Archive of ‘Real Weddings’ category
I have to say, I am not a fan of winter weddings. At least in Ottawa. As beautiful as snow can be sometimes, I cringe when I think of a beautiful bride about to walk into the church and become someone’s wife, stepping out of her limo and getting smacked in the face with -20 degree winds and flurries that make her hair go limp and her eyes water… but some couples know how to do it right. Meaghan and Kelly’s Fredricton, New Brunswick wedding was classy, timeless, and so very suitable for the season. And they had one hell of a time considering they got slammed with snowstorms right before their wedding. Here’s a little more from the photographer:
Two big snowstorms in the days leading up to the wedding meant a flurry of flight reschedules and itinerary checking, but it all worked out — the last groomsman arrived about 15 minutes before the limo took off for the church to start the day.
And what a day. Many friends and more laughs. The World Juniors in the background. Something borrowed… AND blue. Full Catholic mass. Sparklers and champagne. A pit stop at Brewbakers because it was just too bloody cold to take photos outside (they were troopers, though). Glitter and gold… with more than a little romance. Capping everything off with a dance party. On my way out, Meaghan gave me a big hug and Kelly gave me a bigger kiss. That’s just how they are.
They rang in the New Year together, husband and wife.
They incorporated winter into their theme rather than simply ignoring the snow. Winter white bouquets with pinecones artistically arranged within them, cream gold and navy blue on the ladies, adorable winter boutonnieres on the gentlemen, and even gold charger plates with pinecone placeholders. Understated, and totally appropriate. Lovely job!! And PS Meaghan, those shoes are HOT!
Photographer: Kandise Brown / Caterer: Crowne Plaza / Floral Designer: WEDS / Musicians: Vinyl2bits / Makeup Artist: Made You Blush, Avalon SalonSpa / Bakery: Bella Baked Goods / Event Venue: Crowne Plaza, Lord Beaverbrook
Megan is from British Columbia, and Allan is from Pennsylvania. They met when they were 12 years old at Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge in the French River. Their families continued to go to the lodge throughout their adolescence and that’s when this adorable couple started their courtship.
This wedding took place at the lodge where they first met, Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge, a remote fishing lodge on an island in the French River in Northern Ontario. All 75 guest got shuttled in by boat, and stayed the weekend in huts on the island. The weekend was freezing, raining, and almost snowing, the locals and lodge workers were wearing snow suits for the boat ride!
All the adorable details were made by Megan or her entourage. Even supper was cooked by the grooms mother!
Photography: Caroline Ross Photography / Flowers: Urban Floral Design / Venue: Crane’s Lochaven Wilderness Lodge in French River, Ontario / Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Dress: Allure / Groom’s tux: Jos. A. Banks
I love how colourful this wedding was! Kirsty & Mark really incorporated colour into a number of really fun aspects of their September wedding other than just the venue. The different sock colours for the groomsmen and matching tuxedo handkerchiefs, the multi-coloured bouquets, and Kirsty’s shoes made for some great pops of unexpected colour. Their engagement story was really sweet too. Apparently, Kirsty was tricked into thinking she was given two free passes for Tofino Air. Kirsty and Mark took off in a small float plane and circled around some breaching whales, then flew down the beaches until they reached the beach they were going to land at. Kirsty looked down at the beach and spotted her now sister- and brother-in-law on the sand… then saw, written in the sand, “Kirsty Marry Me?” So romantic! Congratulations Kirsty & Mark!
Photographer: Joel Bedford / Venue: Lago Bar Grill / Gown: White by Vera Wang / Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal / Groom’s Tuxedo: Morris Formal Wear / Music: Rhythm Force / Hair: Peggy Richardson, European Flair – Hair & Spa / Makeup: Lesley Sparks email@example.com / Flowers: Costco
Melissa Gauthier of MJG Photography and I have been talking about publishing one of her weddings since last June, and I am pleased to finally post one! Catherine and Marc-André are such a cute couple, and their wedding looked like it was loads of fun. With bright violets and contrasting summer greens, it also looked quite glamorous too. From Melissa:
I met Catherine and Marc-André in late 2011 and right away I knew that this wedding would be a great one! Catherine is a nurse at the Montfort Hospital in the maternity ward. She was referred to me from the nurse whom helped deliver my son in 2009. My son had many complications at birth and the nurses were beyond amazing with the care of our son. So when Catherine came to me to book her wedding, I was so very excited.
The engagement session went very smoothly – it was fun and they were fun and easy-going. It was clear they were really in love and I could really see how much they adored each other through their photos, especially the way he looked at her.
The wedding day was stunningly beautiful. Marc-André had one exquisite bride and Catherine had one good-looking groom! The ceremony had so much emotion and happy tears from the moment she walked down the aisle (I’m such a suck for ceremonies… I should really include a box of Kleenex in my camera bag!) Overall the day was wonderful and the photos turned out amazing: from the venues they picked, the overcast day – and the happy couple. It was definitely one of my favorite weddings to date.
From the Bride:
Marc-André and I had been together for 11 years before our wedding – it was a classic tale of high school sweethearts!
We were married at the Trés-Sainte-Trinité , a beautiful large cathedral church located in Rockland, Ontario off Laurier Street. The ceremony was so perfect, emotional and full of love. We decided to do our formal photos at the beautiful Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. The museum has wonderful vintage feel all over the property, from old barns to antique schoolhouses. It was the perfect location for our photos. The reception was held at the RiverRock Inn also located in Rockland. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with purple silk backdrops along with sharp green accents to complete the hall. The day was amazing and beautiful – all that we ever dreamed of.
Photographer: Melissa Gauthier, MJG Photography / Hair: Nicole Lanthier at Salon MultiCoupe / Make-Up by Nancy Campbell Esthétique / Florist: Fleuriste Louis XVI (Saint-André-Avelin QC) / Dress: Ami-Fer / Menswear: Maitre Charle / Reception: RiverRock Inn
This may be my favorite wedding submitted to Satin and Snowflakes to date. I love an elegant wedding loaded with personality. Mike and Jackie, congratulations, I think your choices in venue were genius. The shots in the Fairmont Vancouver are elegant and timeless, and when paired with the unique and trendy (not to mention famous) Waldorf Hotel you really achieved a wedding that was a true extension of yourselves. More about the day from the photographers, Jason and Laura of Two Peas Photography:
This winter wedding was a day full of contrasts– beginnings and ends, happiness and sadness, darkness and light. From the wedding’s theme of ‘black and white’, to these two finding each other after years and countries apart. From the day beginning in the opulence of the Fairmont Vancouver and ending in that infamously kitsch East Van haunt. And of course the topic that has been occupying the dinner table and water cooler conversations of so many Vancouverites, it felt bittersweet celebrating a new chapter in Mike and Jackie’s relationship in the dimly-lit Tiki Bar days before the final chapter of The Waldorf Hotel comes to a close. It was a pleasure to be with Jackie and Mike on their incredible day, and an honour to have the opportunity to photograph in this venue before it shuts it’s doors.
The Waldorf Hotel has a great story itself. It’s a cultural hub in Vancouver and is unfortunately closing its doors for good soon. I found this great article about it in the Globe and Mail if you are interested in learning more about the Waldorf, here’s an excerpt:
Judging by the line-up that stretched outside the Waldorf Hotel for almost a full city block Monday night for the venue’s final Ice Cream Social, masses are likely to descend on the place tonight for one final eclectic, big-city experience. Forget the return of NHL hockey: Last call at the Waldorf will bethe place to be in Vancouver.
And last call it will be. In what has become a defining cultural moment for Vancouver, the operators who have animated the Waldorf the last few years are shutting down operations. It is a development that has stunned the artistic community in a city that has suffered a troubling list of cultural losses over the past year… [read more]
When I receive submissions, I tend to go straight for the pictures. When I got this submission from Kim Chapman in Maine, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Audrey Hepburn as I looked as through the album. The shots of Monica touching up her hair and make-up looked like old backstage shots of Audrey and Hubert de Givenchy preparing for another infamous movie.
From the photographer: A little Hollywood glam in Rockland, Maine was a great way to end my 2012 wedding season! I played up the black and white to really “throw back” the look which is how I saw it! Monica and Carl were the coolest, sweetest couple…and I LOVE their style. Monica’s “Audrey Hepburn” like dress was made by her mother! I felt like I was watching an old Hollywood movie set as I entered the girls dressing room. Her “french twist” hair really completed her look. Now you can’t have a wedding in Maine without a little snowfall! Right on cue just in time for our couple photos, the snow fell lightly. The couple braved the cold for some “snow in the dark” shots and we are all convinced it was pretty worth it!
From the bride: Carl and I met through our very good friend, Joe, who we asked to marry us- he was our officiant! Carl proposed to me on our third anniversary at the family-friend owned cabin in Owl’s Head where we have spent (and will spend) all of our anniversaries. Planning this wedding was a joy for us and enjoyed every minute of it. We just followed our instincts and style and it all came together beautifully! How perfect!
Photographer: Kim Chapman / Floral Designer: Heartfelt Farm / Cake Designer: Fresh / DJ: Dave Dionne / Venue: Samoset on the Ocean
This wedding makes me swoon! I am a firm believe that a wedding need to be a personal experience with lots of little, ornate and unique touches that stay true to the couple. This is obviously a really down-to-earth, quirky couple that really just wanted to get married and have a great party. The details are incredible, and I can’t get over the graphic design work. The cake topper is definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen. Blair Gable, one of my favorite Ottawa photographers, submitted these to me with the title “Killer Details”, and I couldn’t agree more! Here’s a little more from Blair:
Clients-turned-friends Jessey & Jeremy were married at the Strathmere Lodge south of Ottawa this past weekend. Jessey is extremely detail oriented and Jeremy is extremely organized – together they planned one hell of a wedding! You may remember the couple for their awesome engagement session under that big-ass tree in Experimental Farm.
Please, please, please click the link to see the engagement session. I saw it after seeing the wedding pics and I was a little blown away. This couple is beautiful and awesome and Blair is the freakin’ bomb. Congratulations Jessey & Jeremy – you might have had the cutest wedding of the season!
Photography: Blair Gable Photography / Location: Strathmere