‘unplug’ from this mindset and go in a direction where our hearts and imaginations led us.

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again?
Bride: Nothing! We had the most fabulous day! It was perfection!
Groom: (Other than extend the hours for the open bar haha)

Best surprise of the day:
Bride: The most beautiful surprise was flowers from my husband while getting ready, along with a hand written, heartfelt note. The funniest surprise was walking into someone’s room later in the evening who I thought was from our wedding party, but turned out to be a large group of people having a retirement party!
Groom: If I don’t say that the best surprise was checking out my bride as I first laid eyes on her, I think I’ll get in trouble wink

Anything else you'd like to add: I feel like we need to give a special shout out to everyone that helped make the day so meaningful! It was so special to walk down the aisle knowing that together with my husband, family, and friends, we personalized every little detail of the day. The vendors we worked with were also fantastic, and the day went incredibly smoothly due to their hard work.  We are so grateful to everyone involved in making the day so memorable for us, and of course, for the love and support of our friends and family with whom this day would not have been possible.

VENDORS: Ceremony Location: Idlewyld Inn | Reception Location: Idlewyld Inn (and our brunch the next morning too!)
Officiant: Jeff Hicks, Kettle Creek Weddings | Cake: Bride | Dress: Mori Lee Bridesmaid 696 Ivory/Champagne - Garber's Bridal, plus sash/trim from bride's mom and bride | Wedding Planner: Bride & Groom | Flowers/Decorator: Bride's Mother, Bride's Stepmother, Bride | Hair/Makeup: Hair/Makeup - AlyCat Makeup & Hair Artistry; Lashes - Masquerade Salon; Nails - Hot Nails Huron/Highbury | DJ; Groom mixed/compiled music, Groom's brother played the music | Other - Groom's suit: David E. White | Other - Videography: Groom's brother

WEDDING SONGS: Processional: 2 Cellos - Book of Love (instrumental version mixed by groom) | Recessional: Piano Guys - Let it Go

 

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