© 2016 Karri North (knorthphotography)

jessica & michael: a summertime wedding at splendid Reif Estate in Niagara on the Lake

A delightful and dynamic wedding day in the oasis that is Reif Estate.

Jessica is the wedding coordinator for this amazing property and understands intimately every facet of the wedding industry. I still feel so priviledged that she asked me to capture her own wedding day for her. And what a special day it was.

The Grand Victorian is an exquisite century home located on the Reif Estate property. It’s interiors are adorned with antiques and art, old-world wood craftsmanship, fine drapery and lace. Fill it with beautiful women dressed in their finest, and it’s a recipe for romance. I love these shots of Jessica on the landing in the window light, then with her bridesmaids and sweet little nephew. Also the toast from that wonderful verandah, and much later, the couple taking a short break in that same space.

That friendly giant tree and the fairy-tale setting beneath it—it’s a magical room with no walls, out in the open and yet perfectly intimate. The facial expressions during the ceremony had me smiling through my edits. So many well dressed children, so many fancy hair & head adornments. So much blissed out summer jubilation.

I have to say, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a happier bride. She was absolutely locked into the moment, beaming at the scene of her ceremony, taking in everyone present, leaping up and dancing with every favourite song, taking small precious moments aside with her man, to revel in the day as it unfolded–to stop the time from passing just for a little bit.

Highlights? For me it’s the bridal party assembled on the Reif Estate truck, Jessica’s glee at the dinner table, early evening dancing on the tennis court—and finally, the dreamy look on Michael’s face walking from the ceremony’s end, champagne in hand. Just the dreaminess of that photograph in general really.

Thank you for so so many photo ops Jessica & Michael; you are an inspiring match.

xo

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