Hamilton Winter Ancaster Mill Wedding Photography | Clarissa + Dave = Married! | Photographer George Qua-Enoo as Secondary Photographer
Hamilton Winter Ancaster Mill Wedding Photography… Fun-loving Clarissa and Dave planned their vintage wintry nuptials at the historic flour mill-turned venue known as Ancaster Old Mill! The stately stone structure, set upon Ancaster Creek within the woods of the Niagara Escarpment, is rich with historic charm and elegance. It provided a gorgeous haven from the frozen snowy outdoors, making the Mill an ideal location for a winter wedding! Jimmy, accompanied by fellow Photographer and friend George Qua-Enoo as secondary shooter, met up with Clarissa and Dave at Ancaster Mill. Clarissa, along with her mother and bridesmaids, prepared at the “Miller’s House” wedding suite, while Dave waited and greeted guests as they arrived to the main building. Their personal fireside ceremony, led by Reverend McNally, took place within The Governor’s Room, and included chosen readings from Poet Khalil Gibran. Selected music from The Nutcracker added to the seasonal feel of the occasion, in a room adorned with winter greens, gold accents and windows frosted by the blowing snow outside. After venturing out into the snow for portraits on the property, Clarissa and Dave joined in on the party, making their grand entrance into their chic Falls Room reception. Their playful side came through on the dance floor, joined by the company of their closest family and friends…
Congrats Clarissa and Dave! You two are a blast to hang out with!
Their vendors… Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Hotel Hamilton and Osler House Dundas Boutique Inn Bed & Breakfast; Hair and Makeup (Arbonne makeup, Aveda lipstick & liner) by Pure NV Hair Salon & Spa; Wedding venue: Ancaster Mill (bridal suite, Governor’s Room ceremony, Fallsview Room reception); Florist: Sharon Johnson of Coquette Studios; Officiate: Reverend McNally; Guest Signing book by www.mixbook.com (all film and digital photography images by GreenAutumn Photography); Guest favours: a donation to Muscular Dystrophy Canada on the guests’ behalf, as well as “chocolate pinecones” provided by Dave’s family; Ceremony readings: Reading from the Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran; First dance song: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Jersey Boys
Bespoke Wedding Inspirational Blog… It is a pleasure to wake up this morning to see Lindsey and Jonny’s wedding on Bespoke Wedding blog! Thank you Jess and Emilie from Bespoke Wedding for featuring their wedding!
…Lindsey and Jonny were married at Lincoln County‘s Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation in the Glen Elgin room! The modern facility sits among the picturesque Twenty Mile Valley and the Niagara Escarpment with plenty of window light and amazing views of the surrounding natural habitat. Prior to their ceremony, Lindsey and Jonny, along with their closest family and friends, prepared for the day at Grimsby’s historic and quaint Vinifera Inn Bed & Breakfast. We love it when couples get ready at the same location so that we can both take our turns documenting the couple separately as they get ready, getting two perspectives of the couple anxiously awaiting their highly anticipated nuptials! Although they all stayed in the same house, Lindsey and Jonny chose not see each other until their ceremony. They arrived separately, in style, chauffeured in a classic Rolls Royce to Ball’s Falls main building. Guests enjoyed Cotton Candy as they waited for the main event to begin. The ceremony was personal and fun, featuring readings from a scroll of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go” and the officiant reading “Love” by Dr. Seuss. All photos were taken at the conservation area, featuring it’s many historical buildingssurrounding “The Big Barn” during cocktail hour. Their Barn reception decor was amazing featuring all of Lindsey’s many DIY decorations! With globe light stringers provided by Samantha of Your Main Event, candle-light, lantern and moss centrepieces, the atmosphere was perfect. All food, from their cocktail buffet to their dinner and desserts, were catered with love by Jonny’s mom, aunts, and their church friends featuring many traditional Jamaican dishes. And we loved their earthy and whimsical mushroom wedding cake inspired by Lindsey’s vision and creativity, but brought into existence by Shannon of Simply the Best cake maker and design. Both Lindsey and Jonny LOVE the music scene and live and breath music. Jonny, the drummer of his band, provided on old bass drum that Lindsey made into a card box for their reception! The party really started after their first dance as husband and wife to the song “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (we loved it)!
Lindsey and Jonny’s vendors: Samantha Crossley of Your Main Event (Day of Wedding Coordinator and Event Decorator); Vinifera Inn (Accommodations and wedding day preparation location); Maja Radivojevic (Makeup Artist and friend of family); Sweet Seraphine (bridal gown designer); Dennis Tavares at Empire Customs(groom’s custom suit and hat); Ladner’s in Streetsville (groom’s shoes); Moore’s (groomsmen’s attire, shoes and accessories); Key Man Engravables (bridal party gifts); Ball’s Falls Conservation Area (wedding venue); Henry Parker (Ball’s Falls venue Manager); Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation Main Building, Glen Elgin room (ceremony site); Ball’s Falls Conservation Area “Big Barn” (reception site); Belma Vardy of Enduring Promises (Officiant); Dr. Seuss ceremony readings (“Oh the places you’ll go” handwritten on a scroll, and “Love”); Groom and Bride’s mothers Noreen Galletly, Barbara Gastle, and Noreen’s church friends (cocktail and reception buffet catering featuring many Jamaican dishes); Shannon at Simply the Best (Cake maker and decorator); Make Haste to Live (ceremony Guitarists); Michael Amaral (DJ services: friend of the couple); Niagara Classic Transport (Rolls Royce Silver Cloud chauffeur service); Sergio Valentes (Groom’s ringmaker);Pat’s Party Rentals (cotton candy machine and materials, table linens); Lanterns as table centrepieces (purchased on clearance from Michael’s arts and crafts store); wooden First Nations ring box (handmade and purchased in British Columbia); First Dance song by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put a Spell on You”; DIY decorative hanging ball and archway made by bride’s mother, Barbara Gastle; DIY elements by the bride, Lindsey Hannan (wedding planning, bridal hairstyling, veil, bridal jewelry, Matron of Honour’s jewelry, bridal hair accessory, all decorations, cake design, bouquet, boutonnieres, guest book, card box made from Jonny’s bass drum, polished stone seating markers in lieu of name cards, moss, candles and candle holders).
Intimate DIY Winter Grist Mill Waterloo Wedding Photography… Not all couples who marry in the winter are as fortunate as Will and Sara were to have brilliant sunshine along with a pristine covering of snow. It was a picture-perfect ideal wintry day! Will was getting ready at a nearby hotel surrounded by his family who had all flown in from the UK, while Sara prepared at her parents’ home with her family and a couple of close friends. They had been planning and preparing for their intimate January wedding for well over a year, and now the moment they had been waiting for had finally arrived! Will and Sara were both charming and lovely, each with navy accents – Will donning a grey suit and Sara wrapped in a gorgeous vintage inspired hooded cape handmade by her mother. Their private sunset reveal took place within their ceremony venue, Waterloo Park’s historic Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill. Lit by the golden light of late afternoon, the rustic setting was gorgeous and inviting. Outside in the snow, Will and Sara huddled close for their portraits along the park trail and on the frozen Silver Lake. They had a brief warmup break with a hot drink, enjoying the steam from their mugs! Their small, private and heartfelt ceremony followed at dusk, with their closest family and friends present. Will’s family led a champagne toast to the couple afterward, prior to everyone’s departure to their dinner reception at Wildcraft Grill and Bar. Sara and her mother had meticulously designed and made all of the décor for the reception; we loved the charming rustic style of it all – so good for a winter wedding without appearing festive!
Check out their fun Lawn Bowling engagement session here!
Their vendors: Hair Stylist(s): Cowboys & Angels; Bride’s shoes: Call It Spring; Groom’s attire: Moores; Outdoor portrait locations: Waterloo Park and Silver Lake; Officiate: Rev. Elaine Graham; Ceremony venue: Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill; Caterer and Reception venue: Wildcraft Grill & Bar; Ceremony Musician: Bob MacLean; Transportation: Brentwood Livery; DIY elements by the bride: planning, ceremony site decor (sheer fabric altar backdrop with string lights, faux candles, white string lighting, lamp, wooden barrel, brown table cloth and champagne setup, personalized champagne bottle labels, white lit Christmas tree), stationary, signs, seating chart, burlap table runners, wooden table numbers, mason jar candle holders, pinecone place card holders, guest favour packaging, guest signing frame, memorial candle, wine crate card box; Other: the Mother of the Bride handmade the navy knit hooded cape worn by the bride.