We can’t believe that the long weekend is already over. If, like us, you’re looking for a break from the workweek already, we recommend settling in with your favorite icy beverage and looking through the post of Christina and Cal’s gorgeous summery wedding in Kleinburg. It really had it all.
Cal gave us a call ahead of time to let us know about his wedding day surprise for Christina. We were *so* impressed. Seriously, Cal, fantastic job on the retro bike, note, flowers, jewelry, and, most of all, the DIY details.
Cal asked us to coordinate with Christina’s dad and brother to wheel Christina’s new bike out and get everything ready for the big reveal. Needless to say, Christina was so surprised.
Christina tried her best to keep her emotions in check with her bridesmaids and parents looking on. Reading Cal’s note proved to be too much though.
We knew from Christina and Cal’s beautifully styled engagement shoot that they would make fabulous choices on their wedding day. Christina picked such cute robes, stunning dresses, and gorgeous accessories (the Valentinos are swoon-worthy) .
This little guy kept us company while we documented the prep. Love him.
Hair and makeup was done at Christina’s parents’ place, but as the guys were also getting ready there, the ladies headed to the bridal suite at the Doctor’s House to finish prep. The front verandah provided the perfect location for a few shots of Christina and her bridesmaids and their coordinated robes, manis, and shoes.
Cal, who hails from Winnipeg originally, got ready downstairs at Christina’s parents’ house. Trust us, it was quite the operation to ensure Christina and Cal didn’t see each other before the first look. Cal’s details were hockey-inspired, perfect for a Centre of the Brampton Beast.
Christina, like Cal, planned a thoughtful wedding day surprise. Early in their relationship, Christina had given Cal an engraved dog tag. It had worn with wear and Christina thought that it only made sense that this new stage in their relationship be marked by a new piece of jewelry.
After much anticipation, it was time for Christina and Cal’s first look. We always recommend that our couples do a first look if they are open to seeing each other before the ceremony. Hair and makeup are not only freshest, but it allows the couple to see each other for the first time on their wedding day privately in a beautiful location. The Doctor’s House grounds has just the perfect spot, in the shade of some trees next to the chapel.
Christina and Cal were so ready to see each other that we swear our hearts were racing and we could feel the excitement and emotion radiating off them.
After their first look, Christina and Cal arranged to do some photos with their bridal parties at the Kortright Conservation Centre, a woodsy, rustic locale not far from the venue with a stunning stand of pines.
You may have seen the sneak peek we posted from Christina and Cal’s wedding. In which case, you’ve already met the Big Love Ball. We couldn’t resist involving Christina and Cal’s bridal party in a bit of athleticism.
Amanda, Christina’s awesome maid of honour, was so helpful when it was time to wrap up at Kortright with the Love Ball.
Having let the bridal party take a break for a few minutes, Christina and Cal snuggled up together in the shade of the cabin.
With a few minutes before the ceremony, we took the opportunity to do a few fashion-forward portraits of Cal and Christina.
At last, time for Christina to walk down the aisle with her dad.
The first look and portrait session didn’t detract from Cal’s reaction to seeing Christina walk down the aisle one bit.
Christina’s dad could not have looked more proud or excited. So effusive, so much emotion.
Christina and Cal had so many friends and family looking on. The chapel was packed. Not only were there no seats or standing room only, the crowd there to celebrate them spilled outside.
After Christina and Cal read their vows, there was not a dry eye in the house.
Before hitting the reception, Christina and Cal opted to do a few more photos with their bridal party with the big love ball.
We needed to include this outtake because it reminded us of how unpredictable wedding days can be. When we asked the bridal party to throw the love ball, we meant in the air as had been done previously, *not* at Christina and Cal. We’re sure that Christina and Cal have forgiven them. As we’ve been editing images, we affectionately called this mishap “crushed by love”.
Both the outdoor cocktail patio area and the Great Hall were beautifully decorated for the reception.
Everyone loves a sweet take away. Macarons and jelly beans? Yes, please.
Christina and Cal’s first dance surrounded by their bridal parties was so sweet.
Between courses, Christina and Cal’s families shared stories of their childhoods, teenage years, adventures, successes, and, eventually, their romance and relationship. Special mention goes to Amanda, the rapper of the group. We can’t possibly do your rhymes justice, but you definitely get credit for some of these smiles.
You guys, we don’t know what more to say. The time we spent with you was so much fun. Thank you for all of your planning, for relaxing with us and being yourselves, and for welcoming us into your families! Congratulations again!