Billings Estate is such a pretty venue for an outdoor wedding! Michelle and Justin said their vows in front of a small group of family and friends, with the pretty grounds of the estate as their backdrop. The sun came and went…and came back again. And we had rain too! But nothing could dampen their special day.
How do you kick off the August long weekend in style? By having a Thursday afternoon wedding at the most gorgeous venue possible! For those of you who haven’t been to le Belvedere or seen images, please go check it out! Every little nook and cranny of this venue gave wonderful options for photos.
I arrived at the guest house to take some photos of Amanda and Juliana before the ceremony. The house is tucked away, out of sight and we had some beautiful areas to use without risk of being seen by guests as they arrived.
The ceremony overlooked the beautiful hills and was performed by two family members – one from Amanda’s side of the family, one from Juliana’s. The cocktail hour also took place outdoors and the brides were able to mingle with guests and enjoy the view. The guests were a lively bunch and cocktails culminated in an impromptu Colombian dance party before everyone was ushered inside for dinner.
When Amanda and Juliana first contacted me they told me two important details: they had guests coming from far away and it was important to capture images with them. And secondly, the gorgeous backdrop of le Belvedere was important to them. I think we ended up with a wonderful mix of everything!
I previously met with Kelly and Donald for engagement photos and we had gotten a chance to get comfortable with each other. I then ran into them at another wedding I was photographing last Fall (it really is a small world!) and we were able to catch up. Kelly’s pregnancy was going well and no, Donald had not been able to talk her into a destination wedding!
Fast forward to this past Summer and I arrived at their home to rooms & rooms full of people. Wedding party, friends, parents, siblings, children, babies (3 of them under the age of 6 months), makeup artist and the multiple hairdressers. It was a seriously full house! But Kelly was relaxed and completely unfazed by all the commotion.
The sky was sunny and bright as we headed to Strathmere to capture some pre-ceremony images with Kelly, Donald and their sweet little girl. Weddings are busy and can be chaotic for little people but Kelly had the fantastic idea to bring her babysitter along for the day and it worked perfectly!
After the ceremony we captured some more images, this time of family and wedding party, before returning to the Garden House for dinner and several touching (and funny!) speeches.
It was a wonderful day and I was so happy to have played a part in it!
What can I say about this engagement session? Adam and Erin are the sweetest people! And the fact that they wanted their dog Lola to be included (I also have a furry Lola at home!) completely won me over! Their first date was at the Aulde Dubliner in the Ottawa market so that’s where we started our session. We didn’t anticipate just how busy the market would be on a Sunday evening in June so we quickly moved onto some other locations…downtown Ottawa has so much to offer! It was an easy, fun session and I’m so excited to capture their wedding in Perth this Fall 😉
I met with Kyle and Lauren last Spring for engagement photos and to get a feel for each other (I always recommend this!) and knew they would be comfortable with me and in front of the camera for their big day.
All events took place at Orchard View Wedding & Event Centre…the property surrounding the venue is SO pretty! Lauren and her bridesmaids were already at the venue when I arrived…it is always fun to meet up with a new group of ladies! I spent time with them as they got ready before heading outside to meet up with Kyle and his group of guys. They were a breeze to work with and I was able to return to Lauren’s room in time to see her garter being put on…the same garter worn by her Bubbe many years earlier. I love when family heirlooms can be passed on!
The ceremony was lovely and had traces of Jewish tradition throughout, including each male guest wearing a kippa. The ceremony ended with Kyle breaking a glass under the beautiful Chuppah. When Lauren first contacted me she mentioned that it was to be a Jewish meets Irish Catholic wedding and that she expected a constant full dance floor…and that’s exactly what she got! It was a fun day from start to finish and I’m so happy I was chosen to share in their special day!