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The heart is love, and the hands are friendship

The Claddagh Ring has a deep rooted history and is a token or love, friendship and loyalty. I have had a Claddagh ring for a long time. My first one was given to me by a dear friend and I wore it every day for years until one day it broke. I was not happy. I remember exactly where we were when it happened (Thomas, his brother Shawn and I were spelunking at Bonnechere Caves in Eganville). A few months later, Thomas gave me a Claddagh ring for my birthday and I still wear it every day. He got the ring delivered all the way from Ireland!

When Chris proposed to Erin, he proposed with a Claddagh Ring, but not just any Claddagh ring, a two part ring where the engagement ring has the heart and the wedding band has the hands and crown. They fit together as a perfect set.

And on a beautiful fall day, the set was finally brought together as Erin and Chris exchanged vows (that they wrote themselves!) and promised to love each other forever. The ceremony was held in an old schoolhouse in White Lake at Waba Cottage and surrounded by their family, they pledged their hearts and hands to each other.

Erin looked radiant and Chris looked quite handsome in his three piece suit. You could just feel the love they have for each other and both were so excited and happy to begin their lives together as husband and wife.

They had such beautiful details for their wedding day.
Wedding Photo: wedding details

This was the one shot that Chris specifically requested. I met the boys at Tim Hortons before the ceremony and we got this shot of their pre-ceremony java! They almost went through the drive-through, but the limo wouldn’t have fit.
Wedding Photo: the groomsmen and their Tim Hortons

The ceremony was held at Waba Cottage and it was the perfect setting for the intimate ceremony.
Wedding Photo: wedding ceremony at Waba Cottage in White Lake

The colours were just stunning, as was the bridal party!
Wedding Photo: Bridal party with yellow fall foliage behind them

Erin wanted to get some shots on the dock and they were just perfect.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom embracing on a dock with a view of the lake

We headed to the famous Pakenham Bridge, where we had their engagement session in the summer, to take some wedding photos.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom embracing by the Pakenham Bridge

The fall colours were just beautiful.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom posing with beautiful fall colours

Erin’s bouquet and their wedding rings.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom holding the bridal bouquet

I don’t do many black and white edits, but these next two are just breathtaking in black and white.
Wedding Photo: black and white photo of the bride looking at the camera with the groom looking at her

I think they were models in a past life…
Wedding Photo: black and white photo of the groom looking at the camera and the bride looking off camera

As the sun was setting, the light was just beautiful. We had some fun dancing.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom dancing in the sunset

…and basking in the glow.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom dancing in the sunset

Heading to the reception, through the gorgeous fall trees….and a little leaf-throwing.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom walking among the fall trees

I have to take a moment to give a shoutout to Erin and her family for the centrepieces. I am beyond horrible at carving pumpkins, but Erin and her crew spray painted and carved the initals “E & C” into pumpkins for each table! Amazing! Also, Chris is a HUGE Toronto Maple Leafs fan and East Side Mario’s changed their sign for him. He was very excited about this.
Wedding Photo: wedding reception details

Vendor List
Flowers By (coming soon!)
Rings From (coming soon!)
Hair by (coming soon!)
Make-up by (coming soon!)
Wedding Dress from (coming soon!)
Bridesmaid dresses by (coming soon!)
Bride’s and Bridesmaids Shoes from (coming soon!)
Suits from (coming soon!)
Wedding Ceremony held at Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens
Officiant, (coming soon!)
DJ, (coming soon!)
Catering by East Side Marios in Arnprior
Fudge by Penny’s Fudge Factory.
Reception held at Quality Inn, Arnprior
Photographed by Liz Bradley from elizabeth&jane photography!

Erin and Chris, thank you so much for having me to photograph your wedding – I had a blast!

Have a wonderful day,

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