• Oleg Valin

Summerlea Golf Club Wedding | Christine & Dan | Durham Region Golf Wedding


Oleg did both photo and video coverage for this wedding.

Christine called Dan one day and said “I booked Summerlea Golf Club for our wedding, trust me you’ll love it.”

Summerlea Golf Club is a smaller club north of Oshawa and just south of Port Perry in Durham Region. Unfortunately, words cannot do it justice. This Durham Region based Golf Club distinguishes itself with a series of tall hills, open vistas and farmland as far as the eye can see.

As soon as we arrived at the golf course I already knew exactly where I wanted to take the sunset photos. A hill overlooking multiple others on one side and open country fields on the other.

We started the day with getting ready photos at Christine and Dan’s parents’ houses in Whitby and integrated a first look with the parents for both. After a round of photos, both candid and posed we packed up and headed over to Summerlea Golf Club. At the Golf Club the groomsmen were busy shuttling guests on golf carts to the top of a hill where the ceremony took place. Even though it was a really hot day the tree line in background provided adequate shade for most of the guests and most importantly kept everyone in the first few rows in nice and even lighting.

After a quick ceremony we opted to get the family photos done on the ceremony site and then moved to bridal party photos on another hill. We covered all the standard poses and included some fun candids after which it was time to photograph Christine and Dan. We used the same areas as the bridal party and added the corn field to the mix as well, as we knew that we wanted to save the main hill for the sunset.

This being September I knew that the sun sets earlier than the rest of the summer and kept an eye on the skys while capturing all of the action of the reception. 20 minutes before sunset we headed over to our sunset location and it was breathtaking. The sun was just setting over the horizon and that orange glow mixed with a little bit of off camera flash was exactly what we were looking for. Just opposite from the sunset the purple hues started coming out creating a completely different look.

After a few more hours of fun filled reception Christine and Dan with the help of their bridal party gathered most of their guests outside to create a sparkler tunnel.

Tip: when looking to do a sparkler tunnel, I highly recommend to have as many people involved as possible. The longer the tunnel the more dynamic it looks, the more time we have and the greater variety of photos that we can have.

Pro Tip: Sparklers should be lit from the bottom, it looks better in photos. As we are walking through the tunnel chances are the sparklers will be running out and it looks better to have the spark at the top rather than the bottom.