Strathmere Lodge Wedding
Michèle-Laure and matt | a beautiful WINTER wedding at stonefields estate
I met Michèle and Matt in a bit of an uncoventional way. They reached out to me just weeks before their wedding date, as their initial photographer fell through and could no longer shoot their wedding day. I was so grateful they reached out, because they ended up being two of the most amazing people. Getting to know them, despite the potentially stressful circumstances they were in, was such a treat.
They are two of the most kind-hearted, caring, and considerate people. Life has thrown them a bunch of curveballs (Covid restricting their wedding size was one of them), but seeing them navigate it all with such grace and ease really tells me everything I need to know about them. I was honoured to be by their side to capture such an intimate, moody, and utterly romantic winter wedding day.
the story of how they met
Their first date consisted of ugly Christmas sweaters, gingerbread cookies, dinner, and coffee that ran way too late for people that needed to be up early the following day! But, it is safe to say that Michèle and Matt just clicked. Finally, they had found their person.
Matt proposed in a very romantic gesture. It was Michèle’s birthday, and he sent her on a scavenger hunt. Complete with: a nail day, her favourite breakfast, dinner with her besties, and even a cottage getaway with their dog. It was all perfect. Unfortunately, when they got to the cottage, the original plan of proposing on the deck had to be changed due to the unexpectedly cold weather. However, that didn’t stop Matt from proposing right then and there, in the cottage.
the strathmere lodge wedding
Flash forward to their wedding day. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the wedding almost didn’t happen. This was when lockdowns and capacity limits were constantly being changed. At the time, we were all taking it day by day because we didn’t know if we would wake up to a new lockdown order. Thankfully, they were able to move forward with Strathmere’s capacity limit. The staff at Strathmere was so professional at managing all of this, while ensuring everyone was safe. We were so grateful to be working with such a great team to pull their big day off without a hitch.
Michèle made most of the decorations, adding a beautiful personal finish to everything. The light dusting of snow and the soft November light resulted in dreamy snowy portraits. It made the location magical and cozy. To get even more personal, Michèle and Matt had their son, William, stand with them! He was included in the ceremony and looked so proud to be a part of their special day. Scroll through to see some of my favourite moments from their day…
Last but certainly not least, here’s the full list of local Ottawa vendors who worked hard to bring this day together: