Oh Emm Gee, this day! I knew this Lago Bar Grill wedding was going to be an easy one to photograph, because Tess and Trevor’s engagement session was such a beauty! But, this group was so laid back, it was almost concerning. Things were so calm and relaxed, even though hair and makeup was running a little behind and I was not able to stay long enough with the girls to get some photos of Tess slipping into her wedding dress. But Tess wanted to be sure the boys had their time to shine, as well, so I skipped out as the girls were finishing up with hair and makeup.

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Over at Trevor’s parents place, the boys were watching soccer and sipping on beers before getting dressed to go. I love how little time it takes for guys to get ready. The girls take hours getting all dolled up. But the guys take max fifteen minutes. I wish.

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I met the gals at the Ornamental Gardens in the Experimental Farm while we waited for the boys to make their way over in the limo. Tess was radiant against all the green on this beautiful sunny day. And my god, Wedecor nailed it with these flowers! So gorgeous against the bridesmaids dresses!

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Also, Klava Zykova, you and your gals never cease to amaze. Tess’ makeup was flawless.

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Once the boys arrived, I got Trevor into place for the first look and gave the signal to Tess when we were ready to rock and roll. I swear, I feel like I’m just as excited and anxious as the bride and groom are for this moment. I feel like there is an instant sigh of relief on everyone’s part when they finally get to lay eyes on each other and feel the comfort of being in each other’s company. It’s adorable.

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Over in the Vista Room at Lago Bar Grill, the wedding was set to get underway. The girls at Wedecor did such a good job with this space. It was beautiful!

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After a few family photos, I snapped a few more photos of the indoor space before the couple had their grand entrance into the reception!

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Can we talk about how beautiful this cake is?! The best man’s mom made it…wowzers!

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Onto some hilarious and heartfelt speeches, some great food (Lago never disappoints), and then a first dance on the balcony overlooking Dows Lake, the evening was off to a great start.

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So, in truth, I never used to get very emotional during the dances, until I had Smith. And now, every time I watch the mother of the groom dance with her son, I’m reminded that it will potentially one day be my turn to dance with Smith on his wedding day. And then I bawl. Literally bawl. And then I saw this dad get teary eyed, and I was literally wiping away tears. Ugh. Killer.

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Congratulations to this beautiful couple on the most heart-warming day. Can we do it all over again?

Wedding team

Wedding gown: With Love Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Alliance Bridal 
Hair: Hair Expectations
Makeup: Klava Zykova
Decor, planning and flowers: Wedecor
Venue: Lago Bar Grill



Lago Bar Grill summer wedding in the Vista Room: Tess and Trevor

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