haley + dave | Belfast Ireland countryside wedding

Haley and I have now known each other over 20 years which is pretty crazy to think. We introduce each other as “kind of cousins” and although not through blood, we are family. Haley and I always got along so well and when I saw that she was engaged, I couldn’t hold back from messaging her and saying “um, I will come to Ireland… just so you know”. Well, shortly after sending that message, contract was signed and my plane ticket was booked. I was going to Ireland to photograph Haley and Dave’s wedding and I was so darn excited about it.

Now this wasn’t my first wedding in Ireland, in 2018 I photographed Eva and Alan’s wedding at Lough Rynn Castle, only a few hours away from Belfast.

H + D planned a beautiful, laid back day at the Hilton Templepatrick Belfast. With the morning being on and off rain (It is Ireland you know!), everyone was on the edge of their seat as of course, the dream was an outside ceremony surrounded by the luscious greenery. Well, they got just that; A perfect garden ceremony, an outdoor warm + sunny cocktail hour, a gorgeous pink sunset and then one of the best parties I have seen in a long time.

Haley + Dave, thank you SO much for having me. Can’t wait to see you guys again in Belfast :)

xoxo

brianne + alex | rustic wedding at Bark Lake Leadership Center in Haliburton

When Brianne + Alex started to plan their wedding, they booked an amazing photographer friend of mine. Leading up to their wedding date, she was blessed with a pregnancy and in the end, they needed to find someone else to photograph their day. Well, I feel super honoured and lucky they chose me.

Bark Lake Leadership Centre is one of my favorite Ontario Camp Wedding venues, I could literally photograph here every weekend and be okay with it. It has everything you could want: cabins for your guests, activities for your guests, an amazing mess hall/dining space, fire pits, a beautiful ceremony spot under the trees, a beach or two and so much more. Ontario Camp Weddings are becoming more common and I am oh so happy they are.

Brianne and Alex planned a relaxed day surrounded by those they love the most. They wanted their photographs to really capture the emotion, vibe of the day and just candid fun. I think we did just that. From the kids playing in the water before the ceremony, to getting into a canoe, to a bonfire and so much more, we love all their photos and their wedding so much. So much so, we had to share it with the world, so enjoy!

Bri and Alex, THANK YOU!!!

Hair + Make up : Shelby Down

Dress Maker:  Tilted veil

Second Shooter: Eleanor Dobbins

Blog Curated by: Tallie Garey

kayla + taylor | charming Eganridge Resort wedding in Fenelon Falls

As many people know, Corrigan and I purchased his families old cottage in 2018 in Fenelon Falls and since then, it has been a goal of mine/ours to work more in the area. There are so many beautiful wedding spots in the Kawarthas and Eganridge Resort is definitely one of them. Nothing beats a spot that you can stay at for a weekend with all your guests under one roof and with no traveling around on the day of.

Kayla and Taylor contacted me shortly before we purchased our cottage and I was so excited and eager for their day. Knowing we had mutual friends whom I love, I knew we would be a GREAT fit (thanks Erin!).

Fast forward to their wedding day, they kept it relaxed, simple and invited the sweetest friends and family. The ceremony spot under a giant willow tree on Sturgeon Lake is a dream and the sunset we got to see was amazing. They even included dog treat for everyone to bring home for their pups, those are my kind of people!

Thanks so much Kayla and Taylor for a great day xoxo

marlise + troy | stormy Brady Creek Ranch wedding in Invermere BC

In 2006, in between programs in college, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and hadn’t any clue what that was. To gather my thoughts and experience something a little different, I applied to a bunch of jobs out in British Colombia and Alberta to make some money while seeing a new place (and hopefully figuring out what is next!). I told myself the first company to call me back, that’s where I will go. I did just that! I received a call about being a beverage cart girl in Radium, B.C and said “Sure!” and booked my flight the next day.

When I got to Radium, I met some amazing people and then, ended up living with them as well. Marlise is one of those people. Marlise and I got along perfectly from day one and from there until now, even though provinces apart, still have kept in touch and see other when we can (although we need to more!).

About a year ago Marlise wrote me asking if I would ever come back west and if I would want to photograph her wedding. I of course jumped at the opportunity. Marlise and Troy planned the most relaxed, beautiful day at Brady Creek Ranch in Invermere B.C. The ranch is a stunning property on the water, surrounded by mountains, has a barn for a reception space and two different houses for getting ready and celebrating in. Their day, although filled with storms and rain, was truly perfection.

Marlise + Troy (and Parker, the most adorable boy, their son), thank you for the most incredible experience. I can’t imagine not being there. You surround yourselves with my kind of people and your wedding will always be one of my favorites. Love you guys xo

alannah + christian | farm wedding at Belcroft Estates

andrea + shane | a relaxed, fun cottage resort wedding at Bark Leadership Centre in Haliburton

Andrea and Shane were recommended to me by one of their friends who has been a guest and bridesmaid at several weddings I have shot (thanks Robyn!!). When we initially met for a coffee, it was love at first sight (photographer and couple sort of love) and I knew we were a great fit. They had booked Bark Lake Leadership Centre, which for the most part is a kids camp, but you can also book for weddings too. When they described their wedding, they used the words "fun, relaxed and personal" which are the three words I would want for my wedding too, it doesn't get much better then that. 

"When we looked for our venue, we wanted a place that would hold all of our friends and family together for a weekend. We saw our wedding as an opportunity to bring everyone we loved together and spend quality time with them, instead of being rushed through an evening. Bark Lake gave us the opportunity to have an outdoor wedding with our favourite activities, while having the added bonus of being an absolutely stunning place to get married. We loved having everyone stay over and having brunch with everyone the next morning- we felt surrounded by love the whole time. The staff at Bark Lake were also very flexible and open to our ideas when we met with them, and were happy to support our visions, like finding room for an amazing twelve piece band to help us dance the night away, and having the groomsmen paddle in in a voyageur canoe
 

Obviously a venue like this isn't for everyone and it can take a lot of blood sweat and tears to make it perfect and personal, but Andrea and Shane did it, with flying colours. 

"I don't think we realized when we booked our venue that getting married in an less traditional location would require extra work and coordination, as we live in Toronto and we tried to get vendors that were local to the area.  We ended up doing a lot more DIY work than we originally thought we'd have to, and our biggest stress was trying to figure out how much alcohol to bring in to the woods. But we were lucky to have a supportive family, and a venue that was so open to talking with us (maybe a million times!!) to figure things out. In the end, it was totally worth it, because we really got to design every aspect of the entire weekend, and we truly felt like the wedding was a perfect reflection of who we are as a couple. We also had to be a bit flexible with the weather which was stressful on the day; we received multiple tornado warnings and weather alerts. We were so lucky that our dream came true and we got married under the trees... but we hid from a massive storm for the rest of the night!!  If you're doing something similar, make sure you have a solid rain plan in place!"

As a photographer I continue to try and grow and improve but more importantly, find those couples who make their day about them and aren't afraid to throw tradition to the curb and have fun with their wedding and make it unique and relaxed. When I find those couples, the connection is much stronger as I find those couples are my kind of people and whom I would want to be friends with and surround myself by. These two were positive, fun, candid, so deep in love and overall, a fun amazing couple who I can't wait to hang out with and hopefully work together again in the future.

Love you guys! 

xo - Megan