Joanna and Duncan’s backyard wedding on Lake Huron in Sarnia, Ontario was an incredibly intimate and fun event to be a part of. Although planned in the middle of the pandemic within only a few month’s time, they pulled it off and it was perfection. Joanna herself is a photographer and they were both a dream to work with. The ceremony took place in the back yard of a family member, and you really couldn’t ask for a better backdrop to their commitment. Have a look below at some of my favourite moments from the day!
Backyard weddings can be so beautiful and fun (especially on Lake Huron!). If you are planning an intimate backyward wedding, let me know! I’d be happy to tag along for more lawn games 😉
Stacey and Bobby asked if I would not only photograph their Elora Elopement last summer, but also whether I would offer myself as a witness to their commitment. Being a wedding photographer is not something I take lightly – it is one of the greatest honours – but also being asked to sign on their behalf was incredible. I know it sounds like something so simple, but it was one of the best wedding experiences I have had. Being one of few to hear their vows to each other – making me cry again!
Together with their adorable son, they spent the evening at the GORGEOUS Elora Mill getting ready together and hanging out. We then ventured out to the gorge (kudos to any bride willing to hike down the gorge in their wedding dress!) for their commitment ceremony and finished the evening with a stroll through Elora.
Small wedding are incredible. The intimacy really does amplify the joy for the couple. And this Elora elopement really cemented my love for them. In fact, moving into 2023 I am cutting back on traditional wedding days in order to keep myself available for experiences like Stacy an Bobby’s.
I had the pleasure of documenting this day with Bryan at Brubacher Films who I cannot recommend enough!
So now that I’ve put it out there – who want’s to elope?! I am 100% down to photograph your elopement, so please get in touch!
Like many couples in 2020, Jamison and Brandon had to make a lot of concessions in order for their wedding day to be a success. However, their persistence and creativity allowed them to pull off an absolutely perfect day that still included their friends and family. I’m going to file this day under “great things to come of 2020” because it was days like these where people felt so much hope and pure joy for something much larger than the pandemic.
Beautiful florals by the always talented Westbrooks
At the time of their wedding, the provincial restrictions would not allow them to host all of their guests for the reception, however they smartly organized multiple outdoor gatherings where their guests could see them and celebrate. After the ceremony, they visited each small gathering to safely visit with their guests, and celebrate with those they love most. It may have been different than they originally anticipated, but it was perfect.
Our little adventure through the county allowed for a lot of opportunities to stop and photograph Jamison and Brandon. We had a lot of fun, and their joy in being able to be married was obvious. They finished their night at the Black Goose in Wallaceburg, which was transformed completely by To Suit Your Fancy into a beautiful, intimate space. Their speeches were full of laughter, joking and a few tears (for me, always). At the end of the day, they were able to be married, and that was more than enough.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Chatham-Kent, get in touch today! I would love to be by your side to document your greatest adventure yet!
Brittany VanRuymbeke is a Wedding Photographer in Chatham-Kent specializing in laid back wedding days full of laughter and bad dance moves.
Brittany VanRuymbeke is a Sarnia Lambton Wedding Photographer specializing in weddings, couples and families. To see more weddings, click here.
Nicole & Sean held a beautiful evening celebration at Bogey’s Inn in September. They had a small group of friends and family for the ceremony on the water and enjoyed a relaxing evening socializing with their guests.
Working with couples like Nicole & Sean is a dream. They had a vision for a laid back day and it came together beautifully. Neither of them are one for the spotlight, so in lieu of a traditional head table and speeches, they opted for a more relaxed go-with-the-flow evening. This style of celebration was the perfect way for them to enjoy their day without feeling uncomfortable – something I always recommend to my couples. Planning your day for YOU instead of how you think you should is the best way to guarantee you will enjoy it to its fullest.
Scroll through and check out their beautiful day! It was a stunner.
Thank you so much Nicole + Sean for having me document your day! I can’t wait to see what goodness marriage brings to you both!
If you are looking for a Sarnia Lambton Wedding Photographer, contact me today! I would love to hear from you.
Brittany VanRuymbeke is a Sarnia Ont Wedding Photographer located in Chatham-Kent. To see more weddings, click here.
I can’t say it enough: Greenhill Gardens is such a gem of a space for a wedding ceremony. Allison & Wayne held their ceremony there, with the reception at the Sydenham Community Curling Club. After using the gardens for their family pictures we hoped on the bus and headed out by the St. Clair River for some fun with the wedding party.
Speaking of, Allison & Wayne had the cutest wedding party I have ever worked with! Between all of their siblings, they have 3 nieces and 3 nephews who stood along side them on their wedding day. These kids are obviously a very important part of their life and their relationship, and keeping them involved throughout the whole day was an adorable way to honour their family. They even scheduled a quick stop at Brander Park for them to play and blow off some steam before dinner! It was very clear throughout the whole day how important family is to both of them – I can’t wait to see how their family grows and how they develop as parents to their own little ones!
Allison & Wayne, thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your beautiful day. I had a blast with all of you!
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Brittany VanRuymbeke is a Windsor Wedding Photographer based in Chatham-Kent. See more weddings here.
Allison & Jeff decided on a low key Friday evening wedding surrounded by only family and their best friends. City Hall Weddings may be simple, but I often find them even more emotionally charged. Without all of the fancy decorations and traditions you focus more on the couple, and in this case, the family they have built.
Allison and I have been friends since we were kids at summer camp, so when she asked if I would be there I was honoured and excited just like any girl at a friends wedding! Seeing Allison and Jeff together brings an immediate smile to your face. Their jokes and banter always make me laugh and I can’t help but think they have so much fun together. When they look at each other you can see love and respect, but you can also tell they are just on the edge of laughter.
After their quick service we took some family pictures and walked along the river front. The skies opened up a few times, but thankfully I was prepared with some clear umbrellas to save the day! They finished their perfect evening off with an meal with their family at The Keg.
I can’t say enough how much I love low key days like this one. Everyone was together, excited for the day, relaxed and genuinely so happy for these two.
Thank you so much Allison & Jeff for continually inviting me back into your life and allowing me to take part in your perfect day! Your love for each other is so beautiful to see – I can’t wait for what the future brings you all!
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Brittany VanRuymbeke is a Banff Destination Wedding Photographer based in Ontario and travelling nation-wide. See more of her wedding work here.
When Meghan asked if I would be interested in coming to Banff to photograph and film their wedding, I couldn’t have said “Hell Yes!” any faster than I did. Meg is from Ontario and Cam is from New Zealand, where they live now. They decided on Banff as a way to meet in the middle and it was the perfect accent to their love of the outdoors. Their daughter Tilly took part in the day and was often the centre of attention – for obvious reasons!
Their ceremony took place at Tunnel Mountain Reservoir, with all of the friends and family staying at the neighbouring Douglas Fir Resort. The location was perfect just off Hoodoos trail and surrounded by the mountain views you only get in Banff.
Driving around Lake Minnewanka was so beautiful, there was no lack of opportunities to stop and explore. Although it was hazy and overcast with a light drizzle the entire day, we had a lot of fun dodging elk poop and scaling a few rocks.
After an awesome afternoon of exploring they held their reception and dinner at The Bison in downtown Banff. The staff there were amazing to work with, and the vibe was perfect (the meal was also incredible!!).
I could talk for hours about this wedding and how lucky I feel to have been asked to be there. It was a very incredible experience for me. I was able to take a short trip one on one with Archer, we got to visit family and friends in Calgary and he got to see Lake Louise for the first time. Getting to incorporate travel with my work is my dream, and I am thankful every day that Meg & Cam offered me this opportunity. Stay tuned for another post with their wedding film!
If you are looking for a Banff Destination Wedding Photographer – or a photographer to shoot your wedding anywhere in the world – get in touch today!! I would love to travel with you and document your wedding day.