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!

Beautiful Stoney Lake Wedding – Viamede Resort – Alyse & Ken

Fun. That is how I would sum up the June wedding of Alyse and Ken. They are a fun, easy going couple with a great young son (Avery) that wanted nothing more than to have an enjoyable day with their family and friends on the shores of Stoney Lake at the popular Viamede Resort.

My time started with Ken, his son, Best-man and father at his parents cottage in the Burleigh Falls area. After the fellows were done, I quickly drove to Viamede and spent an hour with Alyse and her Maid-of-Honor in the newly renovated Honeymoon Suite. After a couple small hiccups with Alyse’s dress were dealt with, Alyse was looking beautiful and set for her wedding day. A short walk from the honeymoon suite took us to the awesome waterfront ceremony location that is commonly used at Viamede. Even with including the unique element of a dove release, their wedding ceremony went off without a hitch. After the ceremony we did a quick group photo of everyone at their wedding (there is a great spot to do this next to the popular ceremony location), we quickly had fun getting the family formals done and went straight into the wedding party and bride & groom photos. With the ease of walking around Viamede, we were at their reception for the exact time we needed to be. This was immediately followed by a very well done meal. I’d like to thank Alyse and Ken for including me in the fantastic meal they had ordered. After the meal some heart felt and humorous speeches were delivered and then there was a quick transition into the dancing. A great end to a great day.

Here are just a few of my favorites from their day.

Bancroft Winter Wedding – Laura & Shawn – Cedar Ridge Camp

This past February 1st was like most days this winter.  Snowfall … and lots of it!  But what made this day different for Laura & Shawn of Whitby was they had their unique winter wedding planned and it was taking place a little east of Bancroft.  Laura and Shawn booked the 150 acre Cedar Ridge Camp for the entire weekend so their family and friends could have a get-away weekend at this beautiful Kawartha camp.  This was my first time to Cedar Ridge Camp and it is a beautiful Kawartha retreat.  Regardless of the time of year, this remote location is very picturesque.

My day started just after lunch at the Best Western in Bancroft. This was where Laura was getting ready.  Approx 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony I left for Cedar Ridge Camp so that I could arrive before Laura and her family.  When I arrived their guests were inside the main lodge and excited about what was to start because this wedding ceremony was scheduled to take place outside and on the frozen lake!  With a path cleared through the deep snow that went from the backdoor of the lodge to a cleared place on the lake, it was clear that even with the heavy snowfall this outdoor ‘on the lake’ wedding was going to move forward.  When it was time for the ceremony to start, guests headed out onto the lake, brushed the snow off their chairs, sat down and watched the main event.  When we were out on the lake this past Saturday February 1st, when it was snowing so heavily, it was a little surreal as it was dead silent out on the ice.  The atmosphere of this ceremony was quite unique.  In this beautiful venue, at this time of year, it really felt like we were the only people in the world for a brief few minutes.

After the ceremony Laura and Shawn wanted to include their love of hockey in their wedding day.  So with nets setup, and their guests standing at the side-lines, a brief but violent game took place.  The intensity and passion for the game of hockey was evident as they hadn’t been married 30 minutes and they were ready to draw blood!   All kidding aside, it was a fun element to add to their wedding day.

As night fell, we headed inside to get warmed up and then the staff of Cedar Ridge Camp promptly served a fantastic meal.  Their guests sat at a single long table that was positioned in front of the wood burning fireplace.  It was a lovely, private family affair.

I’d like to thank Laura and Shawn for selecting me to be their private wedding photographer for the day.  Here are just a few of my person selections from their wedding photography collection.

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