Blue Wall 2 ways pt. 1

Niagara on the Lake Engagement session

This story started half way around the world on a very “Happy Island” named Aruba.  If you follow our blog you know Trish and I were commissioned to photograph a wedding in Aruba last year, Tabitha and Adam.  You will also know that during their couture dress session a couple days after the wedding we visited the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins.  While there a couple noticed the work we were doing and in their words, “Love(d) our attention to detail and style”.  At that point we had not met.  Two days later we were on the other side of the island on the beach at another resort shooting a Honeymoon / couture dress session with Michelle and Jeff, London wedding clients that we happen to have photographed their wedding the day before we left for Aruba. While photographing in the water a sun-seeker with a gentle smile approached me and asked me for my card.  I said, “I’m not from Aruba.”  He replied, “That’s OK.  Either are we, but we just got engaged and like what you are doing.  Did we see you at the Gold Mine ruins two days ago?”  Well I was surprised he recognized us, we talked for a bit and gave him our card.

A few month later back at the studio I received an email from Tony and Linda.  I honestly didn’t think we would hear from them but that is just the way our trip to Aruba went (Remember we also photographed an extra wedding while there too.  That’s another story).  Needless to say we are shooting their wedding in Aruba the same week this year (July 4, 2011).  Be sure to follow the fun on facebook.  But before the wedding fun we had to do an engagement session.  Tony and Linda are from North Carolina.  During a conversation we learned that, like us, they are food and wine lovers and have been to Niagara on the Lake and loved it.  So we suggested they fly up here for and engagement session back in Niagara.  We planned this last October and I assured them that the first week of May would be perfect for all the fruit trees popping with colourful Spring blossoms.  As you know, this was a terrible spring with everything being behind schedule.  Needless to say we found one orchard on the second day of shooting that was filled with white flowers.  I’ll start the gallery with that shot.  It’s also one of Trish’s favourites.

Ravine Vineyard is a new winery to us so we had to stop in.  What do you know?  Along with some great wines and a summer kitchen that had an incredible grilled vegtable sandwich, we found this great old truck.  I have to thank Ravine Vineyard for letting us photograph on the property.  So please do not abuse Ravine and for sure buy wine if you do use their property.  Between Tony and Linda and us we bought four bottles.  Make sure to try their Petrus like wine.

This image we could not resist.  It was shortly after Will and Kate’s wedding and BeauChapeau Hat Shop in downtown Niagara on the Lake had the perfect wedding themed window dressing.  We noticed it when we drove in Friday night  and that we wanted to do something with that window.  So with our belts a little loosened from our incredible dinner (see below).  We set up some flash and produced this image.  Thank you BeauChapeau for having the perfect window for our night shot, the Tux and Gown are perfect.

Our last shot on Sunday was at Southbrook Vineyard.  Every time Trish and I head to Niagara their long blue wall always catches our eye.  We thought this is where we would do our night shot because it is always lit up at night, but then found the hat shop.  As luck would have it.  Tony had brought some traditional engagement attire that he had made while doing work in Vietnam.  As soon as we saw them we knew the wall would be the perfect backdrop.  I love the colours from the grass and dandelions to the fuchsia in Linda’s outfit.

Also, I have to thank Southbrook Vineyard for letting us photograph on the property too.  They were extremely gracious.  Not all wineries are this co operative.  I understand that they don’t want bus loads of weddings crashing their Saturday’s when they are selling lots of wines.  So please do not abuse Southbrook and for sure buy wine if you do use their property.  Between Tony and Linda and us we bought three.

I’m going to sound like a snob here.. but I am a foodie.  And if you are too, then I don’t have to tell you quite possibly the best place to dine in Niagara on the Lake is Rest…Stone Road Grille.  This my third visit to Heidi and Perry Johnson’s restaurant and I’m always blown away.  They truly have served me the best appetizers in my whole life.  This time was no exception.  I could not get enough of their FOIE GRAS POUTINE… To die for!  Of course everything else was amazing  but their appetizers always surprise.

Wondering about the blog title.  Yesterday we did another engagement session at the Blue wall.  Different look and you will see it very soon.

Hope you enjoyed what you read and saw,

~Trish and Trevor

Ps.  We don’t normally spend two days with a couple doing an engagement session.  But when someone flies all the way up from NC, and are flying us to Aruba, we are not going to spend our usual 1.5 to 2 hours with them.

PPs.Tony and Linda, thank you for renting a two bedroom cottage for us all.  We had a great time with you and can’t wait for the wedding.  How about that dinner and those wineries we visited?  Maybe we should do it again next year.  It was a great Birthday for Trish and I.

PPPs. Tony and Linda both work in the fashion industry so it was no surprise they brought long the biggest wardrobe for an engagement session ever (Loved it).  Tony is the fashionista in the house and loves his name brands.  Reminds me of my friend Lawrence Chan.  Although Tony wears Omega he travels with Coach.  Perhaps we will do another blog post to show more images; there were lots.

PPPPs.  To our American readers…No, Coulourful and Favourite are not spelled wrong, it’s just how we do it up here. :) Of course WordPress keeps telling me I’m wrong.

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