Kara & Alex | Links of Kent Wedding

Nestled amidst the lush greens of the Links of Kent Golf Course, Kara and Alex’s wedding celebration was a testament to the enduring power of friendship, love, and the beauty of unexpected moments. As the sun broke through the clouds, it seemed as though nature itself was celebrating their union, casting a golden glow upon their special day.

Kara and Alex’s journey began long before they exchanged vows. From their early days in elementary school to diverging paths in high school, fate finally brought them together during their first year of university. What started as a friendship soon blossomed into something deeper, and by the following summer, they knew they were meant to be together.

Their wedding day was not only a celebration of their love but also a gathering of cherished friends and beloved family members, some of whom traveled from as far as Scotland to witness their union. The presence of loved ones from near and far added an extra layer of warmth and significance to the joyous occasion. As I witnessed the love and camaraderie shared among the guests, it filled me with anticipation for my own upcoming trip to Scotland!

Here are a few of my favourite images from their sweet day. Enjoy!

Pre-Ceremony: Retro Suites Hotel
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church | Chatham, Ontario
Reception: Links of Kent Golf Course
Make-up: Koren Barry
Hair: Evon Bartsch
Florist: Purple Pansy
Entertainment: DJ Yursik
Links of Kent Wedding Photographer: Nicole DeJoseph-Stitch

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Photography Locations within Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent, with its diverse landscapes and charming settings, offers a plethora of options for capturing beautiful moments. Whether you’re planning a wedding, engagement session, or family portrait, there’s something for everyone in this hidden gem of southwestern Ontario. Here is a collection of some of my favourite photography locations within Chatham-Kent along with some ideas for places I have yet to visit and a few options just outside of Chatham-Kent for those willing to travel.

Free and Unrestricted Gems

Let’s start with some fantastic spots that don’t require booking in advance and do not charge any fees for use:

Maple Leaf Cemetery is a surprisingly popular choice among couples for wedding photography. Despite its solemn reputation, this location offers a tree-lined road and a fairytale-like bridge amongst a serene backdrop for capturing intimate moments. Just be prepared for the occasional crowd, especially on Saturday afternoons.

Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham

For a taste of nature’s beauty, O’Neil Nature Preserve, previously named Paxton’s Bush beckons with its enchanting trails, particularly enchanting late Fall through early Spring when the foliage isn’t too dense and the lighting is just right.

O’Neil Nature Preserve (formerly Paxton’s Bush), Chatham
O’Neil Nature Preserve (formerly Paxton’s Bush), Chatham
O’Neil Nature Preserve (formerly Paxton’s Bush), Chatham

Erieau Beach and Mitchell’s Bay might require a bit of travel time, but trust me, they’re worth it. Erieau Beach boasts tall grass and a rustic wood boardwalk, providing a dreamy coastal vibe for your photos. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s Bay Trail offers a tranquil escape into nature where you’ll find paved trails lined with Weeping Willows and gorgeous sunsets, perfect for capturing candid moments away from the hustle and bustle.

Erieau Beach, Chatham-Kent
Mitchell’s Bay Trail, Chatham-Kent

Downtown Chatham is a treasure trove of historic charm, with its vintage signs, and weathered brick walls serving as the perfect backdrop for urban-inspired shoots.

King Street, Chatham

Mud Creek Trail is a hidden gem that travels the length of three municipal parks at the heart of Chatham-Kent. The trail itself is lined with native Carolinian trees planted by local students, and it passes by a tall prairie grass demonstration garden, making it a picturesque location for a variety of photo shoots.

Mud Creek, Chatham-Kent

If you’re looking to travel a bit further…

Greenhill Gardens in Lambton Kent and Brander Park in Port Lambton offer verdant landscapes and serene waterscapes, providing a serene backdrop for your photo sessions.

Brander Park, Lambton-Kent

And let’s not forget Two Creeks Conservation in Wheatley promises stunning natural trails and lush greenery.

Two Creeks Conservation Area, Wheatley

Fees and Bookings Required

If you’re willing to invest a bit more and plan ahead, there are some exclusive venues and locations that offer a touch of luxury and sophistication.

I have yet to visit any local flower farms but if florals are your thing, Bloom Acres, Longwoods Flower Farm, The Cultivated Bloom or Hat Trick Farms, might be worth looking into. I’d recommend giving them a call to see if arranging a visit might be possible.

Retro Suites offers a unique blend of vintage charm and modern elegance. While it’s free to use if you’re a guest, I believe you can also pay for access to their facilities if available.

Retro Suites Hotel, Chatham

Early Acres Estate Winery provides a romantic setting amidst vineyards and forest trails. Contact them directly for booking information.

Early Acres Estate Winery, Chatham

For a touch of nature, CM Wilson Conservation Area offers breathtaking landscapes for a nominal fee. Contact the city to purchase a photography permit in advance of your session.

CM Wilson Conservation Area, Chatham
CM Wilson Conservation Area, Chatham

Glasshouse Nursery and Truly Green Greenhouses offer shelter from the rain while still providing ample natural light, making them ideal for indoor shoots.

Rondeau Provincial Park offer scenic vistas and seasonal blooms for a small entry fee, perfect for capturing the beauty of nature. Advance booking is not required for this location.

Rondeau Provincial Park, Chatham-Kent

Hillsdale Lavender, Puddleford Tree Farm, Sloans Tree Farm, Wilson’s Tree Farm, and other unique locations provide a whimsical backdrop for your photoshoots, each with its own charm and character.

Sloan’s Christmas Tree Farm, Chatham-Kent

And if you’re looking for something truly unique, why not consider a local orchard or sunflower field for example?

Puddleford Tree Farm, Chatham-Kent

Are you an animal lover? TJ Stables and Hidalgo’s Homestead are two great local options that may be able to arrange a shoot on their properties with their horses.

Hidalgo’s Homestead, Chatham-Kent

For animal lovers looking to travel outside of Chatham-Kent, Sylvan Alpacas offers alpaca walks. Jireh Hills Family Homestead has goats and alpacas, and Jersey Ridge Mini Moos in Glencoe has two micro-mini highland cows available for cuddling.

Studio Sisters and Suni Creative Co. both provide studio options located in downtown Chatham that can be rented for capturing beautiful moments, rain or shine.

Studio Sisters

So there you have it, folks! Whether you’re dreaming of a bayside family session or a cozy indoor engagement shoot, Chatham-Kent has something to offer for everyone’s unique style and vision. So let’s explore the beauty that awaits us in this charming corner of Ontario.

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Melissa & Kaullin | Chatham Armoury Wedding Photographer

Love has a funny way of finding us when we least expect it, and for Melissa and Kaullin, their journey began in the most unexpected of places – Arby’s. Little did they know that a chance encounter while working at a fast-food joint in high school would blossom into a beautiful, enduring love story that culminated in a romantic, elegant wedding at the majestic Chatham Armoury on their 11th anniversary.

Their journey from high school sweethearts to a married couple is a reminder that true love knows no bounds. As their photographer, I feel honored to have witnessed and captured the magic of their wedding – a day that will forever be etched in their hearts and in the photographs that tell their beautiful love story.

Venue: The Chatham Armoury
Decor: To Suit Your Fancy
Makeup: Melanie Mayer & Fiona Bose
Hair: Curl Up and Dye
Florist: The Flower Shop
Wedding Painter: EJ Your Wedding Painter
Entertainment: AK Productions
Transportation: Andiamo limousine
Catering: The Chilled Cork
Stationary: The Paper Bride
Bakery: Baker’s Dozen
Officiants: Ryan Phan (Ceremony) & Doug Robbins (Legal)

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Bilodeau Family

What an incredible journey it has been with this amazing couple! From the joyous moments of their engagement to the heartfelt vows on their wedding day, followed by the anticipation of welcoming a little one during the maternity shoot – and now, a heartwarming session with the adorable addition to their family.

Being a witness to these precious milestones is truly an honor. Here’s to many more years of making memories together and capturing the ever-evolving chapters of your love story.

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Deprez Family | Chatham-Kent Portrait Photographer

As the vibrant hues of autumn foliage paint the landscape with warm tones, there’s no better time to gather the family for a picture-perfect moment amidst nature’s seasonal masterpiece.

Thank you for trusting me to capture your memories, Deprez Family! Here are a few of my favourite images from your fall photo session.

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