Waterstone Estate and Farms

Ahhhhh what a wonderful day at Waterstone Estate & Farms for a wedding. It was the first day after a fresh snowfall and not a single footprint in sight at this venue. Holly and Kyle had a civil wedding ceremony inside the main barn. Despite being ceiled off from the wind, it was still relatively cold. Thank goodness for the warm blanket party favors the couple provided for their guests. Holly dazzled us all with a gorgeous wedding dress that looked frosted against the snow. So, if she was cold, you would have never guessed it.

Her flower girls were completely bundled up in winter jackets. In fact, you couldn’t even see their faces. Instead of traditional flowers, they held an assortment of colored ribbons. This was due to, this couple decided to perform an Irish hand fastening ceremony as part of their wedding. Every so often I’ll experience a new cultural tradition like this. Before I ran my own business, I used to travel the world as a cruise ship photographer doing destination weddings around the world. So learning about all the worldly traditions when it comes to weddings is honestly my favorite part of the job. In this ceremony, each colored ribbon represents a different factor important in marriage. The couple decides which factors are important to them. And the officiant binds the couple’s hands together using the respective ribbons.

What the Ribbons Mean

  • Redwill, love, strength, fertility, courage, health, vigour, passion 
  • Orangeencouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness
  • Yellowattraction, charm, confidence, balance, harmony
  • Greenfertility, luck, prosperity, nurturing, beauty, health, love
  • Dark Bluefor a safe journey, longevity & strength 
  • Light Bluetranquillity, understanding, patience, health
  • Purplehealing, health, strength, power, progress
  • Blackstrength, empowerment, wisdom/vision, success, pure love
  • White – spiritual purity, truth, peace, serenity and devotion
  • Graybalance, neutrality
  • Pinklove, unity, honor, truth, romance, happiness
  • Brownfor healing, skills & talent, nurturing, home & hearth, the earth
  • Silverfor creativity, inspiration & vision, and protection
  • Goldunity, longevity, prosperity, strength

Portrait Session

Holly got ready as any bride would on the morning of her wedding day. She did her hair and makeup off-site but got dressed in the WaterStone Estate bridal suite.  Slipped into her long white dress. She also wore matching pashminas with her bridesmaids for warmth. However, instead of putting on sparkly slippers, she put on waterproof rain boots. This was my personal recommendation for a winter wedding. When your wedding day is expected to be this cold, the last thing you want is cold feet. Not just metaphorically by physically. These shoes are also a lot safer as you walk around the grounds of a country rustic wedding venue like WaterStone Estate and Farms.

I am just in love with this venue. It is so lush, green, and peaceful even when covered in snow. Their reception setup had simple arrangements but focused on the room’s natural features. They DIY’d most of their wedding and I love how it all came together.
This wedding is part of a snowball referral program. Bride’s sister from this wedding was actually a bridesmaid at a wedding I photographed two years ago. And a groomsman at this wedding will be the groom for a wedding I’m photographing next summer. So many of the faces you’ll see at this wedding are repeats from other events. I love it when this happens. I get to catch up with couples I’ve worked for in the past which makes dinner conversations a lot better.
The second shooter for this wedding was Josie Brackett.
I also photographed this couple’s newborn session when their baby girl arrived.

 

bride prep wedding dress
bride prep flowers
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bride prep bridal bouquet
bride prep wedding shoes
bride prep flower girl
bride prep getting dressed
bride prep getting dressed
bride prep getting dressed
groom prep accessories
groom prep watch
groom prep suit
groom prep tie
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groom winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
first look winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
first look winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bride and groom winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
formal portrait winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
formal portrait winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
happy couple winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
happy couple winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bride and groom walking winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bride and groom portrait winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bride portrait winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bride portrait winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
groom portrait winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
groom portrait winter wedding
bridal party winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bridal party winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bridesmaids winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bridesmaids winter wedding at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bridal party at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bridesmaids with groom at Waterstone Estate and Farms
groomsmen portrait at Waterstone Estate and Farms
groomsmen portrait at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bridesmaids portrait at Waterstone Estate and Farms
wedding cake
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wedding party favours
wedding centrepiece decor
groom's first look wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
bride down the aisle wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
father of the groom
bride and groom wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
happy groom wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
wedding ceremony reading
reading wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
hand fastening ribbons flower girls
hand fastening wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
hand joining wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
ring exchange wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
first kiss wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
readings wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
recession wedding ceremony at Waterstone Estate and Farms
family portrait with the groom
family portraits with bride and groom
grand entrance wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
first dance wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
kissing game wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
guest applause wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
parent speech wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
best man speech wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
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family speech wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
maid of honour speech
champagne toast wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
couple speech wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
father daughter dance wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
mother son dance wedding reception at Waterstone Estate and Farms
dance party wedding reception
dance party wedding reception
dance party wedding reception
dance party wedding reception
dance party wedding reception
cake cutting wedding reception
dance party wedding reception
photo booth fun