Get ready this is a biggie!
*Whimsical flashback for context*
4 years ago when I was studying photography at university I did an exchange term at OCAD University in Toronto. Not only was it one of the best experiences of my life, I was also introduced to some amazing things.
One of those things was Tim Horton’s maple glazed donuts and the other was Heike Reuse.
I never imagined that 4 years later I would be back in Ontario photographing Heike walk down the aisle towards Rudi; a difficult task through very teary eyes!
Heike and Rudi tied the knot in the beautiful Balls Falls Conservation area in Niagara. (Yes it really is called Balls Falls)
Heike and Rudi decorated their unique DIY barn venue themselves with the help of all their family and friends. Many months of planning all came together on one sunny Fall morning and the barn was transformed before my eyes into a eucalyptus filled, boho-chic dream.
The sun shone through autumnal maple leaves and we were gifted with some stunning Canadian evening light.
The whole day felt completely centered around the joining of family and friends.
Heike’s sister in law Jennifer (who is handily a certified make up artist) did all of the bridal party’s make up. Heike wore her mom’s shoes to walk down the aisle. Rudi’s Hungarian family travelled all the way over to Canada to be there. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the barn during Heike’s childhood friend Suzanna’s speech and the father daughter dance was simply beautiful. And don’t even get me started on their puppy Luna who joined us for the couple photographs! This wedding had everything from gluten free cupcakes to charitable ‘Me to We’ tea as wedding favours.
Thank you Heike and Rudi for inviting me to celebrate with you. It was a joy and an honour. I really felt like an honorary bridesmaid.
It was most definitely the highlight of my year. <3