Sara and Jason’s Poolside Wedding

Sara and Jason are such a special Couple. They joined together with their closest family and friends around a beautiful pool side in Eganville Ontario. The Pool and stunning Tiki Bar area was located in a friends yard (Otherwise known as “Punta Canada”).  It was a gorgeous sunny day with plenty of heat. The Bride walked down the aisle with both of her parents at her side. Sara’s daughters were part of the wedding party. After the couples vows were read Jason had a surprise for the girls. Not only did he have vows and a ring for Sara, but also for them.

His vows:

“I know I wasn’t there for the first steps that you took, but I promise that from this day forward I will love and support you…”

The details of this wedding were centered around this great couple’s Love. Sara and Jason, with the help of the girls, even made their wedding cake from scratch. Formal pictures were taken just down the road at a huntcamp location with fields, rustic buildings, and even an old bus stop! LUCKY US…. the photo ops were endless!

Thank you for letting us share your special day with you… We wish Sara, Jason, the girls, and the new little bundle (coming this year) the best future possible.

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Vendors:

Hair: Signature Styles by Tia

Make Up: Chantal Smith – Beauty Secrets

Dress: David’s Bridal – Florida

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal – Ottawa

Flowers: Handmade by Mother of the Bride

Men’s wear: Express

Rings: People’s Jewellers

Wedding Favors: Antique Key Bottle Openers- The Wedding Shop

Caterer: Leather Works

Wedding Cake: Made with Love buy Sara, Raya and Alyssa, lovingly supervised by Jason.

Kaitlin & Johnny Engagement – Ottawa Valley Photography

Kaitlin and Johnny are high school sweethearts and they are getting married in July!   Last October Jenn took them out to a friend’s farm to capture some “Save the Date” photographs to help announce their upcoming wedding.  It was a chilly day and they had to contend with the season’s first snow fall but I think they had a great time.  Our Friend L’s farm is a great setting and offers us rustic barns and wood fences and an overall relaxed feeling.

We decided on a fields and flowers feel for the rest of the engagement session that we did this spring.  We are really looking forward to Kaitlin and Johnny’s wedding.  These two are so in love and just so sweet, we can’t wait until July!

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Love Heats Up a Cold Day Outside… Stacey and Curtis’ Wedding Day.

It was a cold day outside, but love warmed the hearts of all who came to witness Stacey and Curtis wed. We had the honor of capturing the ceremony and formal pictures of this couple’s special day. Our local Eganville Legion was transformed into a very elegant venue and it was a very intimate ceremony. There was a sand ceremony that bonded the family together. The children in this family are absolutely priceless… beautiful inside and out. It was great to watch the day unfold and to be capturing the special moments during the ceremony.

The formal photos were taken at a family farm near Golden Lake. It was a beautiful location despite the freezing cold temperatures. The rustic setting made for some very timeless photographs. The wedding party, family, and couple all braved the cold to get as many formal shots as possible outside. We did spent sometime in the farmhouse warming up and taking photos as well.  I know it meant a lot to the couple to have this location for their memories of their big day.

It was a beautiful day and we wish this couple the best future together.

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Wildflowers and Mason Jars…. Nicole and Mike Exchange Vows

When we first met with this couple, there were a few things that stood out. Number one, we knew that Nicole would not be a typical “Bride” by the many DIY ideas that she had in mind and her ‘at ease’ personality. Number two, We knew that everything involved in the decor of this wedding was an adaptation of their love, a symbol of who they really were; their roots!!! When we heard her say ” think wild flowers and mason jars” in response to us asking about her theme, we both grew immediately excited for the big day. The couple was to be married on their property that was flourishing with apple trees. We did their engagement session there during peak apple blossom season. SIGH!!!!! Beautiful setting!!!!!

The big day finally arrived and it was a scorcher! The couple exchanged vows in between two apple trees with a very intimate setting for their guests to gather. The heat and sun did not affect the vows or the romance one bit. I had a tear in my eye as the bride got a little choked up saying her vows. My favorite part of the ceremony was that the couple’s dog was present for it all…. and even posed for a few formal pictures afterwards. The essence of this couple’s love was so real and their ” down to earth” qualities just made everyone feel at home. It was an honor to capture the ceremony!

The majority of the formal pictures were done in a wildflower garden: a  hidden gem that the couple had found. It was just so true to this couple’s union! We had a lot of fun in ” the very hot sun”. After the formals we headed to the reception that was actually a DIY project all on its own. A “garage” was completely revamped into a rustic and elegant themed banquet hall. It took my breath away when I walked in the room. The property was of the Bride’s family and it was stunning as well. You could tell that it had been used for many family functions. It was equipped with all of the necessities needed to have a great family party!  Again so true to the values of this couple. I must mention that the wedding favors were mason jars filled with homemade jam!!!!!

Congrats Nicole and Mike…. It was so nice to witness your day unfold…and capture the moments as they passed… simply perfect for the two of you!

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DeRailed Band Photo Shoot ~ Ottawa Valley Photographers

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It is no secret that our family and music go hand in hand,  so it probably comes as no surprise that Steve and close friend Chris are working on recording a CD!  It is a long process to get a CD ready for recording and Steve and Chris have been writing their own music, and lyrics…I have been lucky enough to hear some of the songs they are working on and so far I am loving it.  I am probably the one family member with the least amount of musical talent, but I take pictures and band promo shots were needed, so this is where I could help…Jenn has more musical talent than I do but we still rock the photos better than we would rock the recording studio so this was our way of doing our part and being able to help out.

The band is called DeRailed…so, we wanted to do the pictures on old railway tracks but finding them in Renfrew County is really hard to do. (If you have any suggestions where we can find some please leave us a comment or email us: specialtreasuresphotography@gmail.com) We luckily have a great piece of land where we hunt every year and there used to be rail tracks that ran right along the edge over an iron bridge (It is actually an OLD wooden bridge so I have no idea why we call it the Iron Bridge!) It made a great location for pictures.

Thanks boys we had a great time helping get your promo shots done and are so honoured to be a part of this awesome adventure!!  Can’t wait to hear the finished CD!

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Rustic Elegance and So Much LOVE… Amanda and Alain’s Strathmere – Ottawa Valley Wedding

Amanda and Alain’s wedding was  full of the most impressive details. After meeting Amanda and Alain and capturing their engagement session, we knew we were in for a very elegant display of what this couple “is”. The actual day started out with the sun peaking around every building. It provided such a natural haze that complimented the day perfectly and we were able to use the light to our advantage. The girl’s got ready at Strathmere, a breathtaking location. Strathmere also was the location of the reception that would later take place. My favorite thing from the morning was watching all of the details unfold in the venue, and watching the brides reaction to that. I also noticed all of the little touches the Bride had put into her pre-wedding time. All of the girls wore robes that were embroidered with their name and place in the wedding, The mother of the bride and the bride had custom-made hangers for their dresses, even the water bottles had custom labels. It made me realize how much planning truly unfolded before this day! Amanda gave such personal gifts to her girls and received a scrapbook from her wedding party. I just kept thinking…” these people care so much about one another”. When the process of “getting ready” really got going, the music came on and even that was perfect for the day of Amanda’s wedding. I loved watching her sing and capturing the moment’s when she realized she was about to marry the love of her life. All of the girl’s looked beautiful in the end, and Amanda was so stunning. Amanda’s mom and dad were just beaming! I could see by the look on her Dad’s face that he adored his little girl and was so encompassed in her beauty. When she gave him his gift, he looked so proud and  so very happy!  It was a morning to remember!

As I continued on with the girls, Lisa headed over to accompany the gentlemen after spending some time with us at Strathmere. The guys got ready at the groom’s parent’s home where he grew up. They shared a few beers and lots of laughs. You could see the bonds of friendship between these gentlemen. As a personal gift, the groomsmen were each presented with a fish-hook for their lapels. And the mother and Father of the groom were also presented with a gift. Lisa notes that the ring bearers were just adorable in their suspenders and newspaper boy caps. Unfortunately, upon getting ready to leave, the father of the groom was attacked by the family cat. He quickly cleaned up and off they headed for the church. It is amazing that he was so in the moment of his son’s wedding that he just brushed his pain aside. Both of these families were so loving.

The girls and the father-of-the-bride headed on in the limo, while Alain and his groomsmen awaited the brides arrival at the church. The ladies sang “going to the chapel” and emotions ran high.  I was accompanying the women in the limo and as we pulled up I felt all of the emotion of the day creep up on me. I think it was seeing the two ring bearer’s and flower girl playing outside. It was the first time I saw the little boys in their outfits, with their little hats! I immediately started snapping through the limo window. And then it was time…. one of my favorite moments has always been capturing the bride getting out of the limo. For Amanda, just by working with her, I knew it would be ideal for the sun to shine very brightly. Guess what …it did and the pictures are memories of that!

The church was small and rustic, the oldest church in the Catholic diocese. It was the right fit for this couple to be married. The curtains opened and As I captured the bride and her father walk up the aisle in tears, Lisa was focused on Alain and his emotional reaction to his soon-to-be wife. What a beautiful moment. The sun shone so brightly through the windows of the church. At times it gave Amanda an angelic hue. She wore a cathedral vail and it was almost completely illuminated. Blessed was the day! The family and friends gathered were mesmerized by this couple’s exchange and by speaking with a few of them after, it was one of the first wedding’s many of them had been to where the vows were both ‘heard’ and ‘viewed’ so clearly. My heart chuckled because I know it was a fine tuned detail on where the Bride and Groom stood. Another perfect touch. It was so moving for us to see the bride and groom get emotional throughout the entire service. This commitment meant so very much to them and they embraced it whole-heartedly. What great moments for us to capture. It is those moments that make us truly “love” what we do.

Formal photographs took place after the ceremony at a quiet garden and at strathmere. Two very peaceful, rustic, and enchanted locations.

The dinner and reception highlighted all of Amanda and Alain’s love, devotion, and uniqueness. The rustic details were coordinated perfectly and the planning clearly had paid off. We loved the little burgundy pumpkin place settings. And we loved the fishing cake topper. And we loved the rustic venue. And we loved the wishing tree…..need I say more….we loved all of the details, they were so right for the couple. Throughout dinner the speeches were full of good wishes and cheers, however, they were also full of friendship and admiration for this couple. Everyone who spoke remarked on how one or both the bride and groom were selfless individuals who were always giving so much of themselves.  It was wonderfully received by the bride and groom and you could tell they were so grateful for the words of their family and friends. The bride’s brother was the M.C. of the evening and he provided both comic relief and some very heart-felt moments. The dancing begin at dinner and did not end untill long after we left. It was a very fun wedding and at the same time it was a very intimate and emotional day. There was the first dance…. the first dance that was a pre-recorded song sang by THE GROOM! UMMMM…. AMAZING!!!!! The best part was that the bride did not know this was coming. And then the father/daughter dance and the mother/son dance unfolded. The entire time these dances took place there was a slide show rolling, courtesy of the groom’s sister. There was not many dry eyes in the room. It was just another of many details that magnified what goes on in this couple’s world everyday….so beautiful.

To Amanda and Alain: we were honoured to capture your special day in love. We wish you the best future in life together. We hope you enjoy the photos and that they always help you remember your wedding day. Congratulations!

Fall in Love ~ C & E’s Fall E-session ~ Ottawa Valley Photographer

Even though we had an over cast cool morning that was threatening rain, this couple was awesome, you could just feel the love and happiness, and we are so excited about shooting their wedding next May!  Their adorable daughter is already so cute she just might steal the show and she will melt hearts for sure!

Rustic E-session, with a fantastic couple! Ottawa Valley Engagement Photographers

Monday was an over cast partly sunny day that threatened rain all day. We were lucky and it didn’t rain and the heat was not as unbearable as what will be upon us over the next couple of days. We were delighted to work with this fantastic couple for their engagement session, I have always wondered what it must be like to be on the other side of the camera (thankfully I’m not) but it must be difficult to smile, laugh and kiss on command but these two let the love shine and it really shows in their photos!

Thanks Jenna and Jordan we are really looking forward to the wedding in August! You were both such a pleasure to work with…which is just a reminder that we really do have the best job on earth!

We can’t possibly do a photo session at “The Good Farm” without a very special Thank You to “The Good Family” Thanks for the hospitality and letting us take over your home for a few hours, it is one of our favorite locations to shoot as it is such a beautiful place!
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