I’m not sure if there is a better all-in-one wedding venue in the Kingston-Ottawa corridor than Strathmere. Nisha and Tom’s Strathmere Garden House Wedding had everything from prep to ceremony to reception and overnight guestrooms within mere steps of one another. So good! Weddings can be stressful with everything going so removing the need for transit can chill things out a little bit. And when you’re not stressed about where you are going next, you conserve energy for epic first dance moves! Nisha and Tom had all of that, especially the one of a kind first dance.
Guests filtered in slowly in the early afternoon for the ceremony while both Nisha and Tom got ready in separate rooms on the Strathmere grounds. Just outside the Garden House is a lovely patio where the happy couple was thoughtful enough to set up a Jumbo Jenga game, ladder golf among a few other things to keep idle hands at bay while myself and second photographer Carley were busy shooting the last minute beautification of the bride and groom along side their closest people. Ties tied, dresses zipped and love letters read, it was time for the ceremony and a traditional first look for the bride and groom, staring through watery eyes at each other down the aisle.
Rain clouds were kind enough to keep themselves contained until later in the evening allowing us to stroll the lovely property for portraits before heading into the Garden House for an evening of good food, good people, kind words and a ton of laughter within the packed house. OK, party time! Nisha and Tom wowed their guests with a pretty killer, choreographed first dance that blew the doors off and lit the roof on fire.
Like any wedding, this one could not have happened without calling in a few professionals! Nisha’s dazzling dress from Revelle Bridal, her flowers from Trillium Floral Design and Hair and make-up for the ladies by Hair Expectations and Strathmere Spa respectively. After dinner sweets were provided by The Cake Shop and all the dance floor jamz came courtesy of the ever dependable Quality Entertainment.