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lesley + eric + wedding ~ chatham ontario

a wedding in a backyard near Dresden Ontario~


i don’t know how to begin this blog post, because there are just so many things that keep popping into my head about this wedding and how i feel about this couple! i’m finding it difficult to put it all into words.
please bear with me as i try to muddle my way through all of this.

today, eric & lesley are dear to my heart, but i didn’t know them until they contacted me about documenting their wedding. 
i have a confession to make……
you see, i grow attached to my clients, and when they get married, it just makes me smile from the inside out! i put every ounce of my being into my work, i try to make it personal and truly capture the essence and emotions of the bride and groom, and i grow attached.
when total strangers let me into their lives , like Lesley has, and allow me to get to know them even just a little bit, then i can’t help but get all mushy about their FABULOUS wedding and all the lovey-dovey stuff of marriage.
not only has Lesley been sooooooooooo much fun to work with, but she took me purse and shoe shopping when i met her for lunch in Ottawa in June, and well…….. that put me over the edge. i kinda (in a wee, small little way) like shoes and purses. 

Eric & Lesley met on the train, Eric pursued Lesley with everything he had in him, Lesley was eventually won over BIGTIME, and they have been together ever since.
seriously? meeting on the train? awesome.
these two live in the Ottawa area, but they celebrated their wedding at Eric’s family farm near Chatham. 
it was the most charming wedding i’ve been to yet, mostly because of all the little touches of home and the effort of the community to make this an event to remember. jars of flowers grown in the neighbour’s yard adorned the tables, homemade tarts for dessert, friends who fixed up their farms so that we could have beautiful locations to shoot photos, a tractor ride to the reception ,a local band to help this crowd party through the night, Eric’s dad and his ‘SURPRISE’  wheel barrel of fireworks at 10:30pm, pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad for dinner, and the love and laughter of family and friends.
oh, and when you have a father that will dance AND do ‘air guitar’ at the same time, you know that you’re having a great wedding. just sayin’ !

the only downside to the day, was that i fell off the road when i was walking back to the reception after shooting bridal party photos. yep, i fell OFF the road! 
i was walking along the road, carrying all my camera gear, minding my own business, when all of a sudden i twisted my ankle on the side of the road (which is at least 2 inches higher than the gravel shoulder) , and i found myself flat on the ground in a big cloud of dust, camera gear and all. first i looked to make sure that no one saw me (check), and then i limped back the to the tent. oh, did i hurt my knee!!! it’s still purple and scraped, but oh well, i’m a clutz sometimes.
Eric & Lesley……
words cannot describe how thankful i am that you chose me to not only document your wedding, but to be a part of your lives. your joy, laughter, super-fun nature, and love for each other is contagious, and i am so grateful to have been a part of it all. i know that the next year will be a challenge with Eric being deployed, but you have such a great network of friends and family that will support you and hold you up until you can be together again.
my sincerest wish is that you have a lifetime of joy and happiness together!
thank you so much for everything.
 
here are a few photos from the big day!



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Megan - I absolutely LOVE her bouquets

Amy Malott - I LOVE the Massy Ferguson Emblem with the rings, as a farm girl….love, love, love it. Great job.

Sebrina Wilson - She has the most beautiful smile!! Love it!!! Great job Michelle!

CL Steele Studio | Portland Wedding Photographer - Great images of a fun day! The man “playing the guitar” cracked me up! Great shots!

Emilie Bowman - Wow, she is seriously beautiful. And you are so very talented momma 🙂 Great job and awesome looking wedding 🙂

Olivia Weaver - Fantastic job Michele! You did such justice to capturing the essence of the day and everyone’s personalities. Thank you for the chance to relive last weekend! You are truly talented and Lesley is so lucky to have found you! (And of course we are so lucky my brother found her on the train)

Lesley - Y’all are killing me with the lovely comments! I cannot stop looking at these pics. Michele’s talent is so incredibly special. She just knows how to capture and make even more beautiful those moments that just draw you in. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Eric’s too!

Tracy Walden - What a great day! What great memories are captured here! I’m so bummed Brent and I were not there to share in the experience. Especially to see Eric’s dad playing air guitar! These pics are the bomb.

Lindsay - Wow, guys… Beautiful, beautiful. The photos are amazing, so touching. For a brief second, I felt I was there sharing it with you. I so wish I could have been. Lesley, you’re a knock out. Eric, handsome as ever. You look so happy! Congratulations.

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