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.
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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!
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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.
Brittany VanRuymbeke is an Ontario Wedding Photographer based in Chatham-Kent & Sarnia Lambton. Check out Candice & Chris’ beautiful rustic Sarnia Backyard Wedding.
Candice & Chris planned the most beautiful rustic backyard wedding at their home in Courtright. They did so much work in the months leading up to clear out their shed and level the floor. They created a beautiful ceremony space facing the wheat field behind their house and put up a huge tent for the guests. The shed made for a perfect backdrop for the rustic event and the decor was perfection!
The day was relaxed and a great reflection of their personalities. Even though it was a backyard wedding, they wanted it to feel fancy and well thought out, and it certainly did! They did not miss a detail!
Candice is one of my best friends and I am so happy to have seen her grow as a partner and mother. There is nothing better than seeing your friends dreams coming true – except getting to be the one to document it!
Now I know exactly what you are wondering – Who did the amazing florals and greenery? Flora & Forage knocked this out of the park with everything from the bouquets to the wall decor. Candice is very talented!
Are you planning a Sarnia Backyard Wedding? Get in touch today! I would love to get to know you and document your beautiful rustic wedding!
Brittany VanRuymbeke is a wedding photographer and film maker based in Chatham-Kent. Check out this recent Hessenland Inn Wedding Film from Joel & Eleena’s beautiful day.
One of the biggest questions couples tend to ask themselves when planning a wedding is whether they should hire a videographer. Don’t get me wrong, I get it – budgeting for both a photographer and videographer can be two big bills to swallow. But after years in this business and working with numerous couples documenting their wedding day I can promise it is not an expense you will regret.
Wedding photographs are always going to be timeless and important, but re-watching your wedding day with the benefit of sounds, music and movement is a whole different experience. Not only are you visually experiencing it, but the sounds and voices paired with timely music allows you to be transported back to the day
The number of times I have heard that a grandparent or long distance friend isn’t able to attend is countless, but having a wedding film allows those important people to experience the day as well. Just like I mentioned above, allowing them to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the day gives you all a great view of the day.
Of course you can photograph reactions to speeches and vows, but having that audio recorded is such a wonderful piece of nostalgia. I wish I had a recording of the speeches at our own wedding. It is one of the few times where people come out of their shell and share some pretty awesome feelings (and hilarious stories!) so being able to go back to that is a real treasure.
There is a lot that goes on during your wedding day that you might miss. Having a wedding film allows you to see how much fun your guests were having, or how nervous your groom was before the ceremony! Knowing you have a wedding videographer can give you the ability to focus your attention on you and your new spouse for the day and you can watch the details together later!
Potentially the most important point. Just like with photographs, with a wedding film you will get the opportunity to relive your day for years to come. Wedding films can easily become some cherished family heirlooms! I mean, imagine being able to play your wedding film at your 25th anniversary? 50th? AMAZING!
Eleena and Joel planned an amazing wedding day at Hessenland Inn in Bayfield Ontario. Eleena is an incredibly talented florist and she knocked it out of the park. It was the most beautiful day on the lake (I only got a wee bit sun burnt!) with lots of sun and so many laughs.
A few months after their wedding I received the very sad news that Kenneth, Joel’s cousin who officiated the wedding, had been killed in a hiking accident. The moment I heard the news my heart broke. I got to chat with him quite a bit at the wedding and I remember thinking how positive and self aware he was. Kenneth talked easily about his love for his work and weddings and I left our conversation with a smile. He really seemed like the kind of friend who makes you a better person. Our meeting was quick, but I am thankful for it. I reached out to Eleena to offer my condolences and mentioned all of this. Her initial response was of gratitude for his presence and his voice in their wedding film. I pray that this will provide their family with comfort and be a reminder of his charisma and love of life.
I encourage you to watch Eleena & Joel’s wedding film. I guarantee you will see the tremendous value in hiring a videographer for your own wedding. Contact me today if you have any questions or are on the fence about hiring a videographer.