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CASO wedding photography St Thomas

CASO wedding photography St Thomas

It is about time I post this wedding from almost 2 years ago and if you’re anything like me and loving catching up on all of the Oscar nominated movies, you will love this Hollywood themed wedding at the CASO train station in St Thomas. I knew Laura and John had a big love for movies from their engagement session photographed at the movie theater at Westmount Mall. We captured all of the old Hollywood details and their very emotional first look. Laura and John had been together for many years so it was wonderful to capture their day with their closest friends and family. I loved all of the personalized details that the couple included- Laura was in the wedding industry at the time and so as she had seen many weddings I think they really made it their own with the imperial march as the processional song, Zelda themed pics (in the freezing cold) and ‘One kiss to rule them all’ at the start of the dinner rather than doing games etc. After some emotional speeches they did the best cake cutting I have ever seen and then a quick night shot outside.

Ceremony and Reception venue: CASO 

DJ: Music Central

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Windermere Manor Wedding Photography

Windermere Manor Wedding Photography

With the beginning of the year, I have made a resolution to post each wedding I shot last year within a week of each of the couples 1st anniversaries. Another resolution is to post a picture of the back of my camera from each session on my instagram so be sure to follow me @erinwoodgatephotography.

Jennifer and Peiter’s wedding at the gorgeous Windermere Manor was my first wedding of 2015 and it sure was a cold one but the wonderful wedding party stuck it out and I even spotted a deer on the Windermere property! Both the bride and groom got ready in the lovely rooms at Winderemere and I just love the idea of opening a card or letter from your other half as they did. The details for this wedding were just gorgeous with the purple/vintage/sparkle look and I just loved the unique lanterns instead of bouquets for the bridesmaids. Jennifer even wore her mom’s veil which I think is just lovely to have a something old as personal as that. As I recommend for winter weddings with later ceremonies, the couple did a first look inside (so that their emotions really were that of seeing each other for the first time, not of being cold!) and then we took some photos of the wedding party and couple on the Winderemere property then to Western for the lovely snowy landscape there.

Following the ceremony we captured some shots of all of the guests and of the families and then the very fun reception. I was even called on to hula hoop to make the new bride and groom kiss! I loved capturing the Chinese tradition elements that they incorporated in and I thought their idea of ‘tossing the bouquet’ was really nice, asking all the women in the room who were married to stand and gradually asking them to sit down and clapping them for being married for 5 years, 10 years, finishing with giving it to the couple who had been married the longest. The MC lead everyone in a 12-days-of-christmas singalong where the words were traded with things to be thankful for in marriage sung by each of the 12 tables of guests. The shoe game was a big hit as always and I liked being able to get the above angle shot from the balcony. The following are links to some of the wonderful vendors that made the day as gorgeous as it was.

Cake: Jessie Jones – Jonesin’ for Cake

Decorator: Jackie Phillips – To Suit Your Fancy

Hair/Makeup: Mandy and Alice – Alycat Makeup & Hair Artistry

Bridesmaids’ Fur Shawls: Tion Design 

Flowers: Boutonnieres – DIY

Bride’s Bouquet – Andrea Thomson: BizouBizou

Guest Book Puzzle: Kelly Minyard: PhDs

Lion Dancers: Chinese Community Centre

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