Today I’m sharing a very special wedding. When photographers get together something amazing happens and today’s wedding is the wedding of StudioThisIs owner Jeremy and Hayley.
Held on Grand Manan Island in Canada, the couple married in a field overlooking the ocean. The reception was held at The Inn at Whale Cove which was also the place the couple first met.
The photos were of course by StudioThisIs and their sister company SotaDzine. Jeremy and Nicole (head of SotaDzine) scouted out brilliant photo locations for days before the wedding. Jeremy knew exactly what he wanted his own wedding photos to look like and the day after the wedding, the couple along with the photographers spent eight hours in a boat, on cliff faces, near a lighthouse capturing amazing photos.
There’s another special element to this wedding- it was decorated with black and white polka dots!
Hayley shared a little of how she and Jeremy met
“Jeremy and I met six years ago at my cousin’s wedding in Canada. He was the photographer and when we met that day we were both smitten. We ended up chatting on the phone and emailed a few times after the wedding but then 6 years went by without us seeing each other or talking.
In 2006 my cousin convinced me to get a My Space page and then she emailed the link to Jeremy. He wasted no time and emailed me and the rest is pretty much history. After emailing and talking on the phone for 5 weeks I decided to fly to Chicago and see him for the first time in 6 years. It was instant mad love… We were engaged 2 months later! He proposed to my on the little island in Canada (my hometown) where we first met.”
Hayley walked down the aisle to “In My Place” by Coldplay and wore a Justina McCaffery gown. Jeremy asked the owners of the field if they would let the grass grow until the wedding. A few days before he mowed the aisle.
Jeremy’s father married the couple.
Hayley’s mother and aunt made jars of jam for each guest. Each place setting and the seating chart was made by Hayley’s best friend Lori Swift.
The cake by Sarah’s Sweet Delights was brown sugar pound cake with maple butter cream frosting. Hayley and her mother grew sunflowers to decorate the tables, along with black and white polka dot table coverings made by Hayley’s mother.
Hayley was especially moved when her father sang to her during the reception. The couple danced to “I’ll Look After You” by The Fray. On the couple’s first date, they attended a Fray concert.
Check back afternoon when I’ll be sharing the dramatic day after shoot photos!
17th March – St Patrick’s Day. All over Australia and indeed the world, Irish people and their friends will be celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. I’m taking a bit of a twist from the usual cocktail celebrations and focusing on the heavy, rich drink that is the essence of Ireland.
I did a St Patrick’s Day Board last year, so this year, I’m focusing more on a beautiful celebration!
Guinness is not the only alcoholic fare available. My favourites are cocktails featuring Guinness or green liqueurs such as green Crème de Menthe.
Dress in green! For men, braces/suspenders holding up 3/4 pants with stripey socks and a little hat are a must. Don’t forget the bow tie! A brilliant green gown (a la Chloe Maxwell in the latest Bride to Be magazine) and if nothing else, head to your local party shop for glittery green hats, streamers and balloons.
For a more subtle approach, pile bunches of greenery and green flowers in mason jars and vases around the house. Cut shamrocks out of beautifully patterned green paper and scatter on tables. Hang green bunting and paper lanterns from the roof.
Food should definitely be eaten if only to ‘line your stomachs’! Characterised by its filling offerings, Irish cooking uses earthy ingredients to tempt you. Irish stew, soda bread, battered cod, corned beef, boxty potato cakes, colcannon (cabbage and potato), and Guinness stew Perfect for cooler weather eating!
Finish off the evening with dessert if you can fit it in – Whiskey cake, Tipsy cake, Guinness cake, rice pudding, oatmeal cookies or apple desserts. For something a little lighter, try homemade ice cream with Irish cream or peppermint. Cupcakes with green icing and little shamrocks on top. A candy buffet filled with green sweets in all shapes and sizes with brown paper bags for guests to load with goodies. And to send your guests home (preferably in a taxi!) an Irish coffee made with coffee, brown sugar, whiskey and cream. Spend the next week trying to lose the weight you have put on!
Sydney bride Cynthia emailed me looking for a Sydney venue. The couple are big fans of the movie Mamma Mia and love the reception setting- but they’re only planning on having a maximum of 50 guests. This has made venue hunting a challenge!
Some of the venues listed below are able to set up private dining areas or mark off the deck for your use. As always do check each venue for more information.