Dragonflies filled the sky for Stephanie and Brian’s rustic wedding at Cosgrove Barn in Havelock, Ontario. It was something I have not seen before and it was marvellous.
They were an omen for the day to follow. A perfect spot for a first look. A groom who kept us laughing all the day long…Stephanie’s smile is dazzling and joyful. Add in Social Workers for bridesmaids and there were a whole bunch of people who are in touch with their emotions and not afraid to show them.
Let’s review; a barn wedding in a beautiful country stunning, dragonflies everywhere, and emotions for days – it was a documentary photographer’s dream.
The venue was Cosgrove Barn – they can be found on Facebook, it was beautiful and the owners went out their way to ensure the day was wonderful. Apparently, they still have dates open for 2017, you should snap them up.
A special mention to the caterers, On the Side Gourmet , the food was delicious and they were very accommodating to us.
The flowers fit the feel of this rustic barn wedding perfectly and were down by Blooms & Blossoms in Havelock, Ontario.
By the end of January I always end up feeling that winter is loooong, it’s grey, dreary, damp, cold. I spend most of my time inside, and if I’m not currently ill, I have been last week or I will be next. Winter is only good for binge watching netflix.
And then, well, then if you’re me, you are reminded of this ‘great idea’ to shoot an engagement session up at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Huntsville, Ontario. I muster up some buried excitement, because, though I dislike the cold, I do love the chance to get outside, meet new people and take pretty pictures.
I started driving up through the Muskokas, and outside the fluffy snow is arranged artfully, like it was painted on the trees just for photography. And it’s breathtaking, truly…and I remembered how much I love Ontario. And maybe, I remembered that I am still a Canadian and that a love of winter is in my bones. By the time I arrived in Huntsville, I was in awe of Mother Nature. She puts on one heck of a show.
So by the time I arrived at Arrowhead Provincial Park, I was so excited for a session in this perfect setting. When I arrived Christine and Ian were a little nervous about a photo session, but a lot excited to be there. He put on her skates and the way she leaned on him – they were partners.
Christine and Ian skated their first date, skated their proposal and skated to celebrate a wedding that is only a few short months away.
Thanks Christine and Ian for having me along.
The charm of winter weddings and engagements is really growing on me. How do you feel about them? Leave me a comment!
If you love winter check out this wedding in Grafton, Ontario – http://www.rachaeljoyphotography.com/a-rustic-winter-wedding/ .
One of the greatest things about documenting weddings is seeing how couples bring their vision to life. When Jenna contacted me saying they were having a Friday wedding with a sunset ceremony I knew it would be beautiful, but I couldn’t have guessed how touching and intimate it would feel to have a ceremony with only twinkling lights and the moon for light.
Jenna and Mark, their family and friends all made beautiful portraits on this day, but it was the ceremony and moments afterward that really stole this photographer’s heart.
It was their favourite people, a lot of love… a coming together and a life begun. Congratulations Jenna & Mark on your beautiful beginning.
The Shiloh church in Colborne, Ontario is tucked out of the way at the end of a dirt road. These days it is only open one day a year for their anniversary service, with one exception in 2015. In 1950 Shiloh Church heard the vows of Allison’s grandparents and on July 4, 2015 the weathered church heard another set of vows. The personal vows of Allison and Michael.
To know these two is to admire their commitment to each other and their adventurous spirit. Typewritten letters crossed the ocean to began their journey and Allison embarked on a recent solo trip on the El Camino. Tomorrow they depart for a little cottage in Nova Scotia. The rest of their tomorrows will be extraordinary.
I don’t fancy myself a writer. On the other hand, I can read like nobody’s business. And I have to tell you that reading Michael’s sonnets completely blew me away. They are a combination of touching and funny and feel like real life.
Like this one – the perfect match for the day:
Good morning, beautiful bean.
Your dreams have sprouted,
grown and bloomed like today.
I count your petals, she loves me,
she loves me, she loves me, she
loves me, etc. I wouldn’t pluck
you and fix you in your hair.
I wouldn’t pluck you to put
in a vase. I’ll water you with
kisses, I’ll kiss your glistening
lips. I’ll watch you grow,
little bean. I’ll love you like
a man loves a bean who
will one day be his wife.