I have a very special post to share with you all today. My fiancé and I had the opportunity to be a part of a creative wedding style photoshoot this past Tuesday and it was AMAZING!
The purpose of this creative wedding session was to represent the story of Olivia and Ryan’s wedding (full story is down below).
The photos taken are going to be used for sharing on wedding vendors blogs and social media sites as a way to help newly engaged couples think differently about creating their own weddings.
The session was held at the Westover Inn in St. Mary’s (near Stratford) – the most beautiful location if you love greenery!
*** FYI: These are not our actual wedding photos, we did not get married yet! ***
OLIVIA & RYAN: THE STORY
Olivia and Ryan met while Olivia was on a ski vacation with friends in Banff; he lived and worked nearby and she was visiting from Ontario. The connection was instant and they started dating long distance after a few short months. Ryan decided to relocate to Ontario and they have been inseparable ever since. After a new year’s proposal they began planning for an intimate late spring wedding because they didn’t want to postpone becoming husband and wife much longer.
Coming from small tight-knit families, having only one sister a piece; they knew they wanted their wedding to feel the same way their families did – welcoming, full of laughter and really close. So instead of opting for the traditional wedding where they would invite family and friends from afar, they decided they would invite “their family” – those individuals who shared their blood and their heart’s love – about 25-35 people. Because Ryan’s family (his parents, his two living grandparents, and his sister and her wee family) would be travelling from Alberta for the wedding they also wanted to have a wedding that would make them feel like it was happening at “home”. So they decided to be married at a small inn where their entire “family” could stay for the wedding weekend and partake in the festivities from start to finish.
They wanted their wedding to be a way they could celebrate not only their own relationship, but the ones that had brought them this far. They wanted to bless their family and friends as they had been blessed. They rented rooms at the Inn for all of their guests and were planning little surprises like welcome package filled with local goodies and tickets to the local theatre for them to enjoy as part of the wedding weekend. They would host their rehearsal dinner the evening before in the dining room and as long as the weather allowed they were planning to be married just after sunrise and celebrate their marriage over a beautiful spring brunch with their family in the beautiful and fresh garden.
They decided that they would rise early the morning of the wedding and do sunrise wedding photos so that they would have the beautiful soft light that creates the light, airy and romantic images that they were drawn to. They also loved that they would time together alone first before greeting their family and guests for the ceremony and breakfast celebration where they could share in their excitement and emotion of becoming husband and wife.
Following the photos they would join “their family” for a little pre-ceremony mimosa toasts and appetizers since spending time together would help them get rid of their pre-cermony jitters. Once everyone had a drink in hand and a few yummy appetizers in their bellies Olivia would find her Dad and walk down the short aisle to marry the love of her life. Their ceremony, although short and sweet, would be filled with handwritten vows, tears of joy and a beautiful song performed on guitar by a dear friend. They would walk hand in hand down the aisle finally married and ready to begin their journey together.
After their touching ceremony everyone would gather around the simple and beautiful harvest tables and break bread together to celebrate their marriage. Following good food, a few special toasts and much laughter Olivia and Ryan would be whisked away to the honeymoon with their guests waving farewell down the lane.
The rest of the weekend would belong to “their family” to enjoy as they wished. They could take in the sites around town, enjoy local theatre, or simply relax together in and around the beautiful Inn’s grounds.
Along with modelling and taking photos, I also vlogged the entire morning so keep an eye out for that video on my Youtube channel… DACOZZY
So much love and appreciation for all the ladies involved in this photoshoot! Please check them out, they do amazing work!
I have linked all of their social media accounts down below!
Venue: Westover Inn