Just a few short weeks before their intimate Muskoka wedding we received an email from Nicole and Duane to ask if by chance we were still available on July 2, 2015 to film and photograph their wedding story. I don’t think we’ve ever captured a Thursday wedding before, but being that the July 1st holiday (Canada Day) fell on a Wednesday this year, this was in fact the perfect day for their wedding celebration. What makes this so unique is that Nik and Duane live in Sydney, Australia which meant that planning out the details of their wedding would have to happen online and via skype. I must admit I was smitten from our very first skype call… who doesn’t love an Aussie accent, right? And they were both, so visibly, head over heels for one another and so excited for their wedding, that we knew this was going to be something very special. Indeed, it was an exceptionally beautiful day at Windermere House on July 2nd and although Nik’s family and many of their closest friends from Australia were not able to attend in person they did have a small group of Duane’s family and a few mutual friends who were able to join them. Nicole’s dearest friend Margie flew all the way from Australia and Duane’s youngest daughter India stood by Nik’s side and gave the most amazing toast at the luncheon reception. The combined simplicity and elegance of their wedding details as well as having Duane’s long-time friend Cary marry them, and Tobin Spring play beautiful acoustic music all afternoon, truly made this a memorable day for all. We are elated to share this highlight of their wedding story so that all of their friends and family can share in this celebration with Nik & Duane and experience the beauty of Muskoka (one of our very favourite places). Much love to this very special couple… thank you for choosing us to capture all of your precious wedding memories!
Soundtrack Infinity by One Hundred Years and Lifetime by Robert Shirey Kelly
Licensed from the Music bed
Cinematography & Photography by: Love Madly
Musicians: Tobin Spring
Venue: Windermere House
Your Script engraving: UberKate
Rings: Belle Epoque Jewelers (Los Angeles) and Nicholas Haywood Jewellery (Sydney)
Personalised cuff links: UberKate
Flowers: succulent place names (succulents) and vintage accessories: Seasons in the Country
Hair: Monica Hastings of Elements Salon & Color Studio
Makeup: Melanie McKenna, Muskoka Makeup Artistry
Dress: Still White
Cake: Cakes by Design
We were so excited when Liz and Danielle from Gush Weddings & Events asked us to be involved in their latest Style Shoot. Together with some amazing vendors from the Niagara Region we were on hand to capture all the behind the scenes set up and design elements of this incredible Voyage of Love. Working alongside some truly talented wedding professionals to capture all the behind the scenes details of a fabulous style shoot and then seeing the results published in the latest issue of Elegant Wedding Magazine is truly a wonderful feeling! Thank you to Liz + Danielle of Gush Weddings & Events, Eva Derrick Photography, Ooh la la Designs, Makeup Worx, Warehouse 84, Paper Damsels | Couture Stationery, Itty Bitty Pie Company, Simply Beautiful Decor, Sweet Celebrations Wedding Cakes, Whyte Couture, Laura Jayne, Collins Formal Wear and the team at Honsberger Estate – enjoy the rustic, vintage loveliness that is “Voyage of Love” Soundtrack by our friend, the talented Holley Maher licensed through the Music Bed.
Thank You to all the amazing vendors involved
Theme concept & coordination: Gush Weddings & Events
Photography: Eva Derrick Photography
Cinematography: Love Madly
Florist: Ohh La La Designs
Decor (Chandeliers, linens, gold beaded chargers and chivaris): Simply Beautiful Decor
Decor (Gold flatware, gold rimmed wine glasses, black wine glasses and dinner plates) Chairman Mills
Staionary: Paper Damsels
Cakes & Cookies: Sweet Celebrations
Miniature Pies: Itty Bitty Pie Company
Vintage Furniture: Warehouse 84
Venue & Catering: Honsberger Estates
Wedding Gowns: Whyte Couture
Bridal Accessories: Laura Jayne Bridal
Makeup: Monika for Makeup Worx
Hair: Serena for Makeup Worx
Grooms Attire: Collins Formal Wear
Models: Marcy Mussari & Jesse Fredson
Each year I have the pleasure of designing gorgeous wedding albums for our couples and it’s a process I really do love. Selecting approximately 65 of the very best and most favourite images is probably the biggest challenge, but once those images are picked it’s truly magical to watch the album all come together. We love when couples come into the studio and get a chance to flip through these hand crafted albums in person. They feel beautiful in your hands and you can feel the workmanship and quality that has gone into each one. These are not flimsy books that are slapped together. Our albums are individually made by the album masters at Vision Art. We love the look and feel of these albums and they really do last forever! The thick pages are protected from finger prints and dust, the lay flat flushmount design means you don’t lose any of your photographs in the seam and they open nicely allowing you to see the entire image or images. We can’t imagine not having a wedding album… it truly is the storybook of of your wedding day and is a keepsake to cherish for a lifetime. Our couples are still telling us many years later how much they love their album and how they love looking through it with their children and their grandparents… over and over again. You chose us to capture your wedding story, why not let us design an album for you to truly showcase those moments and memories! Sure you can do it yourself and upload your images into an online template if you wish, but hands down I have never seen an album with the same quality, durability and breathtaking beauty as our Vision Art wedding albums.
Here is a sneak peek of Joanna and Dennis’ wedding album – we just had to make a studio sample for ourselves to share with all our 2015/16 couples that are coming in… we are in love with it’s elegance and beauty!
This gorgeous canvas carry pouch comes in several colours and patterns and protects your album when taking it around it to show friends and family or work colleagues; it also looks stylish on display in your own home.
the inside of the pouch is velvety smooth and soft so it won’t scratch your album cover
you can either choose a beautiful photo wrap cover like this one or we have a variety of genuine soft leather choices in several popular colours
you can see how thick the album is in this image – it’s sturdy and so well made – it also feels nice in your hands with it’s silky smooth matte or gloss finish
designing the full 24″ wide spreads is so fun for me – I love using a variety of page layouts to really showcase each gorgeous wedding image – this bouquet definitely needed to be shown as it’s own large single image; it was one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen
I love including a couple of pages of black & white images in each album… of course it’s a personal preference, but some images really do look better and more dramatic in b/w (in my opinion)
this macro photo really shows an upclose look at the page thickness…. similar to a small child’s board book… these durable pages are built to last and can be turned many hundreds and thousands of times over generations and still look amazing – the clear coating protects your images from finger prints and dust as well
choosing the day’s most romantic or memorable moments is sometimes tough… but there are always a few that just stand out from the rest to me, like this moment when Dennis leaned in and whispered in Jo’s ear… that smile on her face… THAT moment needs to be remembered for always
the details are always an essential element of the day and need to be showcased on their own page… you have spent so much time (and money) choosing each and every one… when they all come together at the reception it’s simply gorgeous and you’ll want to remember them. Jo and Dennis chose a couture cake from The Luvvly Cake Co and their design details and inspiration in whites and creams with lots of sparkle were the work of Jackie Penner Events – stunningly beautiful for sure
Here you can see again how thick and durable the album is by the spine
and finally the back cover… just as beautiful as the front
Just like no two weddings are the same, nor are two albums. Each one is individually designed and then hand crafted. This album was designed in the 9×12 style but square options as large as 12×12 are also available.
Today is a special day. It marks the 5th Anniversary since the day we captured our very first wedding story. We will never forget that day! It was stressful, nerve-wracking and definitely a lot of fun! We knew that night that this was something we really wanted to do and the passion that was ignited in us back then has only grown over these past five years. We are so lucky and blessed to meet such amazing people. We have become friends with many of our couples and still see them from time to time. It’s always amazing to be asked to capture the wedding story of a family member or friend of a past couple and we really appreciate all of your referrals. So often we see past couples at weddings and it’s nice to catch up with them and see how they are doing. I am honoured to take maternity, newborn and family photos of many of our couples and watching their families grow through our sister company Lemon Love Photography is so special.
In honour of our 5 Year Anniversary we’d like to extend a very special offer to any new couples booking with us. From now until August 31, 2013 if you book any cinema, photo or cinema + photo package we’re going to give you $500 off the package price (contract and save the date booking deposit must be in place by Aug. 31, 2013). A $500 savings in honour of our 5 Year Anniversary !!! Please spread the word. We’ve never offered anything like this in the past and this offer expires on August 31, 2013. Share it on Facebook – go ahead and tweet it !
Thank you to everyone who has believed in us and supported us over the years. We absolutely love what we do and feel so honoured to be the keeper of such precious memories! Here’s to many more years and many more amazing couples and their wedding stories!
Wanda and Brian