Well friends, the 2019 wedding season is officially done for me! And although I’m sad it’s over for this year, I’m so happy with the way I ended it. Stephanie & Chris ended the season with a perfect Loch March Fall Wedding. I started my afternoon off with the girls as they got ready and I was so happy when I arrived to this beautiful yellow home in the country side with a sweetest front deck. Something out of a country Home magazine! When I walked in I found all the girls pretty much ready except for Steph who was waiting getting some final things done around the home. I quickly grabbed her dress and shoes and went outside for some detail shots. Now I’ll admit I was a fan of the dress (seriously beautiful) but what got me was the shoes! Omg those Betsy Johnson turquoise sole shoes had me the second I saw them. I mean the sparkle and the beautiful little gray ribbon detail was just perfect. They actually worked so perfectly with her ring no less, I just had to get them together in a shot. After spending some lonesome time outside I headed back indoors to get Steph dressed and it truly is in these moments you know that your girls are your besties. It took three people to get the dress and details finalized because lawd knows that doing up those tiny fabric buttons with long nails is like close to impossible. But they pulled through and Steph looked absolutely stunning (like wow)! Steph then gave each of her girls a special gift of a Swarovski bracelet to wear for her special day. They then gifted her with a surprise of her own. The girls all came together and gave her a frame for a photo but what was special about it is that they each kissed the white matte! It was a very creative, sweet and thoughtful gift. We then rounded up all the girls and headed outside for a few portraits before heading over to Loch March to get these two married. Side note, I always try to remember the wedding parties name during a wedding but it can sometimes be a lot to remember especially when there are a lot of people. For this particular wedding when I had all the girls lined up I asked them all of their names and as they called out we eventually got to Breanna. She looks at me happily and says I’m Brie, like the cheese! I just about died at that one and I straight up asked her if I could call her Mozza since it was my favourite cheese. And alas, in that very moment she became Mozza and will forever be known as such :).
I arrived at Loch March to find beautiful orange and yellow trees almost everywhere around the ceremony space and golf course. Looking at the sun, I knew we would be in for a perfect afternoon and evening. The ceremony space is beautifully tucked away in a half circle of trees with a beautiful wooden arch full of vines and leaves that only made everything more perfect. Steph & Chris had beautiful little touches like chalk signs guiding their guests and even little crates with a bunch of blankets to keep their guests warm. We had been delayed a wee bit because the guys were waiting for the golf cart to pick them up but after realizing the ladies had already arrived and were already in position to get started, they ultimately made the decision to walk directly to the ceremony space so that things could get started. Luckily the cart with all the girls had gone in reverse and tucked itself away in the trees so that no one could see them Crisis averted, it was time to start. Chris awaited his bride very anxiously down the aisle and Steph didn’t look up until she was almost at the very front. I think the emotions were high and she just didn’t want to burst out into tears at the very beginning of it all. The ceremony went without a hitch. Steph & Chris were all smiles throughout the entire thing and they really didn’t falter at all. Both of them had their eyes filled with tears at one point or another but it wasn’t until it was time to say her vows that Steph really let it show. Her voice quivered a she spoke and she had to take a second to compose herself before she could continue. She did eventually make it through thought thankfully! After an uber cute kiss and a couple more pecs and the signing of their documents they were finally pronounced Husband and Wife and walked triumphantly hand in hand down the aisle.
We immediately proceeded to family photos and rolled through them pretty quickly because the sun was already running away from us and things were getting cold. The bride, groom, wedding party and myself then made our way down the little hill and onto the cart (a stretch cart I believe made to carry 8 people), but alas our driver was nowhere to be found! As the guys joked to take it out for a ride I decided it would be the perfect time to get these two in the middle of this wooden area for a shot. The light from the sun, my flash and all the falls colours made for a perfect shot. As Tara (one of the maids of honour) said: ”Omg this is going to be my favourite shot, Omg”. And it really is one of my favourites. Loch March truly is a golden spot for fall photos, let me tell you. As I drove into Loch March the road was lined with these yellow and orange trees so when the driver made his way back to us we asked him to drive back to the entry of the property. As we got near we realized the cart was smoking out the back like crazy and it didn’t smell too good. Bill assured us it was normal and it’s cause it’s a diesel. So we said alright, hopped off and took a few photos. But alas the sun had already dipped below the tree line and the beautiful colours had faded. We quickly got back onto the cart and made our way back to the main club house area. Not even half way down the road we realized that the cart was soooooo not okay. It was still smoking, had that smell and now the front wheel was even making really bad noises. So we told the boys to hop on off and to hurry their butts over to meet up with us. Luckily they actually listened and weren’t far behind. Thanks boys for being so nice and following direction very well :D. We continued with some portraits right up on the first t-off because of this gorgeous orange tree in the background. After spending some time there and chasing the sun into a little nook by whole 9 we made out way down the final spot down by the water. The majority of the party walked it but Mozza (Brie) was able to get us a cart and picked us up like the lovely lady that she is and she took us for a ride. I was so happy to be on a flat surface like the green but once again things were working against us. The geese had pooped all over the place and the ground was soaked. It was difficult the get the party in line for a few more shots but we managed and got some pretty cute ones at that! We finished things off with just Steph & Chris as every one else headed back up. Kristy and Tara stayed behind to make sure that their bestie and sister was okay. And also because Kristy just had to get in on some veil tossing action. Yes that is her handy work in that dramatic veil shot ;) Good job Kristy, you done good! After getting our feet wet and a little cold and the sun finally running away from us, it was time to head inside to get the reception started.
The reception space was decorated in lovely fall colours and rustic decor with red and white linens, beautiful helium filled balloons with leaves hanging down the string, a variety of centrepieces with wooden slabs, deer horns and birch or pine cones. And finally the desert table which had a variety of cupcakes (I’m so sad I didn’t get to try one) and an adorable single tiered cake which was decorated to look like a birch tree trunk and had our happy couples initials carved in it. Honestly this was a pretty calm reception for the books. Dinner went on without a hitch and was fairly quiet. My table was deemed the cool table (by us of course) because we had both MC’s and some pretty bomb people all sitting together. We decided to play this drinking game off of Meaghan’s phone and since I wasn’t drinking I was in charge of giving things out. We had a great time playing and laughing, I wish I could sit at the cool table at all weddings! After dinner we had the speeches of course and they were all heartfelt and filled with emotions and kind words. As always I have a favourite and it had to be Kristy’s (Steph’s sister). I’m not sure if the alcohol had kicked in (in the best way possible) or if she is just always this care free and hilarious but the girl had the entire room in a fit of giggles. She talked about when they first met Chris, their likes and dislikes including both of their love for snow and poked some fun at her sister. I mean she started her speech with; ”I’m not sure if this is meant to be a toast or a roast.” So you knew where it was going before it even started. After the room had calmed down from all of that fun there was a little break to hit the bar before the first dances. During this time we went to bustle up Steph’s dress. I sat on the ground and grabbed the little tie underneath and tried to pass it through to wrap it around her bottom button but I just couldn’t figure it out! Then three other people also tried and they couldn’t figure it out. Honestly this dress was a puzzle and I think it took us between 20mins and half an hour to get it done but we finally did it (6 people later). I ended my night capturing all three dances and to be honest the father daughter dance is usually my favourite but there was something about Steph & Chris’ dance that got me this time around. I didn’t know the song but the smile on both of their faces was just the sweetest thing to watch. After the dance they told me they were laughing because she couldn’t stop slipping everywhere because of the slippers she was wearing! What a thing to remember about your first dance haha. I hope you never forget that moment.
Even with the few delays and almost bustle debacle the day was truly perfect. The sun shined for these two and made it so that they could be married in a perfect fall environment surrounded by their friends and family. Steph & Chris, thank you for trusting me in capturing your big day and an even bigger thank you for closing out my season in the way you did. I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future ;). Best wishes to you both xoxoxox
Makeup: Stephanie Bullock
Flowers: Pretty Pots
Wedding Dress: All that glitters Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Moore’s
Cake and Cupcakes: Beyond the Batter Bakery
Venue: Loch March Golf Club
Photographer: Samantha Danis Photography