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

katie + alex | rustic Parry Sound wedding at camp tapawingo

As a couple planning a wedding it is so important to find a wedding photographer who’s work you love but also that you love them as a person too.

As a wedding photographer, I make sure to meet my couples beforehand, even if its just a call, to make sure everyone is on the same page and that the couple are my kind of people.

Alex + Katie couldn’t be more my kind of people and their day/cottage weekend was so my jam.

Katie’s family has a cottage on Georgian Bay and a lot of her life and now their time together as a couple, has been spent up in the Parry Sound area so when it came to choosing a location, it was pretty easy and Camp Tapawingo was perfect!

They planned a weekend with their family and friends where everyone stayed in the kids camp bunks/cottages, swam lots, had campfires and was able to spend more then just an evening together which is pretty special.

My favorite party of the day? (other then hanging out with all of these amazing people) their dog Rory was a huge part of the day and has so much personality from greeting her momma in the “aisle” (the dock), to sleeping/snoring through the ceremony and to crashing the reception and jumping into her parents lap. She was just the best!


Here is a peek at their day! Thank you so so much Alex + Katie for having me xo

Venue: Camp Tapawingo

Florist: Pardon My Garden, @pardonmygarden

Caterer: Glenn Burney Lodge

MU: @beautybydaniellejones

Hair: kaileedixonn

Blog Curated by: Tallie Garey

laura + scott | laid-back Owen Sound wedding at Serenity Cottage

I have been dying to share this Serenity Cottage wedding since Corrie and I documented it. Not only is the venue perfect, intimate and unique but these lovebirds are some of my closest friends AND I introduced them! I will take credit for their relationship forever :)

Laura + Scott planned the best weekend get away turned wedding filled with relaxation, water sports, dancing and more.

I asked Laura a little about their love, their wedding and what they would recommend to future couples planning either a cottage wedding or an intimate one.

Have a read and enjoy these beauties!

Tell everyone a little bit about your love story…

Scott and I heard about each other in December 2010, when he saw my picture on Megan’s Facebook. After he asked her who I was and what I was all about, she thought it would be great if we met. Megan organized a night out downtown where a bunch of us just hung out, drank and danced. We instantly became the best of friends and hung out basically every day from that day on. Throughout our year as "just friends" we continuously heard many of our friends say "you two will be married one day". Those comments quickly started to feel like that could become true when we evolved from the just friends status to boyfriend and girlfriend. We have a bond that is so special and rare and has been since day one. My dad once told me that in order to have a successful and happy marriage you need to be best friends before lovers, and that quote rings true about us. After 6 years together, right before Christmas, Scott came home with a journal (which I had asked for for Christmas) for me to open, Swiss Chalet take out, and wine. I opened the first page of the journal and began reading a beautiful letter Scott wrote me and looked up to find him on one knee. The answer was obviously yes (followed by a few 'holy effs'), I couldn't wait to marry my best friend.

At what point in the planning process did you guys decide to keep it small and intimate? and then a wedding weekend?

Scott and I are the most laid back people so wedding planning just kept getting put on the back burner. We instantly knew we both wanted something small and intimate, that was never a question or thought for us. We went back and forth with the idea of just having a ceremony in a field, and a cool dinner out. But after talking we kept saying we didn't want dinner to be done than the night was over. So we looked into a few places where our guests were able to stay over night. We stumbled upon Serenity Cottage which would sleep the perfect amount of people for our immediate family and wedding party. We thought this would be the perfect way for us to celebrate our wedding, with our best friends and family. We are so so happy we followed through with our wants because the whole weekend was so perfect and just completely us.

What were 3-5 things that were of most importance to you both?

The most important things for us were: 1. It was done our way. 2. it was laid back and easy 3. the food was good. 4. the whole environment was pretty and chill 5. everyone would have fun.

For anyone planning a small intimate wedding, do you have any advice for them? 

My advice for anyone planning a small intimate wedding would be to only think of the two of you, what it is that you two want to do, what will make it 'you guys'. Pick five things that you feel are the most important to you and focus on those and do not worry about the little details. Our five things were 1. Great photographer (nailed it x1000 - we couldn't have asked for better) 2. Food is delish (it was unreal.. major shout out to Justins Oven) 3. good tunes 4. good wine 5. an environment that everyone will feel themselves and relaxed. Another piece of advice my sister gave me, was to take a minute during your big day and just look around and appreciate everything that's going on around you. While all of our guests were having a drink on the downstairs patio before heading down to the ceremony, I sat on the back porch in my dress with my dad and just talked about how awesome this moment was and looked around at everything and everyone. It is a moment I will always cherish.

What made you decide on serenity cottage?

We chose Serenity Cottage because it was beautiful, rustic, and on Georgian bay (we both LOVE that body of water). Serenity had so much to offer for everyone attending. It had a kids play ground, horse shoe pit, a seadoo, stand up paddle boards, darts, and so much more! It allowed our guests to do whatever they felt like when ever they felt like it. Everyone enjoyed all that Serenity had to offer throughout the weekend. It allowed for our environment to be chill, relaxed, and so much fun. The cottage also had enough rooms to sleep all of our guests, and enough space for everyone to comfortably get ready for the wedding. I would definitely recommend Serenity Cottage to anyone who wishes to have an intimate (perfect) wedding.

Looking back on your wedding weekend, would you do anything differently?

The only thing we would do differently was make it a tad longer!!! I know everyone says their wedding was perfect... and I could totally say the same thing... but ours was just completely "us" and that is the most important thing!!

Curated by: Tallie Garey

Second Shot by: Corrigan, Megan Michelle Photography

Venue: Serenity Cottage

Skirt: Breeyn McCarney, @breeynmccarney

Florals: The Flower Place, Barrie, @theflowerplacebarrie

Caterer: Justins Oven

christina + zach | an intimate grand bend family cottage wedding

Now I will start this post off by saying that Christina and Zach's wedding in Grand Bend was absolute wedding goals and will forever be one of my favorites. They did everything for them and for those that mattered to them most. 

So Christina and I go back now I believe a decade and met through her brother Jason and we all played softball together (she was good, I am not haha). After years of playing together and hanging out a lot, I got to meet Zach. I don't think I could of ever imagined up a better person and best friend for Christina, they really are two peas in a pod. 

Christina rocked not one but TWO unique and beautiful dresses. The little white top over the first one was made by Christina herself. It was so fun to do a second look with the next dress, on the beach at sunset. 

The venue was their cottage growing up and then a few years ago when Christina's parents were ready to retire, what better plan then to renovate the cottage and live there forever. Their home was so perfect and as you will see, the backyard space was the BEST! To have your ceremony outside, on the water, surrounded by 50 of your nearest and dearest while boats are driving by and honking... perfection.

The night was filled with some of the best first dances, speeches and even live music (by one of my favs Kevin Foster) that I have ever seen. It was one of those weddings I did not want to leave and I am so excited and happy to share it with you all! 

C + Z, THANK YOU!! xo