Baxter Creek Summer Wedding – Amanda & Logan

This past July I had the pleasure of photographing the perfect Saturday wedding of Amanda & Logan.  Their wedding was a great example of what a couple years of planning can produce.  Their day had a notable and well executed theme, a great venue with a dedicated wedding planner, great DJ’s and most importantly a very fun and supportive group of family and friends.

Let me start with their theme.  Their wedding theme was Disney.  It was a favorite location for Amanda and Logan and it was the destination of their honeymoon.  Their execution of a Disney theme was impressive.  Logan’s cufflinks and Amanda’s matching necklace were a clever detail that many would have not noticed.  What was very noticeable were the unique table centerpieces which were taken from Beauty & the Beast.  The floating rose under glass were quite unique.  In addition they had the magic mirror next to the guest sign-in table, a Micky & Mini cake toper, the Disney font used throughout their written messages, a special ring holder for the best man, the instrumental version of a popular Beauty & The Beast song used during Amanda’s impressive entrance in a horse drawn carriage, reminiscent to the Cinderella story.  These are just a few of the many details they included in their beautifully and tastefully executed wedding.

Next is their venue.  I’d like to give a shout out to Baxter Creek’s wedding and event planner Carolyn Westington.  I have shot at almost every wedding venue in the Kawartha’s over the past 10 years and have worked with many wedding planners.  I have never had a wedding planner give me the support I needed to do my job well for our clients.  Most wedding planners treat the other hired services as a hired service.  What I mean by that is each service is on their own to do a good job and represent themselves independently.  Where Carolyn differs is she would constantly touch base with me to see if she could help me to do the best job I could to ensure our clients were getting the best experience.  I found this very touching and I was impressed at how hard she worked to coordinate the different independent services to give Amanda & Logan a professional, unified experience.  I have worked with good wedding planners in the past, but never with one that is more personable.  A big thank you to Carolyn and the Baxter Creek crew for making my experience at this wedding venue one that stands out!  🙂

Also, for years I have worked many weddings with Terry & Gerri of Homemade Jam.  A Kawartha based husband and wife DJ service with over 2 decades of experience.  For this wedding Terry was the Master of Ceremony.  I’ve seen Terry MC weddings before and she does a great job of keeping things moving along while keeping things fun.  In all the years I have crossed paths with Terry & Gerri I have never seen an empty dance floor.  Naturally I have photographed weddings where other DJ’s were contracted and I should comment … I have seen empty dance floors.  A wedding always has a very diverse group of people with different tastes in their music.  It is a skill to read the audience and adapt to keep the majority happy and on their feet.  It is not as simple as putting together a play list of music when it comes to getting people to dance.  I have first hand seen the difference it makes.  Terry and Gerri are a very kind and dedicated couple that have been great to network with over the years.  It was great to work with them again!

Let me close out by saying this local wedding was a ton of fun to shoot.  Everyone was in good spirits, the weather was perfect (rare for this 2017 wedding season), the theme was excellently executed, Carolyn and Baxter Creek executed the wedding like a well oiled machine, Homemade Jam had the group on their feet the entire time I was there (which made for some great photos) and most importantly … Amanda & Logan had smiles on their faces all day.

A Beachwood Resort Wedding – Sam & Stijn

One day this past June there was a perfect Saturday for a wedding.  This was a nice change from the very wet spring we had.  Sam and Stijn couldn’t have picked a better day to have their wedding.  The sky was clear, the ground was dry and the bugs were minimal.

Both Sam and Stijn prepared for the day in different units hosted at Beachwood Resort.  This allowed me to quickly walk back and forth between rooms to capture the time both were getting ready; a definite perk to having a wedding at one of the most family friendly resorts in the Kawarthas.

As you can see from the images below, they had a beautiful lakeside wedding ceremony followed by lawn games for the guests during the cocktail hour time.  While their guests enjoyed social time and lawn games during the cocktail hour the three of us had a great time walking around the resort and getting some excellent images.  With having their dinner onsite at Beachwood’s Fredrick’s restaurant, it was easy for us to slip out after dinner for a few sunset images on the dock.  I have found over the years the best lakeside images come from spending a bit of time with my bride and groom in that last hour of light.

With a unique first dance that took place outside under the trees, very fun guests, beautiful scenery, the inclusion of loved pets, impressive homemade center pieces, perfect weather and a well executed sparkler party, this was a fantastic Kawartha lakeside wedding!

Eganridge Resort and Golf Club Wedding – Jenn & Shea

Remember the flood of May 2017?  The rain and lake water levels will go down in the history books.  For Jenn and Shea, luck would have it that their wedding was scheduled to take place right in the middle of it.

Since their wedding took place in the middle of the heavy rains, the original plan for a lakeside ceremony had to be altered to the backup location that Eganridge offers … the main ballroom.  Fortunately for Jenn and Shea, the backup location did the job perfectly.  Eganridge’s very accommodating staff rearranged the reception room so that the tables where shuffled to the edges of the room which allowed for plenty of seating for the ceremony.  That is one of the benefits of having a wedding at a large facility like Eganridge, couples have a good backup option should the weather not cooperate.

In the case of this wedding, Jenn and Shea prepared for the day’s events at the Dunsford House.  The Dunsford House is the original farm house to this property and is conveniently located just a short walk from the main club house.  It’s a great location for not just getting ready on the day of the wedding, but Shea told me that the home was fantastic to use the day before for the rehearsal celebrations.

After their ceremony we were fortunate that the rain let up and were able to go outside for the wedding party photos. It was cold and it was windy but we did well considering we were in the middle of “The Flood of 2017”.

An exciting end to the day was Jenn and Shea’s surprise guest.  An award winning Elvis impersonator!  He sang them their first song and then performed several songs while the guests filled the dance floor.  It was a lot of fun and a first for me.

A big thanks for Jenn and Shea for including me in their wedding.  Here are a few highlights from their day.

 

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