Stonefields Estate near Ottawa is no ordinary wedding venue. In fact, if Evelyne and I were to get married all over again, I think this place would be top of our list of potential wedding venues. It is quite simply…. stunning!
With its rustic barn buildings and relaxed vibes to its recently added Ceremony House for wedding ceremonies, Stonefields is the kind of place your guests would always feel like they can chill out and really enjoy the fun of the wedding day. And that’s exactly how it went down at Amanda & Thierry’s wedding
Amanda & Thierry also recommended me to another couple, Emma & Rob, whose wedding at Adelina you may remember from the blog. And it was great to see Emma and Rob at this wedding too.
I shot this one solo and my day began with the girls, as it usually does. It was a busy house with everyone having hair and makeup done before heading to Stonefields for the finishing touches. The boys also got ready in one of the buildings at the venue and then headed over to the Ceremony House.
After an emotional ceremony, everyone gathered in the grounds to enjoy the weather and a few canapes before being invited into the Stonefields Loft for dinner, speeches and dancing.
For the couple portraits, I managed to split the sessions up as I never want to take the bride & groom away from their guests for too long. We did a few after the ceremony, some as the sun was setting and grabbed a couple after dark with the evening lighting.
I’d been looking forward to this wedding for a long time and it still exceeded my expectations. Not only were Amanda & Thierry an absolute pleasure to work with but their guests made me feel really welcome and Stephanie & Steve from Stonefields helped me to get the best from the day too.
I really look forward to shooting more weddings at Stonefields Estate so if you’re planning a wedding there I’d love to hear from you.
Massive thanks and congrats to Amanda & Thierry. Superstar clients!
Stonefields Wedding Ottawa Photos
About Stonefields Estate
In 1816, The Hawkins, one of the founding families of the Ottawa Valley, arrive in what’s now known as Beckwith.
They build a one-room log cabin to live in. This would later be named the Hawkins Settler’s Cabin in honour of the estate’s legendary homesteaders.
The Hawkins also put up barns for their animals and farming equipment, which are now rustic features of the Stonefields Estate.
40 years later, the family builds a large stone farmhouse – the new heart of their 120-acre farm. The homestead changes hands only a few times over the next century.
More than 150 years later, the farmhouse was renamed as the Stonefields Inn. It now provides an elegant backdrop for outdoor wedding ceremonies and accommodates guests overnight.
Back in 2009, the farm was bought by Stephanie and Steve Malenfant and renamed Stonefields Estate. Stephanie had been in love with the property for years. When she and Steve decided to open their own outdoor wedding venue, they knew the farm would be a perfect location.
With help from their community, Stephanie and Steve begin transforming the farm into one of Canada’s finest wedding venues.
In 2015, Stephanie and Steve purchased a 110-year-old barn from a neighbouring farm. Their vision is to transform it into a French country-inspired barn for wedding receptions.
It takes almost a year to rebuild the barn onsite, add vintage windows and install modern conveniences. The result is a classic event space that effortlessly combines old with new.
Midway through the restorations, Steve proposes to Stephanie on the estate grounds. They hold their wedding in the Loft shortly after it’s completed in 2016.
About SteveI’m a Brit living in Montreal with my wife, Evelyne and our three boys, Elliott, Isaac and Jonas! Evelyne and I met in the Alps in 2003 when Evelyne thought she was a cool snowboarder and I thought I was a superstar DJ. We got married in 2007 in Cornwall, England and moved to Canada in 2014. I photographed my first wedding in 2006 and have now shot almost 500 weddings, mostly in Canada & the UK, but I absolutely love travelling anywhere in the world. I enjoyed it when I started but love my job now more than ever.
** Voted Best Wedding Photographer by the readers of Perfect Wedding Magazine **
“Steve Gerrard has a knack for capturing the tiniest, fleeting moments you didn’t even realise were happening, as well as the all-important hero shots.” – Rock My Wedding Blog
Below is a short slideshow of some of my favourite recent wedding photos… Take a look. And turn the sound up!