Stunning Wildfire Golf Club Wedding – Dianne and Frank of Douro

This past August 9th, 2014 I had the pleasure of photographing Dianne, Frank, family and friends at their elegant Wildfire Golf Club wedding. Both ceremony and reception took place at Wildfire, which is a private golf course north east of Peterborough, very close to Stoney Lake.

My day started out at their beautiful home on Clear Lake, just a short drive from Wildfire Golf Club. At Dianne and Frank’s home I started off by capturing the fellows as they prepared for the day. For a brief moment Frank’s son Jake, who’s a professional musician, played a small piece on their grand piano. Even though it was brief, it sounded great. I’ve shot weddings in the past where Jake provided the live music and he always does a great job. Here is a link to his website. There are samples of his work on his website.

When the guys were done getting ready, the ladies showed up and were just about ready to go to the ceremony as they did their hair, makeup and clothing elsewhere. With a little juggling of logistics in their home, Frank was able to slip out with not seeing Dianne nor her him. When the ladies did a couple final touch-ups at home (such as flowers in Dianne’s hair, a beautiful flower crown for the flower girl and a surprise gift of a locket necklace for the flower girl), the ladies were ready for some outdoor photos in the beautiful gardens around the home and a few group shots at the lake.

When the time had approached I ran off to Wildfire Golf Club and captured some of the stunningly elegant decorating that Frank and Dianne had orchestrated. The clubhouse was beautiful not just in the architecture but in the lengths Dianne and Frank went to for the flowers (expertly done by Rhod and Marg Millers) and many other little details (as you’ll see in a couple of the images below). There was even awesome His and Her wedding cakes (by Marilyn Shaw)!

Their ceremony took place with approx 160 guests in attendance behind the clubhouse at the 18th green overlooking the pond and waterfall. With the perfect weather, it was a beautiful scene. When the fellows walked into the ceremony, Frank was so excited for things to finally be happening he danced the whole way in! (see below image). Their soloist (Lloyd Knight) that sung to the group before the ceremony and during the signing of the marriage documents was excellent. He also sang a few songs for them during the reception which was quite beautiful and unique. The ladies were all shuttled into the ceremony on golf carts via a long drive up the 18th fairway. The drivers of the ladies golf carts where the three young ushers who’s group pic I included below. With the music playing in the background and how they timed everything, it was quite a beautiful scene.

After the ceremony we created keepsake images of the wedding party as well as Frank and Dianne (including the super moon that was out that night) then we were back at the reception for dinner, speeches, dancing and a photo booth that I setup for some fun late night pictures.

Engagement Shoot – September Wedding @ The Ranch in Bethany

Summer 2014 took Laura, Paul and me to the beautiful Burleigh Falls location, just a short drive north east of Peterborough, Ontario. We started their engagement pictures behind the still active (both dining and rooms to rent) Burleigh Island Lodge. Behind the lodge is a great quiet location for some dock and excellent lake images. From here we wandered over to the south side of the rapids to capture some long exposure sunset images. With Laura and Paul being up for anything and in a great location with great light, they were very patient as we took several excellent images with the Burleigh Falls backdrop.

This September Laura and Paul are getting married at The Ranch Resort in Bethany. A venue I’ve been to before and one I’m looking forward to returning to. The Ranch has a separate bar and dance floor area from where the dining takes place which is very convenient and they have a large deck, a huge pond and tons of parking. It is a great wedding venue for those looking for a rural setting south west of Peterborough.

Here are a few of my selections from our great engagement photography session.

Summer Wedding at Baxter Creek Golf Club – Emily & Devon

At the end of July there was a typical hot Saturday with a not so typical Kawartha wedding. Emily and Devon are from the Bobcaygeon area and kept things local with their ceremony and reception taking place at the popular Baxter Creek Golf Club.

My day started off with a trip to Lindsay to where the girls were getting ready. Emily and her ladies were at Emily’s grandparents home which I’m sure added a fun energy to the house. After spending an hour or so capturing the fun getting ready images it was off to Devon’s parents home for us to complete all of the family formals before the ceremony. This may not be a traditional thing to do, but if the couple is comfortable with it, it does help to remove a sometimes chaotic element right after the ceremony. It allows the family to immediately socialize and entertain the guests while the wedding party takes time with me. Since we were at Devon’s parents home to do the family pictures (which included their very cute Pug) and it was going to be the first time Emily and Devon saw each other, I organized how they would first see each other so that I could capture it. Below are a few images from the brief but very personal moment they had. I think it went great!

After the family pic’s we headed straight to Baxter Creek for the ceremony. Perfect weather gave a perfect outdoor ceremony where it was followed by a picture of all the guests with Emily, Devon and their wedding party in the middle of the heart shape that they had hoped to pull off. With the great help of Baxter Creeks event coordinator Carolyn Westington, we pulled off a fun group shot as shared below. After the group shot the wedding party and I jumped into golf carts and were taken by Baxter Creek staff to a few of the great photography spots that the golf course offers. We had a great time driving to some great locations. The weather was becoming a bit overcast as the evening progressed which every photographer loves to work with as it added some drama in the sky’s as we wrapped up.

After the Emily and Devon picture time was up, we went back to the clubhouse for a fantastic meal, great tear inducing speeches, homemade cupcakes for each guest (I couldn’t last and ate mine before dinner was over) and a great overall wedding reception.

Below are a few of my favorite images from my day with Emily and Devon. Enjoy!

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