Mountain Splendour – Calabogie Peaks Wedding
Mitch and Ashley got married on a stinking hot late-September Saturday that felt more like mid-July than early fall. The setting couldn’t have been more stunning – the trees surrounding Calabogie Peaks Resort had just started to turn, making it seem like this mountaintop celebration was surrounded by fire. It became instantly clear that taking “pretty” photos would be a cop out in such a spectacular location, so I set out to get photos that were as interesting as they were “pretty.”
Mitch and Ashley share a connection that makes them a delight to photograph. I have so much fun working with these two because they are so good at being themselves and showing the bond between them in subtle ways. There are so many little details about this day that stick out in my mind and I occasionally run through them like mental snapshots when I think of this incredible day: the drive up the mountain with a few of the boys in Jared’s truck late that morning so that they could check out where they’d be setting up; the gradual trickling-in of groomsmen for the prep, making it the most chilled out prep I’ve ever seen; the sunlight through the window as it hit Ashley during the final moments of her prep; the chairlift ride up the mountain with all of my gear (!); the faces of the guests – some of whom were deathly afraid of heights – as they came up the chairlift; Ashley’s looooong walk to the aisle and Mitch’s clenched fists as he waited anxiously to take her hand in front of the birch arch that he made; Victoria’s piggyback ride down the trail after the wedding party photos; the tenderness in Mitch’s eyes every.single.time he looked at his new bride; Dennis, as he hovered eagerly in the background, waiting to find out the gender of his grandchild-to-be, while Mitch and Ashley anxiously worked the slice of cake off the tray and got a peek at the icing inside (without first looking at the results, they’d given the ultrasound info to a good friend who made their cake and kept the info a secret); Mitch’s grandma’s face when she hammed it up with her jam; the laughter – so much laughter.
Their wedding day was shared by a very select group of people, making it even more of a treat to be there – it was clear that each guest had a very special place in Mitch and Ashley’s life together. As I watched the interactions, the smiles, and listened to all of the laughter, it was obvious that they’d gone to great lengths to truly share this day with each of their guests.
Mitch and Ash, saying it was a “pleasure” to work with you doesn’t do you justice. You guys rocked this and then some. Thank you so much for giving me the honour of documenting the day as it unfolded. Here are some of my favourite images that tell your story:
I’m Ang – a Cornwall, Ontario-based photographer with a passion for capturing light and photographing natural moments in life as they happen. I love working with Cornwall, Montreal, and Ottawa couples on their wedding day so that I can capture the little details and emotions, whether you’re planning a hotel, backyard or Calabogie Peaks wedding. Please explore more of www.momentusstudio.com to see more examples of Eastern Ontario wedding photography.