Nicole & Dean Say I Do! – Ottawa Valley Photographers -Special Treasures Photography

“If I do not have love, I gain nothing.” 

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians (12:31-13:8a)

Nicole and Dean have been together since high school.  They are high school sweethearts which is as adorable as they are so, we were honored that they asked us to be part of the day that they have both been waiting for…I also love heading to Wilno for a wedding! St Mary’s Church is really one of my favorite churches.   It is a beautiful church that sits at the top of the hill.  Father Blach is so nice to work with, and the folks from Wilno always make us feel so at home! Thank you so much Jackie, Lorraine, Raymond and Nancy for being so welcoming.

There was such attention to detail from the pew bows at the church to musician Krystal Jessup’s beautiful voice for the ceremony and the gorgeous decorations by Balloon’s of the Valley for the reception.  It was truly a beautiful day!

Ava the flower girl and Isaiah the ring bearer were just adorable…Ava even asked me to take a picture with her, I thought she was asking to have her picture taken so I stepped back to capture her smile when she said no get her (meaning Jenn) to do it, I want it with you.  What a cutie pie!

We also want to thank the lady in Barry’s Bay who allowed us to use her property for photos since the area we had in mind was so busy with folks enjoying the beautiful day on the water.

We had lots of fun with Nicole and Dean and their family and friends, thanks everyone especially Lisa, Sarah, Sharon, Tracy, Brad, Chris, Travis, and Jamie it was such a pleasure to work with you all!

To Nicole and Dean, you are both so much in love and we wish you a lifetime of happiness and blessings!


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Amelia & Cameron…Say I Do!

Last weekend we had the absolute pleasure of spending the day with Amelia and Cameron as they exchanged wedding vows and said “I Do!”

The rain was an issue as dark clouds hung over us for most of the day.  We had a short wait to start the ceremony so the bride didn’t get soaked, but we were very lucky for the portraits that the rain not only disappeared but the sun came out.  Rain on your wedding day is good luck and we wish this wonderful couple a lifetime of good luck and happiness!

The pre-wedding took place in a small salon. It was very cloudy when we first arrived but the sun showed its face shortly after the hair dressers started to work their magic. The bride’s party consisted of the bride’s two sisters and two close friends. It was great to see the maid of honour (Bride’s sister) applying make-up to her mother and sisters. She did a fantastic job at making the ladies look stunning, paying particular attention to the Bride of course! The ladies shared memories and mimosa’s…mmmm. They all seemed to have a little bit of nerves rising but were completely attentive to the Bride and all of her needs. The Bride even did her mother’s nails and helped with anyone who needed it. What team work went into making these ladies get ready without a hitch.

Back at the farm, where the wedding reception would take place in just a few hours, the ladies continued their mission on getting primped and pressed. At the Bride’s childhood farm we really felt the presence of FAMILY. The Groom’s mother and her team worked busily outside setting up the elegant tents and decor. It was a simple elegance that made me feel at home in a fairytale. The Bride’s mother worked inside getting everything in order for the day. No one looked stressed, although I am sure they may have been (just a little). Everyone joined in and prepared for this family’s baby daughter’s wedding. The last female to say I DO… How perfect.

Lisa and I arrived at the ceremony and were greeted by a treacherous downpour. Lisa headed into the church to capture candids of the guests and the Groom’s party. I stayed back and awaited the Bride’s  arrival. The rain poured almost horizontally flooding the entrance of the church. When the bride and her party arrived they were forced to wait untill the wind and rain died down enough to enter the church. The bride was eventually escorted in under an umbrella and her Groom awaited!

The ceremony was performed by a priest who celebrated his first Canadian wedding with the couple. It was very moving. I heard many sniffles from behind me and the couple spent the entire ceremony lost in the moment of love. The couple was beaming with joy and expressed such true happiness. When the couple was announced at the end of the ceremony, they received a standing ovation. It almost seemed like they were overwhelmed with their reception and I couldn’t help but giggle at how they resembled “two kids in a candy shop”.

Following the ceremony we were hit by off and on rain. Luckily, we managed to get breaks of sun and were able to capture the true essence of this couple. They not only looked like a million bucks, but they were also a lot of fun. The couple had some the photos taken at a heritage park where the Groom had family heirlooms on showcase. It was a first for me to see a personal connection to the venue for formals. It made the day even more meaningful.

The remainder of the formal photographs were taken at the Bride’s family farm. It was a beautiful location and was flooded with friends and family celebrating the couple.

The final thing about this day that really made an impression on us, was the presence of children throughout the day. I had to include a few photos of the kids because they were so darn cute! The innocence and fun-loving spirit of children helped enlighten the day even more.

We wish you the best future. Congratulations Amelia and Cameron!