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!

Perfect July Church and Farm Wedding in Keene, Ontario – Rachel & Ian

Early July I made the trek to Keene, a beautiful rural town south east of Peterborough for the wedding (ceremony and reception) of Rachel & Ian. Rachel and Ian live just outside the town of Keene and are very active in the farming lifestyle.  The elements of a farmers wedding were included in their day in many of the small (and sometimes large) details.  The fellows boutonnieres, the inclusion of the farms windmill, the wheat field and their vehicles were all fun personal elements they included in their day (and in much of the photography).

From the comical moment of the stray cat walking into the church during their ceremony, to the rock’n reception with a fun hula-hoop game to get Rachel & Ian to kiss, awesome meal and great music by Homemade Jam, the entire day had a great atmosphere of being laid back and having fun.

Here is a brief summary of their perfect July wedding.  Enjoy!

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