Valentine's Day Romance: Niagara Winter Engagement // Laine + Jerald

Valentine's Day Romance: Niagara Winter Engagement // Laine + Jerald

It was a combination of the soft colour palette, a beautiful couple + some seriously over the top romance that made it a no-brainer to feature this darling Niagara engagement session for Valentine's Day!

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Fort Erie // Fall Editorial // Lush Florals

The goal of this session was to create a moody shoot that captures the colours of a late fall day; that Dark November sky that could bring snow or rain, the crispy leaves that have turned beyond their fall colour to an ashen grey, churning dark water at the beaches edge a bit foreboding - all a bit intriguing.

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Christmas Tree Farm Engagement Session // Maddy + Brandon

Christmas Tree Farm Engagement Session // Maddy + Brandon

From the snow lightly falling to help create some romantic images, to cuddling up with some hot chocolate to keep warm, Maddy and Brandon braved the cold so we could capture memories to last a lifetime.

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Niagara on the Lake // Emily + Kyle // Fall Wedding

Niagara on the Lake // Emily + Kyle // Fall Wedding

The joy of sharing wedding inspiration in the winter is that we fall into this funny little timing where anything goes -- one day it's the summer and we're picnicking in a vineyard, and the next day the leaves are a symphony of autumn colour and we're cozied up in historic Niagara on the Lake.

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Inn on the Twenty // Kait + Benett

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A beautiful vineyard wedding with such personal plans. We loved how this couple included the bride's father who had passed by using the flower petals from his memorial in confetti cones. 

From the bride: 'When we started thinking about planning our wedding, we knew we wanted that intimate, romantic, whimsical feel for the entire day. Our main priority was that it would be a celebration of our love with our closest family & friends. 100 of our closest family & friends joined us as we exchanged our vows in the beautiful Cave Springs Vineyard. I had always loved the idea of getting married in a vineyard and as I was researching venues, I stumbled across the Inn on the Twenty. The town of Jordan is such a beautiful small, quaint town. It was the perfect choice. 

The most memorable part of the day was walking back down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. I felt our wedding was personal to our love story because it was exactly us. Fun, playful, intimate and a great dance party to finish off the night! Everyone in attendance knew our story, has been a part of our lives and relationship and genuinely was there to support us. Whether it was handcrafted decor items made by us, homemade pickles as wedding favours, notes from family members or the many photos of us and each of our families displayed, the entire day was the perfect representation of us.' 

 

Photographer Emily Jean Photography  |  Venue: Cave Spring Vineyard & The Inn on the Twenty  |  Florist: Luv with Flowers  |  Cake: Honey Doll Bake House  |  Dress: Essense Designs

Vineland Estates Winery // Kayla Yestal

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FROM THE BRIDE: The most standout moment for me was walking down the aisle during our ceremony. The doors to the old stone and mortar Carriage House burst open to reveal a slow-motion spectacle. The flowers softly illuminated every space they inhabited. The violin string duo pulled my heart towards my handsome groom, and also pulled the tears from our eyes. I could feel my father's strong arm in mine, but couldn't take my eyes off my own heart standing in front of me. The love of my life. It lasted only a few seconds, and I breathed it all in. I will never forget the weight of that moment and even though we had a first look, it was still such an impactful moment that I will always cherish. Everybody always told me the day would fly by. So, I made a concerted effort to soak in every moment. And I did. And the day didn't fly by. It was wondrously long. I made sure I appreciated every second.

Looking back on our wedding day, I’m immediately brought back to all of the most colourful and rich moments of my life. My husband, Mat, and I opted for a very private and intimate wedding amongst only a handful of our loved ones in the most beautiful setting of Vineland Estates in Niagara, Ontario. 

Being a proud florist myself, I made so many decisions throughout the planning process that I am so thankful for and that really made our day more special than I could have imagined! Our ceremony and reception space was beautiful but very dark, with stunning timber beams, stone walls, and ornate chandeliers, giving it a seriously nostalgic quality. I also designed and constructed my 3 wedding signs using old frames, cheeky words, a bit of paint (and a LOT of patience). The wedding cake was a special gift my mother-in-law ordered from Sweet Philosophy for us. It was absolutely stunning and so perfect! Everything tied together so beautifully with the addition of my wedding dress, which was a Patricia Bonaldi dress I ordered online and then had customized in alterations by removing the back and adding a train!

Since our wedding was so small and intimate, we put a lot of thought and intention into who we selected as vendors for our day. We absolutely loved having Kayla as our photographer. She was so down to earth, easy, breezy, and sweet. Your photographer is one of the vendors who will spend the most amount of time with you on the wedding day, so making sure that they are a good fit is so important!

Photographer: Kayla Yestal | Venue: Vineland Estates Winery | Florist Ashley Woodsford (the bride!) | Hairstyling - Strong Hairstyles |  Bridesmaid Dress - Ya Ya & Co  | Shoes - Call It Spring  | Suit - Hugo Boss |  Brides Ring - Emilian Jewellery |  Back Necklace - Blair Nadeau |  Groom's Ring - Clogau |  Invitation Suite - Vistaprint  | Cake - Sweet Philosophy | Dress Boutique - Revolve Clothing | Dress Designer - Patricia Bonaldi | String Duo - Duo D'Amore  | Bowtie - Banana Republic |  Firewords - Redboss Pyrotechnics | Favours - Greaves Jams and Marmalades | Tanning Salon - Glo & Go Tanning | Lash Extentions - Labelle Lash |  Ribbon - Stella Wolfe | Alterations - Melanie's Dressmaking | Officiant - Jack Birtch