Intimate Muskoka Wedding in Bala, Ontario | Tristan and Jeff

I’m so excited to share this Muskoka wedding with you! Jeff and Tristan got married on a warm sunny day at Jeff’s family cottage in Bala, Ontario. The cottage is in the heart of the Muskokas, tucked into the pine and hemlock trees with a stunning view of the lake.

The couple got ready for their wedding separately so that they could share a first look together—this was super important to them and I love how the first look photographs turned out. They then greeted their guests and made their way to the ceremony which was held under a wooden triangular archway at the water’s edge. It was an intimate ceremony and everyone was quite emotional.

After saying their vows and making it official, they hugged their friends and family. Everyone gathered at the beach and I hopped in a boat with a neighbour to get a very fun group photo of the couple with all of their wedding guests. Then everyone made their way to the beautifully decorated dining tent to celebrate the happy couple. We snuck out to enjoy sunset on the dock and popped some more champagne – Jeff could be an expert champagne popper. This wedding is high on the list of my favourite weddings I’ve photographed! Below are just a handful of my favourite moments from the day.

If you are planning a Muskoka wedding, I’d love to be your wedding photographer. Please reach out to me here to find out if I’m available on your wedding date.

Muskoka cottage wedding setup.
Detail of wedding invitations and vows. Wedding inspiration.
Simple satin wedding dress hanging on sliding barn door.
Mother helping bride into wedding dress.
Bride getting ready in front of mirror on morning of wedding.
Mother helping bride get ready in mirror.
Father and bride crying at wedding.
Emotional moment of bride hugging father on morning of wedding.
Outdoor groom portrait. Light and airy wedding photography.
First look at outdoor wedding in Muskokas.
Intimate moment between bride and groom at outdoor wedding.
Outdoor bridal portrait. Light and airy wedding photography.
Candid moment of bride and groom smiling at each other at Muskoka wedding.
Wedding couple meeting guests at Muskoka Lake cottage.
Candid moment of people hugging at outdoor wedding. Photographed by Maranda Elysse Photography.
Cute moment between groom and mother at backyard wedding.
Wedding couple and wedding party laughing while popping champagne.
Portrait of wedding couple. Light and airy wedding photography by Maranda Elysse.
Portrait of bride and groom at outdoor Muskoka wedding. Photographed by Muskoka Wedding Photographer, Maranda Elyse.
Women looking out the window on morning of wedding.
Guests being social at outdoor cottage wedding.
Groom watching bride walk down aisle at lakeside wedding.
Bride walking down aisle with father at backyard Muskoka wedding.
Emotional moment of groom during wedding ceremony.
Wedding guests watching couple get married at outdoor wedding.
Couple getting married under wooden triangle at Muskoka Lake wedding.
Intimate moment during backyard wedding ceremony.
Just married couple smiling at each other as they walk down the aisle.
Bride and groom kissing at outdoor wedding.
Wedding couple laughing with guests.
Bride and groom kissing after wedding.
People hugging at wedding.
White and gold table setting at wedding.
White and gold wedding details.
Funny moment of wedding guests at outdoor wedding.
Group portrait of wedding guests at backyard wedding on Muskoka Lake.
Clear outdoor wedding tent. Muskoka backyard wedding inspiration.
Intimate moment of bride and groom kissing during wedding reception.
Candid moment of head table laughing at outdoor wedding reception.
Wedding couple popping champagne bottle on edge of dock on Muskoka Lake.
Bride and groom sharing a toast.
Bride and father laughing at wedding reception.
Sweet moment of groom dancing with mother at wedding under string lights.
Bride and groom giving speech at wedding reception in the Muskokas.
First dance under clear wedding tent with string lights.

Thank you to all of the wedding vendors who made this day so special!

Dress Designer: Rita Vinieris – Kleinfelds

Hair: Knot Too Pink

Florist: Seasons in the Country

Wedding Planner: Shannon Hirlehey – All things Love

DJ: Tie the Knot Music

Caterer: Cravings Fine Food and Catering

Bridesmaid attire: Park and Fifth

Groom’s suit: Garrisons

Groomsmen attire: Tolo

Invitations: Minted

Decor & Rentals: Revere Design Co., Muskoka Event Rentals, Westway Tents

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Barrie wedding photographer, Maranda Elysse.

Meet Maranda

Home renovation addict, lover of all things green & neutral, and hopeless romantic.

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Wedding invitation inspiration.
Wedding couple popping champagne on the dock on Muskoka Lake. Photographed by Maranda Elysse.
Bridal details.
Wedding couple standing next to pine trees on Muskoka lake.
Bridal portrait.
Maranda Elysse Photography logo.