September 28, 2018
Ashley and Ryan’s Calabogie Lakeside Wedding was one of a kind. Ashley and her family had been visiting the Calabogie Lodge Resort since she was a little girl and it only made sense for her to get married there. When she met Ryan, she brought him along and they have been spending time there ever since. Calabogie is one of their favourite place and they could not imagine getting married anywhere else even though they live near Toronto and that their family and friends were also coming from away.
The forecast for the day was not the greatest. A lot of rain was forecasted for many days, but everything turned out amazing! It rained as we were driving to Calabogie. It rained as we came out of the car. But as soon as we were done photographing the dress and the details in Ashley’s suites, which was the same unit she had spent all these summers growing up, the rain stopped!
We drove a couple of minutes to a park across the water for Ashley and Ryan’s first look. The funny thing about the park is that it was called Barnet park (Barnett with only one T, but we’ll forgive them). It was a really nice spot overlooking the water, and as Ashley walked over to Ryan and asked him to turn around, he was absolutely beaming, he had the largest smile and you could see in his eyes how much he loved Ashley. I am sure that it was the happiest he had ever been in his life. Ashley was breathtaking. She looked amazing in her dress, the designer must have designed it with her in mind. She had a really long veil, which was both romantic and entertaining as it was getting caught in everything. But luckily her sister Amy was there for her and to readjust her veil.
This Calabogie Lakeside Wedding ceremony took place at the Lodge Resort right on the water. Ashley had one of her best friend who now lives in Costa Rica officiate the wedding. It was a really meaningful ceremony, and as they were saying their vows to one another, the clouds cleared and the sun shined. The weather continued getting better all evening. They were able to remove the sides of the tent that was sitting between the restaurant and the water, reveling the breathtaking decor Ashley had planned. I absolutely love the wooden chairs and harvest tables, the golden chargers, and all the menu details and delicate florals.
Ashley and Ryan took our advice and decided to escape at dinner time to go take some sunset portraits. We are SO happy that they did, because they turned out absolutely amazing! Most of our couples decide to do sunset portraits after we recommend it, and sunset portraits usually become their favourite images for multiple reasons. We called these portraits, husband and wife portraits and they are usually more relaxed and happy to finally be married. They also love the opportunity to escape their guests and finally have some time together as a married couple. We cannot recommend enough to do sunset portraits, plus the light is amazing! There’s a good reason why we do all our engagement sessions at sunset, because it’s the best light. So it only makes perfect sense that we create some of our best work on wedding days at sunset.
Venue: Calabogie Lodge
Hair and Makeup Artist: Debbie
Florist: Wild Little Roses
Catering: Valley Food & Drink Co
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Engagement Ring: Anueva
Wedding Ring : Mejuri
Paper Goods: Greenvelope
Photography: Charlie and Michael, The Barnett Company