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If I only shot weddings like this intimate cottage wedding for the rest of my career, I’d be happy. After a few huge life events, Megan and Belva decided to change their wedding plans. Their wedding would small, intimate and with their immediate family only. In Megan’s email inquiry she told me that her family cottage on Paudash Lake is her favourite place in the world. It’s where Belva and herself really got to know each other. She also said that she would have all of her friends up for cottage weekend trips, but mostly so she could spend more time with Belva. And I just love that. The family cottage was clearly the right choice for their wedding venue.

I first met Megan and Belva through Michele (my amazing second shooter and the bride’s cousin). We connected right away over our shared love for Michele and our vegan lifestyles. A few months before their wedding, Megan and Belva told me that they were expecting a baby (who is absolutely adorable). To celebrate, we decided to do their engagement session at home with their beloved pup. Fast forward to their wedding day:

Megan and Belva got ready at Somerset Lakeside Resort in Cardiff, Ontario. The morning was peaceful and filled with excitement. Megan purchased her dress from the Brides’ Project in Toronto, which is a great initiative for bride’s who want an eco-friendly dress option for their wedding day. The Brides’ Project also donates all of their profits to cancer charities.

The couple want to keep their cottage wedding as eco-friendly as possible. In addition to Megan’s dress, the couple had DIY decor, potted plants, the most darling mason jar granola bar, and brown paper signage on tables. And the food! BE Catering created beautiful and delicious vegan food for dinner. A vegan, diy, and intimate cottage wedding. What could be better than that?

Megan and Belva recently contributed to my wedding planning advice blog post. Check out their wedding planning tips here!

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Venue: Bride’s family cottage
Dress: The Brides’ Project
Catering: BE Catering
Flowers: Posies Flowers and Gifts