Megan and Kyle are from Calgary, you might remember photographs from their Rocky Mountain engagement session last winter, but decided that they wanted to host an intimate destination wedding somewhere beautiful, historic, and cozy. They settled on Perth, just outside of Ottawa. I had never been there before, but quickly understood why Megan’s taste had settled here. The old streets are lined with beautiful historic stone buildings, bed and breakfasts in manor houses sit in every neighborhood, and the quiet pace of the downtown streets lulls you into the calm you imagine of a small town from 50 years ago. Perth is a hopelessly romantic city, and the perfect destination for the blend of Megan and Kyle’s east and west coast lives to meet and celebrate their love.
They chose to rent a historic bed and breakfast to host their wedding day, with light flowing in through beautiful old gabled windows, a drawing room that looks like a classic old cocktail parlor, and a small dinner reception in a dining room complete with a fireplace, bay windows, and a grandfather clock on the mantle.
I could talk at you endlessly about their beautiful style, how Megan is so relaxed and talented that she did her own hair and makeup, and ordered her dress off the internet and found that it fit like a dream. Or the gorgeous jewel tones of the florals she chose and the stylish charcoal grey suit that Kyle sported, but really the most important part of this beautiful wedding was the emotion. Over all the details, I was struck over and over by how strong these two are together, how they accept and love each other no matter what, and how excited they were simply to be together, getting married in front of the handful of people closest to their hearts.
This is one of those weddings that energized me in the middle of a busy wedding season, and reminded me of why I love this beautiful and heart filled job so much. By the time I put away my cameras in the evening, Megan’s dad had pulled out his guitar in true east coaster fashion, and was singing to the bride and groom as they stood together in the doorway with their nephews clinging to their knees. Saying it was hard to leave that night is an understatement, and I have been looking forward to sharing photographs from this beautiful day ever since.