High school sweethearts are hard to come by with our generation but these two made it! And they continue to show us each day what love looks like.
So Nat and I go way back to elementary school, meaning this wedding was extra special to me. She’s also been a huge supporter of mine since I started my photography business 6 years ago (THANK YOU). You really are a good friend. I’m really excited to be able to have shared this day with them and to tell their story as I saw it. So read on and enjoy their little bit of happiness xo.
Natalie and Eric have known each other since high school. Nat was just 15 when they met and started dating. Eric was a little older then us and he was that cool kid with the white mustang. And when they would go out to lunch, we would stare in jealousy that a 10th grader was cool enough to ride in a mustang. But Eric always seemed to be such a nice guy, and he really is so we knew he was a great fit for Nat, friends approved! They got engaged I believe it was 5 years ago at this point and we shot their engagement shoot that summer so when a year or two passed, I was wondering when they would get married. Fast forward to 2017 and the planning had finally begun. Nat & I met to chat about photography but as always, it turned into a two hour conversation about everything other then photography. But that’s how it is with Nat, it just comes easy, you can talk about anything and everything. About two weeks before the wedding I joined them at Eric’s parents home to discuss our final plans for the wedding and they showed me the property where everything would be happening. Nat explained the layout, her dreams of what everything would look like and she showed me a few cool spots for photos. Again, we spent a good two hours talking about, yes the wedding, but everything else we could think of on top of it. I knew it was going to be a gorgeous day as long as the rain held off for this backyard affair.
The day of the wedding arrived and we got a gorgeous day! How excited were we to be able to have the backyard wedding of their dreams without the fear of rain. I started things off with the ladies and when I got there they were almost completely ready. They were hanging out in their special-made T-shirts (which looked uber comfy btw) just doing finishing touches on their hair and makeup. We did a quick shot in the backyard of the girls in their t-shirt and then they were back indoors to get dressed. When Nat told me about her colours, I was a little weary. Bright blue, hot pink and sunshine yellow for her three bridesmaids which I’d never seen before but when the girls came out, I was pleasantly surprised! Everything just worked, Nat really has an eye for this. Nat’s dress however was a soft shade of blush with an overlay of ivory lace and jewels and it was to die for. When she walked out in it we were all in awe of how stunning she looked. Like she’s gorgeous to begin with but hot damn that dress just made everything pop! The girls were already tearing up but they had to hold it together because we had to be on our way to meet up with the guys for the first look!
Clarence-Rockland doesn’t have a ton of locations for shooting in terms of public areas but luckily a few years ago a couple of mine introduced me to a private property right outside of Clarence-Creek. This property is only accessible if you contact the owner and thankfully he’s the kind Mayor of Clarence and he’s been sweet enough to let us use the property on the wedding day. When I arrived to the Gardenhouse the boys were all ready and waiting, staying in the shade. Eric had forgotten his shoes that morning so of course I came to the rescue and brought them along. One of his groomsmen had the same size feet so he ended up borrowing his just in case we had forgotten them too haha. I tucked Eric away in some shade down by the old barn while Nat made her arrival with the girls. She walked to her soon to be husband and as he opened his eyes his jaw just dropped. His eyes were huge and his smile was even bigger. Seriously though, she was a total bombshell and Eric knew how lucky he is to be marrying her.
We wanted to get the photos done quick and as painless as possible because the sun was bloody hot and we didn’t have much shade to work with. I was saddened because the property owner ended up cutting all the fields but it made for a very different look which I thought was super cool. So out across the desert land we found shade and decided to walk on over. We had a great time playing with the drone and working it for the camera. While I was focused on our lovely couple, the party was off to the side where the girls were jacking up their dresses and doing lord knows what and being crazy. There was definitely never a dull moment with this crew. We sent the boys off early to greet the guests while we finished things up with the girls. And just like that, it was time to head over to the house and do some touch ups before ceremony time.
The ceremony site was beautiful and simple. White wooden chairs lined the aisle while our backdrop was a large field with trees and horses! It’s not a backyard wedding without horses. The front was decorated with floral towers by Laviolette Flowers and Decor and the seats had bubble containers waiting to be blown. The ceremony started off great with the boys and girls walking down the aisle. But when they got to the flower girl things took a little turn. Emma did not want to go down the aisle whatsoever. So her mom, Eric’s sister Mel, got up to see what she can do. After a minute or two the unexpected happened. Mel turned the corner holding the flower girl basket and walked down the aisle throwing petals. It had everyone laughing included our groom. Nat walked down with both of her parents and her mom had to wipe away her tears. She also pointed at Eric and back at her eyes to tell him she was watching him, it definitely made me giggle. The ceremony was beautiful and so very very heartfelt, not to mention magical as the horses in the field walked and ran behind our couple. Eric was the first to say his vows, talking about the first time he saw Nat, how he would pretend to go to her parents place to see her dads super cool mustang but it was really to see her. It made us all smile and then of course it was Nat’s turn. She quickly turned her guests to tell them; ”I did not copy his vows and I wish I would have gone first.” She spoke about how he would come over to look at the car but it was really to see each other and how they would have their long talks on msn. One night after a visit she asked him via I.M if they were like ”official” to which he said yes. And the rest was history of course. Their vows were so so so similar that it really showed you a) how long they’ve been together b) how much they love each other and c) how much they are made for each other. After a bombtastic double kiss these two were FINALLY Husband and Wife, after twelve years.
The reception area was all around us. There was a big ole tent decorated with all this fun pink, blue and yellow decor and string lights. There was a ton of homemade signs for the drinks, to welcome guests and to let them know of their timeline. I think one of my favourites though was the handmade chalk sign done by their wonderful neighbour on his driveway. He offered up his property for guests to park on and that morning he drew a huge hearts with their initials and wedding date to show guests where to go. They also had fun lawn games for guests to enjoy during cocktail and after dinner.
Dinner was amazing! It was catered by Meatings Barbecue and they had Chicken, Ribs, potatoes, salade but of course my favourite had to be the Mac & Cheese. All the guests raved about how delicious the food was. At the end of dinner the wedding party did a group speech to our bride and groom and within a minute, the first one to speak, Chantal, was in tears. It didn’t take long for the rest of the girls to cry and then of course laugh because they couldn’t hold it together. They were followed up by Nat’s dad who quickly spoke about how she was their princess but now she was someone else’s princess as well and they were okay to share. It was actually so sweet.
After speeches guests were invited to eat some of the delicious deserts which included cupcakes, cake pops and icing-sugar coated pretzel sticks. The colours matched the wedding party perfectly and added just that little extra pop to the space. Guests mingled for a while around the property but it was quickly time for the first dances, which did not disappoint. Nat & Eric waited a long time for this dance and it was super romantic as they spun in circles laughing together and cuddling and just taking it all in. Nat and her father danced to butterfly kisses which gets me right in the heart every time and I loved watching them waltz hand in hand and giggling through it all. Eric surprised his mom by choosing and Elvis song as the song for their dance and she held on to him very tight, tearing up. But he slipped out and switched with his dad which made it all the more special. I spent the next two hours dancing with friends and family and photographing the joy the just exploded from every one on that dance floor.
Natalie & Eric, thank you a million times over for inviting me to share this day with you. It’s been a long time coming and it was totally worth the wait! I’m so excited for your future as Mr. & Mrs. Bergeron and I cannot wait to see all the little babies you’re going to have running around. I hope they get Nat’s gorgeous smile and Eric’s amazingly long lashes. But no matter what, I know you’ll be happy and that’s all I could ask for xo je t’aime mon amie. xo
Makeup: Vickie Makeup Artist
Hair: karine Lalonde & Nadia Mayer-Bouchard
Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses: Juliannah’s Bridal. Designer: Eddy K.
Flowers: Laviolette Flowers
Decor: DIY and Laviolette Flowers
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Morris Formal Wear
Venue: Private Property
Officiant: Louise Langevin
Videographer: Eric Salvail
Deserts: Tammy’s Creative Cake
Caterer: Meatings Barbecue
Photographer: Samantha Danis Photographer