Country Wedding Photography : Brianna & Mike

Elvis was "in the building" for Brianna and Mike's country wedding in Carp

Ottawa wedding detail photo

flowers in bride's hair bridesmaid opening champagne tequila wedding detail photo

reaction to bride dress

fun groom getting ready photo

bride shoes detail photo

bride looks out window

elvis impersonator at wedding

wedding detail photo

mother sees groom

child portrait at wedding ceremony

guest portrait at wedding ceremony

elvis impersonator at wedding

elvis hugs bride at wedding

first kiss at wedding ceremony

toast during wedding ceremony

bride smiling after ceremony

guests play games at wedding reception

guest portrait at wedding ceremony

guests play games at wedding reception

fun bride photo with bridesmaids

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

ottawa wedding reception

romantic evening portrait of bride and groom in field

romantic evening portrait of bride and groom in field

romantic evening portrait of bride and groom in field

romantic evening portrait of bride and groom in field

fun wedding reception photography

fun wedding reception photography

fun wedding reception photography

full house casino rentals at ottawa wedding reception

fun wedding reception photo

fun wedding reception photo

full house casino rental at ottawa wedding

If I had one regret after shooting this country wedding at Mike's family home in Carp, just outside Ottawa, it would be that I didn't start earlier and stay longer. Mike and Brianna's wedding will definitely be a highlight of my 2018 wedding photography year and it's not even over. Similar to Justin and Danielle's "Tent-in" wedding near Perth, Mike and Brianna invited family and friends to stay the weekend with them as they celebrated. Although Elvis had previously wed them in a Las Vegas chapel, Brianna and Mike wanted to do something special with friends and family and Mike's childhood home on a sprawling, tree-lined estate in Carp was the perfect spot to host it. Surrounded by her close girlfriends and sister, Brianna got ready in the historic home while her amazing bridesmaids kept things light and fun and full of energy. A dab of fine Tequila followed a champagne toast while Mike was downstairs making alterations to his belt with power tools - apparently, Mike had dropped a few pounds since the Las Vegas wedding and needed to tighten the belt a bit. However, it was one of Brianna's Dads who almost stole the show as he dressed up as Elvis to walk his daughter down the isle. I was in the right place at the right time to nail the dipping first-kiss photo - now THAT is a first kiss! Fun and games were had by all before the reception, catered by Meatings, was kicked off by a customized rendition of "That's Amore" by Brianna and Mike. In fact, instead of speeches throughout the night, Brianna and Mike hosted a talent show with friends and family singing songs, reciting poems, speed-painting and even rapping. In keeping with the Las Vegas theme, a fun mock-casino entertained guests throughout the night. In closing Mike and Brianna's wedding had all the qualities that I look for in a couple and event: people who aren't afraid to be themselves, lots of love, lots of energy and lots of fun. Enjoy.