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October Wedding

Jessica + Chris
{Bellamere Winery Wedding Photography}

What a rainy wedding season we had last year! Bellamere is always a favorite spot of ours, and we have had lots of practice making the best of rainy days on their beautiful property! Jessica and Chris are a great couple who took the rain in stride and we had a wonderful day with them!

- Heather {London Ontario Wedding Photography}

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Rustic elegance

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?

Bride: It's hard to pick a favourite memory because everything was amazing, but I really enjoyed the speeches. Hearing all of the nice stories and memories that our friends and family share with us, the aspects of our relationships they value and feeling the support they have for us was very special.

Groom: Seeing Jess for the first time as she walked down the aisle.

Favourite detail: We were really happy with how our décor turned out! The atmosphere at Bellamere is so cozy and the architecture is so beautiful on its own that it doesn’t need much in the way of décor, so the combination of our lighting, linens, floral arrangements and homemade touches really created exactly the look that we wanted.

Advice for future brides & grooms: No matter how busy you get, how hectic things get, or how much fun you are having, take a moment to step back, take a deep breath and really take everything in. Be proud of the hard work you have put in making the day what it is and be happy knowing that all of your closest family and friends are gathered in one room because they love you! And be excited knowing that, once all of the excitement of the big day is over, you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend! Most importantly (and you will hear this many times throughout your planning, but it’s true), your guests won’t notice if something turns out differently than you planned, so don’t worry if everything doesn’t go exactly according to plan!The day will be amazing regardless. We attribute the success of the day to our incredible vendors! We would recommend that future brides and grooms choose vendors that have a great reputation, rather than those that are inexpensive. They have that great reputation for a reason!

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? We wouldn’t change a thing!

Best surprise of the day:

Bride: When I arrived at Bellamere for the ceremony I had some time to spare. Since I had not seen the reception space, Patti secretly took me to see how everything had come together. This was great because it eased my nerves and it was fun knowing all of our guests were on the other side of the doors and couldn't see me!

Groom: While taking photos outside, Patti brought us a platter of the hors d'ouvres to eat!

VENDORS: Ceremony Location : Bellamere Winery & Event Centre | Reception Location: Bellamere Winery & Event Centre | Officiant - Ken Lofgren | Dress - Allure Bridals, Nicholas and Elizabeth Bridal | Wedding Planner - Patti Lofgren at Bellamere Winery & Event Centre | Flowers/Decorator - Patzees Floral Scapes | Hair/Makeup - Lisa MacLean, Lavish Salon & Spa (sister-in-law) - Amberly Hall, self-employed (family friend) | Caterer - Bellamere Winery & Event Centre | DJ - DJ Kevin Evans, DJ Alpha Productions | Bridesmaid dresses: Sophie’s Gown Shoppe and David’s Bridal | Groom and groomsmen tuxedos: Moore’s Clothing For Men | Chalkboards: Katie Carroll (family friend)

WEDDING SONGS: Processional - “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri | Recessional- “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen | Entrance - “Best I Ever Had” by Drake | First Dance - “From The Ground Up” by Dan + Shay | Parent Dances - mother / son dance: “Days Like This” by Van Morrison / brother - sister dance (dedicated to bride’s father): “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood

 

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Chelsie + Brandon
{Windermere Manor Wedding Photography}

You'd never know from looking at these photos how chilly it was on Chelsie & Brandon's wedding day.... we were surprised with SNOW on their Oct 17th wedding day! Despite the cold, it was a beautiful fall day and we loved every minute of their wonderful wedding! Chelsie's dress was one of the most beautiful dresses I've ever seen and it was so nice to see some familiar faces in the wedding party and at the reception!

- Heather

 

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Melissa + Jordan
Windermere Manor Wedding Photography

I loved being a part of this fun couple's wedding day at Windermere Manor! Despite the rain, we had a wonderful day and were able to do the majority of their pictures outside in the beautiful fall colours!

- Heather

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: I loved being surrounded by our family and closest friends to celebrate our love and commitment to each other.  I loved our first dance together, and dancing all night long with everyone. 
Groom: Our first look and listening to the speeches written for us. 

Best wedding related decision: Choosing HRM as our photographer, and having a first look!! ‎ Our DJ was also incredible and added so much to the night.

Favourite detail:‎ I'm not sure if this is the type of detail you're looking for, as I feel like at the material details we planned I honestly didn't notice on the day of because of how much was going on.  Our DJ had us choose a song for later in the evening, and when we heard it we had to drop whatever we were doing and meet on the dance floor. This was an incredible moment for us to reconnect and remember that the day was about our love for each other.   I'm so grateful that our vendors were so well versed in the wedding industry and knew how to make our day special. 

Advice for future brides & grooms: ‎The day will fly by no matter how much you try to be in the moment. It's worth that little bit more for vendors who know what they are doing. Plan moments in advance to spend with each other throughout the day, whether it's on the dance floor, or before or after the ceremony.  Even if it's just for 5 or 10 minutes.

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? Can I say the weather? As it poured most of the day. Although Heather managed to use it in our photos to capture beautiful moments. Everything worked out in the end and all the hiccups just made it that much more memorable. 

Favorite HRM picture from the day (and why?): It is so hard to choose just one, as we love so many of them, but if we had to choose it would be our night shot out in the rain. You can see the rain pouring down, and yet it still felt so magical and we really had fun taking the photos.

VENDORS: Ceremony Location: Windermere Manor | Reception Location: Windermere Manor | Officiant: Pete Olver from Kettle Creek Weddings | Cake‎: Melrose Bakery | Dress Store: Garber's Bridal | Dress Designer: MoriLee by Madeline Gardner | Flowers/Decorator: Springhill Flowers | Hair/Makeup‎: Black Friar Salon | DJ: Rob Aitken ‎from Music Central

WEDDING SONGS: Processional‎: From this Moment On, Shania Twain | First Dance: Then, Brad Paisley | Parent Dances: I Loved Her First, ‎Heartland, and My Wish, Rascal Flatts

 

 

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Courtney + Austin
{Sarnia Ontario Wedding Photography}

Courtney and Austin had a beautiful fall wedding day at the Sarnia Yacht Club! They booked me via email as they live in China and teach there, so I met them for the first time on their wedding day! Courtney had a handmade skirt made for the big day that she paid with a sweater from the Gap! It was simply stunning how her look came together! We got some awesome shots at Canatara park and some beautiful photos at dusk by the Sarnia waterfront.

- Niki 

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Simple, elegant and fun!

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?  Bride: Getting Ready, Ceremony & Cocktail Hour

Best wedding related decision: To sabre the champagne

Favourite detail: Advice Box, Thumbprint Guest book

Advice for future brides & grooms: It will all come together

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? No

Best surprise of the day: The weather

Anything else you'd like to add: Photographers were awesome. Professional, helpful & reassuring

VENDORS: Ceremony Location: Sarnia Yacht Club  | Reception Location: Sarnia Yacht Club  | Officiant: Barb Paulchuck  | Cake- none, we had creme brulee  | Dress: Homemade, sweater from Gap | Wedding Planner: Aunt Lori | Flowers/Decorator: My Mom & Aunt Lori | Hair/Makeup: Glass & Pillar, Ruckle  | Caterer: Micheal Mansfield

WEDDING SONGS: Processional - Wedding Song by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Kelly + Fil
{London Ontario Wedding Photography}

What a fun wedding this was! Kelly & Fil had a wonderful wedding that included their little guy Jaden as the ring bearer! After the ceremony, we were on a mission to find the most colourful tree around and we did! We found some beautiful fall colours at Kiwanis Park on the way to their reception hall, and we were so glad we did as the photos turned out amazing! Kelly's bridemaids were such great sports trekking through mud and nature to get to our perfect photo location!

Niki {London Ontario Wedding Photographer}

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