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Destination Wedding Photographer Michigan USA // Vija & Tomas 682 1024 Gee & Ieva

Destination Wedding Photographer Michigan USA // Vija & Tomas

So many parts of us are rooted in our childhood. The summers that seemed to stretch on for lifetimes, the innocent adventures and the carefree wonder are the perfect combination for deep feelings of safety, love, and happiness. When choosing a spot for their wedding, Vija and Tomas were understandably drawn to a place that had meant so much to them as children. Dainava, a summer camp for children with Lithuanian roots and a place they had spent some of their happiest times, was the perfect choice.
We got the chance to spend some time away from Toronto, and made the drive to Manchester, Michigan in the United States, where Camp Dainava is tucked away. Gathering friends and family together in the landscape of their youth, the wedding took place under the shadow of an ancient oak tree. The couple exchanged vows of love that had been planted all the way back to their years spent playing at Dainava—vows that will be as strong as the towering tree that watched over the ceremony. It was a very, very special day.
Well…the word shadow implies that there were sunny skies, which wasn’t exactly the case this time. The weather held off long enough to capture some great photos during a walk though nearby fields, but out luck couldn’t last forever. Autumn rains splashed down, and while the ceremony was mostly dry thanks to the helpful branches of that enormous wonderful tree, the storm eventually drove us all into the tent to get the festivities going. While the DJ and dancing were great from the start, you have to believe us when we tell you that the party didn’t really get into full swing until the accordions came out.
While I never imagined I would use the words “accordion” and “epic” in the same sentence, we saw firsthand how to get two united families to really cut loose: bring on the accordions. The tent was filled with epic music, epic fun, and epic love that will last a lifetime.
Special thank you to Egle and Eric from Egle Gardens for making our stay so warm and fun, we love you guys.


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Ridge At Manitou Wedding In Muskoka // Lynne & Steve 682 1024 Gee & Ieva

Ridge At Manitou Wedding In Muskoka // Lynne & Steve

You’ve probably heard some of the superstitions about bringing good luck to your wedding—things old, new, borrowed and blue are time-honored traditions. But what about rain? Would you feel lucky if a little fell on your wedding day? What if a little rain became a torrential downpour? What if you had spent hour after hour planning a gorgeous outdoor ceremony? And what if you had planned it from another country, looking forward to a beautiful wedding day in your homeland?
We discovered the answer to these questions with Lynne and Steve as we photographed their big day at The Ridge At Manitou. Muskoka is one of our very favorite places to shoot weddings, and when we found out we’d be returning, we were thrilled. When the day arrived and brought with it dark skies and threatening clouds…well, our thrill turned to all sorts of feelings. When we left our campsite and headed to Parry Sound, the day was as dark as the night had been. Sometimes these things blow over, and we hoped our hardest for the best.
All our hoping was in total vain—as the day went on, the sky opened up and everything was drenched. We thought about poor Lynne and Steve who had moved to Brisbane, where they worked so hard to plan their wedding back in their Canadian home country. It was the sort of situation that can prove a challenge and a strain to everyone involved, from photographers to caterers and especially to the bride and groom. There was no choice but to move the ceremony from dockside to indoors.
Once warm and dry, the couple exchanged their vows in front of the fireplace at The Ridge At Manitou, where they had planned to hold the reception. Surrounded—very literally—by their close family and friends, Lynne and Steve were joined as husband and wife while Lynne’s brother played the old guitar. While it wasn’t exactly what everyone had planned, we ended up feeling a little lucky that the rain drove us inside.
As luck would have it, the weather even eased up enough to snap a few photographs of the couple outdoors. We definitely felt like we were being rewarded for our determination to make the best of the day, no matter what—something we always try our best to do.


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