Christine & Gonzalo - Elopement - Manitoulin Island Wedding

Christine and Gonzalo had a very intimate wedding with their closest family members there to share the day. They chose to have their wedding on Manitoulin Island. They had been vacationing at that spot for years and decided that was the perfect location to have their wedding. If you’ve never been to the Island you really must go. It is so beautiful there are so many beautiful lakes, waterfalls and trees. If you do go don’t just blindly trust your GPS. I will post a video of the crazy route that my GPS led me down LOL  It started out as a gravel road not unusual for the area, but the further I got the more narrow the road got until finally it was simply a trail in the woods that I suspect was only used for hikers and 4 wheelers. At a certain point you have to just give in and trust that the GPS does indeed know the correct route because you are so far in that there is no turning back. There wasn’t even enough space to turn my van around if I had wanted to. Lol I would have had to reverse out for several kilometers. At one point near the trail ended in a fork in a clearing in the forest lol I just had to pic a direction and go for it. Check out the dash cam video guaranteed to make you not trust your GPS!  Ha! Life is always an adventure when you are a location photographer in the North. I will let you know I did make it there on time, in fact about 20 minutes early. I asked the guests when I got to the location if there was a way to get there on paved roads and they all laughed and said of course how did you get here?

The ceremony was in the yard at the cottage overlooking the lake surrounded by trees.  After the ceremony we went for a short walk down the street and found this amazing field and a group of large cedar trees.  While we were doing the photos the sky darkened and we knew it was only a matter of time before the sky’s opened up. Christine and Gonzalo were troupers, we ended up finishing their session in a light drizzle, but it was starting to come down a little more steadily the long we were out. We managed to make it back to the tent just before the downpour started.  It didn’t last long like most downpours, fast and furious.  We managed to pop out in the light drizzle for the final photograph of them on the dock, which is one of my favourites from the day.

Amanda & Shevons Wikwemikong Wedding - Manitoulin Island Ontario

I traveled to Manitoulin Island to Wikwemikong first Nations Reservation to photograph this Wedding. The Island is always so beautiful I feel like the light there is different from anywhere else I’ve ever been.

Amanda & Shevon’s Wedding ceremony was held in the ruins of an old school they had Native drummers as well as a steel drum player. It was a cool fusion of cultures.  My favorite part of the ceremony was that the groom didn’t hold back any of his happiness his face shows his happiness loud and clear.  

After the ceremony their reception was held at the Manitoulin Convention center. They opened the celebration with a traditional native dancer, dancing to the beat of the drums and singing.  It was truly an experience. The drums have an incredible way of touching your soul and making you feel that you are truly part of something bigger.  I am honored to experience traditions like this. 

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Amanda & Shevon's Wikwemikong Engagement Photos – Manitoulin Island

This was my first time ever traveling to Manitoulin Island. It was a beautiful drive from Sudbury there were stretches of road that were so beautiful, you would round a bend as see the amazing rock faces, the wildness and the rugged beauty of the scenery took my breath away. Im not surprised that this landscape inspired the group of seven and their bodies of work.  I was inspired by all of this and I hadn’t even gotten to the island yet.  When I reached the island it was like a totally different world there were flat pastures, Beautiful lake views and speed limits that allowed you to take it all in.

The location that was selected for Amanda and Shevon’s Engagement pictures was incredible and had a lot of history associated with it.  The Ruins are the outter brick walls of a building with row upon row of windows.  I absolutely loved the location.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from their engagement session.