I love love stories. And not the cheesy chick flick kind of love stories. I love stories of real people with their own unique interests that find each other, grow together, share the things they love with one another and find new interests together. The people who you see together and hear their stories and think ‘YES. They makes so much sense together. THIS, this is good’. I love the ones who push through obstacles together and build a life together, bringing out the best in one another and who become a team.
Catherine & James have that love. If you ask them what they admire about each other they’ll tell you about the other’s thoughtfulness, their positivity, their ability to make each other laugh and to calm each other down. They’re both people – people and they both love adventure. Rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, you name it, they’re into it. We loved being able to capture their engagement photos at Elora Gorge, and we were so honoured to capture their latest adventure – their wedding day.
Catherine spent the morning surrounded by her friends and family and getting pampered at the insanely gorgeous Hill ‘N Dale Bed and Breakfast in Kingsville, Ontario. The girls had their hair and makeup done as they sipped on mimosas, and once Catherine was dressed and ready to go, she took a few moments to enjoy a “first look” with her dad. He was as proud as he could be and he couldn’t hide it – his smile lit up the room as he wrapped his arms around his beautiful daughter that he was about to walk down the aisle.
The men spent the morning at Jack’s B&B and met the girls at the Hill N’ Dale for Catherine & James’s own first look and wedding party pictures. Hill N’ Dale has it all – ivy covering the outside of the B&B, brick full of character, a sprawling wooded area, and an art studio. Seriously, it’s the bomb-dot-com.
Lakeside Park made for a dreamy ceremony on the beach. James seemed to hold back a few tears as he watched Catherine walk toward him, about to become his wife. They exchanged their vows with confidence, choosing each other with absolute certainty. He dipped her as they took their first kiss as husband and wife and they walked back down the aisle together, surrounded by bubbles and the cheers and applause of those that love and support them.
They continued the celebration in the pavilion located just a few steps from the beach. Gold lanterns hung from the wooden beams across the ceiling and on the tables, lighting up the room. Guests wrote their well wishes in the couple’s guestbook for Catherine and James to look back on, and family and friends mingled around the sweet tables filled with treats. The speeches were honest, warm and spoke of their character and their love. A party ended the night and the dance floor was packed as the youngest guests stole the show with their impressive dance moves, grandma and grandpa slow danced to their song, and everyone celebrated Catherine & James day together.
Catherine & James, thank you for welcoming us into your lives. Being a part of your destination engagement session and wedding day were two days we’ll never forever. Your love for life, adventure, and each other was so evident. Congratulations on becoming husband and wife!
“You are my greatest adventure” – The Incredibles
“Our experience with Josh and Arica was outstanding! From the engagement session to the wedding day they somehow made us feel less like clients and more like we’ve been friends for years. Their pleasant and respectful manner was so appreciated and noticed by not just us but by many of our guests. They are truly prepared for anything, with their big bag of essentials and quick thinking. Even when plans changed last minute, they made sure there was enough time to capture a moment very important to us. Our wedding was everything we ever dreamt of. And with Josh and Arica by our side they were able to capture every moment perfectly as the day unfolded. They say a photo is worth a thousand words and Manifesto absolutely justifies that. We thank you both from the bottom of our hearts. Words can’t express how truly thankful we are!” – Catherine & James