Lela and Jo have a fantastic love story. They first met at Guelph University, where they were both students at the time - so naturally this was where we did their engagement photos last October!
The thing is, they actually met online! After chatting for a while, they realized they had been in the same class together AND they lived across the hall from each other. Talk about meant to be…
Fast forward to April 6th, 2019 - the big day. I arrived at the Hacienda Sarria - I had never been to this venue before so I did not know that I was walking into the most gorgeous, European-looking castle/mansion I had ever seen!
After getting lots of detail shots and photos of the venue/decor, I focused on Lela and her girls getting ready. Lela gave her bridesmaids lots of beautiful gifts, but my favourite were the customized Starbucks cups!
Once Lela had her dress on, she did a first look with her dad. Not everyone does this, but when they do - it is such a tearjerker for me. It happened to be a tearjerker for everyone, and luckily Lela had an embroidered handkerchief to give to her dad to wipe his tears! On a side note, the Hacienda Sarria has so many beautiful nooks and crannies to keep first looks private but gorgeous!
After Lela’s first look with her dad, it was time for the bride and groom’s first look. We chose the Hacienda Sarria’s gorgeous wooden front door and lobby as our location. I am a sucker for first looks - the look on Jo’s face when he sees Lela says it all.
Next the bridal party joined us for some group shots - fortunately it was a perfectly warm April afternoon, so we even stepped outside for a few!
Finally one of my favourite parts of the day - photos of the bride and groom! We explored all over the beautiful grounds inside and out at the Hacienda Sarria to get a great variety of breathtaking shots. The staff there were so helpful in giving us access to all of the spots we loved.
It was soon time for Lela and Jo’s ceremony. After their vows were exchanged, the hard part was over and everyone was ready to celebrate!
During the cocktail hour I peeked outside and saw that the sun had come out for sunset! I grabbed Lela and Jo before the reception began to grab some shots.
When we came inside it was time for introductions, speeches, and dinner. The decor inside the Hacienda Sarria was OUT OF THIS WORLD and honestly a photographer’s dream. The twinkle lights in particular tugged at my heart strings <3
Next Lela had a dance with her father, Jo danced with his mom, then Lela and Jo shared their first dance.
Once the formal dances were done, all that was left to do was party! I caught some sweet moments on the dance floor and then it was time for my 12-hour day to come to an end.
I cannot thank Lela and Jo enough for choosing me to capture their absolutely gorgeous day!