Krista & Darren

Windermere House Wedding

by Ryan Rowell

We have been waiting quite a while to post this gorgeous Muskoka wedding on our blog. Krista & Darren were married in the fall, and their Windermere House wedding was one of the highlights of our 2012 season. Their wedding, designed by Rachel A. Clingen infused the charm of old Muskoka for their ceremony and a modern, bold reception design in purples and whites. What I loved about the design of the day and the decor was that it really represented Krista and Darren as a couple. They are a modern Toronto city couple during the week and on weekends you will most likely find them on a dock in Muskoka. The entire dining room at Windermere House was draped in white by David Clingen and his team at Eventure. Its amazing what draping can do for an event, it literally transformed the room.

Given Darren’s love for photography, hiring a photographer was high on the priority list after we got engaged! We were somewhat overwhelmed at first given the many photographers there are to choose from. However, when we started our research online and saw the work of Erika and Ryan of Rowell Photography, it quickly became an easy decision. What initially appealed to us about Rowell Photography was the fact that they had photographed so many weddings in Muskoka, which is where we were looking to get married. When we saw their work featuring a wedding at Windermere House on Lake Rosseau, we fell in love instantly – not only with them as photographers but also with the venue, which became our number one choice. The beauty of Rowell’s work – everything from the vibrant colours that literally popped out of the page to the creativity of each shot – was exceptional. When we met Erika and Ryan, they continued to impress us with their flexibility and laid back attitude. We quickly came to realize that we had made a great first decision in our choice of wedding vendors! Erika and Ryan were casual and accommodating (particularly the day of the wedding when the weather changed the plans we had made) yet so professional at the same time. They are truly a dynamic husband and wife couple that have incredible vision and passion for what they do. We were honoured to have them a part of our special day. Our engagement and wedding photos, along with the outstanding wedding albums Erika and Ryan designed for us and our families, will serve as fond memories of our special day for many years to come.Krista & Darren

We were really honoured to be apart of this wedding. It has been a real adventure working with Darren & Krista, from their Muskoka engagement session right up to the albums we created with them for all their family members. It is rare to find a couple who loves photography as much as we do, but we definitely found that with Krista & Darren. If there is one thing that we can honestly remark about this couple its that they truly love their families, each and every last one of them. The care and time they took to work with us on their albums to create the perfect image selection for each of their families is just proof of that love. Thank you for having us as apart of your wedding adventure!

Congratulations to Darren & Krista!


Erika & Ryan

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The bride wore a custom designed gown by Valencienne in Toronto.

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Rachel A. Clingen’s gorgeous Muskoka tabletop design at Windermere House.


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The last photo of the night at Krista & Darren’s Muskoka wedding.


Krista & Darren’s Dream Team:

Design, Decor & Floral: Rachel A. Clingen Wedding and Event Design

Draping: Eventure

Dress: Valencienne

Wedding & Engagement Photography: Rowell Photography

Groom’s Suit: Garrison Bespoke 

Wedding Cake & Mini Cakes: Cakes by Konstadin

Stationary : Paleterra

Catering: Oliver & Bonacini

Location: Windermere House