2017 wedding season favourites

2017 wedding season favourites

2017 has been a whirlwind of amazing wedding days. This was my fourth wedding season and in October I photographed my 47th wedding. I’m so excited that in 2018, I will surpass the 50 (FIFTY!) wedding milestone! While reflecting back on this year, I thought I’d share some of my 2017 wedding season favourites.

It’s hard to believe that almost six years ago I decided to embark on the journey of photography. This was a bit of switch from the path I was on to become a landscape architect. About 10 years ago, I first discovered my love for photography while travelling overseas. It continued as a passionate hobby while I completed the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph. But when I graduated in 2012, I didn’t see a future for myself as a landscape architect. I envisioned myself photographing weddings. So, I enrolled at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana, and I haven’t looked back since.

This year Adam and I got married on May 27th, and so I decided to not accept any weddings before June, so that I could dedicate the time needed for our own wedding planning, enjoy the day to the fullest, and then focus on all of the amazing wedding couples I had this year from June-October.

Scroll on through to take a journey with me through some of my favourite images from the 2017 wedding season. I’m a sucker for couples who include their fur babies at their wedding or engagement sessions, so you’ll find a few cats & dogs below too!

Would you like to see more from these 2017 wedding season favourites? If so, check out the links below:

Jessi & Andrew, Benmiller Inn & Spa Wedding, Benmiller Ontario

Ben & Natasha, Intimate Backyard Wedding in Blyth Ontario

Tessie & Josh, CASO Station Wedding, St. Thomas Ontario

Jess & Andrew, Intimate Backyard Wedding in Grand Bend Ontario

Lacey & Jordan, Intimate Backyard Wedding in Brussels Ontario

Caitlin & Simon, Camp Kintail Wedding, Goderich Ontario

Caitlin & Matt, Barn & Backyard Tent Wedding, Seaforth Ontario

Darren & Suzanna, South Pond Farms Wedding, Pontypool Ontario

Amber & Will, Deer Park Lodge Wedding, Bayfield Ontario

Jenny & Nick, Stratford Country Club Wedding, Stratford Ontario

Ashley & Joe, Goderich Backyard Wedding, Goderich Ontario

Leslie & Devan, Camp Kintail Wedding, Goderich Ontario


joe & ashley, goderich backyard wedding

joe & ashley, goderich backyard wedding

This Goderich Backyard wedding is a very special one to me.

Ashley & I met almost 20 years ago now and she became my best friend and the sister (along with her older sister, Sarah) that I never had. At the end of September, she officially became my sister, when she married my Brother-in-law, Joe.

Right away, I offered to photograph their wedding, but Ashley was unsure of how I could be both the photographer and also stand up as a bridesmaid. When she asked how it would work, if I was to do both, I had the perfect idea, I would ask Darlene McCowan (who was also mine & Adam’s wedding photographer) if she could second shoot with me. That way she would be fully in charge of the ceremony photos, and I could stand up as a bridesmaid and not have to worry about trying to do both, knowing that we were in the best hands with Darlene.

Scroll on through to relive their amazing day…

Groom & Groomsmen Portraits by Darlene McCowan

Thanks for the photos of me working & being a bridesmaid, Darlene! 🙂

Bridesmaid Photos by Darlene McCowan

How cute is my little nephew, Maitland?! He was so happy that his parents were getting hitched!

The beautiful wedding decor was planned out and designed by the bride Ashley, with help from family & friends! It was the perfect touch to this Goderich backyard wedding.

Ceremony Photos by Darlene McCowan

How awesome is it, that the Groom’s sister Sherrie, married these two?! 🙂

Thanks to Darlene for capturing a few of these family photos, so that I could be in them too! 🙂

Wedding Party Portraits that include me, and second angles of Joe and Ashley are all photographed by Darlene McCowan 🙂

The Four Winds has never looked so good! 😉

Ashley was a busy bride, leading up to their wedding day, getting all of these special & unique details ready!

Here’s the happy couple, photographed by Darlene McCowan! 🙂

The beautiful cake was made by Sarah McLean, Ashley’s sister and the delicious cupcakes were made by Joe’s sister, Stephanie Andrews. Joe handmade their amazing cake stand.

Even Maitland got in on the dancing! 🙂

Thank you Ashley & Joe for including me in your amazing wedding day. It was a true honour to not only stand up as a bridesmaid, but to also photograph all of the precious memories. A very special thanks to Darlene McCowan, as it would have been nearly impossible to do both without her!


This Goderich Backyard Wedding is brought to you by:

Second Photographer: Darlene McCowan

Hair: Haar Mode Hair Design, Goderich Ontario

Makeup: Jennifer Cousteils, Goderich Ontario

Bridal Bouquets: Luann’s Flowers & Gifts, Goderich Ontario

Ceremony Location: Parent’s of the Bride’s backyard

Wedding Officiant: Sister of the Groom, Sherrie Oliver

Ceremony White Chairs: NJS Design Event & Party Rentals, Clinton Ontario

Ceremony Decor: Smash Designs (the Bride) and Family & Friends

Reception Venue: Knights of Columbus, Goderich Ontario

Catering: Wamby’s Catering Inc., Goderich Ontario

Reception Decor: Smash Designs (the Bride) and Family & Friends

Reception Backdrop & Linens: Amanda Ross Events, Goderich Ontario

Cake: Maid of Honour, Sarah McLean

Cupcakes: Sister of the Groom, Stephanie Andrews

Cake Stand: the Groom, Joe Oliver