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Mia + Brent
{London Ontario Wedding Photography}

To say I was excited about Mia & Brent's wedding would be an understatement!! I first met this wonderful couple a few years ago at Jackie & Russ's wedding and then again at Alisha & Will's When Mia emailed me in excitement to let me know that Brent had proposed and that she wanted to make sure I was available for whatever date they chose I was so thrilled!!

Their wedding day at Ivey Spenver Hall was absolute perfection (even with a little tornado warning while the girls were getting ready!). Mia & Brent, I can't thank you enough for trusting me to document your love story and hope to capture many more moments for you in the future!

- Heather {London Ontario Photographer}

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Carly & Adam
{Sarnia Ontario Wedding Photography}

Carly is the cousin of one of my best friends Krista, who was also the maid of honor! I have know Carly for a long time, so photographing this moment for her was such a pleasure! I loved that we visited the spots that meant the most to Adam & Carly throughout their relationship, especially the fry truck, which is where they had their first date! I stayed til the very end and danced the night away with my friends and then got to capture one last photo of Adam & Carly walking away to their hotel at 1am!

Niki {Sarnia Ontario Wedding Photographer}

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less:  Sweet, Simple, Romantic

What are your favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: When Adam forgot what to reply during our vows. We all had a good laugh and it set the tone for the rest of the day.
Groom: Seeing Carly for the first time.

Best wedding related decision: Having the ceremony outside. The summer had been pretty miserable up until that day. It was beautiful!

Favourite detail: Our cake topper! Adam had a blog called the ugly pony when we first started dating. The caketopper's groom had a horsehead, like the blog mascot, and the bride had a unicorn head.

Advice for future brides & grooms: Remember to laugh!!! And tell your wedding party to give you reminders throughout the day to take it all in.

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? Not a single thing.

Best surprise of the day: When a friend of mine brought our dog, Daisy, to the ceremony for pictures! She's an important part of our family.

VENDORS: Ceremony Location: Canatara Park | Reception Location: Sarnia Golf and Curling Club | Officiant : Wendy Starr | Cake : The Cake Lady | Dress : David's Bridal | Flowers/Decorator : R&D Floral, Par-Tee Rentals | Hair/Makeup: Christine DeBoer / Fuzion | DJ - Jaga Musical EntertainmenT

WEDDING SONGS: Processional - Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars (Covered by Vitamin String Quartet), Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes (Covered by Vitamin String Quartet) | Recessional - Love is All You Need by the Beatles (Covered by Vitamin String Quartet) | Entrance - Everybody Dance Now - C&C Music Factory | First Dance - Ho Hey by the Lumineers | Parent Dances - The Daughter Song by Dion Roy, It's a Wonderful World by Frank Sinatra


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Ferris + Dave
{Forest City National Golf Club Wedding Photography}

Ferris and Dave were married on a beautiful summer day at Forest City National Golf Club. They had lots of personalized touches for their tent reception and had their first dance under the open sky! It was a beautiful day!

- Heather {London Ontario Wedding Photographer}

Two past HRM wedding couples were in attendance!

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Lara + Neil
{Idlewyld Inn Wedding Photography}

Perhaps one of the sweetest weddings we've had the pleasure of photographing - small in numbers, big in LOVE. Lara & Neil shared their vows in an intimate ceremony with just their immediate families on a weekday in September (more weekday weddings please!). I have photographed many of Lara's friend's weddings and it was so exciting that it was finally her turn! We were sad that we couldn't make it to their Toronto reception, but small world that it is, found out one of our photographer friends was attending and got him to set up a sneaky surprise (photos from this wedding day framed at their reception) a few days later! Congrats Lara & Neil, we will always remember your sweet wedding day and how lucky we were to be a part of it!

- Heather

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: ​Relaxed weekday garden wedding.

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: Having a relaxed breakfast at the Idlewyld together on our wedding day. How much my heart was pounding before seeing Neil in his wedding attire for the first time. Taking a moment by ourselves in the Civic Gardens after the ceremony and before we drove back to the Idlewyld for dinner.
Groom: The beautiful, sunny day. Killing time and eating room service before the big moment. When my family arrived and we put on our flowers. Debating whether to scare Lara during our first look. Choosing not to (at the last minute) and just soaking in her beautiful dress! The look of forgiveness in Lara's eyes when we realized I forgot the marriage license at the hotel! The beautiful small ceremony. Driving away with beer cans on the car. My first dinner as a married man at the Idlewyld.

Best wedding related decision:
Bride: ​Getting married on a Thursday! Having two wedding events (the Thursday legal ceremony and a party with our friends and family in Toronto on Saturday) allowed us to spread out the festivities and celebrate our marriage the way we wanted to.
Groom: Overall, asking Lara to marry me was a pretty great decision. On the day, wearing funky socks, I guess.

Favourite detail:
Bride: ​​My dress was made by my Gramma. It was originally my Mum's wedding dress in the 1970s (and had large cape-like sleeves and a bigger skirt) and I had it altered to update it. My Gramma passed away last year, so it was significant to wear something she had put love and energy into.
Groom:​ ​The park / gazebo turned out to be a perfect place to get married. We loved that some old​er folks sat and watched from a bench and we felt lucky to have such a beautiful day.

Advice for future brides & grooms:
Bride: ​Make decisions that are meaningful to you instead of the way it's "supposed" to be.
Groom: I second Lara here. Tradition shmadition. Do what feels like 'you' and you can't go wrong.

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again:
Bride: I would eat less at dinner so I could have more room for champagne after our families went home​.​
Groom: not a thing.

Best surprise of the day:
Bride: ​ ​The flowers! They were more wonderful than I had imagined. I had loved the idea of having anemones but our florist Tania told me she didn't​ ​know if she would ​ ​be able to get them. Then on the day she surprised us with Neil's anemone bout, and there were some in my bouquet as well. And my flower crown was a last minute-ish decision which Tania whipped up and it was so perfect. She is such a talent.
Groom: I wasn't nervous. It was peaceful and happy, through and through.

VENDORS: Ceremony Location: Civic Gardens gazebo (it was FREE!) | Reception Location: Idlewyld Inn drawing room | Officiant: Rev. Lori Hisson | Dress: Annie Davis, altered by the brilliant Maegan McWade at Shoppe & Tailor in Toronto | Flowers/Decorator: The amazingly talented Tania Dupon-Martinez | 

We love this couple so much we had to get into a photo with them too!

The bride and groom react at their Toronto reception when surprised with prints from their wedding day!! LOVE IT!


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Jacquie + Brad
{Stratford Ontario Wedding Photography}

We had an amazing day with Jacquie & Brad documenting their celebration! Jacquie & Brad planned most of the details for their wedding while living in China and they did an amazing job! We had a great time with their fun wedding party and did their photos around the Stratford area (what an adorable town!) The ceremony & reception took place at Jacquie’s moms home in New Hamburg, and everything looked beautiful. I loved the ceremony set up at the front of the house - it was perfect!  They even managed to arrange for Brad’s old Volkswagen beetle to make an appearance - this car held a huge significance to the couple as they travelled the world. Congrats to the lovely couple!

- Niki {London Ontario Wedding Photographer}

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