Clint and Corinna we met a few years ago and had the pleasure of photographing their wedding. You can view those images here. This spring we had the opportunity to photograph them again with their newest edition baby W. He’s so smiley! Such an easy baby to photograph.
When Andrew and I got married I wanted nothing more then to paddle to the ceremony. It was a pipe dream, as my father is not comfortable in a canoe, we couldn’t find a location that this would work etc. etc. For a lot of our clients this is not a dream. Growing up with old wooden boats or canoes is a Muskoka tradition and because of that it is a necessity for their wedding day.
Our top three tips for boating or paddling on your wedding day
1. Timing- it does take more then a few minutes to get in and out of a boat in a wedding dress! Also, to paddle or drive the boat out to the perfect spot can take a bit of time. When looking at your timeline just make sure you have planned enough time with a little bit of cushion room. Example total time 40 min-20 boating with 10 min to get ready and 10 min to pack up.
2. Extra’s- Blankets, padding, towels are all good things to bring to protect those beautiful clothes from getting dirty. Also, great for padding canoe seats or knees if in a canoe and as well as drying anything off if needed.
3. Helpers- it does take more then one person to help you get all that crinoline into a boat or canoe. Sometimes, you require a driver or another boat entirely in order to get a variety of photographic perspectives. With canoes you need someone responsible for holding the canoe or carrying it. It’s always best to let your wedding party/friends know your plans and ask them for their help at different parts. This makes everything go smoother and no hiccups for your day.
So, no I didn’t get to paddle into our wedding ceremony but yes I did get to paddle on our wedding day. Our good friend Charlie who owns a local marina brought us a brand new canoe to paddle around the Wye river in.
Here are few wedding images where boating was a must for our clients
Liz got to paddle to her ceremony and afterwards on lucky bride. This couple met while guiding a river trip in Alaska. Had to get that paddle in for their day. Wedding at Arowhon Pines
The red cedar-strip canoe in the top and side image is ours. We bought it for photographing in when we are on trips. Many of our clients see this canoe and ask us to bring it along to their wedding. At this wedding Andrew actually started his day with a paddle across to Bartlett Lodge. Here’s a little behind the scenes. No, Sara is not wiping the windshield with her wedding dress! It’s a white blanket that we always bring to weddings. I am in another boat shooting towards their vintage boat. We are in the Lake of Bays- wedding was at Port Cunnington Lodge.
Mother’s day is coming! I love special days like Mother’s day because it reminds me to take time out to celebrate others and I get to spend time with my favorite people. We are doing Mini-sessions the day before Mother’s day and there is a few spots still available. So , give us a call and lets celebrate your favorite people together.
Samantha’s father runs and owns Killarney Lodge, in Algonquin park. So for, Samantha there was only one perfect place to get married. Their day started out at opposite ends of the property so that they would accidentally run in to each other. The girls thought it would be fun to hang out a bit before getting dressed, it was a very hot and humid July day. The boys were all business getting ready and trying to keep cool. The cabins have so many fun windows and awesome window light- it was a photographers dream for shooting.
We brought the wedding canoe (Our red cedar strip) for them to have a paddle and have a little break from everyone. The night wrapped up with lots of dancing under the tent and a big bonfire down by the beach. Another perfect day in Algonquin!
Stevie & Aaron’s wedding day was all about love, family and friends. So, many touching moments through out the day. Aaron’s father being a part of the weddings party, both having many friends standing up for them and including their two little dogs in all parts of the day.
They were married under the trees at the Sherwood inn in Port Carling.