Nick & Caitlin – Niagara-on-the-Lake Engagement

by Ryan Rowell

In August fo 2005 Ryan and I went on our first vacation together. We had been dating for a year, we had just started Rowell Photography the year prior, but 2005 was the first year we actually photographed weddings. We booked 7 weddings that summer and after our last one in August we decided to go away for a mini vacation for 4 days to Niagara-on- the -Lake. We took the train from Toronto to the Falls and then walked from Niagara Falls to Niagara-On-The-Lake, about 22km which took us about 4.5 hours to walk. It was hot, and it rained, and we carried our camera gear (which wasn’t very much back then.) It was the most fun we had ever had. When it started to rain we decided we would start hitching a ride. We had no idea how far away we were from our hotel in NOTL. Finally a cute older couple from Maine picked us up, and drove us the 2 minutes up the street to our hotel. We were so close. We still laugh about it to this day. We learned a lot about one another on that trip, I learned that Ryan is very outdoorsy, and he learned that I am amazing with directions (Don’t roll your eyes at me, Ryan. You know its so true.) We also learned to never give up, even when you are tired and in the rain. Our first trip together was amazing, it is the trip we stack up all the others to. On our days off we sometimes find ourselves driving to NOTL, eating at our favourite restaurant (Prince of Wales) or buying things we don’t need like ice wine tea, and birthday cake in a mason jar from Greaves.

It doesn’t take much to get us to go to Niagara. It is one of our favourite places to visit, photograph and hang out with cool people like Nick and Caitlin at. When Caitlin told me her plan to have their Niagara engagement photo shoot in downtown Niagara-On-The-Lake, a winery and Kurtz Orchard we were practically in the car, ready to go.

Thanks to Nick and Caitin for choosing us to be your photographers, and giving us the opportunity to visit Niagara-On-The-Lake again. We are so excited for your wedding next year!!!


Erika & Ryan