Wedding planner, Bryanne (Simply You Wedding & Events) and I arrived on location at 9:30 am Sunday morning. We each had our vehicles packed full with furniture, equipment, decor, floral arrangements, baked goods, the list goes on!
There was a gate that blocked us from driving right up to the house so instead we needed to take the trail in. Due to the fact we weren't able to find a sled that would carry things in, we needed to use my large dolly; not the most practical, but still efficient. Trip after trip, lugging heavy pieces like a wooden desk through the snow trails, then boxes of heavy, breakable items by hand... we were sweating! It took us about 1 1/2 hours to bring everything in, which by that point my arms had completely given out on me and I remember sitting in the cabin staring at the packed boxes thinking, "What the heck am I doing?!"
As soon as Bryanne and I started to unwrap all of the vendors boxes, it started to feel overwhelming but in a good way! I've got to say, it is surreal when there's this idea that has been floating in your head for so long and one day it comes to life even better than you imagined! Bryanne started working her decor magic and I began photographing flat lays of the gorgeous calligraphy suite. It was all super fun from that point on. Roughly 45 minutes later, we were ready for the couple.
Our bride and groom models, Chris and Christa had been getting ready at Pineridge Hollow (which was so kind of them to let us use their space so that our models didn't need to freeze!) Bryanne ran to pick them up and then it was time for us to begin the couple session.
Chris and Christa were the coldest, hottest couple around! It was not an easy session as we had to face the challenge of frostbite and maneuvering boxes from the backgrounds between set-ups. Regardless the two of them were very patient and enthusiastic about all of our ideas. The weather didn't end up affecting the shoot much at all.
Bryanne and I then continued shooting after the two departed. We spent another hour and so with the details and then celebrated our vision-collaboration over hot chocolate, beet chips and pie.
What an unbelievable day this was. I can't wait to shoot more styled sessions in the future.
Photography: Vanessa Mayberry
Planning, Styling & Coordination: Simply You Wedding & Events
Models: Chris & Christa Plett
Hair & Makeup: Brittany DeB Artistry
Flower Bouquet, Wreath Bouquet, Greenery, Battery Candles: The Floral Fixx
Jewellery: The Boho Boutique
Faux Fur Shawl, Hand Warmer & Dress: Pearl & Birch
Suit & Accessories: EPH Apparel
Vintage Furniture & Decor: The Vintage Nest
Boho Rug, Glasses & Silverware: Bel-Ayre Rentals
Salt & Pepper Shakers, Gold Animals, Brass Candle Holders: Peachy Green Events
Stationary & Calligraphy: Vanessa Penner, VP Calligraphy and Design
Brass & Silver Candle Holders, Wreaths, Birdies Perch: Something Borrowed
Pies + Cake: Double Take Cakes
Napkins, Candle Holders & Candles: A Touch of Glass