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Curt & Jessica – Sault Ste Marie Wedding Adventure

As a photographer it is always an honour and very humbling when a fellow wedding photographer asks you to capture their special day.  Although I no longer feel the least bit nervous when documenting a wedding their is a little bit of anxiety when photographing another professional photographer. I want to exceed their vision of the day, capture new and exciting angles and deliver stronger, fresher and imaginative art. After meeting with Curt and Jessica and  getting a sense of who they were I had no problem settling in for some great shots. Both Curt and Jessica where a blast to photograph. Curt is the owner and principal photographer of Curt O’Neil Photography shooting primarily in the Sault Ste Marie area. We took on this assignment as a wedding and holiday off roading adventure. The location allowed Chantal and I to visit Sauble Beach and head up to Tobermory, cross on the ferry and arrive the day before the wedding. Round trip was over two thousand klms. Sauble Beach holds great memories for me as my Grandfather built a cottage that we visited during this trip. The current owner Jeff Stanbridge gave us the grand tour. Jeff’s mother took him as a child to this cottage as she rented it from my Grandparents. Both of my Grandparents have passed on so it was somewhat sad to recall the many years I spent with them on the property. The original OPP sticker with my Grandmothers handwriting was still on the window.  Jeff and his brother later purchased the cottage from my brothers and sister approx 14 years ago. Even the vintage flooring is still intact. It was a walk down memory lane. The wedding day was a blast with some Sault Ste Marie traditions that we are not familiar with in these parts of Ontario. The kicking of the bouquet, the traditional plowing of the groom, exploding boutonniere and licking of the cake are all fun elements that made for an interesting and creative adventure. All the best  Jessica and Curt….you guys are great!

The cottage still shows the original Balmoral sign that has hung since my Grandfather painted it.

Balmoral Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach Cottage


View from the cottage windows. Spent many hours climbing the rocks and hanging out summer after summer

Sauble Beach

The notice that is stuck to the front door still shows my Grandmothers ( Cathleen Ady Bott) hand writing.

Warning Sticker OPP

Vintage flooring adorns one of the two cottage bedrooms

Vintage Flooring

Current owner Jeff Stanbridge from Brantford Ontario

Jeff Stanbridge

The one and only Sauble Beach Bowling Alley. The bowling alley has been closed off to the public and the building now sells souvenirs

Sauble Beach Bowling Alley

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Sault Ste Marie Wedding Dress

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The Bouquet is done

Traditional Plowing Of The Groom

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Darren Williams - What a great job. Lovely pictures. Amazing

Tony Fanning ¦ North Wales photographer - Woo, go Curt. Terrific wedding pics. Love `em!

Sarah Jeynes - Looks like tons of fun! Awesome shots and awesome cottage! That’s so cool that you got to see that again! Love the guys wearing sneaks! 🙂

Tom - Mark, that’s a great picture of Balmoral. Brings back some great memories. You can’t even see where we lit the side of the cottage on fire 30 years ago when we shot that roman candle at you!

Heather Kozack - I am SO excited to see more! antsy pants over here!!!

Andrew Ross - Awesome photos…my baldness showed through yet did not detract from all the other baldness in that wedding party. Seriously though, excellent pictures Mark!

Jes - Love them! Can’t wait to see the rest!

Chantal the number one Assistant - Thanks Dennis
:):):)

Carol Martin - Beautiful photos of a gorgeous day! Love the way the couple’s fun-loving quirkiness comes through in images that will be beautiful and memorable to all through all the days to come. Great job!

Jenn - I love, love, love the gutpunch shot. So much fun!

Mike Hodson - Curt has been bragging for months, how he was going to have Mark Ridout shoot his wedding…now we can see why. Great work Mark.

Dennis Oneil - Great pictures… all I can say is I want to see more.
This guy took good pictures but I also think that his assistant was the brains behind the MAN.

Lindsay - You did an amazing job. I love the photos.

curtoneil - Simply awesome Mark. Love them – especially the ones that I’m in. And the “traditional punting of the bouquet” is a Curt creation, something for the grooms out there. I also believe a certain photographer told me to lick the knife and I’ve been getting yelled at for it ever since (and not by Jes). Big high fives!

Robert Whetton - Dorset Events Photographer - Curt is the Man!!

Jessica looks gorgeous tho! looks like you guys had an amazing day 😀

love the fight shot 🙂

Jessica Portelli-Ward - beautiful pictures! amazing wedding! congrats jes and curt!

Sandra Coutu - Great photos!!! I really like the one of Jes on the haystacks!

Gareth Heesom - Curt is the Man!!! Awesome Wedding.

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