Having a Watson Porter Pavilion at Fanshawe Conservation Area means a few things. First, it means that you’re obviously super chill because it’s a super down to earth place to get married. Second, it means you and nature definitely get along because it’s a decent hike in to get to the actual pavillion. Third – it means you have to get creative about finding ways to get your guests to find the actual pavillion. Sure, you can leave trails of flower petals or cutesy DIY signs that make it look like Pinterest exploded all over the place – or you can just get a GIANT WACKY WAVING FLATABLE ARM FLAILING TUBE-MAN to wave your guests in. Ruby and Jordon opted for this and let me tell you, that sneaky waving dude makes for some amazing candid photos.
I wanted to take a moment, before we start showing some of these photos, to shoutout Chelsey for an absolutely incredible capture of this wedding day story. At the time of writing this, Chelsey has been a part of the team for two years now (photographing for much longer) but I really can’t imagine Ten2Ten without her in it. Her eye for details, the big moments and the small ones in between are exactly what Ten2Ten Photography is about.
To Ruby + Jordan, thank you for having us be a part of your wedding day and also for being all-around amazing folks! Wishing you a lifetime of love, happiness and togetherness!
Questions to Ask your Photographer when you’re having a Rustic Wedding
- Make sure that your photographer is cool with any hiking or long treks that it may take to get to/from your venue. You’ve gotta pick someone who isn’t afraid to get their shoes dirty or bring 40-pounds of gear along with them on a hike. Style + personality are awesome, but resiliency is also key!
- Ask about how versatile they are. Can they photographer indoors? In naturally lit indoor spaces? In artifically lit indoor spaces? When you’re deep into a wooded area, you deal with what the weather gives you and as a photographer you have to have the skills to make it work – no matter what. Even if that means doing all your photos indoors.
- Ask them about overnight accommodations and if they’re necessary. Depending on how rustic you’re getting and where in this beautiful world your wedding is being held, it may make sense for your photographer to require overnight accommodations. For locations that are 3-4 hour drive each way for a photographer, plus a 10-12 hour working day, it’s always a nice gesture to ask about accommodations. Safety is important – and starting and ending a 20-hour day with driving isn’t the safest thing. Have the conversation at the time of consult so that you can know what to expect!
A shoutout to the vendor team who made Ruby + Jordan’s Watson Porter Pavillion wedding a huge success:
- Chelsey @ Ten·2·Ten Photography
- Tania Floral
- Salon Entrenous
- Rebel Remedy
- Boutique Lustre
- DJ WolfPup (Madison Foster)
- Angelos Italian Bakery and Market
- A-B Party and Tent Rental
- Suit Supply