Intimate Rainy Day Riverbend Inn Wedding
Let me start by saying that the Riverbend Inn and Vineyard is one of my absolute favorite spots to do shoots at Niagara-on-the-Lake, so when Eve and Felix mentioned that they were planning their wedding there, I was over the moon. The Georgian mansion surrounded by lush vineyards and gardens makes for a breathtakingly classic backdrop, that I knew would be perfect for their intimate wedding full of handmade details.
With everyone brimming with excitement for this upcoming Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding at Riverbend Inn, it was a little disheartening when we began hearing the weather reports for the big day. Just a week before Eve and Felix’s nuptials were scheduled to take place, there were forecasts of heavy rain, flood warnings, and strong wind advisories—pretty much everything that could go wrong weather-wise, would. Normally this would be a bit of a downer for any couple, but it could’ve been detrimental for Eve and Felix; did we mention their reception was being held in an outdoor tent?
I’ve shot a lot of weddings, and have almost never encountered a wedding day where it doesn’t stop raining all day, but this was one of those days. Thankfully, Eve and Felix had a plan B for their Riverbend Inn wedding: The outdoor ceremony was moved inside, and we’d also chosen an indoor location for our portraits in advance.
Even with all the planning the couple had done ahead of time, the changes that they had to deal with on the day of their wedding was enough to send any coupole into a frenzied spiral. However, the bride and groom kept cool, calm, and collected through the torrential downpour and handled it all with grace.
Eve mentioned in her speech that while she doesn’t totally believe that rain on their wedding day was a lucky sign, they’d take it! Even if she didn’t believe in the luck of their rainy wedding day, I think that that the real sign was showing their friends and family members how enduring their love really is; life is full of surprises, and they handled a hectic wedding day with incredible calmness and humor, that’ll definitely serve them well in the future.
By the end of this stunning Riverbend Inn wedding, my suit was soaked through, I’d torn my pants open, and my second shooter’s left leg was fully covered in mud. It was a hectic day to day the least, but it was totally worth it—getting to capture the love and playfulness of couples like Eve and Felix is why we love what we do.
Fun Fact: This Riverbend Inn wedding was unplugged. While some couples opt for a social media friendly wedding, other couples like Eve and Felix prefer to encourage their guests to be present, and not view their nuptials through the lens of their phone. Global News ran a feature starring this unique couple, with commentary from yours truly. See below for the full video!
We scored a few rain-free moments at the beginning of the day and I quickly took this photo of Eve’s stunning blush dress.
Having a copy of your wedding invitation around on the wedding day can make a nice touch for detail photos, like the earring shot on the right.
Felix put together a music video for his bride to see before the ceremony on a brand new iPad just for her!
We kept going outside of the tent, and getting soaked in the process, to try to get really unique images that showed the surroundings.
One of my favourite photos of the day. The rain is still coming down hard, but there’s nothing that can dampen their excitement!
We settled into the tasting room, warmed up and got shooting. With some bubbly of course! Situations like this are when you really want a photographer who understands lighting and comes prepared. This was a beautiful room, but incredibly dark (makes sense for a cellar!). With some proper lighting, it looks beautiful and dramatic.
Eve and Felix did such an amazing job with their wedding details. Lots of DIY elements that highlighted their interests.
The book vases and table numbers are my absolute favourites. The table numbers were actually hand cut!
I love when couples are able to use their engagement photos in the wedding. The one on the left is in front of North of Brooklyn Pizza which was published in the wedding co. here
Where it stopped raining for a brief moment, we popped away from the party for a couple of soft shots of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard setting.
Cutest forks ever: “to have” and “to hold.” Etsy for the win!
Before we wrap up a wedding, I always like to get one last shot of the couple, basking in the incredible day they’ve just had. We were already wet, so figured why not make this totally epic? I think this shot perfectly captures the day: Eve and Felix in a deep hug, under their umbrella, while the rain glows around them.
And yes, this is how it was shot – no photoshopping!