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.

Winter Engagement Shoot & Winter Viamede Wedding

For some couples, the appeal of a winter engagement photography session cannot be denied.  In the case of Christine and Jay, not only did they elect to have their engagement photo session in January, they also have a winter wedding planned at the beautiful Viamede Resort!

Even though Christine and Jay are not currently local to the Kawartha’s, they have decided to have a winter Kawartha resort wedding which for many couples is a unique and beautiful event.  When asked for local destinations for their engagement shoot, I suggested it take place at a location I have used with great success in the past … the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.  The park is located only 1 minute north of downtown Buckhorn.  For a couple that is looking for an outdoor, natural, Kawartha feel to their photos, this location can’t be beat.  With its natural trails, exposed rock, wooden bridge and gentle river, it is a beautiful photography destination.  Oh … and perfect for those that want to include their dog!

Looking forward to their small and intimate wedding in February.

 

Lisa and Spencer’s Wedding at the Peterborough Golf Club

This past October, later in the month, was the very fun and beautifully done wedding of Lisa and Spencer.  A day that list some late October days … had a great fall feel with impressive colours on the trees …. and the potential of snow.  On this day it turned out to be one of the coldest of the month.  That was unfortunate as their plans for an outside ceremony changed to an inside one (which Peterborough Golf Course easily accommodated).  Even though the ceremony took place indoors, the back wall with the windows overlooking the golf course made for a great backup location.

Their day started out like many wedding days, the guys getting ready at one location while the girls got ready at another.  I started my day at Lisa and Spencer’s home where the guys were having a great time getting themselves and a couple of the young boys ready.  Then it was off to Lisa’s parents home to capture the girls while they completed their the final prep.

It was at Peterborough Golf and Country Club that most of their wedding day took place.  A local, very convenient location for them to hold their wedding ceremony, family and wedding party pictures and then the reception (which entailed dinner, speeches, surprise video slideshow, my photo booth, great dancing and impressive fireworks).  I have shot weddings before at the Peterborough Golf Club before but this one certainly stands out for me.

To sum up … it was a wedding day that was perfectly executed and certainly a ton of fun.  The dining hall was beautifully decorated, the speeches were genuine and heartfelt, the meal was excellent, the music pumping, my photo booth was a big hit and the firework show they treated their guests too … WOW … very impressive.

 

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