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We're Dianne and Bertus. Welcome to our blog! We're a wedding photography team based in Southwestern Ontario, and we love meeting people in every stage of life. We have to admit that love stories are our favourite. If they have a little mystery with it, even better! We'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine (Malbec, just like us?), snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that we've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about us and our story...

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based in Southwestern Ontario, and we love meeting people in every stage of life. We have to admit that love stories are our favourite. If they have a little mystery with it, even better! We'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine (Malbec, just like us?), snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that we've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about us and our story...western Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life. I have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about me and my story...

La Salle Park, Burlington Wedding | Alexandra & Graeme

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It’s always the speeches that get us, and this Burlington wedding at La Salle Park was no different. From sweet memories recounted by the parents, to the fun recollections by the MCs, once again our eyes just opened up to how incredible all the couples are that we are blessed to love on.

QUIET ANTICIPATION

It’s been almost two years since Alexandra and Graeme’s ENGAGEMENT SESSION. And if we thought exploring Niagara on the Lake with them was the best, this wedding proved us wrong. From the first moment that we were welcomed into the getting ready suite of Alexandra at the Burlington Waterfront Hotel, we were welcomed with open arms. While the excitement could be felt, the room was relaxed and filled with quiet anticipation. We absolutely adore it when our couples are well prepared.

Alexandra had all her wedding day details ready, so we could get started on those photos immediately. We’d planned on lots of extra time, and we’re so glad we did! It allowed us to capture all the different stages of the getting ready time. From the fun jokes between bridesmaids, to sweet little Penny laying at Alexandra’s feet quietly watching all the events unfold… And during that, we had the possibility to capture the simplistic elegance of so many pretty details. They put extra thought into the meaning behind many of these items; even the invitation suite was made out to Graeme’s grandmother who was unable to attend. It was a special way of still involving her in the wedding.

When we met with the gentlemen in their suite, the air felt very similar. While we met both moms in the bride’s suite, the story behind meeting the father of the groom is a little more serendipitous. Funny enough, Bertus took the elevator down with the father of the groom who recognized the ring box he was holding. “Hey,” he said, “My son has the same ring box! He’s getting married today.” “Well,” Bertus deduced, “we must be going to the same wedding.”

A FAMILY AFFAIR IN BURLINGTON

After the bride was helped into her gorgeous Wtoo gown by her mama and stunning Badgley Mischkas by a friend, she and her gals followed shortly behind the groom and his friends. At their first look near the Burlington Marina, the swans looking on, the pure bliss on Graeme’s face after he turned around was contagious. The captures of that time of the day really show their love the best. We’re not going to guess, but are pretty sure that this wedding party was one of the best dressed that ever graced La Salle Park.

And that was before we even had the chance to meet the entire group that loves these two so much, from their family to friends, and even the “Penta Group” – a group that was started with five friends who still go on vacation together often. As their loved ones looked on, Alexandra was led up the aisle by her parents to her handsome groom. From the meaningful vows to the custom confetti put together by Alexandra herself (consisting of flowers and greenery that she’d been collecting for a while) that was thrown in the air on their walk back down the aisle as husband and wife… La Salle Park can never have seen so much joy, right?

THE START OF SOMETHING NEW

The rest of the day was not just a blur for the couple and their family, but also for us. We were so privileged to capture all the special touches that Alexandra and Graeme had put on this beautiful Burlington wedding day. And it could definitely not have gone so smoothly if it wasn’t for the incredible planner Amanda! She was an absolutely delight to work with!The delectable food was a highlight, of course, like always. But so were the special dances and speeches that we got to witness. Mother and son dancing to “You’ll be in my heart” from the Tarzan movie. Husband and wife danced to “Lover” by Taylor Swift. The entire evening felt like part of a movie, and we were there for it!

Their parents and friends spoke about their love story. And we couldn’t help but fall a little more in love with Alexandra and Graeme. They truly are a match for each other. Graeme’s kindness is the perfect compliment to Alexandra’s grace. Through the contents of the speeches, we could see how both their parents saw something in their new child-in-law so quickly. And why there was never a doubt in any of their minds that they were perfect together.Now they’re married, after an extra year of waiting. We couldn’t be more thrilled. And more excited to see what their future holds for them. Alexandra and Graeme, we wish you God’s blessing as you start this new chapter. Your wedding day is behind you, but your forever after is only just beginning.

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The Vendor Team

Bride’s Dress | Wtoo from Felichia Bridal
Men’s Suit | Moores
Bridesmaids Dresses | Revelry
Hair & Makeup | Victoria Barrett
Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Ring | Peoples
Florals | Bundle of Blooms
Planner | Amanda Collins Weddings
Invitations | The Bride and Groom themselves!
Officiant | One Soul Awakening
Violinist | Nathalie, a sweet friend of the couple
Styling Mat | Jaime Arlene
Venue | La Salle Park
Catering | Edge Hospitality
Entertainment | S4 Entertainment

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Brant County Horse Farm Wedding | Marjolein & Aaron

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As her father guided the horse down the aisle, Marjolein’s face was fixed on that of Aaron. This was it. The moment in time when they were two, but became one. At this stunning Brant County horse farm wedding, Aaron and Marjolein became Mr. and Mrs. Droogers.

IN THE COUNTRY

Have we ever told you how much we love local weddings? It’s not just because our travel time is less. It has much more to do with loving the area we live in and the gorgeous scenery that we get to enjoy every day. We’ll miss it when we leave, but we hear good things about New Brunswick. What we love even more than a local wedding, is a wedding filled with love. Stuffed to the brim with all the meaningful relationships. And that was the epitome of Marjolein and Aaron’s big day.

A MEANINGFUL DAY

This Brant County horse farm wedding was everything that they had wanted and more. They had the wonderful privilege to be able to get ready with all their loved ones. The love in the bride’s getting ready suite was palpable and with it came tears of joy and wonderful moments of laughter. The simple details that made their wedding day all about them were the perfect addition to this rustic wedding.

At Aaron’s getting ready location, things were just as gezellig (you’ll need to look up the definition for this one, it’s a Dutch word that describes It perfectly), and maybe a little more organized. From western boots to bowies and suspenders, it was all country and perfectly Marjolein and Aaron.

GROWING TOGETHER

We know that we just shared THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION, but we cannot help but mention a few things about their story once again. Aaron started his faith journey a little before he met Marjolein. What we didn’t know, but found out about the pastor is that he has become one of Aaron’s best friends. Without Pastor Sim, Aaron might not be where he is today. While the Pastor was not involved with connected this bride and groom, he was made aware of this wonderful relationship quite quickly, and then much more changed.

We cherished the stories that were shared later in the evening. Stories about how Aaron went from a boy talking about Fords to a man infatuated by his new wife and his relationship with her in Christ became his main focus. Tales from friends and family alike. It often hits us at this point that we might have thought that we know the couple, but it’s at this point that we really understand them. And that’s usually when Dianne’s tears start flowing as well.

A MARRIAGE IN CHRIST

Marjolein and Aaron made this day more than just a wedding. It was about starting their lives together. A completely new chapter, if not a new book. From small touches like a letter written by Marjolein to Aaron to an intimate foot-washing ceremony following Jesus’ example, this has to be one of the most meaningful wedding days we’ve captured. We are always honoured for this privilege, but to be part of those moments on this day was more than an honour. There must be a word that describes this Brant County horse farm wedding, but we haven’t been able to find it yet.

Marjolein and Aaron, to say that we have loved getting the two of you is an understatement. We cherish you in our hearts, and are just beyond grateful that we were put together. From a chance meeting in a grocery store parking lot, to a wonderful visit at our home. You chose us to capture these memories, and our hearts just fill with gratitude for God’s hand in that. We wish you His blessing on your marriage, as you continue to grow and love each other more and more every day.

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The Vendor Team

Bride’s Dress | Willemijntjes Bridal
Guys Bowties & Suspenders | The Tie Bar
Hair | Tansy Haight
Rings | Harris Jewellers
Florals | Floral Express
Cake | Flour Designs
Videographer | Kore Impressions

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A Summer Long Point Engagement Session | Marjolein & Aaron

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Strolling through the water, arm in arm. It didn’t matter that there were other people, it didn’t matter that it was quite warm. All that mattered was that they were together at this Long Point engagement session.

LOOKING UP

If there were ever two people who found each other when they needed each other most, it would be Aaron and Marjolein. Together they led each other to what binds so many of our couples so tightly, their faith. They remind us of the saying, “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.” They have now been able to weather storms together, all the while looking up to Him, and we couldn’t be more amazed to hear their entire story.

There is quite a height difference between these two, but in reality, they couldn’t be closer, even when they’re apart. Marjolein is just this tiny thing in his arms, but it makes her seem all the more special to him. From having a blast running into the waves of Lake Erie, to the more serious moments touching on subjects that matter a lot to them… Planning their wedding has been such a highlight for them, but planning their life together is even more exciting. It’s not too far off anymore…

ALMOST MR. & MRS.

These two are planning a beautiful intimate horse farm wedding, and we are super excited about some of the incredible plans that they’ve been putting together. We won’t spoil them, you’ll just have to see them when we blog their wedding in September. Right now we just want to share all the fun that was had at their Long Point engagement session. When Aaron proposed with this gorgeous custom ring, believe it or not, she took a few minutes to think the whole idea over. Truthfully, it is probably one of the biggest decisions in life, and taking a moment to ponder the weight of that might be funny in hindsight. But it’s not the worst idea in the world.

To say that there is not a shred of doubt left in Marjolein’s mind is an understatement. And the same can be said for Aaron. It became very obvious during the entire session that their decision to get married was not a light one, and while they are an absolute blast to spend time with, my favourite moments with them were when we could discuss the importance of marriage for one. We love learning how our couples are going through the pre-marriage phase; it’s taught us so much in our relationship! And we cannot wait to see what else we can learn from Aaron and Marjolein!

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We love the variety of backgrounds we can get at Long Point beach. Interested in your own photo session at this location? Reach out to us HERE and we’ll get you all set up!

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Sunny Whistling Gardens Wedding | Erin & Lucas

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As Lucas guided his new bride down the gazebo steps, their Whistling Gardens wedding ceremony just behind them, he couldn’t keep his eyes off of Erin. 

A LUCKY DAY

The day started warm, the beginning of one of the more humid weeks this summer. It sprinkled off and on during the morning. While capturing all the beautiful details at the Gardner residence, we got to meet some of Erin’s family. The “baby” of the family was getting married to the love of her life, and they couldn’t have been more excited. The excitement in their eyes just proved their love for her. Whatever the weather would be, whatever this Whistling Gardens wedding day would hold, it didn’t really matter.

As luck would have it, though, the rain came and went (several times) before any of the festivities started. We came prepared with umbrellas, like always, and were grateful not to need them. Have you heard of the belief that rain on your wedding day means good luck? We believe that still applies here. Don’t you agree?

THE WEDDING IN CANA

After the stunning bride and handsome groom said their hellos to each other at a very sweet first look, and the wedding party portraits were finished, it was time for the real event of the day. Lucas’ father performed the intimate wedding ceremony. We’ve never been so lucky to have a father do this honour, and we wanted to make sure to capture that element well.

Lucas’ father told us that he would be reading from John 2, and we couldn’t have been more surprised! Just over 12 years ago, we said our vows at a ceremony where this same Bible text was focused on. This made Erin and Lucas’ wedding ceremony so much more meaningful to us. Oh to have Jesus at your wedding, what a blessing that is!

EXPLORING THE GARDENS

The ceremony was immediately followed by a stunning water show. Wanda and her husband have done such an incredible job making a visit to this garden the most amazing experience. And hosting a wedding here is just perfection. Being privileged enough to capture such a wedding; well, that’s just pure AWESOMENESS!!!

The water show is set to incredibly moving music, and one cannot be help but be mesmerized by the beauty of it all. Erin and Lucas just completed each photo captured here, and we’re of the opinion that this entire gallery is straight out of a fairytale. From the bridge overlooking the beautiful pond with swans to the gazebo where they vowed their love to one another… we struggle to put it all into words.

THE PERFECT END TO THE PERFECT DAY

Dinner was a feast; the most tender roast beef and delicious pickled veggies were paired with amazing sorbet served in orange halves and miniature pineapples. Combine that with heartfelt speeches about Erin’s shyness and stories of how Lucas knew she was the one… well, you get the gist. Spending time together with such sweet loved ones after such a hectic 18 months sure is a reminder of what’s important in life.

Erin and Lucas, we’re beyond grateful that you chose us to capture your special day. We are so honoured to have gotten to know you and your family, we loved being witness to how much you are loved. You two have come to mean a lot to us, and we’re so excited to see what the future holds for you. We wish you God’s blessing in all that you do, many happy years together, and hope you had a fabulous honeymoon!

 

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The Vendor Team

Bride’s Dress | Heirlooms Bridal
Groom’s Suit | Tyner Shortner Clothiers
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Suits | Moores Clothing
Makeup | RBS Aesthetics
Hair | Markie Perrier
Shoes | Steve Madden
Rings | O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery
Florals | Wildflower Floral Studio
Invitations | Etsy
Styling Mat | Jaime Arlene
Venue | Whistling Gardens
Cake | Grandma’s Oven Bakery & Cakes
Catering | PigOut Catering
Entertainment | inTUNE Events

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A Sam Lawrence Park Engagement Session | Aura & Jonathan

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The sun was fading fast, and as the last golden rays spilled over Sam Lawrence Park at their engagement, Jonathan spun the beautiful Aura under the canopy of trees. The city behind them bathing in the glow couldn’t outdo the way their love shone for that moment. Nothing else mattered…

BACK IN HAMILTON

We love the variety that Hamilton offers when it comes to beautiful session locations! This Dundurn Castle Engagement Session and this Gage Park Engagement Session can attest to that! That being said, the light that was pouring in on this gorgeous July evening made the park come to life. Sam Lawrence Park is a stunning maintained park with some overgrown pathways. The west end of the park has the perfect view of the city. As we were exploring the park, we all wondered what it would be like to see the Hamilton nightlife come alive from this vantage point.

Aura and Jonathan were newbies to the park, just like I was, but I’m pretty sure we’ll all be back. If it’s not for the scenery, it’ll be to relive their Sam Lawrence Park engagement session. The noise of the city is not far off, but over it you can still hear the birds chirping, and if it’s a little bit windy, you can probably hear that too. All in all, it’s just a perfect escape from the busyness that city life brings with it.

A SWEET COUPLE

Aura and Jonathan have known each other for just over three years now. It didn’t take long before they knew that they belonged together. One thing that binds so many of our couples together is their faith, and Aura and Jonathan are no different. We so love and respect a couple who can focus their relationship on something so important.

It is obvious that they love to do things together, so exploring this park was the perfect opportunity. From strawberry picking to visiting new beaches and sightseeing beautiful cities, when you do it with the one you love on your arm it is 100 times better. And it will continue to grow in importance and meaning, the longer you know and love each other. That is what we wish for you, Aura and Jonathan; a life filled with beautiful moments at home and away, each more meaningful than the last. We cannot wait to be part of your big wedding moment in just a few short months!

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Ring | Spence Diamonds
Makeup | Carley Creationz
Hair | Nina Govaert

 

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A Princeton Summer Wedding | Natasha & Jordan

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It wasn’t just the beautiful light as Jordan kissed Natasha during their first dance at this Princeton backyard wedding, and it wasn’t just the way he looked at her. It was everything from the little baby they’re expecting, the circle of friends and family surrounding them, and the new rings on their fingers.

MEET THE KOREVAARS

You first met Natasha and Jordan at THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION almost two years ago. They had the coveted wedding date of June 20, 2020. We were all pretty devastated when the decision had to be made to postpone to this year. They’ve kept busy during that crazy year and have started making their house a home. They will be welcoming a baby boy earthside just over a month from now!

Natasha and Jordan have known each other since they started Kindergarten, and my goodness, has their lives taken some interesting turns to bring them to their beautiful Princeton wedding day. After dating and being engaged for a few years now, they now start their lives as husband and wife. And as mommy and daddy. From jumping from the bridge into the Nith river only a few years ago to their lives in a beautiful country property near Norwich. We just cannot wait to see what the future holds for them!

ELEGANCE IN THE COUNTRY

We couldn’t have imagined how well they would pull the entire event together when Jordan and Natasha mentioned that they were going to have a country backyard wedding. From pretty flowers and beautiful hairpiece to the Wiser’s bottles that were used as centerpieces along with lightbulbs with the table numbers; there were touches that meant much to each of them. Look no further than this wedding to start your search for inspiration if you are looking for a way to have a country wedding with an elegant feel. From the simplistic invitations with elements of wood, to the beautiful scenery at their portrait location… We just cannot put it into words. It was an absolute joy to photograph.

After having spent a fun morning with all her sweet friends, the moment had arrived. There were few dry eyes as Natasha was walked up the aisle by her mother. Jordan couldn’t help but beam as he saw his gorgeous bride walking up to meet him. The large wedding party couldn’t be anything but thrilled that this day had finally arrived! Jordan is the first man to officially join Natasha’s family, so there was a special cause for celebration. There were some empty places that were deeply felt on this important day. Touches, such as a beautiful charm on the bouquet, meant no one important was forgotten.

A BIG HAPPY DO

After all the things to make it official; kiss and signatures, etc., it was such a joy to just be part of this incredible family and their special day together. Relatives that hadn’t seen each other in over a year were thrilled to be able to hug and catch up. Jordan and Natasha must have been pinching themselves after a while. To have such a wonderful and joyous Princeton wedding day together in the midst of what’s been so uncertain was certainly a blessing to us. We can believe it was even more so for them! Family portraits always fly by when we make it fun.

Before we knew it, we were at a beautiful country estate, capturing what’s been our largest wedding party so far. And boy, did they make it fun! We love wedding parties of any size. However, when almost everyone knows each other and has for years, it can get very interesting. Each and every single wedding party member made their love for these two abundantly clear. We believe it is very evident in the photos, as well.

A COUNTRY RECEPTION

After a very quick visit from the bride and groom to her grandfather who was in a retirement home, dinner was served. We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. We love a fine dining experience when we get one, but on a day such as this one, nothing hits the spot like a good burger or bun with pulled pork, great salads, and delectable cupcakes. The beautiful cake made by the groom’s aunt was almost as beautiful as it was delicious. All in all, a good country wedding always comes with the best food.

Jordan and Natasha’s first dance was sweet, and the best part came when all the guests joined in on the fun. It wasn’t long before it was time to say goodbye, and we had such a hard time. I think the longer we would have stayed, the tougher it would have become.

Families Hall-St.Clair and Korevaar, you made us feel so incredibly welcome and loved. We absolutely loved getting to know you and were honoured to be part of the wedding of your son/daughter/brother/sister. Jordan and Natasha, words fall short of how much capturing your beautiful Princeton wedding meant to us. We just hope you are thrilled with all the memories you made that we got to capture. We wish you so much love and joy in your future, and cannot wait to hear your baby news. Here’s hoping we’ll stay in touch; we know we’re going to miss you!

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The Vendor Team

Dress | Pink Blush Maternity
Suit | Moores
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Hair | Savage Studios
Makeup | Josee Doan
Florals | Zehrs
Invitations | Vistaprint
Cowboy Boots | Keleher’s
Rings | Peoples Jewellers
Officiant | Bill Judge
Cake | Corina Langeveld
Tent Rental | Drumbo Tent

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A Stunning Cloudy Burnaby Wedding | Nadia & Christian

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Ending the day with their toes in the sand, laughing as the stress of the day waned away the more beautiful the sunset became, Nadia and Christian were in the afterglow of their Burnaby wedding day. It couldn’t already be over, could it?

THE ORIGIN OF THE STORY

We met Christian and Nadia first at another wedding. He happened to be the best man. And we were only lucky enough to photograph THAT VANCOUVER WEDDING because Emily happened to be the maid of honour in another wedding we were so blessed to capture. Amazingly enough, we were able to meet up with Emily and Mark and to be introduced to their little man, Joseph. We can only hope that we impacted someone, maybe a wedding party member or a guest (even though it was a very intimate wedding), so that we can continue this trend.

Christian and Nadia first met on an international trip east, and it didn’t take long before their romance blossomed and they couldn’t imagine their lives without the other. We’ve heard some incredible stories. We can’t even imagine what it would be like to fall in love in a world so rich in history. They’ve both done their share of travelling before they met and since, but from this moment on, they will have each other by their side for all the important trips.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN BURNABY

While all week on vacation it had been in the cooler temps, we were super excited that the weather was warmer on Saturday. Although, truthfully, nothing felt warmer than the welcome we received from both Christian and Nadia’s families. The Kontagiannis home was newly built with the help of Nadia’s father. All through the house, their Greek roots showed. We made sure to include that sense of family and warm hospitality as well as the Greek style into their blog post. After all, rosemary is the basis of many Greek recipes, right?

WAITING AT THE CHAPEL

Christian was waiting with all the built up anticipation. Facing away from the entrance to the church. Waiting till the moment when he’d know his father-in-law had brought his bride to him. And when that moment arrived, the smile did not leave his face until the after the official ceremony started. We’ve never photographed a Greek Orthodox wedding before, and what a treat. The rich heritage from the customs that are held to throughout the entire ceremony was evident. And the importance of them to the couple even more so. After the ceremonial walk and the benediction and the blessing, they were officially Mr. and Mrs. Vela!

One of Nadia’s biggest wishes was to have the biggest and craziest rice throwing after the ceremony. While impending rain moved their ceremony indoors, limiting the number of guests, her dream was fulfilled. It is not a suprise that we kept finding those white little nuggets in her hair, her bouquet, and their car. And every single time it reminded her of that very special moment.

TOURING VANCOUVER

After their lunch at Seasons in the Park and family photos in Queen Elizabeth Park, we said goodbye to the majority of the guests. For the rest of this gorgeous day we enjoyed traveling from place to place, capturing all the beauty that Vancouver had to offer. From the gorgeous tall trees lining Imperial Drive to the mountains in the background of the UBC Rose Garden… Especially the tranquil silence at Camosun Bog, an escape in the middle of the city was such a treat. There was no better choice than to end at Spanish Banks, with our toes in the sand. Twirling as the sun was setting behind them, we can’t imagine what was going on in the mind of these two at the end of such an incredible day. All we could think was how grateful we were that these two amazing and beautiful people, inside and out, chose us to capture this incredible wedding day.

Nadia and Christian, you’re back from your honeymoon by now. You’re officially husband and wife, has it started feeling real yet? We couldn’t be more excited to watch you pledge your love to one another. We wish you God’s blessing in your future together. And who knows, maybe your beautiful wedding day will lead to another wedding where we will see you again. We sure would be excited!!!

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The Vendor Team

Bride’s Dress | Lisa’s Bridal
Men’s Suits | Debonair
Bridesmaid Dresses | Aritzia
Hair & Makeup | Mink
Shoes | Jimmy Choo
Rings | Anzi Gems
Florals | Budget Blooms & Flower Shop Burnaby

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Oxford County Countryside Spring Wedding | Kristen & André

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Between the glowy dawn and the golden sunset about 15 hours later, there was a gorgeous bride in a lace dress, a handsome groom, and a moment where they became husband and wife at this beautiful Oxford County wedding.

ALL THE DETAILS

When I first arrived at Kristen’s family home, there was so much excitement in the air. The bond between the girls could be felt, and Kristen’s sweet mama was busy making sure that the day would go off without a hitch, preparing a delicious lunch. This Oxford County wedding day was a pleasantly warm one, perfect to photograph all the details outside! And if you’ve seen Kristen’s ring from THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION, you’d know I was excited to photograph that again! From a very dainty spring invitation suite to the florals that Melanie so generously provided for me to use, this first hour of the day was a perfect way to get a good idea of how to photograph the rest of the day. Bertus spent a small hour with the gentlemen at the couple’s new home, and before long both bride and groom were ready for their first look.

AT THE INN

We can’t imagine the butterflies as Kristen walked up to her groom. We can’t even comprehend the excitement as André turned around to see his bride. There she was, in a gorgeous lace ballgown, looking prettier than she’d ever looked. (We have trouble wrapping our minds around that one, as Kristen just exudes beauty, inside and out, and everyone notices.) It took a few moments before André gathered his words and got over the initial wow factor. We completely understand.

The grounds at Elm Hurst Inn were aglow in the spring sunshine. As we started photographing their bride and groom portraits, the initial nerves wore off, and these two were as easy to photograph as they were at their engagement session. The bridal party just looked like perfection, but their laughter was more memorable than anything. We enjoy spending time with every wedding party. All the members of this one happened to know one another, which really made it a blast.

 FROM HEREON TILL FOREVER

After the delicious lunch prepared by Kristen’s mom, the entire clan headed to the ceremony. Where they had hoped to have their wedding in their church, that was not made possible. Thankfully, an outdoor option had been made available. Kristen and André made their vows with such deep conviction, that it brought us back to our wedding day. Especially during this uncertain time, it was incredibly wonderful that the entire immediate family was able to gather together and be part of this important day.

After the family portraits (that just flew by, thanks to Bert’s help as always), we spent a little more time with the entire bridal party at another outdoor location, after which the couple went to greet the Groom’s grandparents. Being part of those special moments just makes our day, and it’s so excited to capture those little moments (even though they’re not all shared in this blog post.)

AN EVENING TOGETHER

After all the portraits were captured, the couple headed to a private location for a delicious dinner prepared by Dora’s Catering. After a busy day, what more could one want than a burger and poutine? We’re not joking, this dinner was such a treat at the end of a beautiful wedding day, and it fitted the couple to perfection. Hannah and Craig, another sweet DVI couple, were the best table-mates, and it was wonderful to catch up with them during dinner. Quality time together was the main goal for André and Kristen. We believe that the instruction-less lego sets, cute programs, and great speeches were the main contributing factors. Grandparents and teenagers alike were involved in fitting together little lego pieces to make up a mysterious design. Some tables might have cheated and Googled the instructions, but the evening was fun nonetheless.

From the moment we first received Kristen and André’s inquiry we knew this would be a special one. These two are part of our Dutch community. Kristen also works at the school where Bertus also worked for 11 years. I left our consultation with so much excitement, and we’ve loved every moment that we got to spend with these two. We can see the love they have for each other. But also for their loved ones, their community, and for God. Kristen and André, your marriage is a few weeks old. We wish you God’s blessing for the next 50 or more years together. Only God knows how long, but it’s evident to everyone around you how strong your marriage will be. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the opportunity to serve you. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for you!

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The Vendor Team

First Look & Pre-Ceremony Portraits Venue | Elm Hurst Inn
Hair | Hair by Sarah Beeke
Dresses | Sew Stylish Wedding Works
Men’s Suits | Stars & Strauss
Florals | Twigs Florals
Rings | JH Young Jewellers
Invitations | Sylvia Verhey
Decor | Wedding Connections

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A Glowy Winter Cambridge Mill Wedding | Bijou & Josh

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What could be better than having spring weather on a winter wedding day at the beautiful Cambridge Mill, with TWO OUTFITS!!! Please, tell us, because we can’t think of anything!

This is a continuation of the last stunning blog post (see that HERE), and I think this is the most beautiful part! Not just because of the fact that it was at a stunning location, but the fact that Bijou and Josh had not just one absolutely gorgeous classic wedding outfit. They also added in the most stunning African outfits. All in all, they were a joy to photograph, no surprise.

WINTER GLOW

Who knew that winter days could be so stunning? We’re not talking about sparkling snow. We’re talking about bare trees and no greenery. We know it’s the light. There is something about the clean air in the winter that’s not weighed down with the humidity of the summer. It’s fresh. Clean. And filled with the promise of new life! And it was the perfect day for these two. In fact, they made it glow even brighter with their happiness and love. If this day needed any more brightness, it was there, coming right out of Bijou and Josh at their Cambridge Mill Wedding.

TRUE HAPPINESS

Josh and Bijou were so happy exploring the beautiful property of Cambridge Mill. Their beautiful traditional outfits looked epic, but when their African dress came out, it was everything they promised it would be and more! Him in his handsome blue suit and Bijou’s stunning gold attire… Well, we were speechless. As Bijou popped the champagne, Josh just couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. It was like his life was full when she was in it, but now that they were married, he was just overflowing. Complete. And so was she.

Elopements, or intimate weddings as we call them, don’t have to be quick. They can be relaxed. Family affairs. A bigger bang for your buck, or a money-saving option. Josh and Bijou’s big day just made it so clear that the options are endless. They chose to focus on their venue, food, family, and photos (lucky for us!) It was everything that we hope for at every wedding. And they did it just right.

Bijou and Josh, we are so grateful that you are in our lives. Your joy, spontaneity, and love for life has taught us a thing or two. We hope that all your dreams that you shared with us come true. We wish you nothing but the most amazing life together. You might have tough days, but at the end of the day, you have each other. Cherish each other. Remember that there is only one of you and one of the other. God had this plan for you, and it’s all working out. We can’t wait what he has planned for your future! Sending you so much love!!!

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