This was a cute and sweet wedding celebration at Alderlea Mansion. The venue has only been open to the public since 2015, yet it’s layout is amazing. The interior has a lovely vintage feel. The colour scheme for the building‘s exterior is bright and unique. I’ve always been a fan of colourful wedding photos, so a venue like Alderlea is perfect for me.
When I arrived, I was the first one there. Claire was doing her hair and makeup at a salon. Once ready, she would meet me at the venue to get into dresses with her bridesmaids. So I got a nice headstart by photographing all the decor and details. It also gave me a chance to explore the venue grounds to see what I was working with. The nice part about Alderlea was that the couple could both get ready here. The top of the house has a beautiful room that could be used as a bridal suite. Curtain doors allowed for easy access between rooms while still providing privacy.
Once ready, we grabbed some great photos of Claire in this vintage style suite. The vibe was calm and she was chilling out with family and friends. Downstairs the guys were adding some last-minute touches. They had a first look and took care of all the formal couple and bridal party photos in advance. The ceremony room was very bright. And with all the light coming from behind the alter, it’s not the easiest thing to photograph. I carry more than enough lighting with me to accommodate, however I know a few guests were frustrated with their cellphones being useless during the ceremony. Luckily there was plenty of time for them to enjoy photos after the ceremony was over.
Courtyard by Marriott
Once the formal afternoon activities convened, everyone headed to the Courtyard by Marriott for the reception. This part of the evening was much more formal. They had an assortment of speeches, and games. Having a reliable bridal party can do wonders for your wedding day. Most couples are so caught up in the organizing of a wedding that the day just passes them by. This is not to say that the purpose of the bridal party is to take care of minuscule details but rather they are the friends that snap you out of your planning and into the moment that is your wedding. I absolutely loved this bridal party. I was even more thrilled upon discovering one of the bridesmaids and groomsmen were a couple. I’ll be photographing their wedding next year. So be sure to check it out.