If you have been fortunate enough to attend a wedding at Strathmere then you probably already know that it actually houses 3 separate venues: The Inn, The Garden House and the Lodge. They all have their own unique features and each tend to attract its own type of couple, but for the longest time we had only ever shot weddings at The Inn and the Lodge and that middle site was rather elusive to us as we just didn’t get any inquiries for it (let alone bookings). And as much as I like the Inn and Lodge, I was eager to have the full set, so to speak.
But of course, as the blog title would suggest, thanks to Courteney + Steve’s fantastic wedding day we now have the full set of Strathmere sites. But so much better than that, is the fact that we got to be part of a truly special wedding day, one that we will remember for years to come!
A lot of brides use their wedding bouquet to help commemorate a loved one who isn’t around anymore, or to cherish a special moment or item. I myself used part of my mom’s wedding veil as the wrap of my bouquet and we have seen many other brides who have used a necklace, photo locket or other such item as part of their bouquet to highlight someone near and dear to them. But Mary’s wedding bouquet has to be one of the sweetest and most thoughtful ones we have photographed yet as it was literally made from notes the bride received from her mom over the years.
A couple years ago Dave and I were a part of way too many wedding shows. Seriously, it was utterly exhausting and for the last couple shows we were in, we weren’t able to take full advantage of them because we were pretty booked up already. But, it was actually at a few of these wedding shows that we met Karine + Doug, so perhaps it was a very good thing that we attended so many because I am just oh so happy we got to work with these two wonderful souls and capture their wedding day for them!!
Courteney + Steve’s engagement session last year was a little on the damp side (okay, maybe a touch more than just a little). But in the end it didn’t matter one little bit because these two hit every pose I threw their way right out of the park. And honestly, their wedding day was absolutely no different whatsoever – well, with the obvious exception of the weather being absolutely gorgeous looking without even one rain cloud in sight (although it was quite hot in the direct sunlight, if I do say so myself).
The drive out to Golden Lake, although long, was absolutely gorgeous. The sky was clear and oh so pretty and the temperature was just right (well according to me who loves the cooler weather), and the closer we got, the better the views got! The area is absolutely stunning and Red Pine Camp itself is such a great place, not only for camping and just generally having a good time, but also for a really relaxed and awesome wedding.