Three words I could use to describe Alaina & Steve’s winter wedding are: laid-back, chilly and magical. When I arrived at Alaina & Steve’s house to capture getting ready photos, besides the hair and makeup, you’d barely know it was just a few hours before a wedding, since everyone was incredibly relaxed. Soon after that, we all headed over to the beautiful Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.
While Whistle Bear is capable of hosting several weddings at once, the beauty of Alaina & Steve’s off-season wedding was that they had the entire space to themselves, which meant they could really spread things out. The ceremony was in a beautiful room on the main floor and their gorgeous reception in a bigger hall on the second floor. And while it was a beautiful day, we also had a great, private indoor space in a third hall for some formal indoor photos.
The staff at Whistle Bear were amazing. Alaina, Steve, and their wedding party were willing to brave the cold for wedding photos, and while we were outside, a couple of the ladies coordinating the wedding brought us out a basket of blankets for everyone to warm up under. Unsurprisingly, the groomsmen seemed to have a harder time dealing with the cold than the bridesmaids, despite their three-piece suits. We decided to take a quick break, where the newlyweds cuddled up next to the fireplace, before heading back outside, up the path to the forest for a few more couples photos. Towards the mid to late afternoon, the sun was low in the sky and produced a magical golden light, which was perfect for both outdoor and indoor photos.
We returned to a warm reception, of drinks, delicious food, amazing speeches, great music, all in a beautiful space. After the meal, the dancing began with a couple of formal dances, followed by a lively party. Alaina, Steve, with their friends and family, danced the night away, completing a beautiful day of love and happiness. Whistle Bear is truly the ideal winter wedding venue in Cambridge!