loveLOVElove - Memorable Moments from 2017 - Weddings

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope today is full of so much love and cuddles and maybe some wine. Ok. Definitely some wine. 
Welcome to Day 2 of my new lovelovelove tradition. 3 days full of all kinds of love that is sure to melt your heart.

As I mentioned yesterday, this post has been in the works for a long time and it has not been an easy task. 2017 was a very full year of some of the biggest hearts imaginable. We covered everything from a private intimate ceremony on the shores of Georgian Bay, to a Summer Solstice wedding in the Rockies, to the count down on New Years Eve complete with noise makers and donuts. 

Thank you to each and every one of you beautiful couple's who trusted me (us) with your memories. I am so lucky to have you in my life and to witness the love and joy you have in your lives. I mean it with every fiber of my being. You are the reason I do this year after year. You make my heart swell. I love you dearly!!!

Thanks again to my second shooter, Joel Loughead. I love working with you more than you know, and you know a lot because I tell you all the gosh darn time. It's nice to be able to hug you when I'm feeling overwhelmed with love and I love the way you see things. 

Day 2 - Wedding Edition. Tissues at the ready!!!

Music: Steps (Instrumental) - SUNNE

Walters Falls Wedding | Cass & Jeff

Cass & Jeff opted for a small outdoor wedding ceremony at the Walters Falls Inn, near Georgian Bay. Travelling halfway across the country to celebrate their wedding meant they wanted to take full advantage of the time with their friends and family. Rather than just having everyone join them on the day of, they booked the Walters Falls Inn for two nights and hosted many of their family and friends for a rehearsal dinner the night before. They set out lawn games and gave everyone a chance to get to know one another better. It made for quite an intimate wedding with everyone already comfortable with each other.

The Walters Falls Inn is situated along the Niagara escarpment with the Bruce Trail running through its property and is home to one of the many waterfalls in the Grey Bruce area. It's the perfect wedding venue for an adventurous couple who love being outside. The hike down to the falls isn't particularly easy, especially in a wedding dress, but Cass was excited about it so she came up with a way of protecting her dress on the mucky hike down using a garbage bag. Not gonna lie, I was psyched she was so brave! Also, it turns out orange garbage bags are quite stylish.

Venue : Walters Falls Inn
Officiant : Sandy Conrad
Caterer: Walters Falls Inn
Flowers: Sarah Barber
DJ : DJ Mastermix 
Make-up : Rebecca Chantler
Hair : Katie D'Souza
Dress : Sophie's Dress Shoppe

Delmonte Pines Wedding | Steph & Chris

Steph & Chris are the kind of couple you care for instantly. The kind you want in your corner, to share a beer with and talk for hours, the kind that make you laugh, and definitely the kind of people you want to take dancing. Joel & I had the absolute pleasure to share an Algonquin adventure with them for their engagement shoot. It was the kind of day neither of us wanted to end. We were pretty sure the wedding would be much the same, and we weren't wrong. Even as we were packing our gear into the car at the end of the night, we had to stop and slow dance to Bryan Adams just before jumping into the station wagon. A perfect end to a pretty magical day.

This one was full of all the feels, and it still fills me up just thinking about it. <3
So much love to you, Steph & Chris.

venue - Delmonte in the Pines | planner - Laura ofHolly Matrimony Weddings | Officiant - Tina Bax | Catering - Shaw's Catering | Flowers - Seasons in the Country | Dress - David's Bridal | Cake - Steph's mom | DJ - Jason from Knight Hawk's DJ Services | Hair & Make-up - Hudson Salon | Rentals - Muskoka Party Rentals 

A MASSIVE thanks to BOTH of my second shooters - Sarah Tacoma & Joel Loughead

DIY backyard wedding near Georgian Bay | Stacie & Justin

This was the wedding that Kimberley built.
Stacie & Justin are two of the most generous and loving souls you'll ever meet. They make my heart swell. They are both staples in our fabulous little community, so it was no surprise that everyone wanted to pitch in to make this memorable for the pair of them.

They set the stage at a friends place down the street. On a hill overlooking the valley, with Old Baldy in the background. An aisle through meadows of wild flowers and surrounded by evergreens. Jonathan spent weeks grooming the land to make it perfect, he helped build tents and tables and benches. We gathered early to set up tables and chairs and decorations. Each one of us had a small task to make sure it all came together. David painted a mural for the backdrop, Stacie's best friend, Cristin, grew the flowers for our bouquets, and picked the rest from the valley, Justin made most of the food himself, Joel made punch, Meredith (of Meredith's Ginger Syrup fame) made delicious beverages, a friend's band played, our neighbour David Marshak played the processional and recessional, Ingrid did the beautiful ceremony and I had the pleasure and honour of standing next to Stacie as she said her vows, as well as capture the day for her. Double duty! I couldn't have done it without Sarah Tacoma as my right hand woman.
It was truly special to be able to show how much you love someone by helping them build the wedding of their dreams. 

Fun fact: I totally crashed their first date by accident. oops! I promise I gave them space once I realized what was up.

Photography: Frances Beatty Photography | Second Shooter: Sarah Tacoma | Caterer: Justin's Oven (groom) & Annie Fisher (friend) | Dress: Paula's Elegant Bride  | Groom's attire:  Moore's | Live Band: Bored of Education | Rentals: 4 Seasons Party Rentals