danika + jason | winter wedding at the strathmere lodge

I remember driving home from the wedding and thinking, wow...that is a love that will last. 

Danika and Jason are meant for each other in every sense. I know that because throughout the entire wedding day, they never stopped being a team. I know that because Danika let Jason wear a top hat and cane for their first look photos, and because Jason let Danika write his thank you speech. I honestly believe I've ever met two people who cared about including their families in their wedding as much as Danika and Jason; it was beautiful to see. 

I am so thankful to have been a part of their wedding day, as a vendor in the Hot 899 Hide the Bride contest that took place this past May. This is the very first time that I've ever been a wedding photographer for someone who didn't necessarily "choose" me, but I'll tell you this...they welcomed me into their day with open arms. Danika and Jason...you deserve the most wonderful things in life, and I hope you enjoy this little peek into my favourite photos from your wedding day...!

After I placed Jason for the first look, I captured Danika's snowy walk through Strathmere.

Remember I said Danika let Jason wear a top hat and cane during their first look? Well, she maintained the right to throw the top hat out of the photos immediately after :) 

The original plan was to have the ceremony outside, beneath the flowers and a beautiful chandelier, but the weather was starting to take a turn and there was talk of rain. We ended up moving the ceremony inside about 45 minutes before the start time. 

I am so glad Danika and Jason chose to do a first look because the weather was still gorgeous in the early afternoon.

Without a doubt the best photo of the day. Their first moment as husband and wife...

Strathmere puts on an absolutely amazing cocktail hour, complete with hot apple cider and delicious appetizers.

A shot of Danika and Jason's guestbook, made using their engagement photos! This is my most common engagement album that I offer to my clients. I love the way the sharpie messages look on the thick pages.

For their first dance outside, Jason had a little surprise. He arranged for all of the guests to light sparklers...it was such a sweet moment and I can tell it was just the icing on the cake for Danika.

On my way out, I spotted this adorable print from the day of the Hide the Bride contest. I thought it would be a perfect way to end this post...

Danika and Jason, thank you for EVERYTHING. I am so glad we met this Summer and your wedding was the perfect way to end an amazing wedding season. From the gorgeous dusting of perfectly white snow, to the beautiful moonlight during your first dance...I think we can honestly say it was a perfect wedding day. All my love, you guys!

Wedding Venue: The Lodge at Strathmere
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography and Second Shooter: Brittany
Decoration and Styling: Melissa Lafleche Design
Florals: Passiflora
Dress: Mori Lee - Angelina Faccenda Bridal
Dress Store: Alliance Bridal Boutique
Suits: Black by Vera Wang
Bride's Shoes: Bagdley Mischka
Cake: Serendipity Cakes by Olivia
Donuts: Suzy Q
Rings: Maple Leaf Diamond
Bridal Jewellery: Stella and Dot

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