This past weekend I was able to document Rebecca and Nick’s beautiful summer wedding day. Their story is a story filled with love and so much support from their friends and family. I was able to meet them earlier this year and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them over the last while. They are both kind and caring people who are always there for one another.
Their wedding day was filled with the evident love for one another, their girls and for their family and friends. Despite the ever dark clouds, which seems to have been a theme this summer, we received only a small sprinkle. They always say rain on your wedding day is good luck! So they received a small dose of good luck! I remember my own summer wedding day was very similar in weather to this day. Threatened rain all day but somehow it never did amount to much!
Both Rebecca and Nick got ready at the Nottawasaga Inn and Resort and then we headed to Rich Hill United Church. Rebecca incorporated so many personal touches into their day- it was so special. From the custom made bags for her bridesmaids, to the special bracelets for her girls and even the piece of lace from her grandmother’s wedding gown which was on her wedding bouquet, every part of their wedding was them.
Their ceremony was held at the small but quaint Rich Hill United Church. Just before Rebecca walked down the aisle Nick held his eyes closed a little bit longer than usual and then opened them to see his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. Rebecca looked incredibly stunning in her beautiful lace wedding gown. The back was gorgeous – loving the illusion lace! As part of their vows, they incorporated their three girls and made promises together as a family. I had tears in my eyes behind the camera at this point. Family is everything for them.
We were able to hang out with the wedding party and Rebecca and Nick at the Nottawasaga Inn to do some bridal party photos and some bride and groom photos. I had been in the Wedding Gardens earlier in April and it definitely looks so much more lush at this summer time of year– so many beautiful spots for portraits!
At their reception they were surrounded by all of their closest friends, family and loved ones. I always love being at receptions and hearing the speeches and at this wedding a song serenade by a best man. Being a wedding photographer is such a privilege and I am so thankful that each and every couple allow me into such an important day in their lives- it is such a blessing!
The night was finished off by dances including the most special dance- father and daughters dance. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room!
Congratulations Rebecca and Nick! I wish you so many blessings of love and happiness as you begin this new journey together as husband and wife. You are so blessed to have one another!
Thank you again to Amy Cheshire Photography who shot alongside me again for this wedding. Her beautiful images are sprinkled throughout this blog post!
To view some of the images of their day scroll below. As usual, there are just so many to pick from and this is just a small selection of the final gallery that they will be receiving. Enjoy and be sure to leave them some love and congratulations!
Here is a list of vendors that made this wedding day so beautiful!
Venue: Nottawasaga Inn & Resort
Dress: Brides by Tara
Hair: Infinity Hair
Flowers: Bern’s Flowers
Decor: Pearl Decor & Events
Photography: Kristin Peereboom Photography
I am excited to be now booking 2018 weddings and also have a few openings yet for the 2017 season. If you’d like to chat more about wedding day photography coverage, send me a note here and I’ll get back to you!
Things can change so much in just a short amount of time. One year ago, Ashley and John had just met and their journey together was only just beginning. This past Friday in-front of their many friends and close family, they were united together in marriage. It was a beautiful day and somehow the rain managed to stay away!
I first met Ashley and John in January and it has been a privilege to get to know them over the past half a year. They are full of laughter, like great brews and have a deep love for one another. It was so clear throughout the day that they had been set apart for one another by truly an amazing God.
For this wedding, I was able to work alongside Dana Lauder Photography for the day and it was so great to finally work together! Her images are spread throughout this (long!) blog post and they helped tell their wedding day story so beautifully. Thank you Dana!
We started documenting their day by spending time with the ladies and the gentlemen. After all the preparations were made and each looking beautiful and handsome, Ashley and John were able to share some quiet moments together during their first look. These simple but powerful moments have stolen my heart and I simply adore them! I am seriously smiling behind the camera the entire time!
All the family portraits and bridal party pictures were taken at the home of Ashley’s maid of honour parents. Their home backs on to a beautiful park and path and we were able to get some great shots there. It was a bit muggy and the bugs seemed to love climbing up the layers of tulle in Ashley’s dress!
John and Ashley committed their lives to one another in front of their church members, friends, family at Community CRC in Kitchener. It was a meaningful service that was led by John’s co-pastors at the church he also pastors at. After the service we headed to Rockway Gardens in Kitchener and found some cute little spots to capture some sweet moments of the two of them together.
The evening of celebration was held at the Schwaben Club in Kitchener. Some of my favourite moments of the day are listening to the speeches and toasts from their loved ones. It always leaves me smiling behind the camera. Oh and first dances, those are pretty awesome too. But really, I’m smiling all day long because there are so many happy moments throughout the day!
I’ve gathered some of my favourite images that tell the story of their day. It’s always hard to narrow them down into a small blog post, so they never really end up being small blog posts!
Thank you again John and Ashley for allowing me to capture your wedding day. It has been such a blessing getting to know you both and I pray that God may continue to guide you both as you begin this new journey of married life together! And enjoy your time on your honeymoon!
These past couple of weeks, we’ve been able to see some beautiful parts of Canada. Our family traveled to Nova Scotia to explore some of the amazing scenery. This wasn’t our first long road trip with our family. In 2015 we traveled to Florida with our kids who were 1, 3 and 6 at the time. Two years later our kids are older and still are great travellers!
For this road trip, I decided to incorporate a little more thoughtful planning, as I wanted to make sure that one- everything fit into our car and two- that nobody would get car crazy. This was also the first trip that as a family we stayed in a number of Airbnb’s. Two years ago Airbnb wasn’t around (at least I don’t think they were!) so this was a new thing for us and I have some thoughts to share on our experiences.
I hope these few tips will be helpful to you!
- GPS – Have one. As much as our phones are super helpful, our data plan is limited and there are areas that we ran into that had very little reception. Having this little GPS has helped a ton!
- Snack Boxes – I found this idea on Pinterest and it was ingenious! My friend Jen was also telling me about how she did this on her trip with her girls. I bought each of my kids a plastic basket from Dollarama. I then got two big boxes with lids and filled it with snacks. One for the journey to Nova Scotia and one for the way back. Now don’t judge me, I did fill it with lots of processed food— but it’s what worked best for our family! Cereal bars, Rice Krispie treats, granola bars, fruit sauce packets, mini chocolate bars, that kind of stuff! The handy thing is at Fresh Co they sell all these things in big packs so it was just a matter of splitting between the too boxes. It was more than enough for the trip. Each morning I filled the kids baskets with the days allotment of snacks and drinks. They could eat them whenever they felt hungry!
- Pack Light – I was determined to pack minimal for the kids for this trip. The last trip we took I overpacked. For the kids I only packed two sets of jammies, three shorts, three t-shirts, two pants, two bathing suits, one sweater, and one long sleeve shirt oh and plenty of underwear and only three pairs of socks. I brought along a small pack of laundry pods and did laundry whenever I could. Such a space saver not to have so many packed suitcases!
- Tablets + Netflix App – About a week before we were about to leave, our in car DVD player caught fire. We plugged it in and it started smoking! Our son had quickly noticed this and we got them out before they totally erupted in flames. That same week our cell provider had a special, get a free tablet if you add data to your plans. Being the Dutch person I am, I quickly got to a store and got our free tablet. The first App we added was Netflix and we downloaded a bunch of shows for the kids to watch in the car on our trip! Genius!
- Airbnb – We stayed for five nights in three different Airbnb’s. While Airbnb’s are amazing, they won’t be for everyone. The first Airbnb we stayed in was in Saint Jean Port Joli, Quebec. It was a shared accommodation Airbnb. We stayed in the home along with the homeowner and her children. Our kids loved it because they also had a farm with many animals- they had a blast! Our second Airbnb was amazing! A little cabin just the right size for our family of five. We received farm fresh eggs for breakfast and it was in the heart of the Annapolis Valley. Our last Airbnb was phenomenal! A upper loft apartment that was completely redone! If you are ever in the Quebec area you need to stay here. There are many pros to Airbnb’s and they totally have me convinced. You get to meet so many kind people along the way and get to experience something so much more personal than a cold hotel room. If you’ve never tried an Airbnb yet, I’d highly recommend it.
BONUS TIP: I’m only adding this here because of what happened on our very last day in Nova Scotia. Our youngest daughter pinched her thumb in a bathroom door at Peggy’s Cove pretty badly and we ended up at the Emergency. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TRAVELLERS Insurance! I always purchase mine through Manulife Financial. We’ve had great experiences with them and its not that expensive to get coverage for a family.
I hope these tips have been somewhat helpful, if you have any of your own travel tips, I’d love to hear them!
On Canada Day weekend I got to close of an amazing engagement season with Sarah and Jake. This summer session was special for me because Sarah is my cousin, and she is the second girl cousin to be married from my family! Sarah and Jake chose Balls Falls Conservation area in Niagara as the location for their photo session. Surprisingly, I had never been there before! Having grown up in the area and passing this spot probably hundreds of times, this was my first time visiting this gorgeous spot!
We had a great time exploring the area together and although we couldn’t figure out how to get down to the lower falls, we found some gorgeous locations for their pictures. These two had so much fun together. There was a lot of laughter, smiles and a lot of love!
Their session officially wrapped up my engagement season and once again I’m having Sarah and Jake share their story here on my blog. This was something new I wanted to try this year and I’m so I was able to share so many stories. That’s one thing I want to learn to be better at- sharing our stories with those around then. I’m so thankful to have been able to share so many stories here on my blog!
~ Sarah + Jake’s Story ~
Sarah and Jake are looking forward to their October 28th wedding day where they will say their I Do’s to one another in front of their loved ones. Congratulations again you two, and thank you again for allowing me to capture your beautiful memories for you! Many blessings to you both as you continue to plan for your marriage!
Here are a few of my favourites from our session together! If you ever have a chance to head to Ball’s Fall’s in Niagara, I highly recommend it! I’m looking forward to checking it out next time with my family!
Back in May I had the opportunity to meet up with Victoria and Brad for their spring engagement session. The Queen’s Royal Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake was the perfect setting for capturing some memories together. This was the first time that I had been to Niagara-on-the-Lake which is kind of shocking since I grew up in that area. I’m looking forward to going back one day!
Although the weather was a bit chilly coming off the lake, you can’t tell because of the warmth in their smiles and embraces. They chose to make their session a little more personal and meaningful as they incorporated Brad’s grandmothers bike from when she was young in it. Also the book that you’ll see in some of the images was the very book that Brad hid Victoria’s engagement ring in when he proposed to her! Talk about super romantic!
Victoria and Brad have an awesome story of how they came into each other’s lives and they are here to share it with you all! Stories are so important to tell and I love it when couples share their stories and a bit of their lives with me! Photography is so much more than just a final picture, its telling a person’s story through pictures.
Our Story – told by Victoria
Brad and I met at a wedding – I vividly remember walking into the church and seeing him standing in the fellowship hall of the church. Once we had all taken our seat inside the church, my uncle took on the task of helping me scout out if Brad was wearing a wedding band or not. Unfortunately, we missed seeing his hand the first time he walked past us to his seat. But lucky for us, during the wedding, the guests partook in Communion and we had another opportunity to see that finger – and the fact that there was no ring on it!
Once we made it to the reception hall, my next job was figuring out if he was single. We had conveniently been seated only a few tables away from each other. I started asking people who that guy was. I was told “Brad? Oh, he won’t talk to you, he’s super shy”. Thankfully, my sister is not shy. She saw an opportunity when Brad was standing at the bar. She pulled me up with her and tapped his shoulder asking “have you met Victoria?”… Two days after that wedding, we had our first date.
Very quickly it was evident that we had found something very special – I quickly knew that this was the man I wanted to marry. Brad introduced me to a lot of new things, one of them being “Tractor Pulls”. It was on our way to one of these tractor pulls in Lucknow, where we pulled off the road to have a picnic in a cute little picnic area. While we were sitting there, Brad told me he had bought me a book (and everyone who knows me, knows that I adore books)… he went to his car and came back with a book. The next thing I know he’s got the book open, he’s down on his knee, asking me to be his “Forever & Always”.
Leading up to our wedding day, I think for both of us we are most excited about being surrounded by most of the special people in our lives. But we are also excited because this will be the end of a long distance relationship– we cannot wait to say goodbye to that weekend drive!
Brad and Victoria will be saying their vows to one another on September 1st at The Lakeview in Hamilton and I cannot wait to document their day for them! Congratulations to you both and I wish you God’s blessings over the next few weeks leading up until your wedding day!
If you are newly engaged, or are still on the hunt for a wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you! Please send me a message and I look forward to getting to know you better!