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.
View from the cottage windows. Spent many hours climbing the rocks and hanging out summer after summer
The notice that is stuck to the front door still shows my Grandmothers ( Cathleen Ady Bott) hand writing.
Vintage flooring adorns one of the two cottage bedrooms
Current owner Jeff Stanbridge from Brantford Ontario
The one and only Sauble Beach Bowling Alley. The bowling alley has been closed off to the public and the building now sells souvenirs