Ferme Mariposa Farm Weddings

Eric + Betty-Ann’s Rustic Wedding at Ferme Mariposa Farm

(Ottawa Wedding Photographers)

Happy 1st Anniversary Betty-Ann and Eric!  I have reposted their blog post to reminisce about their wonderful wedding day one year ago today.  Enjoy.

On June 1st I had the honour to photograph Eric and Betty-Ann’s rustic style wedding at Mariposa Farm in Plantaneget, ON (about a 1/2 hr east of Ottawa).  Mariposa Farm is a duck farm, which supplies Ottawa area restaurants with duck and foie gras.  They also have chickens, geese, pigs, cows, horses and two big dogs at the farm.

A few weeks before their wedding, I photographed Eric and Betty-Ann’s engagement photos, which were shot in various parts of Ottawa to give an urban feel to contrast their rustic style wedding photos.

I was nervous about the weather because there was a 70% chance of rain, including thunder storms in the afternoon and the wedding ceremony was at 4:00pm.  However, as I drove towards the farm, the sky began to clear up and the sun came out, so I kept my fingers crossed that the nice weather would last and it did.  IT DID!  YAHOO!!!!  In fact, it lasted all day, until we finished shooting all of our outdoor shots and went inside for the reception.  Then it turned dark, the skies opened up and it poured rain–like raining cats and dogs rain!  I was SO thankful that the weather held off until we we got what we needed to do finished.

Everything turned out so well.  The decorations around the farm were so cute and colourful that they far exceeded my expectations.  I was thrilled when I saw them.  Everywhere you looked, there was something so cute and rustic.  I mean, the salt and pepper shakers alone had me excited to start shooting detail shots.  Oh, and you just have to look at the photos to see how gorgeous the wedding arch for the ceremony was with its tree branches, bright red draped fabric and a rainbow of coloured paper lanterns.   The details are definitely Pinterest worthy.

I was happy that the weather stayed nice for as long as we needed it and I was even happier when I came home, uploaded the photos onto my computer and started to view them larger than what I was seeing on my camera’s screen. There is so many bright colours and happiness in the photos.

If you’re newly engaged and looking for a wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you and all about your fantastic wedding plans.  Contact me today to book a consultation.

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For anyone planning on getting married at Mariposa farm, I would LOVE to shoot there again, so I would LOVE to hear from you!  If you’re simply looking for an Ottawa wedding photographer I would love to hear from you too.  Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me and we can arrange to meet to see if we are a good fit.

I cover weddings in Ottawa, Gatineau,  Kanata, Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange Gardien, Masson Anges, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between.

And since I am from the GTA, I am available to shoot weddings in Toronto, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, York, North York, East York, Scarborough and anywhere else in the GTA.

Wedding Vendors:

Invitations:  Ann’s Bridal
Venue: Mariposa Farm
Officiant:  Carol Cousineau of All Seasons Weddings
Wedding Dress:  Custom made
Hair & Makeup:  Faces by Noah
Engagement Ring:  Kehla Jewellery Design
Decorations:  Party City
Suit:  Benetton
Flowers:  Loblaws
Caterer: Mariposa Farm
Cakes:  Macarons et Madeleines
Photographer: Black Lamb Photography

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Strathmere Inn Weddings

James + Shawna’s Wedding at Strathmere Inn

A few weeks ago Heather and I photographed James and Shawna’s rustic wedding at Strathmere Inn.  I have wanted to shoot a wedding at Strathmere for quite a while as it is such a beautiful wedding venue.  It did not disappoint as far as beautiful spots to shoot wedding photos.  There are so many rustic spots at this place out in the country.  It went along the same theme as James and Shawna’s country style engagement photos that I shot at the Experimental Farm in the summer.  It was a gorgeous fall day with the sun shining and the trees filled with colourful fall leaves.  My only regret is that there wasn’t enough time to shoot at all of the great spots that I had found while scouting the location earlier.

I really liked the personal touch of having a cousin, Rev. John D. McIntyre, marry them.  They also had some other personal touches throughout their wedding, such as the three sunflowers in Shawna’s bouquet, which represented each of her grandparents that has passed away.  (There were three sunflowers on their wedding cake too.)  They also had turkey feathers incorporated into their table flower arrangements as well as James’s boutonnière.  James is an avid hunter and he and some of his friends went hunting that morning at the crack of dawn and shot their quota within the first hour of hunting.  And last, but not least, James borrowed his ex-boss’s HUGE tractor and drove it to Strathmere so that we could use it for some of the photos.  You can’t even imagine how excited I was to use that massive tractor in some of the photos!  That is right up my alley!

I must mention that I loved the many kind words given by friends and family during the speeches of how kind, friendly and determined in nature both James and Shawna are.  And I loved how James thanked the farmers who attended their wedding as this is a very busy time of year for them.  I really love working with down-to-earth people and humble country folks (I say that with most sincere kindness).  And I loved listening to James and his mother quote verses from the Bible in their speeches.  There is something about these people that make my job more enjoyable and less stressful.  I left their reception feeling in great spirits and extremely happy that these two found a mate as kind and thoughtful as they each are.  Congratulations James and Shawna.  May God bless you with much happiness as well as wisdom to make the right choices to bless you and your family.

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Invitations: DIY
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Lodge at Strathmere
Dress: Essense of Australia (Ella), Bridals by Al-Mor
Shoes: Payless ShoeSource
Hair & Makeup: Oasis Hair and Day Spa
Groom’s Suit: Freeman Formal Wear
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo, Bridals by Al-Mor
Decorations: DIY
Caterer: Strathmere
Cake: Cakes & More (Cornwall, ON)

Rustic Carp Wedding

Doug + Diana’s Rustic Wedding in Carp

A few weeks ago my second shooter, Heather, and I shot Doug and Diana’s rustic wedding in Carp.  What can I say about this wedding?  Well, first, we got the great diffused lighting that we wanted in order to take photos of the guys and girls before the ceremony.

When going over the wedding details with Doug and Diana about their rustic styled wedding, I was so excited to hear that they wanted to have their photos taken at an old farm in Carp near where Diana grew up.  About a week before the wedding, the three of us went to scout out this farm in order to see where we could take the photos of the guys.  Let me tell you, Valca’s farm is a photographer’s dream location.  There are several old barns with that cool looking barnwood, old tractors, fields, an old brick farm house, old farming equipment.  I was in heaven and could have shot there all day.  However, the show must go on, so I shot some photos of the guys there and then let Heather shoot the rest while I left to go shoot some photos of Diana and the girls.

And Diana’s location did not disappoint either.  They had set up a little photo location in front of a corn field with bales of hay, pumpkins and mums.  I was happy to see such a country looking display.  This is right up my alley as far as what I love to photograph. You can view Doug and Diana’s engagement session at Hog’s Back / Mooney’s Bay Park a few months ago.

Congratulations Doug and Diana.  May life bring you much happiness in your new lives as husband and wife.

If you’re currently planning a rustic wedding, I would LOVE to hear from you.  E-mail me to book a wedding consultation.  You can tell me all about your wonderful wedding plans.  😀

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Thanks to my second shooter, Heather, for getting this great shot of the groom after I left to photograph the bride.

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Wedding Planner: Lynn Waito
Ceremony Location: St. Paul’s United Church in Carp, ON
Florist:  In Bloom
Dress: Simply Beautiful Bridal Boutique in Arnprior, ON
Shoes: Steps
Hair & Makeup: Jask Salon & Day Spa
Cake:  Ursula Burgess
Bridesmaid dresses: Simply Beautiful Bridal Boutique
Tuxedo/Suit: Tip Top Tailors
Caterer:  Centurion Conference and Event Center
Linens & brandy snifters:  Ottawa Special Events
Lighting, sound and drapes: Advantage Audio Visual Rentals
DJ: Colton Craig
Enjoy the photos of this fantastic couple and their fantastic wedding day.

Ottawa & Gatineau photographers Monterey Hotel Weddings

Duane + Michelle’s Monterey Hotel Wedding

A week and a half ago I had the privilege of photographing Duane and Michelle’s wedding at the Monterey Hotel with my second shooter, Michelle.  It was a beautiful sunny day with no cloud in sight.  Not too hot either.  Much like the day that I photographed their engagement session in Gatineau park.

Michelle looked beautiful in her wedding gown and I gotta say Duane cleans up quite nicely himself.  I loved the flower bouquets that had orchids and hydrangeas.  I didn’t realize until halfway through that their bouquets actually matched the flowers at the Monterey Hotel, since the hotel has a bunch of beautiful hydrangea bushes.

I loved, loved, loved the rustic touches in their wedding, such as the table numbers made out of wood as well as the cupcake stands.  They were all made by Michelle’s father, with some help from Michelle who burned the numbers on the table number signs.  And since their wedding colour was green, they also had green granny smith apples in glass vases on all of the tables.

Everyone was in good spirits and all smiles, which made for some lovely photos.  Duane and Michelle were beaming all day with happiness.  It was so nice to be able to capture some of those happy moments.  I hope that you enjoy them.

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Wedding Vendors:
Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas
Officiant:   All Seasons Weddings
Wedding Dress:  David’s Bridal
Hair:  Stephanie Lambert – Tesoro Professional Hair & Esthetic
Makeup Artist:  Blush by Jackie
Suits:  Moores
Engagement Ring:  Ben Moss Jewellers
Florist:  Flower Essence
Event Planner:  RSVP Events
Table Numbers:  DiY by Bride’s Father
Cupcake Stands:  DiY by Bride’s Father
Caterer:  Monterey Hotel
Photography:  Black Lamb Photography

Happy viewing.  🙂

Mariposa Farm Wedding

Eric + Betty-Ann’s Rustic Wedding at Ferme Mariposa Farm

(Ottawa Wedding Photographers)

On June 1st I had the honour to photograph Eric and Betty-Ann’s rustic style wedding at Mariposa Farm in Plantaneget, ON (about a 1/2 hr east of Ottawa).  Mariposa Farm is a duck farm, which supplies Ottawa area restaurants with duck and foie gras.  They also have chickens, geese, pigs, cows, horses and two big dogs at the farm.

A few weeks before their wedding, I photographed Eric and Betty-Ann’s engagement photos, which were shot in various parts of Ottawa to give an urban feel to contrast their rustic style wedding photos.

I was nervous about the weather because there was a 70% chance of rain, including thunder storms in the afternoon and the wedding ceremony was at 4:00pm.  However, as I drove towards the farm, the sky began to clear up and the sun came out, so I kept my fingers crossed that the nice weather would last and it did.  IT DID!  YAHOO!!!!  In fact, it lasted all day, until we finished shooting all of our outdoor shots and went inside for the reception.  Then it turned dark, the skies opened up and it poured rain–like raining cats and dogs rain!  I was SO thankful that the weather held off until we we got what we needed to do finished.

Everything turned out so well.  The decorations around the farm were so cute and colourful that they far exceeded my expectations.  I was thrilled when I saw them.  Everywhere you looked, there was something so cute and rustic.  I mean, the salt and pepper shakers alone had me excited to start shooting detail shots.  Oh, and you just have to look at the photos to see how gorgeous the wedding arch for the ceremony was with its tree branches, bright red draped fabric and a rainbow of coloured paper lanterns.   The details are definitely Pinterest worthy.

I was happy that the weather stayed nice for as long as we needed it and I was even happier when I came home, uploaded the photos onto my computer and started to view them larger than what I was seeing on my camera’s screen. There is so many bright colours and happiness in the photos.

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For anyone planning on getting married at Mariposa farm, I would LOVE to shoot there again, so I would LOVE to hear from you!  If you’re simply looking for an Ottawa wedding photographer I would love to hear from you too.  Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me and we can arrange to meet to see if we are a good fit.

I cover weddings in Ottawa, Gatineau,  Kanata, Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange Gardien, Masson Anges, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between.

And since I am from the GTA, I am available to shoot weddings in Toronto, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, York, North York, East York, Scarborough and anywhere else in the GTA.

Wedding Vendors:

Invitations:  Ann’s Bridal
Venue: Mariposa Farm
Officiant:  Carol Cousineau of All Seasons Weddings
Wedding Dress:  Custom made
Hair & Makeup:  Faces by Noah
Engagement Ring:  Kehla Jewellery Design
Decorations:  Party City
Suit:  Benetton
Flowers:  Loblaws
Caterer: Mariposa Farm
Cakes:  Macarons et Madeleines
Photographer: Black Lamb Photography

Meeting a Kindred Spirit (Ottawa Photographers)

Chinese Style Engagement Portraits at the Arboretum and Byward Market

I love Asia and when I say that, what I mean is that I REALLY LOVE Asia.  My Chinese friends (yes you, Ya-Wen and Amanda) joke and say that I am a wannabe Asian.  I think they’re right.  I mean, I’ve wanted to visit China and walk along the Great Wall of China since I was a kid (I got the chance back in 2005).  I lived in Asia for a year and a half (South Korea and Japan) and I’ve traveled all over Asia and Southeast Asia.  The theme for my own wedding was Chinese, with all of my bridesmaids wearing Chinese dresses and my going away outfit being a traditional red Choeongsam, tailor made in Beijing.

Liking all things Asian, brings me to write about this great couple who I will have the pleasure of photographing their farm wedding on June 1 of this year (Oh, how I love photographing on farms and in fields!).  I knew that it was going to be a good match between us when the bride wrote in her initial e-mail, “Seems like I’ve found a kindred spirit who loves Pinterest and has a passion for travel and photography.”  During our initial meeting, we were able to talk about a few of our own experiences in Mongolia.  Now really, it’s not every day that I find another person whom I can talk about mutual Mongolian experiences with, ya know?

Since their rustic wedding is taking place at Mariposa Farm, Eric and Betty-Ann decided to have an urban backdrop for their engagement session.   We decided on the Byward Market as well as Major’s Hill Park, which I was already looking forward to, but then when I found out that Betty-Ann was going to wear her red Chinese dress for the photo shoot, I was BEYOND excited.  I have wanted to do a photo session like this for a long time.  And what made this engagement session even more spectacular were the beautiful cherry and apple blossoms that were conveniently in bloom.  Not one to pass up an opportunity that really only comes once a year, we first took photos by the cherry and apple trees at the arboretum in order to get a gorgeous floral backdrop and later by the tulips in bloom for the Ottawa tulip festival.

The few days leading up to the photo shoot had me concerned because the weather forecast was cool and wet weather.  I even suggested that we change the date, but that was not possible for the couple, so we went ahead with the photo shoot.  It rained in the middle of the day and the clouds were gloomy and looming.  But as we began to shoot, the skies cleared, the sun came out and it warmed up a bit.  The end result was beautiful weather to help create beautiful engagement photos.  The e-session went very well.  Eric and Betty-Ann rocked it and I got some amazing shots.  I hope that you will enjoy the photos as much as I do.

Update:  Check out Eric and Betty-Ann’s wedding photos.

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Tony + Tracey’s Wedding

Tony + Tracey’s Wedding (Ottawa Wedding Photographers)

On September 29th, my second shooter, Heather, and I had the privilege of documenting the wedding of Tony and Tracey at Anderson Links Golf Club.  It was a gorgeous autumn day, with the sun shining.  The grounds were immaculate and the club house was decorated with pretty flowers all around.

As a photographer, I must admit that it is so nice when everything can be done at the same venue and Anderson Links can completely cater to that if anyone is looking for a stress-free style of wedding.  The ceremony was held in their beautiful reception hall, with gorgeous light streaming in the windows (always a bonus to have natural light!).  I think that this is the first wedding that I actually teared up during their vows.  It was very touching to see the love that these two have for each other.

Afterwards we took photos around the grounds, which included an AMAZING old red barn that is leaning so much that it is actually being supported by two trees.  I absolutely love rustic style backgrounds.  They just make me really happy and I love to photograph things that make me happy.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this special day and to be able to document it for a great couple.  Congratulations Tony and Tracey.  May life fill you with love and laughter all the rest of your days together.

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Wedding Vendors
Officiant:  Alex Baur of All Seasons Weddings
Photographer:  Black Lamb Photography