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. :)