Phil and Lexi had one of the most beautiful Winter weddings we have ever been a part of! Every detail was perfectly planned and thought out to perfection! The flowers were gorgeous, the venue was lovely, and Phil and Lexi are two of the most genuine and wonderful people I know. On top of that, there is nothing better than shooting a wedding for family! I'm not fantastic with words so let's just get to the photos ;)
The ladies got ready at RIG :) They were seriously the cutest ever in their Winter jimmies!
Then back to the Beachy's so the girl's could get their dresses on!
Then over to the venue! The Breitenbach Tool Shed is a great local venue with lots of charm! We started with first look and couple portraits followed by bridal party and family! Phil and Lexi got married on the shortest day of the year, so we had a tight timeline! Everything fell together perfectly though and we got all the photos in before the sky turns dark :)
Then it was time to get hitched! Phil and Lexi's adding felt extra special because they had friends and family in attendance from around the world. Phils groomsmen were all high school friends (plus his brother) that he made living in Senegal. It's a true testament to Phil and Lexi's character that they came from all over for the wedding. Even his family came from Canada (also Germany and New Zealand if I remember correctly) It was quite a special reunion for the Beatty Family!
Phil and Lexi's wedding was the perfect one to finish off your year on a fantastic note! The entire "photo experience" with them was one I will always remember. Traveling with them North for their engagement photos and seeing Phil in his element in the cold Canadian waters leaping off boats barefooted while the rest of us buried ourselves under blankets and winter coats and hats is not something I will soon forget. His family's hospitality as they hosted us at their cottage on the lake was heart warming and made us feel like we had known the Beatty's much longer than a few short days. (If anyone wants to peek at photos from their engagement session, it can be found on a previous blog post)
Thank you for everything you guys! We wish you many many blessings!
Duey and Jackie
This was such a fun wedding! Aaron and Anna were so fantastic to work with at their engagement session, so I knew photographing their wedding would be wonderful! Anna looked like she walked straight out of a bridal magazine, and even with the never ending rain, they both smiled all day long. It's not hard to see the kind of love they have for each other! We walked around Stan Hywett with umbrellas and made the best of the moody grey skies. Here are a few of our favorites from their day!
The girls started the day at Aaron and Anna's home.
We were really fortunate to be able to shoot the first look in the green house at Stan Hywett! It was nice to be able to put down the umbrellas for awhile and move around more freely. I LOVE this greenhouse. I could have shot in just that one place for a whole hour. BUT there were so many pretty places we wanted to see, so we didn't linger to long. This is one of the prettiest venues ever for bridal portraits.
The ceremony, which was planned for outside, was quickly re-planned for the patio under tent! It had such a cozy intimate feel.
The reception venue was the perfect atmosphere! The Akron Museum of Art allowed guests to visit the exhibits during cocktail hour before the reception which added a very cool feel to the night. The reception was held in the main lobby area of the museum with tall windows and interesting architecture. The whole day was planned so perfectly from beginning to end.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Camerato! Your wedding was as amazing as the two of you! We were so happy to be a part of it! Thank you for conquering the rain with us <3
May the Lord bless you with many years of love and joy and laughter!
Love, Duey and Jackie
Phil and Lexi's engagement session weekend was awesome! I've been looking forward to haring a little bit about it.
People have asked "why Canada? why the Georgian Bay?" So first, a little background.... Shooting in Ontario wasn't a random choice. Phil's family has had a cottage in the family for many generations. While Phil was actually raised mostly in Senegal, Africa, his family would spend weeks and months at the cottage when they made trips home. The cottage and the islands around it have a very special place in Phil's heart. It is easy to see that Lexi has caught on quickly to the ways of remote lake life! She was jumping to and fro from boats to docks like she's been doing it her whole life. I'm sure they will make so many more amazing memories there together and with family.
Friday morning we were up bright and early and out the door at 4am. Duey and I picked up the other Beachy's (HA) Lexi, then Caleb and Brittany, and off we went! ROAD TRIP!
(be prepared for some not so fancy cell phone shots mixed in with the big girl camera images;) )
The drive felt quick! Once in Canada, we picked up Phil, who was still living there for another week before moving to the US. Then all aboard and on our way to the cottage! The cottages on the bay are built on big rock islands and the residents get to them by boat. So we unloaded our bags into the boat and headed across the bay. I don't really know how to describe the landscape. (Good thing for photos huh?!) Just imagine cold, crystal clear water, hundreds of rock islands ranging in size from a football field and larger to trampoline size. The shores of the islands were all different. Some were rocky and cliff like, while others eased slowly into the water like a smooth slide. The Beatty Cottage is nestled back in an inlet on top of a tall rocky shore overlooking the bay.
We were pretty excited to get out and start shooting. The weather was looking like rain off and on for the following day, so we wanted to get outside and start shooting and exploring right away! Brittany helped Lexi with her makeup quickly and out the door we went! We started right at the cottage.
THEN imagine my excitement when they came walking from the boat house onto the dock with THIS beauty!
Then we did a quick clothing change and hopped back on a boat and cruised out through the bay until we found the perfect island to shoot on! The blue dress Lexi is wearing is especially awesome because her mom maaaaaaade it! It was perfect for this location!
Then one more clothing change. Guys.... it was sooooo cold. Phil hardly noticed though. He was barefoot in and out of the water like it was mid-summer!
I mentioned before that the water was freezing. I was bundled up in my winter hiking boots, two pairs of tights, a vest over two long sleeved shirts AND a winter hat. The cold weather didn't stop these two crazies from jumping off the dock in their swimsuits! We quickly ran inside to huddle around the bog cozy fire.
The rest of the trip was documented through random phone shots. We ate amazing food, drank delicious wine, and fellowshipped with some very interesting members of Phil's family. We took canoes across the water to a nearby island and explored. We ate a bag full of chocolate figs, and Phil told us about the history of his family and the islands around their cottage.
We also made a quick stop at Niagara falls before crossing the border back into the states. I hadn't ever been there on the Canada side before!
We had such a fun and relaxing weekend. Thank you so much to the Beatty family for your kindness and hospitality! Thank you for sharing your cottage with us and for all of the amazing food and fellowship! We can't wait to see you all again in December! This time you will be in our neck of the woods! What did you say you want to do Esther? Go to the Amish Safari?! LOL around here we call it The Farm at Walnut Creek. :)
Danny and Tiara celebrated their wedding on a gorgeous September day in Ohio Amish country. The Farm at Walnut Creek was the perfect venue for a cozy-eclectic feel. Think along these lines...... twinkle lights strung from barn beam rafters, Moroccan style rugs, fiddle leaf figs and ferns, candles, macrame, sparklers, AND lemurs. I think the photos will tell the story better than I can though :)
The girls started the day at RIG & co and a friend of the brides, and the guys at Danny's house.
Then we headed over to the farm for Tiara's first look with her dad and then Danny.
From there, we jumped right into bridal portraits!
Ceremony! Everyone hopped on a wagon and headed over to the wedding pavilion. The ceremony was so lovely! I was a little nervous how my Abby would do as a flower girl because Duey and I were both shooting, and not able to do any convincing. Luckily, Brittany was with her and had her all excited and confident. Abby and her little cousin Annie marched right down the aisle with big smiles on their faces. Tiara was a dream walking down the aisle after them in her gorgeous long-sleeved lace dress. Praise and worship opened the ceremony, followed by a sermon from their pastors, and communion.
After the ceremony, we couldn't help but notice we had exactly 7 minutes before sunset;) SOOOOOOOO, just enough time to hop back onto a wagon and head to the tippy top of the highest hill to get the last few drops of sunlight!
ANNNNNND the party <3
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Beachy! We couldn't be happier to welcome you to the family Tiara! You are a beautiful, kind, and genuine soul. We are so lucky to have you! May you and Danny have many blessed years of happy marriage together. Love you both so much!
Duey and Jackie
Caleb and Brittany! There are so many things I want to say about this wedding! Unfortunately I'm not great with words, so hopefully the photos speak for themselves <3
Every detail was beautiful. The flowers were stunning, THE DRESS was a dream, Brittany was absolutely lovely, AND such a PERFECT bride to work with! If you're a photographer, you know what I mean ;) A great bride is everything, and Brittany was definitely that! She went with the flow, was smiling and sweet all day, and she's SO IN LOVE <3
The girls were already looking gorg bright and early at the one and only RIG & co....
Then we headed back to the brides home to get that DRESS on! <3<3<3
Then the first look!
Now family and bridal party!
And last, the reception, and one last pop outside for some sunset photos of the newly weds!!!! (Which was fantastic <3)
Congratulations Brittany and Caleb! We were so happy to be a part of your wedding and extra happy that you are now a BEACHY Britt! <3