Strathmere Inn & Lonestar Ranch Wedding: Jolani + Josh

Strathmere-Inn-Lonestar-Ranch-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographySo I really like my birthday – like really like it. I am actually the type of person to give myself not only a birthday week, but a birthday month! But historically, I have never been able to celebrate my birthday on the actual day. When I was in university, exams always ruined the birthday spirit and all the celebrations would be postponed until after everyone had suffered through all their tests. Then when I was working as an engineer, the end of March was one of the absolute busiest times of the year and everything would once again get pushed a week or so. So when I starting working for just myself, I figured I would be able to set the day aside for celebrations – but that only works if you don’t book anything on the date.

But I didn’t mind sharing the date with Jolani + Josh for even a second! These two are so kind and wonderful that I had no problems postponing my birthday celebrations a little bit to be able to capture their wedding day! And as an added bonus, these amazing people took time out of their special day to highlight my birthday by gifting us a delicious birthday cake – how cool is that?!

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Strathmere Inn Wedding: Diana + John

Strathmere-Inn-Ottawa-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyThe rain never had a chance of dampening Diana + John’s wedding day! Not only did the sunshine¬†of John’s life brighten up the otherwise dreary day, but just seeing how these two looked at each other and how they made each other laugh with such joy, would bring a smile to just about anyone!

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Strathmere Inn Wedding: Diana + John, Sneak Peek

Strathmere-Inn-Ottawa-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI cannot even begin to properly explain just how perfect Diana + John’s wedding day was as the start of our 2018 season. From being at one of our favourite venues to all the beautiful and personal details so perfectly infused throughout everything, it was truly lovely. But as usual, what that made this wedding day so great weren’t the actual things, but rather the people. Not only are Diana + John so incredibly nice (and funny to boot), but they are absolutely one of the sweetest couples we have had the pleasure and honour of working with over the years and they surrounded themselves with family and friends who are equally as wonderful!

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Strathmere Inn Wedding: Jennifer + Bergil

Strathmere-Inn-DIY-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-bridal-detailsI am pretty sure I have mentioned this before, but one of my absolute favourite parts of a¬†wedding day is when I get to play with all of the bride’s details during her prep. There are not only lots of shiny things, but I am more often than not just left alone to do my thing as everyone else has their own stuff to do to get ready for the big day. Normally this part of my day lasts for may be 10 or 15 minutes, sometimes a little longer if they have a lot of items and I arrived extra early. But for Jenn + Bergil’s wedding I got to play with all the gorgeous jewelry and her stunning dress for over 45 minutes and I was in absolute heaven!!

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Strathmere Lodge Wedding: Angela + Paul

Strathmere-Inn-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-bride-groomThere are so many little things we get to witness throughout each wedding day we are a part of that really lets us know that our couple is such a great fit for one another. And that was the case with Angela + Paul too, like when I would catch one of them staring oh so lovingly at the other when someone mentioned them, the oh so sweet kisses they gave each other all through the day, and of course the immense joy and anticipation they both had before they walked down the aisle to say I do. But I think the very best example of how perfect these two are together was their vows – because when you write your vows individually and secretly, and they still come out so similar, that’s a perfect fit!

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