Winter Wedding Styled Shoot | The Old Mill in Harrow

The theme of this styled shoot was "Winter Velvet Wedding" and the colours were deeps reds, greens, gold, with of course velvet accents. I found the green velvet one-shoulder top that the bride wore at Urban Planet and from there the ideas were just pouring out of me and I realized I couldn't NOT do this photoshoot!

As a wedding photographer, I don't photograph weddings for about 5 months of the year because couples tend to gravitate towards summer and fall weddings, so I want to show couples that a winter wedding can be just as gorgeous and you would be able to utilize things like velvet, fur wraps, hot cider stations, and other cozy things! I hope this photoshoot inspires engaged couples to consider having a winter wedding. (Plus, the hot cider station is such a unique wedding addition. Placed right near the door so the guests can warm up with some cider, and a basket of blankets was placed right next to the table for a little extra bit of coziness!)

The decorator, Kathy of Renaissance Weddings in Windsor, was phenomenal! She pulled up to the venue space with a huge fan just filled to the brim with things - including a couch! Our coordinator, Aubyn of Little Bird Event Co, even strapped a real live Christmas tree to her car that we were able to utilize! Everyone involved was so accommodating and genuinely excited to bring this vision to life! Each vendor was given the theme and colour scheme and from there were able to get creative. It all pulled together so wonderfully and I love that it showcases the talents of Windsor, Ontario, and that each vendor had a chance to be creative after we all had such a busy wedding season come to a close.

Putting the bride in something a little less traditional, while still staying bridal with the tulle skirt, was the main inspiration behind this photoshoot. Velvet is such a cool, in-style fabric for this winter season and going with green (rather than red) allows for the look to feel edgy yet earthy and not too much like a Christmas party outfit. The fur shawl adds to that winter look while also keeping the bride cozy! We decided to go with a more casual look for the groom, as well. So we ditched the jacket and added suspenders and a velvet bowtie.

The cake - which was real and so delicious (all the vendors devoured it after the photoshoot!), being adorned with non-traditional winter fruit was a lot of fun to collaborate on. Laura from Sweetbay Cakes does lots of cakes with traditional things like flowers and strawberries and really wanted to incorporate fruit that you would not typically think to put on a cake. Pomegranates, blackberries, cranberries, and our personal favourite, figs! The colours were rich and stuck with the colour scheme and also just looked super cool. We wanted to inspire couples to step outside the traditional wedding cake toppings.

All the vendors involved hope to inspire engaged couples to go against the grain and consider a winter wedding, or wear something non-traditional, or include little pops of colour where you might not expect (like the emerald stone in the gorgeous engagement ring from Phoenix Jewellers).

The models are a real life newlywed couple! I photographed their laid-back backyard wedding just three weeks before the styled photoshoot. They were so natural with one another on their wedding day (plus Chelsae is former Miss Universe Canada 2011, so she's a natural!) that I jumped at the opportunity to include them as the photoshoot models.

Make sure to peep the bottom of this post for everyone involved in this photoshoot!

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Photographer: Jessica Ruxton Photography
Coordinator: Little Bird Event Co
Decor: Renaissance Weddings & Events
Florist: Emily Elizabeth Florals
Hair: Michelle from In The Chair
Make-Up: Lauren Stanko
Stationary: Elle & Em Event Design
Venue: The Old Mill Harrow
Models: Chelsae & Chris Letteri
Ring: Phoenix Jewellers
Cake: Sweetbay Food
Christmas Tree: Warkentin's Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farm

Nicole + Corey | Playa del Carmen, Mexico Destination Wedding

Back in January, I started 2017 off with a bang by photographing the wedding of Nicole and Corey in the beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico!

It was a fun-filled few days of warmth, sand, endless drinks, and a crazy dance party on the beach!

We started by heading into town with the girls where they got their hair and makeup done at a cute salon in Cancun called Rose

We then headed back to the resort (which was perfect for a destination wedding btw) and caught up with the guys before heading back over the the girls and accompanying them to the alter.

Like I said, the resort, The Grand Sunset Princess in Playa del Carmen, was just perfect for an intimate wedding. The ceremony was private and beautifully decorated with an aisle and alter and a ocean backdrop.

After some group photos - the party really started! Their dance floor was right on the beach and it LIT UP. The drinks were flowing, the dance floor was LIT (get it .. get it???), and it was exactly as weddings should be: fun, relaxed, and surrounded by the bride and groom's favourite people.

Congrats again to Nicole and Corey and thanks allowing me to start off 2017 with such a fun wedding!

(Get ready for a total overshare while I relive this gorgeous day)

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Emily + Kelly | Point Pelee Engagement Photography

Guys. GUYS. I am so so PUMPED about 2017. It will be my first time being in Windsor during the summer in 5 years and I have a lineup of gorgeous weddings for this summer including the wedding of Emily & Kelly this July.

When I first met with Emily to talk about her wedding I knew we were a match. I just love this girl and so when I finally got to meet her fiance Kelly for their engagement session I had all the heart eyes the entire time. I love these two and I love them together and I LOVE their engagement session.

We drove out to Point Pelee for their shoot with a vision and tons of stuff in tow. Emily and I put our heads together and came up with a clear vision of what she wanted and I have to say, I am so so happy with how everything turned out!

First of all, how talented is she? Emily is the owner and talented creative behind Emily Elizabeth Floral Design and created the gorgeous florals for this shoot (and will be doing florals for her own wedding - like, freaking superwoman). The amazing (and delicious) artisan cheese platter is from The Cheese Bar and the drinks (Canadian Maple Brew - um, yum) were provided by BREW Microbrewery.

We started our shoot with some portraits in the woods - chandelier hanging and all.

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After we finished shooting in the woods, we walked down to the beach for a picnic where we actually got to enjoy the delicious cheese platter and Maple beer!

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I had such a blast during their engagement shoot and I can not wait until their wedding!

Alyssa + Mike | Windsor Wedding Photography

In October 2016, I had the privilege of being second shooter with the talented Adaleah Lacey of Adaleah Lacey Photography for the wedding of Mike and Alyssa.

Adaleah and I started with the men and Mike and Alyssa's home. Mike's father sadly passed away before the wedding so Mike had his father's initials stitched into his shirt sleeve - a beautiful and touching detail. When we finished with the men, we headed over the the Holiday Inn and Suites in Windsor to see Alyssa and her gorgeous bridesmaids.

From there, we went to the venue - Pointe West Golf Course in Amherstburg, Ontario. We started with a first look between Mike and Alyssa before transitioning into photos with their bridal party. Pointe West Golf Course was the perfect venue to flow from the ceremony right into the reception.

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Ashlee + Jordan | Windsor Wedding Photography

A few months ago, I had the absolute pleasure of photography the wedding of Ashlee and Jordan. I photographed their engagement session in Detroit last fall (which was a huge stepping stone for me as a photographer, and I have them to thank for trusting in me) and when it came time to photograph their wedding, I knew it would be fun and relaxed, just like them.

Despite how uncharacteristically cold it was for a day in May, the rain held off and the wind was just light enough to add some drama to the photos and everything was perfect.

We started the day with Ashlee at Caesar's Windsor where she got ready with the help of her support team (including her three adorable nieces). Then we bounced over to the home of Jordan and Ashlee and hung out with the men while they got ready (with the help of Youtube).

Ashlee and Jordan were married at St. John's Church in Windsor, Ontario, which is conveniently located next to Mackenzie Hall, where their reception took place.

Without a bridal party, we were able to capture some gorgeous and intimate shots of the bride and groom that I hope they will cherish for the years to come. Willistead Manor was the perfect backdrop for these photos and fit the Jordan and Ashlee's wedding style just perfectly.

Thank you Ashlee and Jordan for choosing me to capture your wedding day. It was such a pleasure and I wish you both a lifetime of laughs, love, and happiness.

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