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When Ivanette and I moved to Almonte 4 years ago, one of the first people we were introduced to was Phil. Since then, we have gotten to know Phill, and he’s always been there when we’ve needed a hand. We’ve learned that he is truly one of the kindest, gentlest, most generous men around, and he is a wonderfully dedicated father to boot. We were very happy when Tracy came to hold such a special place in Phill’s life, and one night in mid December when we were in the middle of renovating our new studio, Phil called us up, and was in need of some guidance in setting up his proposal to Tracy. Needless to say, we were both very excited and happy to help.
A few weeks later, we were discussing wedding plans. Tracy and Phill originally wanted May 28th, however we were already booked. It had been decided that we were to photograph their wedding, so they moved their date up to this past Saturday. Yes, May the 14th, the Saturday that sets a rainfall record for the Ottawa Valley! Their wedding was to be held at the amazing Stoneridge Gardens & Nursery in their outdoor gardens, but given the weather, Tracy got in contact with Rental Village, who came through very quickly and got a tent set up so that all of their 265 guests could get out of the rain.
This wedding was truly about friends and family. The choir was made up of co-workers of Tracy’s mother, and the bridal party walked up the aisle to “What a Wonderful World” sung by her students, who practiced for two months in preparation! Tracy and her mom walked up the aisle to “Come away with me” sung by the choir. Tracy’s cake was made by the culinary program at the Secondary School where she works; students signed up to stay after school and bake an amazing cake, enough for all 260 plus guests! John J, a longtime family friend gave grace, before a sumptuous buffet dinner catered by JR’s Restaurant (Ivy’s FAVE!). Tracy and Phill’s has to be one of the most genuine weddings we’ve had the pleasure of photographing, complete with their heartwarming thank you, which noted that the heavy rainfall was a good reminder that their day was about their marriage, and not just the wedding.