Kayla and Craig’s story began in a cottage a few years back where they were introduced by mutual friends. The two hit it off pretty instantly, and they knew- through playful banter back and forth and stolen glances- that there was something there between them. From then, they pursued countless drives between Windsor and Ottawa to see each other, each time more and more painful to leave the other’s side. But distance made the heart grow fonder, and eventually Kayla moved to Windsor to satisfy both hearts’ cravings. Shortly after, the two decided to officially tie the knot in an intimate summer wedding, and we were so thrilled to be apart of their day!
Kayla’s morning started at Caesar’s Windsor with her maid of honour, both of them excited and full of energy. Kayla wore a stunning gown by Hayley Paige, a strapless lace sheath dress with a blush tulle overdress and a lace bodice. Her maid of honour, Danielle, wore a blush, tone-on-tone embroidered, sleeveless gown. The floral arrangements by Gails Flowers and Events added an extra touch of beauty with its cream hydrangeas, blush roses, and white poppies. They complimented the girls’ dresses perfectly!
Craig prepped for his day in Belle River with his brother, Christian. They had a great time getting ready that morning, taking their time and enjoying some scotch and snacks. Craig wore a navy suit from Freed’s accented with brown leather accessories. When Craig was finished getting ready, he stepped outside and found his grandfather’s storied custom Lincoln Town car waiting for him! What a heartfelt surprise! Kayla had managed to track down the current owner of Craig’s grandfather’s custom convertible and surprised Craig with it waiting in his driveway. It was incredibly special for him to be able to drive in his grandfather’s car to meet his bride-to-be for their first look at Willistead Manor.
Naturally, Water’s Edge Event Centre was timeless and elegant, accented with gold, white, blush and navy decor. Thyme To Go provided delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts that guests enjoyed throughout the night. After thoughtful speeches were given by the bride and groom’s parents, as well as the maid of honour and best man, Kayla and Craig shared their first dance together followed by sunset photos outside of Waters Edge.
Kayla and Craig, it was a privilege to photograph you both for your engagement session and capture the special moments of your wedding day. We wish you all the best with your future together, and cannot wait to see what is in store for both of you!
“And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, ‘Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you.’ ” – Unknown
“From our very first meeting, Arica and Joshua made us feel like our wedding photography was in good hands. Neither Craig or I are super comfortable in front of the camera, but their cues and instructions really made the difference at both our engagement shoot and on the day of our wedding. I still hear Arica’s voice calling, “Kayla, posture; chin up; flowers down” whenever I’m posing for a photo. Joshua and Arica’s services also reached far beyond just taking pictures. They helped us come up with the timeline for the entire day and on the day of our wedding they provided assistance tying bowties and removing my veil. They have always been prompt in their replies to questions and concerns and had valuable feedback and recommendations as we chose our vendors and venue. Joshua and Arica, thank you again for the great experience, we will cherish the memories and photos for years to come!” -Craig & Kayla
Accommodations: Caesar’s Windsor
Cake/Desserts/Caterer: Thyme To-Go
Officiant/Minister/Church: Christ Hart and Vera Oglan
Decorator: Gail’s Flower and Event Decor
Hairstylist: Kaitlyn at Salon Utopia
Makeup Artist: Salon Utopia
Florist: Gail’s Flower and Event Decor
Pianist: Mike Karloff
Bride’s Dress Shop: White Satin (Ottawa)
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Maje (Yorkdale Mall, Toronto)
Shoes: Kay Unger
Groom/Groomsmen Suit Shop: Freed’s