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Destination Engagement Session in Niagara Fall’s Botanical Gardens

 

Destination engagement sessions continue to be a huge trend for couples for 2019. What better way to make one’s engagement memorable than having it documented in a beautiful and dream destination! With 14 million visitors a year, Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most visited destinations.

Cleaven and Grace’s story stretches 15,000 kilometres, from Ottawa to Jakarta, Indonesia. Cleaven has studied and worked in Ottawa for 11 years. On one of his visits home to Indonesia, his mom told him she had found the perfect girl for him. They made arrangements to meet and that was it!! Fast forwarding 18 months, they were planning not one, but two weddings in both Canada and Indonesia :)

With Grace’s first trip to Canada, she thought it would be incredibly memorable to have a ‘destination engagement session’. She and both their families were travelling from across the world; what better place than the Niagara region to incorporate tourism and beautiful engagement photographs! We arranged to meet them in Niagara Park’s lovely Botanical Gardens. The flowers were in full bloom and the trees were a lush summer green. Just as we were about to photograph Cleaven and Grace on the garden’s tree-lined path, a family of deer appeared and even seemed to pose for a minute for a few of the photographs, lol! We think it was meant to be; a true Canadian experience for our visitors.

We are so appreciative for having the opportunity to meet people like Cleaven and Grace. Getting to know their story and more about their culture make us grow as people and photographers. These newlyweds-to-be reminded us that no matter the distance, love surpasses all. xo

End-of-the-Year Wedding Celebration at NOTL's Ravine Estate Winery

 

Great wine, food and the people are three things that Junilo and I cherish about life here in Niagara. The cultured, yet down-to-earth mentality of many here makes the region incredibly unique and refreshing to experience. Last July while celebrating our own anniversary in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we met Lindsay, Niagara’s well known Wine Blogger (@thejuststripe) and Maker. It was her friendly smile and gorgeous new engagement ring that got us chatting! She told us of her end-of-the-year wedding bash plans with her boyfriend (now fiancé) of five years, Craig. Having worked in the vines of Alsace, France and a natural love of everything wine made getting married in France a natural first choice; however after considering logistics and wanting to include as many friends as possible, they settled on the famous Ravine Vineyard as their wedding venue! With it booked and with the guest list planned, Lindsay started the huge task of planning a very memorable wedding celebration. We loved her wedding style vision as soon as we heard her plans; modern chic while keeping details minimal and elegant (totally our style !!)

Making their wedding day meaningful was their top priority; foregoing wedding tradition and opting for what felt right. Craig chose his sister and best friend as his Best Woman and Man (can we just add that their shared speech was one of the best speeches we have ever heard!) and Lindsay had her sister as her Maid of Honour (such a style icon!). Their wedding party chose what they wanted to wear in keeping with the black-tie, modern chic theme. Instead of a traditional speech to thank her new husband, Lindsay meaningfully sang to him. Her incredible vocals evoked pure emotion and love; it made for very few dry eyes in the room! After the sweet moments of Lindsay and her dad and Craig and his mom dancing, the dance floor was lit with their guests!

Everything about Lindsay and Craig’s day was so thoughtful. From their first look to their families’ eloquent speeches and expressions of well wishes and love, Junilo and I loved every aspect of the day. These two are special people and we wish them all the happiness they deserve in the years to come!

xoxo

Wedding Venue: Ravine Vineyard | Dress: Pronovias at The Modern Bride | Hair and Makeup: Pretty and Co. | Wedding Accessories: The Beau Fille | Invitations: Designed by Bride | Florals: Designed and Executed by Bride