Marina and Antonio met through mutual friends in 2011. Antonio was living in Montreal and Marina was living in Ontario. They kept in touch as friends, chatted on Facebook and those conversations got longer and longer until their friendship evolved into a relationship. Gotta love matchmaker Facebook, right? Their long distance relationship was needless to say, not easy, but it made them stronger and made their love what it is today. Antonio proposed where they first met; by the lake eating ice cream on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, an old ACL injury meant he couldn’t go down on one knee but don’t worry, Marina has vowed to bug him over this for the rest of his life.
Marina and Antonio’s summer engagement session took us to Tobermory, Ontario, where we all booked a camping spot at the same campground for the weekend. Adam and I had been here before so we helped set out a plan based on the spots that most resonated with them. Well plans don’t always work out, and that’s when great adventures are born.
We started off with a 5am sunrise session. Adam made coffees for everyone over the fire the night before to wake us up for the drive to Dyers Bay. Marina and Antonio shared some sleepy cuddles by the boathouse for some photos before getting into the canoe for a paddle down to the pier. I jumped in the canoe with them. We couldn’t help but laugh as I tried to juggle taking their photographs while paddling us in the right direction and not letting the wind carry us away. Success! We got to the pier, I got out, and just as Antonio leaned in to give Marina a kiss to end off the morning session, tip! The canoe rocks a little too hard and sends them into the Georgian Bay. They laughed and rung out their clothes. Now these are our kind of people!
We went back to the campsite to get ready for our sunset photo session.
As dusk fell we arrived at the trail head to the Grotto. We were told that they had closed the 30-minute trail due to overcrowding so we had to take the 2 hour trail. What? But it’s almost sunset! Marina and Antonio were up for it so we took the beautiful scenic route through the forest, around the lakes, to the cliff edge of the famous grotto. The sun was going over the horizon as Marina and Antonio dipped their feet in the crystal blue waters of Indian Head beach. We arrived and it was worth it. The white-grey rocky bay seemed to meet and mix with the sparkling white waters of the lake and the clear pastel skies. It was breathtaking.
None of us wanted to leave. It was about 9:30pm when the pitch-black night fell and being the only ones still left there, we thought we should start our walk back through the woods. The silence was both beautiful and eerie. The howling of wolfs quickly changed that… We made it to a parking lot but it was about another hour walk from where we parked our car. Rather than keep walking we thought to ask a group of people for a lift to the other lot. They told us we could hop on the back of their truck if we wanted. Done!
The Grotto Georgian Bay | Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory Engagement Photography | Canoe, Hiking, Sunset, Sunrise, Pebble Beach, Lake
We all walked away from that weekend with amazing memories and an even better story to tell.