As someone who loves castles, chickens, and bonfires, this wedding was so amazing to witness. Lindsi and Phil perfectly combined all of those things, and more, into their beautiful wedding.
Below are the questions I asked Lindsi, each followed by her answers;
Where did you meet?
We met while both serving in the Canadian Army. We were friends for about 6 years before we began dating.
Tell us about the proposal:
Phil had an elaborate proposal planned. He bought tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet, and
surprised me with them. He wanted to take me for a romantic candlelit dinner, and had a hotel booked in the city. After the Nutcracker, he asked me where I would like to go for dinner, and said I could pick anywhere I wanted. I asked to go to The Rex- a noisy jazz club with live music. We went there and I ordered cheap beer and nachos. Totally not the romantic dinner Phil had in mind. He proposed to me over a plate of nachos, while competing with a live band!
Tell us about your wedding, such as the theme and why you chose it:
We wanted a formal ceremony, which really demonstrated the military side of our personalities, and we both knew that we wanted the Whitby Brass Band to be a part of it. Phil wanted his Scottish heritage to be a part of the wedding, and I wanted an antique feel. We decided that we balance the pageantry of the ceremony with an extremely relaxed reception. We both love camping, and thought a campfire would be a great way to bring people together!
How was the planning process? Did you encounter any roadblocks along the way?
The planning process was very smooth. Only a couple of roadblocks. The first one was trying to find catering. We wanted food trucks, but when the time came to book a caterer they were all in their off season. We ended up loving the company that we used.
The second roadblock came very close to the wedding. Phil applied for a new job and
interviewed for it in May. He was hired and had to start his new job 4 days before the wedding. That meant that I was on my own setting everything up (we did all of the decorations and furniture ourselves). The day after Phil started work I got called for a huge job interview, and had to plan for it, interview, and then also start a new job. All the same week as the wedding.
What is one thing about your wedding that you will always remember?
How relaxed the reception was. It all went so smoothly. We checked the weather and it had been calling for thunderstorms, but it was completely sunny the entire day. It felt like nothing went wrong and we were able to relax and have fun.
The other thing we both really loved was the first look shoot. We haven’t seen the photos yet, but that moment was definitely a huge part of our day (and we’re both ugly criers so it was good to get it out of our system).
Are there any special décor, jewellery, or other items that you would like to tell us about?
My necklace was a gift from my late Grandfather to my Grandmother.
Another interesting piece was the brooch that was fastened to my bouquet. It was my
‘something borrowed’, and is the badge of the Governor General’s Horse Guards, which was the regiment that I served with in the Canadian Army. It was borrowed from my Maid of Honour, who is a Captain in the regiment.
Thank you both so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer, Lindsi and Phil! Congratulations again!
Michelle Lewis Photography
Your Oshawa and Durham Region Photographer