Fittingly, their first act together as husband and wife was to plant a tree. Dave waited at the end of a natural “aisle” made from a line of trees at the edge of the field, as his bride (accompanied by her mum) walked towards him, to the sounds of the wind blowing through the fall leaves, and two voices singing to a guitar. They took each others’ hands and as the music played on, they led their wedding party and all their guests down a narrow path through the forest to a little clearing next to a stream, where everyone gathered around and listened on as, with much love and inspiring words, their pastor made it official. They then stepped a few feet back and with a shovel in hand, Dave and Hannah placed a small evergreen into the earth. As Dave has been a treeplanter for the past few years, like everything else that day, it just seemed natural that this is what they would do.

I first met Dave a few years ago when he was only fifteen and working at a camp I helped run in university, so to see him grown up, fallen in love and getting married to Hannah was extra special. After the ceremony we took some time for photos with them and their fun wedding party in between darting in and out of heated buildings along the way to warm up, and then we made our way to the reception where in place of a wedding cake they served every kind of pie you could dream of (our kind of wedding!!). In between heartfelt speeches and yummy food, the near constant sword fighting kept everyone entertained – yes, sword fighting – it was too awesome. The dance floor stayed packed all night, and at the end of the evening, everyone went home with a little evergreen tree to plant on their own. The way their MC at the reception described them was so fitting: “She was the fun, cute blonde that all the guys had their eye on. He was the dark, quiet, brooding guitar player all the girls wanted. It was only natural, despite everyone else’s broken hearts, that they ended up together.” It couldn’t be any truer : )

Hannah & Dave, I look through these photos we took at your lovely wedding and I know that you guys were meant for each other. Your day was truly spectacular and spoke volumes of who you are as people, and it won’t soon be forgotten in our hearts. We wish you all the best in your new adventures together in Toronto, and we know that you’ll find your way together, hand in hand. Much love to you both.

– Jenn xx

PS – I thought I’d include one of the songs that was sung during the ceremony for you to listen to if you’d like as you scroll through. It was in my head for the rest of their day and it was also in my earphones while editing the majority of this wedding too. You can download the track here.

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Ceremony Venue: LIONS PARK in Ailsa Craig, Ontario | Reception Venue: AILSA CRAIG COMMUNITY CENTRE | Photographers: Jenn & Dave Stark of JENN STARK PHOTOGRAPHERS | Hannah’s Dress: JASMINE BRIDAL | Catering by: Lucy Hendrix & the Catholic Womens’ League | Bouquets by: Mary Lou Glenn | Centrepieces by: Sharon Metcalfe & Jessica Michielsen | Reception decor by: Sheila Lester of TO SUIT YOUR FANCY | Officiant: Brandon Malo


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Anda i.love.this.a.ton.

Meaghan So fantastic!!!! Love the shot with wedding party and the great big sky :)