Celida + Lawrence | Strathmere Wedding

I was thrilled when Celida and Lawrence picked me to capture their wedding. They got married at Strathmere on a beautiful day in May, surrounded by loving friends and family. There were so many great moments throughout the whole day! I loved how they were able to seamlessly combine old customs like the tea ceremony (and Celida's stunning red dress!) with new twists such as their first look... which left even me swelling up with emotion. To cap off the night, Lawrence's siblings performed a song that left everyone in awe. This wedding was such a joyful celebration of two families and cultures coming together; being a part of it was an absolute treat. Here are some of my favourite images from the day. Photography and text by Brittany Fleming

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