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 Lodge Wedding: Kristen + Chris

Strathmere-Lodge-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-reception-decor-centrepieceWhenever Dave and I have to write something sentimental as a couple it always goes the same way: I write down some general ideas in jot note form and then Dave improves on it. I get down the main points I think we should get across and any critical details that have to be included. I normally take a pass at writing a few sentences, maybe even an entire paragraph, but once that is done Dave takes all of my thoughts, adds his own and then turns it into an actual written (or spoken) piece and it ends up being beautiful. There are normally some changes on my end, particularly if it is supposed to sound like me and not him, but he is definitely the one that makes it actually sound great. You see, although I can write pretty well (or at least well enough), Dave can write beautifully from the heart. He has a way with that sort of thing whereas I can sometimes struggle with getting my point across.

I mention this because at multiple points during Kristen + Chris’ wedding day I was reminded of Dave’s heart-spoken nature as Chris had the same abilities. When he spoke about his family and of course his new bride, every word was said with intention and his words were so incredibly meaningful and completely heartwarming.

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Strathmere Garden House Wedding: Courteney + Steve

Strathmere-Garden-House-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyIf 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!

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