Cottage Wedding Photography in the Kawarthas and Muskokas
In Ontario, there is perhaps no location more alluring and sacred in the summertime than the family cottage. From learning how to do a perfect cannonball from the swim dock, to waking up covered in poison ivy, to songs and smores by the campfire, to the first bright, I mean really bright, stars poking through the branches at night time, the musty-sweet smell of the boathouse and the lazy hot smell of pine needles on craggy rocks. The summer cottage is for many, the very essence of summer.
Over my career I've had the privilege of photographing many weddings set at the family cottage: in Huntsville, Dorset, Lakefield, Port Severn, Stoney Lake to name a few. In this post, I would like to share some images from Kelly and Joel's incredible wedding at their family cottages on Stoney Lake near Peterborough, Ontario. The day was epic in scope and it would take more words here to describe than many would care to read. Instead, here are a few condensed highlights of the day:
The bride and groom had both competed in the Annual Mile Swim right before the wedding.
On the wedding day, departure for ne and many of the out of town guests was from Little's Marina in Gilchrist Bay by water taxi to the 2 Family Cottages
The bride's family cottage was a former hunting lodge and the main sitting room is still overseen by the carefully preserved bodies of birds, fish, and wildlife from the area.
The ceremony took place at St. Peter's on the Rock Anglican Church situated on a rocky island in the middle of Stoney Lake.
From there we island hopped to different photography locations, ending up at the bride's family cottage for the rest of the evening