Country-Rustic Outdoor Cornwall Wedding
If you ever want to give your photographer butterflies in the best way possible, invite her to your rehearsal and give her a glimpse of what’s in store for the weekend. Josh and Kelsey’s wedding at the beginning of this month was a bit of a dream for me. The venue – the groom’s parents’ property along Hoople Creek – was just stunning and since the whole neighbourhood had caught wedding fever (this was the second wedding on this site in two weeks), the neighbours had kindly given us carte blanche to go wherever we wished. Oh, and that decor! It was clear from the second I walked into the tent just how much attention had been paid to all of the details. Burlap and lace were the overriding elements and the whole venue oozed backyard elegance – the pearl accents, the white lace-inspired tealight luminaries, even the lace trim on the bags for the popcorn bar added finishing touches where I wouldn’t have even realised they were needed in the first place. I loved how the theme was even carried over to the cake; the roses that you’ll see on it are made of burlap.
The guys scrubbed up pretty well, given that there’d been a final salute to bachelorhood at Lift Off the night before. Lots of banter, lots of smiles, and lots of confusion over how to tie a tie (including an impressive – albeit failed – attempt to tie it while the tie was on the table). The coral-and-grey combination was very obviously the perfect choice for these guys – they looked awesome! One of the groomsmen was also celebrating his birthday (along with one of the flower girls!), so I had a feeling that there was a pretty big party in store for that evening. Over at the house with the girls, it was pretty much the same – lots of smiles, a surprising level of calm, some absolutely gorgeous hair and makeup (awesome work by Danielle of Dandoo’s Hair Salon and Allison from Poppin Makeup & More!), and healthy doses of cider prior to hopping on the golf carts for a quick cruise through the neighbourhood over to the ceremony.
The ceremony was lovely and the pearl-and-tulle accented arbour looked perfectly placed with the creek in the background. I’m sure the guests were thankful for the paper (lace!) fans that got added as a last-minute details because the sun was shining and, for 30 solid minutes, the air seemed to hold it’s breath while the couple prepared to say “I do.” There was an audible sigh of relief when the breeze picked up again after the ceremony!
The advantage to doing a tour of the site a couple of days before the ceremony was that I was able to plan ahead; I knew that a change of clothes would probably be needed because it was very likely that I’d be in the creek, and sure enough, those spare shorts were perfect for the job as I went wading into the creek to take advantage of some beautiful scenery. The wedding party were a great group to work with and happy went along with every suggestion made – my kind of people!
As for Kelsey and Josh’s portraits…. Wow. These two quite literally took my breath away. Kelsey and Josh have been clients of mine for over a year and a half now, and give that this was their fourth session with me, it felt like each of us knew what to do when working together, which was AWESOME. Kelsey has beautifully fine features that I could photograph forever and Josh compliments her perfectly, so I knew from the minute the day started that we were in for a good one, but by the time we started on their portraits together, I knew we were creating something special. Once again, I felt like there was complete trust in my judgement and faith in my skills as I worked through this day, and it was a treat to be able to guide these two through locations that showed off the stunning gown Kelsey chose, her own grace and beauty, and their unity as a couple.
The reception passed in a blur of wedding party roasts (great job by Mike Cook), emotional speeches by the groom’s father, the bride’s sister, and the bride herself, and LOTS of dancing and photo booth mania!
Kelsey and Josh, it was a privilege to play a part in such a tremendous celebration. I wish you many many years of happiness with Riley in the years ahead!
I’m Ang – a Cornwall, Ontario-based photographer with a passion for capturing light and photographing natural moments as they happen, whether during a wedding in a fortress in Wales or an outdoor Cornwall wedding. My goal is to capture memories that you will cherish once your wedding dress is wrapped up and the flowers have dried. I love meeting new couples and getting in amongst the wedding day bedlam so that I can document the emotions and truly special moments. Please explore more of www.momentusstudio.com to see more examples of Cornwall Ontario wedding photography.