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Ivanette and I have known Christine & Evan for a few years now through family, and were thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph their wedding! With a big thanks to Sara at Prior Engagements for making the Canoe Club look the best it’s ever looked! It threatened to rain on their wedding day, but luckily the clouds cleared during their ceremony and we were able to make some gorgeous images outside!
Ivanette and I have known Christine and Evan for a couple years now. Evan used to work with my younger brother, and over the years we’ve gotten to know Christine and Evan. We were excited for them when Evan finally proposed, and even more excited to be photographing their wedding next year in Carleton Place. We spent a Sunday afternoon at Evan’s cottage capturing their engagement session surrounded by the fall leaves. Evan was thrilled when I suggested we incorporate his prized Mustang into their session!
Enjoy the preview:
Veil, Gloves, Clutch: Etsy
Floral: Keepsakes Almonte
Hair and Makeup: Mahogany Salon and Spa, Carleton Place
Ceremony & Reception: Temples Sugar Camp
Accommodations: Clyde Hall
This post is a testament to the fact that social media works…really, really works. Earlier this year, I befriended Sara on Twitter; I had been following a conversation regarding her upcoming vintage styled wedding, and I suggested that she have a look at one my favorite sites, Ruffled Blog. We hit it off, and eventually we got together to talk about their wedding photography. Brian and I were thrilled! Sara has a cool retro vibe going on, and regularly blogs about her ventures into vintage fashion–she’s cute, bubbly, and charismatic. Marc, at first, seemed to be the total opposite. He seemed quiet, but gave us a pleasant surprise when he very eloquently told us about many of the details of their day…he was undoubtedly head over heels in love with Sara and an absolute equal in the planning process. They told us of their dream winter wedding, designed around Christmas, which is a very special time for Sara, just as it was for her beloved mother.
This past Friday, we had the privilege of photographing Sara and Marc’s beautifully intimate, vintage styled wedding. We started out at the gorgeous new Mahogany Salon and Spa, which was an experience in itself! Clyde Hall in the village of Lanark made a stunning backdrop for the preparation, and the beautifully rustic Temple’s Sugar Camp was the setting for the unique ceremony. This day was a heartfelt tribute to the love and support of family and friends, both present and regrettably absent. It was very emotional–for those of you who follow our blog, you already know that I cry at some point during each of our weddings–well on Friday, it happened at least 5 times. Sara wore a custom necklace, given to her by Marc’s mother, with a photo of her and her mother, and each flower in her bouquet had a specific meaning for her. The brooch attached to it was made by Marc’s mother for his grandmother. There was even time set aside to add an ornament to one of the trees in honour of Sara’s mother, and it remained there to oversee the festivities.
- Written by Ivanette, photographed by Brian & Ivanette
Last night we had the honour of attending the grand opening of Ashton Station Bridal which is located a short drive west of Ottawa in Carleton Place. As you may know there is another prominent bridal shop located in the quaint town, however Ashton Station Bridal is much different. They are the only Rivini exclusive boutique in the world.
They are located at 17A Albert St, Carleton Place, in a historic church. They have done an amazing job of renovating their space to create the most relaxing wedding gown shopping experience! From the antique doors that were formerly part of Luigi’s childhood home, to the charming architectural touches, it’s an amazing space.
The concept at Ashton Station Bridal is also different from most bridal shops. They are open by appointment only. During the two hour appointment, the bride and her entourage are the only ones in the boutique, receiving the utmost care and attention from the shop owners. We love this concept, because it’s based on personal service, much like our philosophy.
Well, what a party! We had the honour of being Jamie & Matt’s official wedding photographers this past weekend in Carleton Place. Jamie has been Ivanette’s esthetician since we moved to Almonte and has become a great friend since. Matt and Jamie have been together for seven years, so when he proposed to Jamie last October she called us to make sure we were available for her wedding. Matt is a volunteer fireman with Carleton Place, and well, us firefighters can sure throw a party! I’m sure the good folks over at the Carleton Heritage Inn are going to need a break after two firefighter weddings in a row!
Here are some shots from Jamie & Matt’s wedding:
So it seems the boys had a little difficulty getting ready and had to rely on Jason’s expert knowledge to put them together!
Jamie and Matt had a wonderful service held at the Carleton Place United Church, where lots of laughs were had in a gorgeous relaxed ceremony!
After the ceremony, Jamie and Matt made their exit in first class, aboard Carleton Place’s ladder truck complete with lights and sirens! There were many congratulatory honks as they traveled up the main street…
We had a great day over at Riverside Park with lots of fun formals!
Once dinner was over, it was time to party, and Carleton Place’s Ocean Wave Fire Company sure knows how to get a party going!
And of course to finish the night off, the members of the Ocean Wave Fire Company had to gather in to get a photo with the gorgeous bride!
Tips for Brides
Finding the right photographer for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you will have to make–you will have to spend the entire day with the person you hire, so you should like them and get to know their personality before the big day. We recognize that we are not the perfect photographer for every couple, but we want everybody to have great memories and fabulous photos.
Here are a few questions you should ask your photographer:
Q. Will you be taking the photos on my wedding day?
A. Some studios hire other photographers to cover weddings when they book more than one per day. At BH Photography, we only book one wedding per day and Brian shoots every one.
Q. What camera equipment do you have?
A. Photographers should have at minimum two cameras, and this is for one simple reason–equipment can break. We carry a main camera and a backup camera, four lenses, and multiple flashes. Everything in our camera bag has a backup. You can also get a feeling for how knowledgeable a photographer is by how much s/he knows about their equipment. Also it is good to know if they will be using film or digital. We primarily shoot all weddings in digital but are capable of adding images captured by film.
Q. Do you use an assistant? Is there an extra charge for an assistant?
A. Photographers who use an assistant are more efficient. Assistants are essential to organizing people for each shot and keeping the photography flow moving. All of our packages include Photographer and Assistant, and there is no extra charge for the assistant.
Q. What happens if you become sick?
A. We have created a strong network with local and international wedding photographers who we communicate with on a regular basis. In the case of extreme illness, there are multiple photographers that we can call on to capture your day, and of course, we would notify our bride and groom of the change. Thankfully, we have never had to find a replacement.
Q. Are other people allowed to take photos at the same time?
A. The answer to this question depends on your preferences. Most photographers, including ourselves do not allow other photographers when capturing the formal photos. The main reason for this is that other cameras create a distraction, and when there is more than one camera present, some members of the group will be looking at our camera and some will be looking at the other cameras.
Q. Are you full time or part time? Why did you choose to be a wedding photographer?
A. Most wedding photographers also have day jobs and choose to shoot weddings because they enjoy it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this–it’s not a job to them, it’s a passion. When we started our company, I was also working full time and shooting weddings on the weekends. I now have to opportunity to mainly work as a professional photographer and it’s what I enjoy the most. It’s not a job, it’s my career and yes, it truly is my passion.
Q. If my event runs longer than expected, will you stay? Do you charge for this?
A. Every photographer should be willing to stay if your event lasts longer than expected. We are more than happy to stay longer, and do not expect to be paid for the extra hours before we stay; this is your special day and we strive to help you make it the best possible.
Q. Do you take photos in colour or black and white?
A. We capture all of our digital images in colour and offer to convert to black and white, or other effects after the fact. If the images are captured in black and white, they cannot be converted to colour. When using film, our preference is to use true black and white film as it will create a different effect for the images–this is the main reason we will use a film camera for a portion of the day.
Q. Can I provide you with a list of must have photos?
A. We provide all of our brides with a ”shoot list” to be checked off and added to our files so that we can attempt to capture every photo you would like. Although my assistant uses the list to organize the time you have set aside for your portraits, a list can’t guarantee all the photos will be taken simply due to time delays and other events out of our control.
Q. What do you wear on the day of our wedding?
A. On the day of your wedding, we will dress to the theme of the occasion. Brian usually wears a black suit with a black / dark shirt, and tie if required. Ivanette wears dark dress clothes. We dress in black / dark so that it is easier for us to blend in if you have a videographer or other photographers. We always wear proper dress clothes and never show up in jeans (unless that’s your dress code, of course!).
Q. How long will it take you to have our proofs ready?
A. We guarantee your proofs will be online within 3 weeks but it usually only takes 2 weeks.
Q. What products are offered?
A. We offer a wide range of products for albums and prints. Ask to see examples.
Q. Can I see a complete wedding?
A. This is one key question to ask to make sure that the photographer will create the images you deserve. For a full day wedding, a photographer can capture over 1000 images, so it’s not hard to have a couple “keepers” per wedding. Anybody can capture a great photo or two out of thousands. Always ask your photographer to show you a complete wedding. We have no problem showing a complete wedding to anybody who requests it.
Q. Will my photos be all over the Internet after our wedding?
A. It’s good to know what your photographer is going to do with your photos. Most of our brides and grooms have given us permission to use their photos as part of our portfolio and blog. Some however, for personal reasons prefer not to have their photos posted, and of course we have no problem respecting that.
Q. Do you have liability insurance?
A. Yet another important question. Every professional photographer should have insurance to protect themselves if they get injured or damage equipment during a wedding. Insurance is also required by any photographer who attends trade shows or workshops. We carry complete liability and damage insurance.
Q. Have you handled an event our size before?
A. Weddings are a joyous occasion, regardless of the size. That being said, your photographer should be able to capture all of those special moments, whether you have 20 guests or 250. To date, we have worked at weddings with over 300 guests and have provided continuous coverage from 8am until 2am the following day.
Q. Do you charge for travel? What hidden costs are involved?
A. We do not charge for travel within 200kms of Ottawa. For regions outside of that area our travel charges are very reasonable and up front. There are no hidden costs with us; your investment is outlined completely, with taxes of course being added. When providing our package investment information, we provide all of our a la carte pricing as well. This way you know ahead of time what any extra prints or products will cost.
Q. What are your refund / cancellation terms?
A. Most photographers charge a deposit to reserve your date–ours is 25% of the package total. We have never been asked for a refund, however we would look at each request on a case by case basis ie: If the groom is suddenly deployed out of country for the military, we would have no problem offering a refund or putting the funds towards a new date.
Q. Who do you use to print our photographs? Do you do it yourself?
A. There are a wide array of options available today to have photographs, especially digital processed, from 19 cent grocery store prints to professional labs. Home printers are also available. We only use a professional lab located in Ottawa who has been serving professional photographers for over 40 years. We pay a premium for our prints to ensure top quality. The prints are created using archival quality inks and papers and are guaranteed not to fade for 100 years, making it possible for your photos to become treasured family heirlooms.
Our Premium albums have similar pages to the flush mount albums, however they are rectangular and have an upgraded cover. They are available in leather with either a photo cover protected by plastic (shown), or a transparent cover that looks through to the first page of your album. The covers can have text printed on them, including your name, your wedding date or any other information.