What a special wedding for me to capture… Andrew and I are old friends from public school and reconnected a few years ago when our parents ran into each other. We’ve kept in touch via email, had dinner together when I was in Ottawa a few years ago and I was absolutely delighted when he contacted me to let me know that he was engaged and wanted me to photograph the wedding! There are no words to describe what a wonderful weekend this was – Kim and Andrew made their wedding celebration so perfectly them, and incorporated many of their passions into the celebration allowing friends & family to experience their idea of a perfect Muskoka weekend! This included morning yoga on the dock, rock climbing, canoeing, (Eric and I had a great time taking Iris out in her first canoe ride!) and topping it off with a Scottish Ceilidh for the dancing!
The day before the wedding, they let me in on a little secret – that Kim was about 16 weeks pregnant and they’d be announcing it at the reception! It truly felt like their was magic in the air photographing them at sunset, newly married with a baby on the way – so much love, the whole weekend felt like a big hug Thanks so much for having me be a part of your big day – it was an amazing weekend that I’ll never forget! xo!
Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Outdoors, fun, simple, genuine, elegant
What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: yoga on the docks with the mist rising on the morning of our ceremony, seeing Andrew bike down the rocks to the ceremony site, the Ceilidh, seeing all our friends and family outside all weekend canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, climbing ropes, hiking, biking and getting to know each other.
Groom: campfire on Friday night under the stars, we were outside most of the weekend and the weather was perfect, sharing the whole weekend with all our favorite people, Seeing Kim walk toward the ceremony site surrounded by trees and the sparkling lake. Bike entrance, canoe exit: perfect.
Best wedding related decision: celebrating all weekend from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Favourite detail: The pink roses and Andrew’s kilt.
Advice for future brides & grooms: There are no rules, it’s YOUR wedding, create what you want. Our favorite part was feeling like the wedding was a true reflection of us. Savour it.
Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? No.
Best surprise of the day: Andrew was most surprised when Rita and Brett sang and played “Mystery” as we signed the wedding papers. Our favorite surprise that we presented was announcing our pregnancy to everyone at the reception.
Favorite HRM picture from the day (and why?): #436 -it’s a real moment and it captures the beauty and feelings of the day, #641 – amazing sunset, amazing moment, the lighting is beautiful and there’s a baby in there!! #257 You captured the moment Andrew saw Kim walking towards the site with her mom perfectly – he was so happy! #440 – beautiful!
Anything else you’d like to add: Thank you for capturing our wedding weekend – the photos bring tears to our eyes every time we look at them!
VENDORS: Ceremony Location: Summer Camp in Muskoka where Kim used to work. The staff were amazing! | Reception Location: same | Officiant (if not a church ceremony): Kim’s Uncle Wayne | Cake: homemade by Kim’s best friend Rita with Lynne – the two maids of honour. | Dress (designer and/or store): $60 at the back of a store in Toronto, the sash was hand-made. | Wedding Planners: Kim and Andrew (mostly sitting in coffee shops or on the beach in Australia) | Flowers/Decorator: Avenue Road Flower Markets in Toronto – all assembled by Kim and her team of great friends with a few practice runs for the boutonnieres with her mom and Rita. | Hair/Makeup: no make-up, hair done in Gravenhurst | Caterer: North Catering – thanks Kaitlin Norris!! www.northinmuskoka.com | DJ: we had a Ceilidh – Pat Simmonds www.spraoi.ca | Other: A big thanks to Rita for singing at the reception “Marry Me” by Train.
WEDDING SONGS: Processional: Rory Sinclair played the bagpipes as the guests walked to the wedding site. He was excellent and fun to work with! www.cravemusic.com/rory | Recessional: Rory played us out also. | Entrance: Brett Shepherd, one of the groomsmen played guitar | First Dance: David Francey “Come Rain or Come Shine” mixed with “Hey Boy, Hey Girl” by the Chemical Brothers.
The morning of the big day…
Favorite HRM picture from the day (and why?): #257 You captured the moment Andrew saw Kim walking towards the site with her mom perfectly – he was so happy! (below)
Favorite HRM picture from the day (and why?): #436 -it’s a real moment and it captures the beauty and feelings of the day(above) #440 – beautiful! (below)
Absolutely love the wood grain look on Andrew’s ring!
Favorite HRM picture from the day (and why?): #641 – amazing sunset, amazing moment, the lighting is beautiful and there’s a baby in there!! (below left)
Me and my public school chums!
A few shots from brunch the following day…