Elmhirst Wedding – Carlene & Arthur

On a very rainy September day, Carlene & Arthur had a fantastic wedding at the beautiful Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake, Keene.

Their day started out with both Carlene and Arthur getting ready in separate, on-site cottages.  One of the many benefits of having their wedding at Elmhirst Resort is the convenience of family and friends staying on-site in their own cottages so all they have to do is walk to the wedding.  That allowed me to walk from one cottage to another, then to the main facility for their ceremony.  Unfortunately, when I arrived at the ceremony location shortly before it was scheduled to start, the sky had not cleared up and the ceremony had to be moved indoors.  Fortunately, Elmhirst has two wedding rooms.  One was beautifully decorated for their dinner and the other was ready as a backup ceremony location.  The move to an indoor ceremony was unfortunate, however having that option worked perfectly for Carlene and Arthur’s day.

When it was time for the wedding party photos, Stephen Elmhirst, the very kind and hospitable resort owner, took us to the private wine cellar.  It was an impressive location and a cool atmosphere to create some images.  Then we took a short walk to a small greenhouse which was another great onsite location to use in poor weather.  When we finished in the greenhouse the rain had stopped so we did a quick shoot down at the water’s edge.  The stormy sky and winds made for some great lake images.   Then our schedule brought us back to their reception for more time with their fun guests, an awesome band and a great meal.

A huge thank you to Carlene and Arthur for being a great couple to work with.


The Campbellford Wedding of Maxime & Ian

Recently I found myself at the beautiful home of Elizabeth & Bruce Thompson, the parents of my wedding client Ian and his stunning bride Maxime. Their century home with its detailed landscaping was a perfect, beautiful location to host an intimate family wedding.

Last year Maxime and Ian took me to the family cottage located at the 1000 Islands for their engagement shoot. It was a great ‘get to know you’ experience at a beautiful location. Before we left for their engagement shoot Maxime and Ian gave me a tour of Ian’s parent’s property and explained their wedding plans. To see it materialize a year later, exactly as they envisioned showed me their dedicated effort to put together a perfect day.

The day started with me capturing a surprise for Ian.  He is a musician (drummer) and he had a new drum set waiting for him at home as a wedding gift from Maxime.  Impressive!  He was speechless and it was a perfect gift.  After the guys were ready for the day I did the quick drive to Ian’s parent’s home to spend some time with the ladies as they finished their preparations.  After the moment of capturing Maxime’s father’s ‘first look’, we shot a few images on the beautiful staircase and then off to the backyard ceremony.  With the fantastic live band and surprise music performance of Maxime and Ian, the reception was underway and what a blast it was.  We were even blessed with an evening rainbow!

Even though there was a constant threat of rain on their wedding day, Mother Nature cooperated and their backyard ceremony and tent reception were perfect.

Beautiful Peterborough Barn Wedding – Jessica & Tyler

On a recent sunny, hot summer day at a private family farm … Jessica and Tyler tied the knot.  Choosing to hold all elements of their wedding day at Tyler’s parents farm was an excellent choice.  They had plenty of room, two private on-site locations for each to get ready and an active barn that for the wedding was cleaned up and looked fantastic.  I have always felt that wedding receptions in old barns are rich with character and atmosphere.  Plus, with the reception being in their own family’s barn, it made for a much more personal and intimate venue.

A couple elements of their wedding that stood out for me was a surprise live musical performance by the twins and Tyler’s Vet proudly staged outside the barn. Oh … and the chickens roaming freely were a great addition to the farm atmosphere.

Great family and friends, a casual but beautifully decorated atmosphere, a great meal and great music made for what I saw as one fantastic wedding.  A huge thanks to Jessica and Tyler for bringing me in to photograph their wedding day!


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