Baxter Creek Summer Wedding – Kristin & Justin

Wow!  Another Baxter Creek Golf Club wedding that was another huge success.  I’ve been very fortunate to not only get referrals from Baxter Creek but to have worked with such great clients.  Kristin and Justin’s late summer wedding at Baxter Creek was great.  Even with the threat of rain for most of the day, the weather held out and their wedding was fabulous.

Kristin and Justin did their preparations at separate residences not far from Baxter Creek.  With some simply scheduling I spent time at both of their locations capturing some great moments of the early prep and pre-wedding excitement.  Then off to the wedding venue I went for their picture perfect outdoor ceremony.  As per the usual schedule, when the ceremony was done we went through some family pics then into golf carts to explore locations on the golf course.  Once the wedding party and bride & groom pic’s were done, off we went to the dining area at the club house where everyone was already waiting for their big entrance.

Their evening was a ton of fun with heart felt speeches, singing challenges to get Kristin & Justin to kiss, the usual great meal that Baxter Creek provides and then a nice intimate first dance on the outer deck.

Below are images that I thought quickly summarized their day.  Enjoy.

 

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.

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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