It’s always such a pleasure to get to share the work of a photographer that I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person! Today’s gorgeous wedding comes from one of the very special ladies I got to know at Joy Thigpens’ workshop, Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBphoto. You might remember her beautiful work from this stunning woodland shoot in the Canadian mountains. I’m delighted to be able to give you another glimpse of Canada today, through the sweet celebration of Shannon and Scott, set in the grounds of the brides childhood cottage.
You know a couple has to have a love of the outdoors, when their first date involved going for a run! Shannon lets us in on how this impressive feat came to be.
“We met through our friends, Michael & Sari. Sari & I were in nursing together at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Scott was living with them, while pursuing his PhD at Concordia University, also in Montreal. Scott asked if Michael & Sari knew any nice nursing students and they set us up. Our first date was a run on Mont-Royal, where Scott got blisters because he didn’t want me to think he was a wuss!”
I love that they opted for a first look, and saved that very special moment only for each other. They knew from the start that Dunany in Quebec was the only place they could imagine exchanging vows.
“For our wedding, the most important decision was the venue. Dunany is a special place for my extended family on my mom’s side, because we always got together at my grandparents’ cottage during the summertime and at Christmas. Scott has been coming up with me ever since we started dating, and we’ve had many gorgeous cottage days, swimming and canoeing and visiting with family.”
It sure looks like a happy ever after spot to me, and how amazing is that vintage red truck, courtesy of the Shannon’s father?! Who wouldn’t want to arrive to their wedding like that!
With plenty of help from family and friends, they transformed the log cabin into the perfect rustic haven, complete with a “just married” canoe!
“The Dunany Golf Club was perfect because it is a log cabin built in the 1920′s, that is very rustic, well-loved and fit all of the most important people in our lives for a fabulous dance party! My mom, an interior designer, was incredible with decorating, using the old country charm of the Club and adding some fun touches, like tin lanterns, candles on the mantelpiece and rainbow windmills.”
It looks straight out of a scene from the notebook! Congratulations love birds!
Anne-Marie gives a little insight into her experience of the day.
“Shannon and Scott are the kind of people you just want to hang out with, go for a hike with or have a drink with. They are happy and fun-loving and their whole wedding had that air. Held in the area of Shannon’s childhood cottage, at the golf course that has been their family’s go-to for years, there was a laid back feeling that only the country can bring. To top it all off, when Shannon’s father told me he had borrowed an antique truck from a friend to drive the groom and his wedding party to the golf club, I knew this wedding was going to have that perfect kind of country feel. The ceremony was to be held outside but off and on thunder storms in the morning drove the decision to move it all inside. The warmth of the wood and bright light pouring through the windows added an extra special feeling to the day and the couple had the best of both worlds heading back outside to greet their guests as husband and wife when the weather turned to perfection in the afternoon.”
Thanks so much Anne-Marie for sharing your beautiful work and for giving us a glimpse of some Canadian magic. If you’ve got some wanderlust that needs satisfying, check out some more stunning days over at her blog!
Photography: AMBphoto | Gown: The Bride’s Project | Groom and Groomsmen’s suits: Sears | Ceremony and Reception: Dunany Golf Club | Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal | DIY flower: Costco | Invitations: Carlton Cards | Blue and white china: Original to the golf course from 1922