It’s been a while since we’ve updated our blog… but this wedding is worth the wait! This one is definitely far from a conventional wedding and by far one of the most well planned, intimate and beautiful weddings we have ever been to. It’s rustic vibe, DIY details and outdoorsy feel really made for a one of a kind event.
Katie is actually a friend of Azra’s from high school. The two lost touch shortly after University (over 10 years ago) but, thanks to Facebook, Katie found out that Azra was now a professional wedding photographer! Lucky for us, she wanted Face Photography to shoot her wedding. We really lucked out on this one! Katie and Mike are two of the sweetest and down to earth people you can ever meet and what a great way to reignite a friendship.
The wedding took place at Camp Tamakwa, a children’s summer camp in Algonquin, Ontario, about 3.5 hours north of Toronto. You may recognize it as the filming location for the movie “Indian Summer” (1993). The camp only takes on two weddings per year, so it’s a pretty unique venue! One of the coolest things about it is that it’s an island in the middle of a lake… and the wedding and their guests are the only ones on it!
Guests arrived by boat on a gorgeous Friday afternoon. They were greeted and escorted to their “lovely” cabins, where many of them surely relived their childhood memories of summer camp! The afternoon was spent soaking in the sun on the beach/dock, swimming, canoeing and getting started with a few beers from the keg! Dinner was fabulous and the evening finished off with a cozy bonfire under the stars with family and friends.
The wedding day itself was unlike most other wedding days… anywhere! Yoga at 7:00 am on the dock, followed by a morning and afternoon of archery, ping-pong, hiking, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and parasailing. How awesome is that?! Around 4:00 pm, guests began to prepare for the evening’s festivities. The bride was all dolled up in a gorgeous vintage wedding dress and the groom was very handsome in his wedding night attire. The first look was really one of the sweetest moments you could imagine. You’ll know what we mean when you see the photos! The ceremony was super special in that the bride arrived by boat and the officiants were two of Katie and Mike’s best friends. It was sooooo pretty and very emotional. The guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail party before the festivities would begin inside the camp’s “mess hall” (which no longer looked like a mess hall at all!). It was simply stunning! The night was full of beautiful words, many laughs, delicious food, and a pretty crazy dance floor!!! The band kept the party kicking till the wee hours of the morning (no shut down time when you have an island to yourself!).
After breakfast, guests said their goodbyes and the amazing weekend that was Katie and Mike’s wedding… had sadly come to an end.
This wedding was really special for us. Yes, because we have both known Katie for so many years, but more so because we spent so much time with this group of people that we really felt like we were there with family. Katie and Mike’s parents are some of the nicest and most genuine people you could ever meet and their friends are just awesome! We can’t say enough about the experience we had photographing these two, who really are so perfect for each other.
Thank you Katie and Mike for choosing us for your big day (big weekend!). This wedding will always stand out for us for all of the reasons above… and so many more. We love you both and wish you a lifetime of joy, happiness and lots of adventure!