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Rockport Barn, ON, Canada Winter Elopement Photo Story Award

Thousand Islands Winter Wedding Image from Ontario of The couple signing their papers on a blanket in the snow

Rockport, Ontario, Thousand Islands Winter Wedding Image | The couple signs their papers, sitting on a blanket in the snow

The couple signs their papers, sitting on a faux-fur blanket laid in a crevice in the snow, just at the edge of the ice rink.

This was a winter elopement unlike any I've seen or photographed before. The couple was not interested in a big wedding, and it just so happened that we weren't allowed to have one anyway.

Pam and Stephen have been together nineteen years. Because they'd both "been there done that" with the big wedding, their vision for this was very simple and clear: gather with their two sons and their son's girlfriend for an outdoor ceremony on the ice at Rockport Barn, take some family photos, and have a cozy dinner.

They worked with a local wedding planner (Heather of Bowtie Services) so that their elopement wouldn't be a series of stressful decisions. In the end, all the details were taken care of, and the couple and their children had a really wonderful afternoon together.

The elopement started at the Boathouse Inn, where the couple got ready. Pam did not wear a dress. Instead, she opted for a beautiful black ski sweater, and over top she wore a ski jacket and pants.

After they were dressed, we strolled through Rockport Village, taking in the beautiful wintery scene. The couple visits this place often, so it holds special meaning to them.

Then we headed to the ceremony venue: Rockport Barn, a short drive away from their Inn. The ceremony was held right on the ice, which made for slippery conditions, but it was super unique and very fun to shoot.

Once they were legally married, and all the papers were signed, they got to enjoy the fire.

After that, a delicious dinner awaited them inside the cozy barn.

This was not a conventional elopement in any sense of the word. It was magical and special in every way and incorporated everything the couple wished for.

(well, except that they didn't get to go ice-skating on the rink after all. They had brought their skates, but after the ceremony, we all decided that the ice was a little too slippery, and the cheese fondue was beckoning anyway!) 

Boathouse Country Inn, Rockport, Ontario Wedding Prep Photo of men working on a boutonniere

Boathouse Country Inn - Rockport, Ontario Wedding Prep Photo | trying to figure out the boutonniere

Pam looks on as Stephen and his son try to figure out the boutonniere Stephen will be wearing on his jacket.

Rockport Village, ON Wedding Couple Photo showing Brides bouquet w a very special necklace, which holds the ashes of her father

Rockport Village, ON Wedding Couple Photos | Brides bouquet had a very special necklace, which holds the ashes of her father

These two love the outdoors. They like to bike and hike and ski. During their winter wedding, they went for a walk through Rockport Village, and we visited some of their favorite spots to take photos.

Pam's bouquet had a very special necklace, holding the ashes of Pam's father, a must for her on her wedding day.

Wedding Couple Jumping Picture at Rockport Village Ontario as they often take photographs of themselves jumping

Wedding Couple Picture, Rockport Village Ontario | they often take photographs of themselves jumping

Pam and Stephen love Rockport, and they often take photographs of themselves jumping - in Rockport, and in the other places they love to visit. So we had to make a jumping photo.

Rockport Barn Wedding Venue Image from Mallorytown, ON, Canada of the bride absolutely beaming at the words of the officiant

Rockport Barn Wedding Venue Image - Mallorytown, ON, Canada | The bride absolutely beams at the words of the officiant

Pam absolutely beams at the words of the officiant during the outdoor wedding ceremony.

Rockport Barn of Mallorytown, Ontario Wedding Ceremony Pic from The ceremony held right on the ice rink

Rockport Barn in Mallorytown, Ontario (ON) Wedding Ceremony Pic | The ceremony was held right on the ice

The ceremony is held right on the ice! Rockport Barn offers ice-skating in winter, and the rink makes for a unique wedding ceremony locale. Slippery though! Photographers need to be careful :)

Rockport Barn, Rockport, ON Wedding Photo from After the ceremony as the family gathers outside the barn

Rockport Barn, Rockport, ON Wedding Photographer | After the ceremony, the family gathers outside the barn

After the ceremony, the family gathers outside the barn while dinner is being prepared indoors.

Ontario Winter Wedding Reception Venue Image of Some drinks and snacks around the fire pit

Canada Wedding Photography at Rockport Barn | The couple celebrates with their family

The couple celebrates with their family, over drinks and snacks around the firepit.

Ontario Wedding Detail Pic from Rockport Barn showing a sampling of the fondue

Ontario Wedding Detail Pic from Rockport Barn | One of the couple's sons takes a sampling of the fondue

One of the couple's sons takes a sampling of the fondue, which is steaming in the chilly winter air.