I think I looked at my Weather Network app every 5 minutes & every 5 minutes the weather had changed. How can we not better predict the forecast yet? I mean, it is the 21st Century after all.
Anyway - I arrived at the 'Leopard Frog Farm' in Battersea to wavering skies, but it rained for only 20 minutes the whole day. Now that I've done a rainy day wedding though, it's now become a question for all my new couples in deciding whether we're a good fit. I'm a huge believer in going outside for your wedding photos no matter what. You only get that one day & it should be embraced; you should enjoy it and not fuss about anything but each other. Actually, the photos on a rainy day can be S U P E R romantical if you just let them be.
But, on this particular July day, the weather cleared. The clouds came in & out, but it was absolute perfection from start to finish. Michelle & Tyler were surrounded by so much love. There were tears - some of them shed by their photographer (lol)... & tons of laughs. I've photographed Michelle's family many times & so I felt right at home along side them in their celebration.
I would shoot at this venue again (& again) in a heartbeat. The quaint rooms with perfect pieces of furniture & lots of windows with beautiful trim, made for super pretty areas for bridal images. This blue room with white metal bed frame was for sure my favourite.
I just adore the bridesmaid separates that Michelle's besties wore. All the different shades of powder blue were the perfect accent in the laidback nature of the wedding. Also, super flowy and pretty to photograph -- which is what I'm always excited about! Michelle's gown was perfect for her personality as well - elegant and simple sheath dress for a genuinely humble & sweet bride.
Right after these images were taken we saw a snake on the deck. Then the rain came down VERY hard. I'm thinking it was a sign?! haha. Let's be honest though - I was hesitant to step foot on the back deck after that. Snakes are no bueno.
The combination of the vintage furniture, birch & other rustic accents were all woven together perfectly. Michelle is such a creative person & also owns her own vinyl sign business in Kingston, so there were touches of her talent all over her wedding. I loooooooove DIY!
Michelle and Ty opted for a first look in order to spend more time with their families after the ceremony, so I walked Michelle down to the little beach area where Ty was waiting for her & they had a few sweet moments alone together.
I finally had the bride & groom to myself, so I took them down a secluded path away from their guests having cocktails & cheese. They knew that they didn't want to stay away from their guests long and advised me that they really only needed a few images together. Ha. Of course I obliged them, but made them promise I could steal them away again for 20 mins at sunset -- it's all about compromise lol.
This is where I left off & let them party the night away. These small venue weddings definitely have my heart, as there is so much love that goes into each and every part of the day & even amongst the hustle of the Wedding Day, there is always fun being had.
I am certain that Michelle & Ty will always look back on this day and remember all the love & support that surrounded them. As always, I was honoured to be there to capture it all & super duper happy that it was featured on 'Love & Lavender' recently! You can check out here:
Looking forward to their upcoming Anniversary Session that will happen as soon as Ty agrees to more photos! LOL.
- amy xo
Photographer: Amy Sue Brant - Portrait Artistry
Assistant: Nicole Allen
Venue: The Leopard Frog, Battersea ON
Florals: Chartreuse FlowerWorks
Food Truck: Smokin' Carnivore
Bar: Alewives Bartending
Groomsmen Suits: Murano's Formalwear
Bridesmaids: Bridal Creations/H&M
Cake: Crystal's Kitchen Creations
Bridal Gown: Pop up Shop, Kingston
Various Rentals: Nancy Chalk, Everything Birch
Invites: Vistaprint & Creations by Carr
Rings: Michael Hill
Make up: Sarah Fairbairn
Birch Arch: Carmac Construction