Couple Celebrate their Happily Ever After in Style

Fall Wedding in the park – true to Bride & Groom’s Vision

Meghan and Eric are both Engineers and live in a small mining town in Northern Ontario and when I say North, that would be North of Kenora, although home base for them is Kingston and Ottawa. They met 10 years ago at Queen’s University in Kingston so a fall wedding in Perth Stewart Park seemed like a perfect halfway point. Guests arrived from all over North America, from coast to coast and everywhere in between for their Wedding Day. The quaint town of Perth, Ontario and the historic Code’s Mill on the Park was the destination venue for their special celebration as it offered a relaxed, unique experience for their guests and their love for a small town atmosphere.

Memorable Wedding Gifts for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Meghan’s Mom handmade beautiful shawls for the Bridesmaids as Fall weather can be unpredictable. The personalized men’s wedding ties for the Wedding Party were custom created and sewn by Meghan with their unique personalities in mind. A very creative family!

The air was calm and serene as Meghan walked along the path toward the ceremony site in Stewart Park and Eric stood calm and collected. As she made her way down the aisle she glanced at Eric to see his reaction. Their eyes met, Meghan’s smile made his heart melt and Eric managed to fight back his tears but I must say just barely 🙂 Love, commitment and friendship had brought them to this point in time and an array of emotions, brought to life, in a mere moment.

Wedding Couple pose  at Perth Ontario 200 anniversary Dry Stone Bridge

The rain predicted held off so we trooped to every corner of the park for photos and the soft cloud cover of the day awarded us with beautiful soft light and vibrant colour, as the wedding party and couple took in the colourful Tay River and the new arrival of the Perth Ontario Bicentennial Dry Stone Legacy Project Bridge – absolutely stunning!

The guests received maple sugar candy as the Perth area is world renowned for Maple syrup, taffy and candy. A divine and thoughtful token of thanks from Meghan and Eric to their many guests sharing in their day.

Our thanks to the Wedding Party for braving the Tay River, warm personalities and thoughtful assistance all day. And especially to Meghan and Eric, we loved your down to earth hearts and our thanks for your trust in our captures. We adore you both and welcome you to your new life adventure as husband and wife.

xo John and Ruth


The Code’s Mill on the Park at night sets the mood for the perfect setting, the romantic backdrop for Meghan and Eric.

Codes Mill across from Stewart park is a beautiful location to pose the bride and groom for night photography, next to the historic stone building under a victorian streelight


Welcome to Perth Ontario! The Bride starts her day off right at the Historic Perth Manor, Boutique Hotel

Perth Ontario is the perfect location to get married with the bridal party getting ready at the Grand Perth Manor Hotel in a quiet undisturbed neighbourhood


Meghan’s beautiful wedding dress looked regal, on display upstairs in the Perth Manor Hotel

Perth Wedding Photographer Ruth Stenson hangs the wedding dress on a oversized four poster bed, the length of the dress flows from the center of the bed to the floorwedding dress hanging from four poster bed shown in natural light reflection in floor mirror, stunning angle perspective very creative


I love the unique wedding ideas couples bring to individualize their weddings – handmade shawls, unique jewellery and
beautiful wedding invitation fridge magnets featuring their engagement session photography

Kingston wedding unique wedding gifts, handmade sift frey shawls and stunning wedding invitation fridge magnets with the couples engagement session photographs

The bride greets her brother as she prepares getting ready in her wedding gown, memorable first looks are awesome

the bride smiles as her brother opens the door and sees her in her wedding dress for the first time


Meghan’s wedding dress was stunning as the laces are fixed and set by her mother

the mother of the bride ties the brides wedding gown laces as her bridesmaid and brother look on


The bride’s brother is taken back as he watches the final wedding dress details get taken care in

still in the bridal suite at the Perth Manor Boutique Hotel, the brides brother crosses his arms as he looks on to the bride get readythe bride get her wedding dress on in silhouette shows the gentle lines and graceful body that embraces to the look and feel of the perfect wedding gown


The final details just getting it “right” – beautiful

how to bustle a wedding dress, the mother of the bride and maid of honor make sure ita bridesmaid kneeling behind the bride making final adjustments to the wedding dress - sheer beauty


Meghan this photo captures the real you all day – relaxed and happy!

happy bride smiling back over her shoulder as she looks into her mother


The Bride posing on a grand staircase at Perth Manor Hotel … quietly shouts romantic elegance

bride posing on staircase in Historic Perth Manor Boutique Hotel looking over her shoulder as wedding dress flows over stairs


The Bride and her Mother share a moment together during the photo shoot at the hotel

Bride and Mother of the Bride holding the bouquet share an intimate moment together in the beautiful gardens at Perth Manor HotelRuth Stenson Perth Ontario Wedding Photographer at the Perth Manor Hotel with the bridal party in the gardens


The entire day was laid back and relaxed as the Bride and her brother share a laugh together

fun wedding pose in black and white of the bride and her brother standing arm in arm laughing in the gardens


Perth Manor Hotel was as charming and beautiful outside as it was inside

simple elegant Bride posing on the front stairs leading into the Perth Manor Hotel framed by white pillars


An All-Canadian wedding celebration in Perth Ontario – flags at full mast!

wedding party poses with the Historic Perth Manor in the background - moddy sky and the Canada Flag and Ontario flag blowing in the wind


Meghan’s choice of colours for the wedding bouquets was perfect for a fall wedding celebration

fall colours adorned the wedding bouquets for the bride and groom getting married in Stewart Park, Perth Ontario


The handsome groom looking on with custom wedding tie and cuff links

perth ontario wedding for Eric, the groom in black and white in natural light showcasing his wedding attire, arms crossed looking at the camera


Details of the bride and grooms gifts – custom made wedding ties, wedding socks and custom wedding cuff-links

custom made wedding ties in red with green wedding socks for the groomsmen


Meanwhile, down the street in the heart of Perth Ontario at the historic Drummond House Bed & Breakfast

classic wedding photo of the groom adjusting his custom made wedding tie in the mirror upstairs in the Drummond House B&B - Perth Ontario


Attention to detail as the grooms custom made boutonnieres matched the wedding bouquets

perth ontario fall wedding with the groom posing on drummond street downtown Perth Ontariocustom wedding ties - individualized backs, with this one showing fishes and tackle, how unique


Perth Ontario offers so many amazing locations for wedding photography – before – during and after the ceremony

groom and groomsmen (and groomslady) pose on the Glan Tay Bridge downtown Perth Ontario


The Bride arrives at Stewart Park passing by one of the many elegant willow trees on site

the bride arrives at stewart park shown here walking from codeperth ontario wedding photography by ruth stenson with the wedding party before the ceremony walking across the red bridge in stewart park


The bride crossing the Tay River Red Bridge at Stewart Park in anticipation strolling to the ceremony site in the park

Historic Perth Stewart Park is the perfect venue for outdoor wedding ceremony - full of charm and elegance


The Bride steals a quick peek over the guests at Eric waiting at the ceremony

epic photo of the bride smiling as she is being escorted by her father and looks over the guests at her groom waiting


I love “first looks”

the groom tears up at wedding ceremony in Stewart Park Perth Ontario as he sees the bride for the first time as she arrives


The Bride is escorted by her proud father down the aisle

bride escorted down the aisle at Stewart Park Perth Ontario


The weather was perfect as clouds covered the sky above and Meghan’s smile shining everywhere

the wedding ceremony at Stewart Park with guests, an uncle performing the ceremony and the DJ set up - no rain all clouds


Picture Perfect outdoor wedding ceremony venue at Stewart Park – as the trees were just starting to change colour

fall wedding ceremony in picture perfect as the trees and stewart park gardens surrounded the ceremony providing initmacy and charmthe groom looks at the bride during the ceremony, groom tears up a bit but hold it together (barely) how romantic


A beautiful ceremony performed by a family member – had everyone smiling

mother and father of the bride holding hands during the ceremony - pure love - perth-ontario-wedding-photographer-stewart-park-fall-wedding-for-meghan-and-eric-59candid photography of the bride laughing during the wedding ceremony in Stewart park in historic Perth Ontario


The surrounding gardens and trees in Stewart Park were spectacular backdrops to a romantic outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding in Stewart Park - gardens were beautifuloutdoor wedding ceremony photography by ruth stenson in Stewart park perth ontario - romantic wedding kiss


Mr. & Mrs.    –   The look of love!

wedding couple posing after their intimate wedding ceremony in stewart park with river and trees in backgroundthe wedding party poses in front of the river - standing on rocks in stewart park, perth ontario wedding ceremony


Eric was the perfect groom and gentleman, with always the right words for his bride

wedding couple embrace each other for photography standing in front of the river smiling


The weather was picture perfect for Eric and Meghan wedding that day

perth ontario wedding posing in front of the river in the park with the couple holding hands looking at each other smiling


As we strolled through the park, it was like the wedding couple had Stewart Park all to themselves

park wedding for couple standing under fall colours in trees - beautifulwedding couple pose sitting on the grass beneath a beautiful willow tree next to the water


We choose the Perth Ontario Bicentennial Dry Stone Legacy Project Bridge as the perfect spot for Eric & Meghan

Wedding pose on top of the Perth Ontario Bicentennial Dry Stone Legacy Project Bridge



wedding couple pose on red bridge over river - dreamy and romanticfall weddings in stewart park are perfect backdrop for posing with water and willows and bridges - even the water was calm


I love this shot – so intimate!

wedding couple posing with beautiful willow tree - rimantic and intimate photography by ruth stensonoutdoor wedding theme of water and bridges as the couple hold hands and smile


The Wedding Venue at Code’s Mill on the Park was charming and relaxed – perfect location next to Stewart Park

Perth Ontario Code


We’re married!



This image says so much about the couple, the day and the location – beautiful!

Perth Ontario, the fall colours show brilliant yellows and greens as the bride and groom pose at the river





Venue: Code’s Mill on the Park
Photography: Ruth Stenson Photography
Bridal Salon: With Love Bridal Boutique, Kanata, ON
DJ: First Choice Entertainment, Ottawa
Hair and Makeup: The Curly Red Head, Perth ON.

Beautiful Outdoor Fall Wedding in Stewart Park + Codes Mill Perth Ontario | Meghan + Eric

A Fairy-Tale Setting for a Romantic Wedding in New York

Shannon and Joe wanted an intimate destination Wedding Day for their close friends and family. Living in Pennsylvania, they have travelled every year to  the New York Castle – Heart Island in the Thousand Islands and it holds a very special place in their hearts for them. A perfect suggestion, by Joe, (yes a romantic for sure) to have their Wedding Day at Boldt Castle, NY. The stone castle sits majestically on Heart Island with unique out buildings that leave you breathless as to the grandeur and restorations that have taken place.

Wedding Couple join History of Heart Island

John and I have had the privilege of shooting several Weddings at Boldt Castle over the past few years and the experience is “iconic” to say the least. The history embodies wealth, love and romance, and sadly, tragedy but the legacy of George Boldt testament of his love for his wife lives on . The Castle on Heart Island was started in 1900 but left uncompleted upon the death of his wife – until the 1970’s when the restoration began under supervision of the Thousand Island Bridge Authority.

Please take a quick minute to read about it’s fastening history here

Joe and Shannon met 6 years ago through Shannon future sister in law. Their first date was snowmobiling and I think it was love at first sight as they have been together ever since.

Shannon and I had several phone chats and emails about their Wedding and she mentioned that they are very easy going and all they wanted was for their guests to feel comfortable and have a fabulous time. Their guests spent several days in Alexandria Bay with them prior to their Wedding and I loved the entire idea of creating a romantic experience they would always remember fondly.

Ceremony in beautiful Gardened Courtyard Overlooking the St. Lawrence

Shannon was overcome with emotion as she walked the cobblestone path with her Dad towards Joe. Family and friends also fought back the tears as they watched the ceremony. Their Wedding was absolute perfection with the love of their families and their love for each other taking center stage.

The guests spent time visiting the grounds, castle and out buildings as we captured some beautiful location creatives with Shannon and Joe. I am always amazed each time I go to the castle at the amount of restorations that have been done over the course of a year. If you have never visited, I highly recommend this day trip cruise via ferry, from Alexandria Bay, NY or on the Canadian side from Gananoque, Ontario.

Thank you Shannon and Joe for asking us to capture your fabulous Wedding Day.
Loved your warm friendly souls and love for life and family. Our best in your new adventure as husband and wife.



Bride and Groom pose under Boldt Castle covered stone archway

Wedding couple stand under the majestic stone arch at Boldt Castle after their romantic wedding ceremony in the castle courtyard


The guests departed for the wedding ceremony at Boldt Castle on Heart Island by way of Uncle Sam Boat Tours

Uncle Sam boat tours - travel from Alexandria Bay, NY directly across to Heart Isalnd where the historic Bold Castle awaits


Views of Boldt Castle and the the Children’s Playhouse across the St. Lawrence under blue skies

Beautiful scenic photograph of Boldt Castle with it


Heart Island’s first building – the Pump House is one of the most recognized building on the St. Lawrence river

the spectacular Boldt Castle Pump House with majestic stone spiers and a clock tower is joined to the island by a curved stone bridge


The bride’s wedding gown hangs inside the dressing room just outside the grand ballroom

the bride


I loved this shot of the wedding dress on display on the Grand Ballroom entrance doorway

the wedding dress is hanging on the massive doorway entrance to Boldt Castle Ballroom - even with the wedding train it doesn


The bridal bouquet and wedding details matched perfectly

beautiful pink roses in the wedding bouquet - as the bride gets ready for her courtyard wedding at Boldt Castle

wedding bracelet in the shape of a heart - matches the name of the island where Boldt Castle resides


Wedding details complimented the bride and the majestic setting of Boldt Castle

boldt-castle-wedding-photographer-destination-wedding-alexandria-bay-u-s-shannon-and-joe get married under the stone arch


A proud mother helps her daughter get ready for her special day at Boldt Castle

Mirrored reflection in the dressing room at Boldt Castle as the Mother of the Bride helps her daughter with fitting the wedding dress


the sun was shining in the rooms at Boldt Castle as the bride is fitted in her wedding gown


The brides wedding gown was spectacular

close up of the fitting of the back of the wedding dress


The bride was all smiles all day as she gets her veil attached and anticipates the regal wedding ceremony in the Courtyard

boldt castle oversize rooms with tall doorways flank the bride as she smiles getting her wedding veil placed on




A touching moment between mother and bride as the wedding ceremony time approaches

the bride now fulled dressed and ready has a quiet moment with her mother who is overtaken with the site of her beautiful daughter


Time for a tear or two before the ceremony – precious

the mother of the bride eventually gives in to a tear as she reaches for a kleenex tissue - as the daughter looks away


Meanwhile the groom is busy with his wedding suit – getting ready off the main bedroom in the castle

boldt castle has a small fitting room upstairs off the main bedroom for the groom and groomsmen to get ready in


The groom stops for a moment before heading to ceremony location in Boldt Castle’s Gardened Courtyard

a beautiful sunny wedding day at Boldt Castle has intense sun reflect of the stone walkways as it illuminates the groom


The beautiful Boldt Castle Courtyard with the renovated stone tower is transformed into a magical setting for a fairy tale wedding ceremony

boldt castle courtyard complete with newly renovated stone tower stands ready for the wedding ceremony - with the pump house in the background


The Father of the Bride stands outside Boldt Castle as he waits to walk his daughter down the aisle

solitary photograph of the brides father standing outside the castle patiently waiting to walk his daughter down the aisle at Boldt Castle


A joyful moment between mom, dad and their daughter the bride – how touching

just moments before the ceremony - the mother of the bride tears up as she stands with her daughter and her husband


A special favor was bestowed upon the bride and groom by a good friend

a friend of the wedding couple starts playing the violen processional for the ceremony at Boldt Castle, NY


With the guests seated, the father and bride exit Boldt Castle and walk the stone pathways in the beautiful Courtyard

father walks his daughter from Boldt Castle down stone wakways amongst beautiful gardens and majestic trees


What an amazing magical spot to get married in – breathtaking backdrop of the Castle

landscape photo of the wedding cermony taking place outside the castle in the courtyard overlooking the St. Lawrence river


The bride was like I said, all smiles that warm September day at Boldt Castle

the bride and groom holding hands as the bride looks up at the groom during the ceremony - beaming away


boldt-castle-wedding-photographer-destination-wedding the bride and groom seal their vows with a wedding kiss in the courtyard


A fairy Tale setting for a romantic wedding

the couple walk back down the aisle together at the wedding courtyard at boldt castle - wedding-photographer-destination-wedding


The children needed no instructions on wedding bubbles! Adorable

the children celebrate the wedding ceremony - blowing bubbles for the bride and groom


I love this – three generations at a wedding

three hands together showing their wedding bands - grandmother, mother and bride - resting on the bouquet


The renovated tower in the courtyard was simply amazing to go in and take some dreamy wedding location photography

beautiful back shot of the bride looking out a stone window in the stone tower at the wedding ceremony site at Boldt Castle


wedding photography at Boldt Castle, the countless locations and rooms and backdrops provide couples with stunning photographs and timeless moments


Shannon – you were so at ease shooting your wedding and location photos at Boldt Castle

the bride posing in front of Boldt Castle under the many stone arches


Beautiful September weather – blue skies + romance … perfect!

the wedding couple pose kissing on the massive stone terrace in front of Boldt Castle


Boldt Castles interweaving pattern of underground tunnels is both peaceful and moody – perfect for wedding couples

wedding couple pose in one of the many undergraound tunnerls that weave through the basement at Boldt Castle - light illuminates them through a stone doorway


Boldt Castle Underground Tunnels - wedding posing - using natural light flowing in through giant windows and doorways - magical!



wedding couple pose on the giant circular stone balcony that warps around Boldt Castle


Romantic posing just feels so right at a Castle

the wedding couple poses under a giant archway that leads into the tunnels at Boldt Castle - classic pose


You can’t get married at Boldt Castle and not have the wedding couple pose under “The Arch Entrance”

wedding couple pose on the walkway over water that spans the Giant Entrance Arch at Boldt Castle - with a fountain in the forefront


Boldt Castle wedding posing near the Epic Front Entrance Arch


“Heading Home”

wedding couple walking hand in hand up to the main entrance at Boldt Castle on Heart Island, New York State on the St. Lawrence River


standing on rocks near the shore at Boldt Castle - the wedding couple look into each other


I love this shot of the bride ascending the stairs at Boldt Castle’s Pump House

dreamy photograph of the bride holding her dress intow hands - climbs the stone archway at the Castle


There’s a movie that comes to mind looking at this perfect setting….

romantic - beautiful and dreamy - are the three words that describe the wedding couple posing on the grounds at Boldt Castle with the Pump House and St. Lawrence in the background


So sad that out time was up, one last kiss …

classic wedding pose - Boldt Castle in front of the Pump House - couple holding hands kissing under amazing blue skies - pure magic!


Boldt Castle Wedding Ceremony an Enduring Love Story | Shannon + Joe

Barn gets make over – many times over as details burst into life

Bride and Groom capture the meaning of charm as they welcome their guests

To say that Amy and Tyler’s Wedding Day was “Country Chic” would be a total understatement. I was in awe of the incredible creativity in every nook and cranny that screamed beautiful. As I walked into the venue my eyes darted to try to take in the all the elements. Their venue was at a neighbour’s barn which they transformed into a magazine worthy location.

Vision for the ceremony included an amazing Plan-B

The barn was their backup B plan in case of rain so they set to work removing all the cow stalls and whitewashed the interior walls and ceiling. The large doors at each end and all pillars inside were cascaded with white sheers to complete the dreamy effect on this rustic barn. The real “chic effect” although was the exterior of the barn that conveniently had a cement pad for their reception, tables and dancing. I felt as if I had been transported to a quaint European village. Tyler could have rented tables for their guest’s dinner but he had a vision and he definitely hit the mark building, sanding and staining each table. There was even a children’s table created low to the ground just for them. Each table had a beautiful runner with unique set of elements adorned in the center. Believe me when I say I have added just a taste of the details they created!! It was a magical, beautiful site/sight and I know from the chatter of your guests when they arrived, they also were in awe of this fabulous vision you made.

The Thunderstorms and Rain held off all round Elgin – horseshoes indeed!

I met Amy and Tyler years ago when they contacted me for an Engagement session….2 actually as Amy is creative soul and she had another vision for several other locations 🙂  They are such a warm compassionate couple and it is plain to see that they are each others best friends and absolutely life partners. Amy was stunning in her Wedding gown and her beautiful smile blessed each guest. What I loved was the children who Amy attracts like bees to honey…they adore her warm positive vibe and attention to them.

Although the weather outlook was poor for Saturday we were blessed to only have about 20 minutes of hard rain during the location creatives but no worries at all John and I had planned for this and had umbrellas handy just in case. The show must go on and Amy and Tyler rocked their creatives without even thinking twice about the downpour. They are troopers and a bit of rain was certainly not going to impede their day J  Rain is magic!

Country Wedding Paradise

Pastor Bob created a relaxed, touching and beautiful service which even included a refreshment for Amy and Tyler J Amy created handmade books to read their vows to each other and couldn’t help but hug Tyler after each reading, an awe moment for sure.

Merle (Amy’s Mom) made all the food for the guests, with the assistance of Amy’s sisters, and that is absolutely incredible. I am sure the guests enjoyed every single delicious bite 🙂

Congratulation’s Amy and Tyler on your vision and John and I wish you a lifetime of joy, love and devotion on your new adventures in life together.  xxoo


I love the serene look on the brides face as she embraces the moment and not a care that the rain made a brief appearance



You could almost feel the emotion as the newly married couple capture a quiet moment together

The wedding couple pose in the open window of the barn - eyes closed as the groom kisses the bride on her cheek


Exquisite details down to the hand-crafted ring box kept the wedding personal for the bride & groom

hand crafted ring box and direction sign next to the highway give you a glimpse into how much hard work and planning went on


The wedding gown and jewellery were perfect to match the brides radiance the whole day through

the wedding preperation and venue (just outside Ottawa) was a perfect location for a country wedding - the brides dress is on display hanging in a tree


The brides choice of wedding gown matched her perfectly – in style and elegance

two different angles showing the soft details in the wedding dress - natural light photography


Amy was radiant and smiles all day long!

Country Chic wedding planning - table design - barn makeover and table details


The bride receives the final touch up from the makeup artist

daylight balanced round window lighting helped get the makeup just right that day - ottawa toronto kingston wedding


The bridesmaids were amazing – fun and fresh



The make up artist performing some last minute application just before the bride slips into her wedding dress



The bride adjusts her earrings, with the wedding gown hanging in the mirror

mirror reflection of the bride and the wedding gown hanging on a full length floor mirror - ottawa chic country wedding


I love this shot of the bride kneeling down to inspect the wedding dress as it is hanging on display

ottawa black and white wedding portraiture - the sun is filtering in thru the window onto the wedding gown as the bride kneels in front of it


The look on the brides face says it all as she puts on the wedding dress for the first time on her wedding day

bride examines herself in the mirror as she sees the dress in full reflection in the mirror



Mother of the bride helps her daughter with the back of the dress as they both stand in front of the mirror

ottawa-toronto-kingston-wedding-photographer-country-chic-wedding-amy-and-tyler-12-2gentle light fills the room as the bride is getting her wedding gown on


The back of the dress is on full display in the mirror in all its beauty and design



The bride quickly checks the weather outside, the call was originally for thunderstorms … but the sun shone on instead!

beautiful backlit photo of the bride looking out the window during getting ready


The bride poses as she adjusts her jewellery in front of the open window – beautiful!


The checklist for the day did include umbrellas, so I decided to use one as a prop (sans rain 🙂 )

the bride looks stunning as she poses with a white wedding umbrella


A big part of the day for both bride and groom was the children



The flower girls were simply adorable!

the flower girls stole the show with their frilly dresses and angelic looks


The dark clouds in the background make this photograph stand out

bride and bridal party pose in front of a feild of corn with dark gray clouds in the horizon


Tyler (the groom) was busy placing the many details out at the venue, but managed to slow down to have a couple of portraits

dog dressed up in wedding outfit collar as the groom poses with the wedding dog



The handsome groom poses alongside the farms many outbuildings – perfect spot in the shade as it was hot and humid

classic groom portrait - at farm next to silos


The wedding details were everywhere you looked – on painted tables, in trees

farm water troff used to hold the canned drinks for the guests, plus a special wedding steamer trunk


My favorite barn – red barn! yippee!

everyhting was hand made - the individual signs for the food dishes to the table dressings


Incredible details, down to the punch and lemonade dispensers to the handmade old-fashioned lemonade stand – amazing

old fashioned wedding lemonade stand and jugs - perfect drink for a hot & humid day


The handmade tables (the groom again) and matching table settings and covered chairs looked spectacular as they
brought the entire outdoor area together in a precise yet casual way.



Bales of hay provided the perfect perch for the sunflowers and red rocket wagon provided an unforgettable wedding experience

the red barn and white silo are on display in the background as more details are photographed including a wooden box of sunflower plants


The proud mother and father of the bride walk down the aisle



The groom was in awe when he saw the bride walk down the aisle

ottawa outdoor wedding details galore, white veiled sheers adorned the wedding trellisottawa-toronto-kingston-wedding-photographer-country-chic-wedding-amy-and-tyler-46


The ceremony moved some to tears and other times to smiles and laughter – a relaxed and intimate wedding ceremony by their friend Pastor Bob



The pastor held the couples attention throughout the entire ceremony as he lead them through the wedding

Pastor Bob leads the discussion and explanation during a moving wedding ceremony



And at times – the ceremony was very moving



We could not have photographed a couple that embraced the moment and were totally into each other – awe moment!



Presenting   Mr.  &   Mrs.  !!



Magical moment!



Mother and daughter share an intimate moment together



The attention to details including the wedding favors and how they were displayed was truly inspiring



Pine trees saplings became the perfect wedding favor as well



I loved the old fashioned Kissing Booth – complete with signage and camera – amazing!



Romance was in the air as the married couple pose next to the red barn and silos – the look of love!



Guess what.. we are married!  🙂



There was no shortage of spots to shot the wedding portraiture in and around the transformed dairy barn



Beautiful passion between these two lovebirds!



The bride was up for photography in the barn, in the fields – she was OK anywhere – completely rocked the session!



Simply Dreamy!



At one point some rain fell slightly so we made sure we got a side light shot inside the transformed barn into wedding hall!



After a short rainfall – the vibrant colours of the forest set the photo session on fire!



A beautiful moment in paradise as the couple quietly reflect on the day



Flower girls are precious, photographing them together – is adorably priceless wonderful 🙂



A final shot of the day captured the intimacy and magical essence of Amy & Tyler wedding day




Country Chic Wedding with Beautiful Details – Perth Ontario | Amy + Tyler

Abandoned Barn with its Wide Open Spaces says Yes to the Dress!

Couple brings destination wedding home – in style!

Stacey and Darren are known to be avid world travellers so a beach theme seemed perfect, as they have spent time trekking the white beaches in tropical climates and exotic locales. So when they chose to be married at home under the shade of their beautiful trees  on their front lawn, they immediately got to work on landscaping the grounds (Darren’s profession and totally unbelievably fabulous), the gardens, the extensive stone walkways and of course the countless wedding themed details scattered throughout the entire property – including a World Destination Sign Post.  Even a  little bit of the Tropical South Seas was imported by a friend of theirs – Brandon Wilby – who handmade and delivered a custom Tiki Bar complete with roof, which I am pretty sure he will have a few new orders.

No Stone Left Unturned – no detail left out for this amazing Tent Wedding

The floral from Sylvia’s Plant place was exquisite. Stacey loves colour and so the floral represented this throughout the tent and ceremony site. A cascade of flowers on the trellis with large urns beside added such warmth and focus for the ceremony.  Although it is not always possible to have a wedding ceremony in shade,  but seeing where Stacey & Darren setup the handmade wedding trellis  – I must say I was thrilled to view the location as it adds such a soft light of creamy goodness!

Everything came together as the guests started arriving, the officiant hooked up Darren`s mic to the PA system and everyone waited the arrival of the bride and her father to walk down the aisle.   You could feel the anticipation racing through Darren as he managed to stop his lips quivering as Stacey walked towards him, but his smile took over quickly as she approached and took hold of his hand. They are so relaxed together and totally in the moment so there was lots of laughter, fun and the warmth of love for family and friends who attended.

Wedding Photography Planned – Abandoned House and Farm is Perfect Photoshoot

As a precaution the day before, Stacey and I checked out an abandoned farm with a close friend of Stacey`s –  as a possible location photoshoot site for their B&G photos. And Oh my goodness, stop the presses!  I was not only in love with the idea of shooting in an Abandoned House and Barn – but upon seeing it in person – it spoke to my creative impulses and I was left speechless as my mind catalogued all the poses and places we could shoot. The old rundown farmhouse was right up my alley and Stacey and Darren were the perfect couple to pull this location off.

This Bride & Groom were always game for anything and they love pushing a more editorial look to their portfolio. I have to say that as a photographer it is important to know your couple’s personality and since Stacey and Darren are so fluid together – they were as eager as I was to capture the stunning wedding images that contrasted a pristine white wedding gown against the edgy rundown look of the abandoned house – game for anything and this adventurous setting spoke to them as well.

Stacey thought nothing of climbing a 2o foot ladder in her wedding dress in the old barn and being in a house full of coon mess and pealing wallpaper…..that is my kind of Bride!

** Special thanks **  to Darren`s groomsman Andrew for your assistance on the location shoot…you were totally awesome! xo

Stacey & Darren – you both are such a warm and compassionate couple,  John and I adored capturing your Wedding Day and loved your warm friendship over the past year.
We wish you a lifetime of new adventures and laughter in your new journey as husband and wife.

Xxoo to you both…..John and Ruth.



Edgy Wedding Photo Shoot at Abandoned Farm House – simply amazing, so much opportunity we had to be very choosy indeed!

The bride and groom decided oh an amazing stylized wedding photo shoot in abandoned building near ottawa perth, ontario, it was perfect

” My heart be still ” Stacey and Darren…I adored every single minute xo

the bride and groom pose in an abandoned house with paint peeling off the kitchen walls and filth everywhere - unbelievable

All the wedding signs and details were thought out and made by hand

close up tent wedding detail shots of guest seating sign and welcom to the wedding sign - both unique and handmade

Perfect white country porch showing the brides wedding dress

Chic Country setting - farmhouse white wedding porch with blue skies and flowers

The Wedding Bouquet was a beautiful design by Sylvia`s Plant Place Florist in Perth

Sylvia`s Plant Place in Perth Ontario designed an elegant yet simple floral wedding boquet of colourful wild flowers

wedding jewellery laced on wedding bouquet - specialty cut flowers adorne the bride on her special day

I love this shot of the flower girl waiting with extreme patience on the stairs for the bride to get into her wedding dress

cute flower girl sits at bottom of stircase waiting for the bride to come down and put on her wedding dress - quiet moments like this are magical

Touching photo of the Bride with her Mother getting ready

The mother of the bride is already dressed in her new dress - helps her daughter fasten jewellery and get ready for the ceremony

Mom`s helping hands on the bride`s wedding dress fasteners

clean and elegant design as mother of the bride helps do up her daughters wedding dress at the heritage home in Perth Ontario

This image speaks for itself – so full of tender emotion

natural light makes photographing wedding dress details and items so all the wedding stitches stand out and the wedding details sparkle

The elegant invitations with vibrant colours and beach aqua tones were perfect

aqua colors and beach imprint wedding invitations on display with wedding details - jewellery and shoes - matching the floral bouquet

The softness in this image captures the moment

The bride is standing next to a window where light is flowing in on her as she carefully puts her earrings on, looking back over her shoulder with a slight smile in the pose

The flower girl happily obliged me when I asked to take a picture of her adorable flower girl headdress

Wedding day preperations - the flower girl is wearing her matching wedding headdress with little purple flowers - florist did an amazing job located outside Ottawa in Perth Ontario

Dreamy Wedding Pose Stacey!

the bride fully dressed now, in full attire and veil strikes a sultry wedding pose at the foot of the stairs looking back over her shoulder at the camera - simply dreamy

Soft lighting covers the final makeup artists touches for the wedding party

Elegant creative wedding photography - full coverage of all the wedding details for the bride and grooms wedding album

Stacey was on her game the entire day through

Ottawa professional wedding photography capture the moments you want and the moments you didn`t know - such as this one with the bride casually glancing over and down on her left shoulder - so elegant!


The Maid of Honor poses and smiles with her best friend the bride on her special day made possible with so much help



I love the expressions of the bridal party as the cork flies into the air from the champagne bottle

Bride opens bottle of champagne with her bridesmaids as the cork flies from the bottle high into the air, the miad of honor as an especially concerned look on her face as does the young flower girl



The groom upon visiting Vietnam on a trip, had the good fortune to arrange with a local men`s tailor shop to
have a custom fitted Silk Suit made for his Wedding Day

The groom arranged a proper custom made silk suit to be tailor made in Vietnam and shipped over to Ottawa Canada for his wedding day - it took about three months for delivery



The groom looking debonair and cool and calm the morning of his wedding day – happy the details are perfect

Classic wedding pose of the groom dressed in shirt and silk tie smiles at the camera - he knows today he gets married to his sweetheart



The groomsmen were funny and kept the mood light as they joked around with the Groom

wedding groomsmen holding out both his arms waving them in the air as he laughs with his shirt half done up



Showing off his custom wedding socks

Perth wedding details of the groom and groomsmen showing off their special weddign day socks - laughing of course



The Groomsmen deliver the perfect Blue Steel Pose

the groomsmen with sunglasses on place one hand behind their head as they drink a bottle of wedding beer - beer, check - cool blue steel pose, check



Final adjustments delivered – check!

the best man makes a final adjustment to the grooms attire - the Silk Suit Wedding attire fits perfectlyThe groom - in his custom silk suit poses in the rock garden he built for their wedding day



On display in the tent were the travelog details of Darren & Stacey`s many trips abroad
including a special world map in wood for the guests to sign (in the oceans) how original

based on the wedding theme of detinations and travel - the bride and groom have old suitcases and travel items they collected in their travels on display in the tent


Fitting that Stacey and Darren would choose to design their wedding guest book as a map of the world – travel on

custom wedding favors - exotic spices and a close up photo detail shwoing the unique wedding guest book, which is actaully a wooden world map were the guests can sign in special inksea shells from the ocean and other wedding details adorned the wedding venue (their front yard) in every nook and cranny



Carrying on with their Wedding Destination & Travel Theme – they built a special travel destination sign post with the places they visited and how far away they are
and the special wedding gift (the Wedding Tiki Bar with straw roof) from their good friend Brandon Wilby

the destination sign post at their wedding shows places they have visited and how many kilometers away - each country`s sign is painted a different colour and of course the weddgin tiki bar complete with wedding tiki torches for the beach



The bride and groom pose together under their custom made wedding trellis complete with floral arrangement – beautiful!

custom made weding trellis - nine feet tall, eight feet wide stained in gray was handmade for their wedding day by the groom


The wedding ceremony begins

an adorable photo of the flower smiling as she carries a wicker basket of purple flowers and throws them down the aisle



A proud father walk his daughter down the aisle

Father of the bride walks arm in arm with his daughter down the aisle beneath overhanging trees



The groom catches site of his bride walking towards him – intense concentration to composure Darren, Bravo!

the groom his looking at his bride, but barely remaining calm as she walks the few remaining steps toward him and the officant under the trellis



Well done dad! The handover is complete as everyone smiles

the father of the bride takes his future son-in-law hand and places it into his daughters hand for the wedding ceremony handoverthe officant suggested they perform part of the wedding ceremony using an ancient scottish tradition - the oathing stone - how original and unique



The lighting was perfect at the location they choose for the wedding ceremony

a lot of work took place during the hottest and driest summers to plant new lawns and grow grass for their wedding day celebrationthe bride and groom hold hands and smile as they exchange wedding vows



I love this picture of the flower girl intently looking up at the bride during the ceremony – priceless

the flower girl is focused on looking at the bride as the bride and groom exchange their vows - priceless moment during the ceremony


And present Mr. & Mrs.!

the married couple are all smiles as they head back down the aisle


The wedding party let loose and jump for joy – and quite the height there fellas!

a fun filled photograph of the entire wedding party posing as they jump directly up in the air - even the bride has some height to her leapottawa wedding photography - classic wedding pose of the bride and her bridesmaids posing with their wedding bouquets held out in frontOne of the hottest summers on record, we had the groomsmen pose together without their jackets - in the shade of course



After a quick car ride, we arrive at the appointed wedding photoshoot location and the light was just perfect at that time of day!

the bride leads the groom down the middle of a farmers field as streams of gold and green fill the area around them - creamypicture perfect pose of the bride walking hand-in-hand with the groom over fields of gold



Upon arriving at the Abandoned Farm House – the setting was perfect – the weather worn paint and overgrown weeds
Inside was even more awesome – and a little edgy!

Bride and Groom pose outside an abandoned buidling with spectacular effects and contrast - very moody



The light was falling softly into the lonely house – but this couple gave new life and purpose to the forgotten building

the bride stands at a window in the old house looking out as we hold up her wedding veil to make the shot amazing and soft


No Shortage of places to pose the wedding couple in this old house!

paint peeling - messy floor - perfect combination with the elegant bride in her brand new wedding gown - awesomecreepy old house used as a backdrop for wedding location photo shoot - amazing!



I could have shot here all day long!

just outside Ottawa is a perfect old abandoned building and barn that we were allowed to use to photograph the wedding couple



There is something about a derelict old building and using it as a prop for a wedding photoshoot that words just can`t explain 🙂

old building are complete with cobwebs, crumbling ceilings and dusty window sills - perfect backdrop for a bride and groom - so inspirational


I love this shot of the bride standing outside

derelict house and kitchen, groom leaning up inside the kitchen looking to one side as the bride poses outside the building - it tells a story



Off in the field was the old barn, once again a fantastic building to shoot photography in – with the sunlight filtering in through
slats in the barn walls. Of course we had to go up to get use of it – no problem for this bride!

Bride climbs up the twenty foot ladder in an old barn for a a chance to photograph in the sunlight up top in the loft - superbride!



Beautiful light and dreamy positioning shows in this photograph – love love

old barn outside perth ontario was the perfect spot to climb around in to get the perfect wedding location shot especially near the cracks in the wallsthe bride and groom close in on the famous `approach kiss` or `almost kiss` nice!



One last photograph before we head back down the road to the tent to get the evening rolling

second story or barn loft wedding photography using available light streaming in throuogh the barn walls


A standing ovation for the special wedding song

mini lights are now on throughout the tent as the evening light fades and the wedding festivities ramp upottawa-perth-ontario-wedding-photography-bride-and-groom-tent wedding-house-stacey-and-darren perform speeches



The newly wedded couple pose next to their special world destination sign post – where to next

Night photography - wedding pose outside the tent next to the world sign post illuminated as the bride and groom kiss



I love wedding night photography, the opportunities from wedding to wedding are as unique as the wonderful couples themselves
Beautiful starry night as the bride poses beneath a a blanket of stars

ottawa wedding night photography is as unique and beautiful as the couples - the bride is posing outside at night beneath countless stars as she spreads out her wedding veil and looks up





Photography: Ruth Stenson Photography-

Brides Dress : D1951 Essence of Australia
Grooms Suit: Custom made in Hoi An Vietnam
Bridesmaids dresses: Etsy -from Atom Attire NYC

Flowers: Sylvia’s plant place
Groomsmen: pants from Jcrew shirts/ties/belts/shoes from Conways in perth
Flower girl: Etsy from ElluraSage from San Diego
Catering: Leatherworks, Carelton Place

Tiki Bar: Brandon Wilby
Tent/table/chairs: Party Time Rental
Linens: Mastermind event rentals


Abandoned House Inspired Wedding Shoot – Awesome Inside and Out | Stacey + Darren

Beautiful Day with Romance and Sunset Colours
at Outdoor Wedding Venue Timber Run

Couple’s charming children bring warmth & wonder to wedding ceremony

Laura and Steven Wedding Day was unique, intimate and memorable as they have 2 beautiful boys, Chase and Camden, to share in this fabulous day with them. They added so much charm, total adorableness and a perfect dimension to their Wedding at the charming Timber Run Golf Course just outside of Perth. Looking over the photos John captured in the morning, they were the stars of the show with their smiles and a team of family to dress them 🙂 Dad doing up the shirt and Grandpa combing their hair…. so so cute.
Chase and her Dad, escorted Laura to Steven and I adored how he glanced over at Laura as they descended the aisle together. Chase sat on the mantle to be close to them and watch the ceremony while Camden sat with Grandma. I just loved the B&W photo with Camden standing in the aisle, beside Grandma, watching the ceremony. He is just 19 months and was watching so intently.

Family and Friends surrounded the family with well-wishes

Steven was overwhelmed as Laura walked toward him. He was in awe to say the least. There is such a warmth and softness to their love. Their eyes show it, body language and their touch. Steven gently brushed the hair from Laura’s face whenever the wind blew and the look in his eyes…well…yes it is love and admiration.

The wedding location photographs in and around the large wooden covered bridge was perfect – perfect lighting – quiet – and Steven and Laura were in the `moment together.

Dazzling Wedding Cake Details

While I was taking photos of the cake details during dinner a little head peeked up above the table. Camden just smiles all day and that twinkle in his eye…oh my goodness…..pure sweetness. We even managed to play a bit of peek a boo around the table lol.

Your day was beautiful, and John and I adored getting to know you over the last year.
Our love to you and your wonderful boys, Laura and Steven. We adored your day and wish you a lifetime of love and laughter.

Warmly…. John and Ruth xxoo

Always a favorite time for us on a Wedding Day….. Romantic Night Shots
Love shooting sunsets at Timber Run Golf Club !!

Spectacular Wedding Sunset in brilliant Pink and Gold with Brid & Groom Kissing on the Golf Course at Timber Run - Perth Ontario

Quickly we set up another shot as the sky was changing colour

Using an Westcott Ice Light to illuminate the bride and groom through the wedding veil - dreamy!


Laura’s Wedding Dress and details were elegant

Wedding details showing the wedding shoes, jewellery and beautiful wedding invitation and a close up of the bridal gown in all its glory


Laura you looked fabulous in your choice of wedding gown and veil

black and white wedding photography showing teh glowing bride in her wedding gown before the ceremony with the bridesmaids helpingElegant White Wedding Shoes on display with white and Silver Jewellery - breathless


The Wedding Bouquet was breathtaking in it`s unique design created by D`Zines Studio Donna Tackaberry

Beautiful white rose bouquet designed wrapped in burlap and accompanied with White Flowers - exquisite designOttawa wedding unique photography - choose Ruth Stenson for creative wedding photographs such as this one showing the bridesmaid helping with the wedding dress


The bridal party are all smiles as they raise a toast to the Bride with Wedding Day Drinks – Mimosa all round!

Eight Bridesmaids dressed in Beautiful Purple Bridesmaids Dresses stand together and raise a glass of mimosa to the camera - cheers!


I adore the intimate moments as mother and daughter look at each other without saying a word

Proud mother beams as she looks over at the bride, an intimate moment captured at the right moment


No words could describe this moment

The bride gently kisses her mom on the cheek, mom is smiling and tearing emotionally at the same time


Glowing and Simply … Dreamy!

the bride`s veil is caught by the wind in this photograph taken in perfect light as the bride smiles over her shoulder - yes it is dreamy indeed


Laura was smiles all day long as she and bridal party posed together outside in the garden

large bridal party of nine bridemsaids pose together in the shade under a giant Oak Tree on the family heritage in Perth Ontario


classic wedding pose of the entire bridal party (including the honorary bridesmaid) so much fun shooting this group all day along


Timeless beauty in the moments captured throughout the entire wedding day

ottawa perth wedding photographer bride looking up at camera in wedding gown - radiant smiles and soft lighting showcase the brides eyes and white wedding gown


I love the wordless interchange between father and daughter as they spend a quiet moment together – awe 🙂

The father of the Bride reaches out and gently holds her hand as she smiles back


Laura looked radiant under the August Sun, which replaced rain and wet on this particularly wonderful wedding day in Perth

The bride nestled in between cool cedar trees looks down at her wedding bouquet as she gets ready to head to the venue and get marriedottawa-perth-wedding-photographer-timber-run-golf-club-lanark-on-laura-and-steven


The photograph I think captures the inner softness and tranquil mood

I love Black and White wedding photography for the way it captures mood and tells an inner story of beauty and peace


literally right next door the guys were getting ready as well, we had to set up special signals
to prevent the groom from seeing his bride before the ceremony

The wedding groom poses outdoors as the ceremony approaches


This handsome little guy was full of smiles all day as dad helps him into his special wedding tuxedo

The children of the groom get a helping hand as they get their wedding tuxedos put on by their father - what a little monkey!


There is something classy about a bunch of guys in their wedding tuxedos doing a little Skeet Shooting beforehand

the groom and groomsmen dressed in their wedding tuxedos and sunglasses let a few rounds of skeet shooting during their getting ready ottawa perth wedding photographer timber-run-golf-club-lanark-on


The Groom Skeet Shooting in his Wedding Tuxedo

The groomsmen pose behind the groom holding their skeet shooting rifles as the groom fires off a shoot and the shell is captured exiting the rifle


And not to be forgotten was capturing the family`s antique farm tractor

Antique red farming tractor was a the center of the nine groomsmen - the family history of the tractor goes way back in time and the groom wanted to capture the moment wedding album


The Handsome Groom poses at Timber Run Golf Course as the guests start arriving for the ceremony

Steven poses for a blak and white portrait at Timber Run Wedding Venue ottawa-perth-wedding-photographer-timber-run-golf-club-lanark-on


I love this photograph of their son raring to go as the wedding party assembles at the top
of the Grand Log Staircase at Timber Run Venue

Captured the excitment in the couples one son as he is being held back before heading down the grand staircase


The Bride and her older son approach the top of the Timber Run Staircase before heading down to
meet up with her father at the foot of the stairs in order to walk her down the aisle

The bride and her son descend the great log staircase at Timber Run Golf Course, Laura is holding her son`s hand as he looks out over everyone gathered their


The bride is escorted down the aisle by one proud father!

wedding ceremony and location shoot at Timber Run Gold Course, beautiful and professional with top level service from the staff!


The ceremony is underway in front of the Great Fireplace at Timber Run Wedding Venue

Timber Run wedding ahll is a perfect spot to hold weddings - Laura and Steven exchange vows in front of the priest who is bathed in sunlight flowing in from one of two skylights aboveLarge wedding party of twenty fit nicely across the vast opening in the great hall, with room to spare


Timber Run Golf Course is a beautiful venue to hold wedding inside or outside
this shot showcases the rooms skylights allowing abundant natural light to enter and illuminate the bride and groom
(and their son standing legs apart looking directly at mom and dad)

Timber Run Great hall setup with seating and the large wedding party across the front - the light is cascading in through the many windows and skylights


Laura and Steven look into each other`s eyes and the rest of the world fades away!

Beautiful light wraps around the bride and groom as they exchange wedding vows at Timber Run Golf Course Wedding Venue outside Perth OntarioA wonderful couple - lost in each other`s eyes as the bride gives a slight smile ottawa-perth-wedding-photographer-timber-run-golf-club-lanark-on-laura-and-steven


It was truly a wonderful family affair

Steven`s son looks on as they sign the wedding registry


Presenting — Mr.  &  Mrs. !!



The very first photograph of the family – how exciting!

Outside the venue the very first photograph taken is of mom and dad with their two children on their laps


The wedding party hamming it up (arm in arm!) too funny!

How to pose a large wedding party, go outside in natural light and have them loosen up by joking around


I love this pose of the wedding couple standing under the covered bridge with the bride looking out and the groom looking at her

Beautiful classy wedding pose of the bride and groom in the large covered bridge in Eastern Ontario (Timber Run actually)


The light was radiant, reflecting light off Laura`s wedding dress into their eyes

I love photographing weddings at Timber Run Gold Course, and the with new addition of a historic design Covered Bridge - simply charmingCovered Bridge at Timber Run - perfect backdrop for capturing wedding location photos - rain or shine


The bride looks totally at ease in this photo

The bride took off her wedding shoes and replace them with wedding birkenstocks - and relaxed in comfort on the grass next to the stone wall


Got it! Beautiful

Steven holds his bride close as they smile together under the August sun


Beautiful light streaming in and gently illuminating the river and the bride and groom

River Wedding Photography - Ruth Stenson - Ottawa - Kingston - perfect location - perfect lighting - perfect posing


Wedding Photography under covered bridge – also in colour!

bride-and-groom-in-covered-bridge-looking-out-window-creative-wedding-photography-laura-and-steven-1the wedding couple takes a stroll down by the rivers edge, no water falls at this section of the river


Pre-Wedding-Birkenstocks !

the bride shows off her new wedding shoesImages for exquisite wedding ring detail shots, Nikon macro lens isolates the images from the background


Amazing Wedding Cake and Wedding Cupcakes on display in the alcove

custom made wedding cake and wedding cupcakes on display waiting for discovery


And look who just happened by the cupcakes – nothing escapes his wondering eyes!

cute photograph of the ring bearer strolling past the wedgin cupcakes after discovering them on display - adorable!




Venue: Timber Run Golf Club , Lanark ON

Photography: Ruth Stenson Photography

Floral: D’Zines Studio/Donna Tackaberry


Fabulous Wedding Celebration at Lanark Timber Run Golf Course Perth Ontario | Laura + Steven
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