Trillium Trails Banquet Centre
I have been looking forward to this couple’s summer wedding at Trillium Trails Banquet Centre for a few years now. I photographed Tarquin’s daughter’s wedding in 2014. And his son-in-law quickly became one of my regular second shooters. So when I found out the family wanted me back for another event, I said yes. The wedding day happened to fall on a two-week camping trip I had planned with some friends. Not luxury camping, but good old roughing it. In fact, this wedding was the perfect excuse to escape and have a proper shower. So I disappeared for the day, photographed their wedding, and returned for more outdoor adventure. However I must admit, I prefer the wedding rustic over the camping rustic.
Tarquin and Ann are such an amazing pair. Great eye for detail throughout this venue. They put so much thought into the planning of their wedding day. Yet they were still able to turn it off when the day finally came around. When the couple is having fun, so is everyone else.
I absolutely loved capturing this wedding and getting to share in so many beautiful moments with their family and friends. The colour of all the bridesmaids’ dresses and the groomsmen’s’ ties were blue to compliment the lush green of this venue. The colour fit in with the rustic and elegant vibe of Trillium Trails so well. This venue has the most beautiful spacious banquet room with tall ceilings and big windows overlooking the grounds.
The outdoor civil ceremony arrangement at Trillium Trails was absolutely stunning for this elderly wedding. The bride walked with her father over the open field to the ceremony site. A Scottish bagpipe player led them in commemoration to the bride’s heritage. During the ceremony, they also included a Celtic Handfasting.
Handfasting is a unity ritual where the couple has their hands tied together with braids and ribbons. It’s a non-religious ceremony. The ribbons are knotted after each vow. When the Handfasting is over and the braids are removed. And the couple leaves with a beautiful keepsake. They can use the same ribbons for future vow renewals or just a reminder of a very special day.
Immediately following the ceremony, we gathered all the VIP family members for their portrait session. I always try to arrange these sessions for family first, then bridal party, and finally the couple. The purpose of this is to reduce your entourage as we go. That way, once we’re down to just the couple, it actually is just the two of you. So for those who aren’t used to being in front of the camera, it helps to at least have some privacy.