Nine years ago my wife and I were married and we celebrated that event with our friends and family at the charming Harbourview Inn in Smith's Cove. So when Amanda+Étienne told us the Inn was their venue, we were overjoyed.
These two were so many things to us. Besides being very laid back and friendly (I met them in person for the first time two days before the wedding :) ), they had this precious and playful romantic love that you could spot a mile away. We arrived a little early to do some preceremony shots at the Winchester house where the ladies were getting ready.
Amanda wasn't sure at first if she really needed them, but she was convinced that she would once the day was done and the smoke cleared...
One of the many special things about Amanda+Étiennes wedding, was that Amanda was wearing her grandmother's wedding dress - which her gran didn't know about - and it was also her gran's birthday. Talk about adding memorable elements to your wedding - this was a triple threat!
After we returned the rings and shoes, my wife and I ran down the drive to the Inn where the guys were already polished and Étienne looked very ready to get married lol.
The JP, our longtime friend Deb Kendall, was waiting for us at the ceremony site to do some last minute checks and before we knew it the music was starting and here comes the bride!
Now I've said before that tears sustain me, tears of joy during a wedding that is. And we definitely had our share of those from friends and family alike, but most of them were from the bride!
After we captured our guest images, we took a few shots of the newlyweds on the grounds.
...they're so much fun together...
We went to the beach next along the Annapolis Basin for some fun images. It was especially important to Étienne to get photos by the water because of his family's historical roots (and now his nuptial connection) to the area.
I even convinced them to kick off their shoes and take a dip in the waters his ancestors sailed, fished and lived their lives beside. Side note: hot day, but frigid water lol
After that, Étienne and I carried Amanda back closer to the car (wet, sandy toes and sharp mussel shells do not mix) and we raced back to the reception. There, we could really appreciate the beautiful mixing of their family, with humorous bilingual toasts, shared stories of the wedding couple and the natural way children find new and instant friendship.
We have truly made wonderful friends with Amanda+Étienne and we are more than happy to share our special place with them. Hopefully it won't be too long before they visit again, maybe an anniversary?
We wish them all the best and a long and adventurous marriage filled with more love every day.