I was absolutely gushing while shooting Anna and Mike’s Scarborough Bluffs engagement session this week! You just can’t beat summer evenings; they are my absolute favourite time to photograph engagement sessions! We had THE MOST incredible light during the first 20 minutes of our session, just as the sun was resting above the cliffs and starting to dip below from sight. I can’t wait until Anna and Mike’s wedding day next August- their style is impeccable so I know it’ll be a beautiful day!

I thought this post would be a good time to touch on the aspect of preparing for your engagement session. I was initially going to fully re-do this older one, but my writing style is not concise at all, so I’ll put it super simply this time. Make an effort, dress it up, do some research. Get your wedding makeup trial done on the same day, and hopefully your hair too. You’ll feel like a million bucks and it’ll show. Choose outfits that you feel amazing in and can move in, not ones that require adjusting. Long, flowy dresses and skirts are a dream to photograph. Too tight items don’t show well. Avoid plain black or white cotton t-shirts (literally even a plain shirt that has some buttons is a step up). A blanket to sit on is handy to have. If you’re unsure, bring several extra outfits and I can help you!

Putting effort into your session to make sure that it is a reflection of you as a couple, your tastes and personalities goes a long way. When I can tell that the couple read my blog posts about what to wear, what to bring, and how to prep for the session, it really means a lot and gets me motivated and inspired. When they take the time and put care into choosing outfits carefully, it feels like we are all working hard together to get the most beautiful images possible, and instead of them relying on me to make a too-tight cotton t-shirt and jeans look magical. You don’t have to spend a ton to make this look and feel like you: wear some old faithfuls, borrow a gown from a friend, think outside the box! In the end- this whole experience is not just about what you wear and how you look, but those elements largely contribute to how you’ll feel that day and ultimately, what kind of emotions you have when you look back on these photos in the years to come. If you felt awesome, weren’t stressed about your dress being too short or too tight, and could have a carefree evening with your love all while creating some stunning keepsakes that you’ll have forever, we’ll all have done our job!

xo Jenn

PS Anna’s gorgeous hair and makeup was done by Jen Evoy Makeup Studio!

This place is so magical looking. If you haven’t been before, you should check it out! It does not look like you’re in Toronto!
What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

This is the light I was talking about. SEE?! Just heavenly.
What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

As much as I adore a flowing gown and a suit, a good strong cozy look is also a nice touch! Great way to wrap up your session.
What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

What to Wear for your Engagement Photos | Elegant Scarborough Bluffs Engagement Session by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Laura and Kevin’s elegant Muskoka wedding was one for the books! This entire weekend was carefully crafted by these two to make sure that their guests had an awesome weekend in cottage country, while keeping all the festivities very intimate and representative of Laura and Kevin’s love story. Their hearts belong in Muskoka- they spend so much time there, and they got engaged there, so it only made sense for them to exchange their vows lakeside, among the picturesque pines. While Laura and her bridesmaids sat and got their hair and makeup done, guests were paddling around the resort in canoes, playing lawn games (handmade by our bride and groom and their families!) and went golfing nearby. We had a jam packed wedding day but with such careful planning, everything went off without a hitch! During their planning process, Laura and Kevin started making fun dates and day trips out of their wedding errands, and one day they stumbled across a bakery in Gravenhurst that has been run by the same family for 3 generations. Kevin’s siblings picked up boxes and boxes of treats from the bakery for the late night station, and they all helped to set up the most epic donut table I’ve ever laid eyes on! So much thought went into every little detail and the end result was incredible. And so, with that, welcome to the largest blog post in history.

See below post for the incredible team of vendors who helped Laura and Kevin’s vision become a reality! A huge shoutout to Christina at Sherwood Inn who was absolutely a treasure to work with, and also to the DJ (from Muskoka Touring Company) who shocked and surprised everybody by singing live and putting on a stellar performance of Shout! And as always- to Deanne for being such a dang good wedding day side kick.

Eddy K, Laura’s gown designer, has featured us on their blog!

Enjoy!
xo Jenn

Pretty bridal details | Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Pretty bridal details | Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Pretty bridal details | Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Pretty bridal details | Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Like, seriously- how do you look so fab when in the middle of hair and makeup?!

Pretty bridal details | Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

This was my second time working with Seasons in the Country and their work is SO stellar. Such dreamy bouquets!

Pretty bridal details | Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

A couple of our bridesmaids enjoying the sun and the view from the dock!

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

That’s one proud Mama right there. I love moments like this.

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Laura read this heartfelt card from Kevin literally moments before their first look, and it was the sweetest thing ever.

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Bride and groom First Look at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom First Look at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom First Look at Sherwood Inn

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

So dapper! I’m loving the choice of the bow tie for Kevin!

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

The back of Laura’s Eddy K gown was just magical- you’ll see lots of shots featuring her back! I couldn’t help myself!

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Laura carried her grandmother’s brooch in her arms all day long. The perfect mix of glam, antique and something meaningful to add to her bouquet!

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

I feel like they look like a Hollywood couple- so glamorous and classic!

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Check out this sweet sister moment- how cute are they!

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Floral arch for an elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Outdoor ceremony at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

This one goes out to Mr Harvey, Kevin’s dad. His only request!

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Remember what I said about the back of her gown!? Isn’t it so elegant?!

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Bride and groom portraits at Sherwood Inn

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Wedding photo booth at Sherwood Inn by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Calligraphy welcome sign with florals and garland by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

If you’re ever looking for a weekend away, Sherwood Inn was absolutely incredible. Their food was so fantastic and every staff member we crossed paths with was a gem.

Garland table runners at an elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Garland table runners at an elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Garland table runners at an elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Family Photo Tree by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Garland table runners at an elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Garland table runners at an elegant cottage country wedding in Muskoka by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Port Carling wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Sneaking in a few moments away from the party is one of my favourite things for newly married husband and wife. It’s a very busy day, so taking a few moments like this is so special.

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

Elegant Muskoka wedding by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

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