Katie called me last October and we chatted for a while about the wedding her and Brennan were planning for the following summer. She said she’d seen my work on a couple’s personal blog and wanted to know if I was free for her date. I was excited at the opportunity to shoot at Doghouse Studios in Napanee where they were holding their reception, a venue I was really keen on shooting in. It’s a combination of my favorite things to photograph – old factories (either in disrepair or restored) and weddings.
Their ceremony was held at the Centreville Fairgrounds, a gorgeous century old agricultural fairground just north of Napanee, under some giant old trees and a birch arbor that was crafted by her father. From there we headed off to the Old Mill in Tamworth to shoot their portraits (after a brief stop at the LCBO). Now restored to a family home, Katie shared with me that this was once the derelict remains of an old grist mill where her and Brennan would “sneak off to smoke cigarettes and make out.” I enjoy it when a couple has a personal connection to where they choose to shoot their portraits.
I love weddings like this where every piece of the day held some special meaning to the bride and groom.