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French River is such an incredible area that holds such a special place in my heart. I have spend a ton of time up in this area exploring along the shorelines of Georgian Bay and it truly is one of the most beautiful places around. When Tessa’s mom reached out to me to inquire about doing her daughters intimate French River wedding at the cottage Tessa’s grandfather built I knew I absolutely had to be there. When I pulled up on the dirt road to the cottage you could feel the years of family fun and love the cottage had.

This intimate French River wedding was such an incredible day filled with so much love from Tessa and Joe’s family. Tessa and Joe had originally been planning a much larger wedding in July but like the trend of 2020 it had to be downsized due to corona, but that didn’t stop them from having still an equally incredible day at the family cottage. When I was documenting Tessa + Joe relaxing with their family they began to have a conversation how so many of Tessa’s family members had dreamed of having their wedding at the family cottage, but could never figure out how to make it work with either too many guests it wouldn’t fit, getting everyone up to French River, etc. So Tessa and Joe happened to be the first couple in Tessa’s family that was able to actually be able to make this dream come true which was so special for the family. I am so glad they were able to have this beautfiul cottage wedding as it may not have been exactly what they planned but it meant just as much to do it at the cottage surrounded by their loved ones.

The day was so relaxed which is exactly how a cottage wedding should be. They got dressed shortly before their dockside ceremony, had the most lovely ceremony with Joe’s sisters accompanying them with the most beautiful music as Tessa walked down the aisle to joe and then after we did their portraits Tessa and Joe ended the day by jumping in the lake! Watching Tessa + Joe jump in the lake in their wedding clothes in their carefree way was the true way to embrace their French River Wedding and how all of 2020 has gone – just take it head on and have fun!

Bride’s Dress – ASOS
Grooms Attire – Topman
Officiant – Door to Door Ministers


Nicole Alex Photography is a travelling Elopement and Small Wedding Photographer based in Ontario that loves adventuring with experience driven couples across Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Newfoundland and PEI. Learn more about Nicole Alex Photography and the elopement and wedding prices.

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