Tag Archives: Weddings

Muskoka Wedding Photography

Muskoka Wedding Photography

Deniss and Laura’s wedding really had everything I love about what I do- we made an instant connection at a bridal show and she booked on the spot! We had loads of fun at the unique engagement session which was personalized to their interests including their awesome boat. Their value are right along the same as mine, valuing friends and family, love of the outdoors and music which was provided by their friends. Their gorgeous venue The Ridge at Manitou is just outside Parry Sound. It went with their elegant/rustic theme and provided amazing photographic opportunities. After some very emotional and lovely speehes we loved capturing their first dance and heading outside for some night shots. I may have even let out a Clay Davis style Sheeeit (but in a good way) when I checked out the black and white pic towards the end of the post.

Hair/Makeup by BlushPretty
Bridal Dress from Petrov Bridal in London
Flowers provided/arranged by Pardon My Garden in Parry Sound 
Suits from the company “4 Men United” They are located in Vaughan Ontario
Friends were DJ and singing

Friends made the cupcakes

Dennis made the wood/tree cake holder and they all of the decorating/accessories themselves.
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Museum London Wedding Photography

Museum London Wedding Photography

Museum London is a location I would love to photograph more weddings but I was lucky enough to capture Karrie and Brian’s wedding there in June 2015. I photographed the girls at the beautiful Delta armouries while Clara had fun photographing the guys. We photographed their first look and other formal shots of the wedding party at the Delta when the original plan was rained out but the group were super fun and loved Brian’s idea for photographs on the city bus. After the candlelit ceremony we captured the family shots inside Museum London and the couple had a pet care provider bring their dogs to the Museum to have a few shots taken outside. Unfortunately it was right when it was absolutely pouring and thunderstorming so we weren’t able to take any photos in any spots except underneath the awning but I really think it means so much when you include your fur babies in the wedding day! After some amazing speeches and a tear-filled first dance (I <3 grooms who cry!) we set up the photobooth for some fun and captured many candids of their friends and family enjoying themselves and the amazing hors d’oeuvres served.

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Old Court House Wedding Photography

Old Court House Wedding Photography

It has been 1 year since Kendra and Casey tied the knot in a very hot ceremony outside of the beautiful Old Court House in London Ontario. I had photographed at this venue many times but this was actually the first of the weddings that were able to have an outdoor ceremony.  There were many lovely moments we had the pleasure of capturing throughout the day and I just loved how much they incorporated their beloved pup into the big day! They also had many lovely personalized items like the gorgeous robes the girls had for the morning, custom cigar wrapper, funky socks and bride and groom sunglasses. We were resourceful when it came to not having sparklers for the night photos and instead used the flashlights on some phones.

Hair & makeup by Beauty By Mallory

 

 

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St Peters Cathedral Wedding Photography London Ontario

St Peters Cathedral Wedding Photography London Ontario

This beautiful spring wedding last year was full of big moments! Starting from while attempting to get the rings to sit on the brides chocolate Labrador’s nose, their other pup came and plopped himself down on her dress, all the way through the day to when the knife broke while cutting through the amazing cake by Grandma’s Oven.

Ceremony venue: St Peters Cathedral

Reception Venue: Riverbend Golf club

 

 

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Same Sex Wedding Photography London Ontario

Same Sex Wedding Photography London Ontario

These images are the first I am sharing from the wonderful experience that was Shutterfest, a big photography conference in St Louis and my first of these kind of events that I have attended. I had listened to Thea Dodd’s classes and tried to absorb as much information as possible from other sources when I booked a same sex wedding last year and thankfully, their engagement session ended up being one of my favourites of the year. These images were taken in Thea Dodd’s class Posing Two Brides and Two Grooms and I picked up a few tricks and captured all of these images that I am really happy with!

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Civic Gardens Wedding Photography

Civic Gardens Wedding Photography

Ashley and Adam are no strangers to the wedding industry, he is a DJ and she has modeled gowns in bridal shows before, so they decided that as they wanted to be married on their dating-anniversary, but didn’t want to wait for years for that to come around to being a saturday, that they would marry on a tuesday. They knew that the day of the week doesn’t matter, the people who matter most will make sure that they can get the time off work! They also planned their wedding in a very short amount of time, booking me just one month before the big day, another reason why doing a weekday is a good idea. Their gorgeous daughter lit up the room (and photos) and there is a couple of shots where which show why it is so important to have 2 photographers for your ceremony, showing the different angles which really captured the emotions. The big wedding party was awesome with the snowy cold weather and I just loved the functional and fun centerpieces. Their guests partied on and I loved capturing the moments of the speeches, first dances, cake cutting and bouquet and garter tosses. Civic gardens complex was the perfect venue for this cold outside but warm inside wedding!

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Elopement photography London Ontario

Elopement photography London Ontario

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a few weddings at City Hall now but this was my first ever elopement photography London Ontario. With only the brides children there to witness, Michelle and Peter had a very intimate ceremony overlooking the snow covered grounds. I felt very privileged to be there to capture this emotion filled union and I loved capturing the little details and big moments- I especially loved where they were calling their nearest and dearest to let them in on the surprise. We made the formal portraits as candid as possible to capture their personalities and the Civic Gardens complex atrium was the perfect indoor location to escape the cold winter.

 

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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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Chicago Wedding Photography styled shoot

At the beginning of October I was heading to Chicago for a concert so decided to see if I could put together a little styled wedding shoot while I was there and this is the outcome! Jess and Matt were the lovely couple who made my ‘Iconic Chicago’ theme come to life (and directed me through the insanely busy streets of downtown). They sure got a lot of ‘Congratulations’ and received many compliments on the Ivory pearl ‘Harper’ gown and gorgeous veil from Once Upon a Time Weddings. It was a lot of fun and I would so love do real Chicago wedding photography, there were so many amazing spots to take photos, especially around sunset. Contact me if you are looking for a photographer for your wedding, in Chicago or other awesome destinations!

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Maltese Canadian Club Wedding Photography London Ontario

My story with this lovely couple starts at a Bridal Show, (speaking of which, come visit me at the Western Fair show this September) to date it was one of the strongest connections I have ever felt to someone, which is hard to do standing at a booth amongst 14 other photographers and a fashion show blaring in the background. They walk right up to my booth (the last ‘aisle’ for most people to walk down and I could tell straight away they were on a mission, “Are you available July 5th” Becki asks, I was very happy to tell her that I was available and we got to chatting about their big day. We bonded over our love of the Maritimes (I loved that she was a red head hailing from PEI- the home of one of the most famous of all red-heads, Anne of Green Gables) and as Marcus hadn’t said much up to this point, I wanted to ask him how he proposed. It was such a sweet and moving story that we were all almost to the verge of tears. Jump ahead to the wedding day and there certainly were many more tears, but this time of happiness.

Cake: Grandma’s Oven Bakery
Dress: The wedding place in Charlottetown, PEI
Suits: Bud Gowan
Dj: Cooper’s Dj
Flowers: Jim Anderson’s flowers
Venue and Food: Culinary Catering

 

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