New Years Eve has never been my thing. There’s so much hype and too much let down.

This was not the case this NYE when Mitch and Chelsea rung in the new year with their family in friends after saying “I do”.

When Mitch and Chelsea asked me to photograph their wedding I jumped at the chance, knowing that NYE would be much better celebrated as a wedding rather than just some old party. I went to high school with Mitch so I know his style, he’s laid back and calm but appreciates a job well done. I met Chelsea only about a year ago and instantly loved her, she is the perfect match for Mitch. Together they are a force to be reckoned with.

The day was mild, mostly snow-less and the grey skies provided the perfect shooting conditions to capture the day. Chelsea and Mitch got married in the quaint little town of Jordan, Ontario at Inn on The Twenty, it was romantic to say the least. It was fun to watch the reaction between Mitch and Chelsea during their first look, the energy was magical. It was equally as fun to reunite with old friends and to capture the candid moments throughout the evening as the celebration ran on.

What I loved about this wedding was the understated elegance, Chelsea hand picked the perfect team to help bring her vision to life. It wasn’t over the top, the decor was impeccable, the detail personal, and the style was relaxed yet refined. Tying all the little details together through custom signage, menus and programs was the talented Jessica Bishop of Custodio at Style, Graphics & Photography.

Personal touches were everywhere and everyone pitched in. The bride’s dad made all of the cookies that were the party favors for each guest, how sweet is that? And although I love sweets, I don’t love cake, but I have to admit that the cupcakes made by LA Cupcake Boutique were to die for! The red velvet was a dream. And if scrumptious cupcakes weren’t enough, these two provided their sweet toothed friends and family members with a fully stocked candy bar styled by the wonderful Kim Rasokas of the The Creative Bride. In addition to a delicious candy bar, Kim also provided Chelsea and her lovely bridesmaids with their stunning bouquets. Talk about talent!

Of course nothing makes my job easier than a stunning bride and Chelsea was just that in her curve hugging Amsale gown that she picked up at local bridal boutique, Pearl Bridal House, in Port Credit. And  a huge thank you goes out to my partner in crime for the night Fred Perry for flying up from ATL to help me capture the day. Chelsea is not big on public displays of affection so our challenge was to capture moments in a way that made both her and Mitch the most comfortable. Thankfully there were two of us on the job, I think we pulled it off, but I’ll let you be the judge.