CLAIRE + COREY
Corey and I met in 2010 while both helping with Science Orientation Week at the University of Waterloo. A year later, after spending a whole day studying for biology midterms, Corey asked me if I wanted to get a drink with him one night, and we have been together ever since.
Fast forward another year and Corey got accepted to medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. We agreed to try long distance, and that try turned into 4 years of trips back and forth across the Atlantic, and many hours of facetime. In 2015, Corey planned a proposal that included him moving my master’s defense date, getting me a week off work approved by my bosses, and planning a trip to my family’s cottage for July 1st. A proposal on the beach, my favourite place in the world, was all set, except for Mother Nature. Corey and I woke up that morning to rain, which lasted all day. By mid-day, Corey was so frustrated with the rain, and the fact I wouldn’t go outside in it, that he asked me to get him a beer out of the fridge and when I turned around, Corey was down on one knee, asking me if I would marry him.
When I started the planning, I knew I wanted an outdoor country wedding. The moment I walked onto the Stonefields property, I knew I had to get married on their lawn. Finding a photgrapher was easy as I knew I wanted Union Eleven to capture the day, and after the first chat with Brittany, I knew she was the perfect choice. Rain turned out to be a constant in our wedding plans. We did our engagement photos downtown Ottawa on boxing day, in a freezing rainstorm, where Brittany was a trooper and survived the cold and wet. We got married May 26, and as the whole spring and summer of 2017 seemed to go, I woke up to rain on the wedding day. As we got our hair and makeup done, and drank champagne in the Stonefields Great Room, I watched as storm clouds continued to pass above our heads. Somehow, the rain managed to stop in time to do our first look outside and get married in front of the stonehouse, and as we walked back down the aisle, the rain started up again. Even with it all, we had the most perfect day surrounded by friends and family. During the reception, we even got treated to a choreographed dance by my mom and her friends to Abba’s 'Super Trouper', to celebrate the dancing the ladies do every year at our annual Canada Day party. The entire wedding was exactly what we dreamed of, Brittany captured all the moments perfectly and we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together.
-Claire & Corey
Photography by Brittany Fleming