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.

 

Emilie & Dave’s New Years Eve Wedding (Picton)

This past New Year’s Eve, Emilie & Dave had their beautiful and elegant barn wedding at Picton’s The Mill House in Prince Edward County (very close to Sandbanks Provincial Park).  This gorgeous location not only offered a custom-built wedding venue barn (with heated floors and built-in audio system), but a two storey farm house that was rented for the occasion.  This was incredibly convenient for a wedding where many family members were not local and wanted to use the same location for a ‘home base’ for the Bride’s family. As well they were able to use a second barn (12 km away) for the Groom’s family called the Old Dairy Barn At Sandbanks.

Emilie and Dave’s wedding was unique (at least unique for me).  They wanted a WOW experience for their arrival to the ceremony and they certainly achieved it.  When Dave proposed to Emilie while they were out West, he surprised her with a helicopter ride into the Rockie Mountains.  To include that into their wedding, the two of them (and I) flew via helicopter to The Mill House for the ceremony.  We departed from the old Picton airport (a photographer’s dream location with its old buildings) and had a short 1200ft tour of Prince Edward County.  We then circled the venue and made the big entrance. Only a couple of people knew about the surprise and they did a great job of getting all the guests outside next to the barn for the big arrival.

I choose a Black & White theme for this preview because I felt it represented the elegance and sophistication of this wedding.  It was a beautiful wedding day with excellent family and guests, a great meal, the ceremonial cutting of the cake with a sword, a beautiful venue, touching speeches, fun photo booth and great music … with a  grand finale of an impressive midnight fireworks display courtesy of North Star Fireworks Entertainment.

A huge thank you to Emilie and Dave for hiring me to be their private wedding photographer for the day.  Even though I was with them for 12 hours (12:30pm to 12:30am), the time flew by (pun intended) and it was a very fun day.  I wish them all the best.

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