southwestern ontario wedding

Paris Wedding at the Dominion Telegraph Event Centre

Coral + Stephen

Coral and Stephen had an amazing autumn wedding at the Dominion Telegraph and Event Centre in Paris, Ontario.

The girls started off in a beautiful suite at the Arlington Hotel, with is right across the street from the venue in Paris, which makes sense the Arlington Hotel owns the Dominion Telegraph Event Centre!

Fun fact about the Dominion Telegraph Event Centre… and it’s name is a big clue. Everyone knows that Alexander Graham Bell made his call from Brantford but he had to call somewhere right? And that place was here to his assistant! Pretty cool huh?

Anyways before I go too much farther I wanted to give a huge shoutout to two of the best hair and makeup people Iv’e ever worked with! Melissa + Brittani from Pretty Please Makeover Me did such an amazing job. They were quick, efficient and most of all made the girls look even more amazing!

Once the everyone was ready we headed across the street to the Dominion Telegraph Event Centre for the wedding ceremony which was officiated by Mike from As You Like it. The ceremony was great and finished off with Stephen dancing his way around Coral and then the two of them running under and arch formed by their wedding party!

We did some family and formal portraits around the venue, including their amazing riverfront terrace, and then wandered the beautiful downtown for a few more.

The rest of the night was great with amazing food, great speeches and a DJ who kept everyone on the dance floor last into the night!

You can see some of my favourite wedding pictures at the top of this post and the full wedding slideshow below. If you have the password, you can see their full wedding gallery at this link.

Ontario Country Wedding

Terri + Delroy

These days, so much of the wedding industry is focused on things... the dress, the flowers, the decor.

Terri + Delroy's wedding had all these things but it was obvious from very start that the only thing that really mattered to them priority was to be married in the company of their closest family and friends.  The other thing that was very obvious was the joy that these two bring each other.... I have very few pictures of the two of them where they're not smiling or laughing hysterically.

I joined the Terri and the girls in the early morning at Lavish Salon in Listowell as they got heir hair and makeup done.Delroy and his best man got ready at their house where we took a few portraits and Delroy regained me with information on Jamaican Pumpkins!

The ceremony at Listowel Evangelical Missionary Church had a funny moment where a case of mistaken identity led to the unity candle being lit, blown out by the minister, and then re lit.   Weddings never cease to amaze me, just when I think I've sen everything!

After that was all sorted out it was full steam ahead with a really touching service performed by Terri's family minister with some amazing musical accompaniment by Terri's nieces all the way down from Moose Factory.

It was one of those typical fall days that threatened rain but in the end we lucked out and managed to stay dry for the pictures.

I loved the fact that Terri + Delroy chose to have their wedding reception catered by their favourite Jerk chicken restaurant in Toronto.   And after a few wrong turns and a slight delay, the food arrived and man was it worth the wait.  I love Jerk chicken and this was one of the best I've ever had!  Being such a small and intimate wedding, everyone chipped in and served it buffet style!

The rest of the wedding reception was really lovely.   The microphone was opened up after dinner and so many people gave such heartfelt speeches and toasts to the newlyweds.

You can see my favourite wedding pictures at the top of this post and their full wedding slideshow below!


Hesseland Inn Wedding Photographer

Rebecca + Jeff

Rebecca & Jeff's wedding at the Hessenland Inn on the shores of Lake Huron was one of my favourite weddings of the year!

Rebecca was a bridesmaid from Nicole + Bobby's wedding last year so there was an automatic comfort level for all of us working together!  Plus, we did some great engagement pictures you can see here.

It was my first time photographing a wedding at the Hessenland Inn and I have to say it's an amazing venue.  The reception room is an old stone barn and the bridal suite is in the converted silo with amazing views!

After everyone was ready and looking great, we headed across the grounds for an outdoor wedding ceremony.  The weather forecast hadn't been looking great all day, and there was a brief moment it looked like we might be getting wet during the ceremony, but my lucky habits foot worked again and it blew past us.

Hessenland Inn has access to a great beach so after some portraits with the families and the wedding party I took Rebecca + Jeff down there for some portraits of just the two of them.

The reception had everything... great speeches, great food, great party, great tornado.... Yep.

The weather held out out for the ceremony and pictures but once the reception started it was a full blown thunderstorm for most of the night.  At one point, during one of the fathers speeches the normal sounds of rain, thunder & lighting were replaced by about 15 seconds of a loud roar.   We all kind of paused and looked up, half expecting the roof to come flying off but it quickly passed.  The worst of the damage was several big trees on the property knocked down!

You can see some of my favourite wedding photographs from their wedding above as well as the full wedding slideshow below!