Engagement Session | Hermitage Ruins | Ancaster, Ontario | Destination Wedding Photographer

Polkaroo … that is how Melanie (a registered veterinary technician) thought of Chris.  At the time he was the mysterious ‘cute paramedic guy’ that worked at the same Fort Erie Race Track.  Every time a mutual friend tried to introduce them, Chris had either just left or wasn’t working that shift, etc. etc.  there was always something that prevented them from meeting…Polkaroo…

Until one day…months later…Melanie went to a local pizza place for a birthday party and Chris happened to be there watching the World Juniors Hockey game.  They were a match!  I couldn’t be  happier for them!   Chris is now a firefighter for the Niagara Falls Fire Deptartment and Melanie is currently a stay-at-home mom with their beautiful boy Edan!

I was able to photograph their engagement session in Ancaster and spend some quality time with both of them before I flew back to Vancouver.  We went to the Hermitage Ruins  which some believe to be a ‘haunted house’.  There are only a few walls left standing that were once part of a mansion from the 1830’s… they have guided ghost walks where you can explore the dark alley’s and remaining buildings where they believe ghosts still visit.  If that is too freaky then the hiking and trails on this property are pretty amazing as well.  I had a hard time keeping Chris’s attention, he was a true boy at heart and wanted to go out exploring instead of getting his photos taken.
















It is always so amazing seeing you guys!  I am bummed that I will be missing your wedding in August!!  :(  But at least you will have half of  Team Chelico there to witness this beautiful union.  xoxo ~ Fran ~ xoxo

  • Melanie said:

    I love these! 2, 4, 8 and of course the family pic is my favourite! I love the 'love story' you composed too! It was such an awesome day and a great location you chose! Lots of memories for sure! Thanks again for sharing your talent with us? By the way....how did the 'boys' pic turn out??

  • Erin said:

    Hello Fran,

    I'm Melanie's cousin. I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with your photography -- beautiful work!


  • Liz said:

    The photos are all lovely!!!Congrats again you 2!!!!!

  • Rose said:

    Nothing spooky or haunting about these photo's. What a beautiful couple in an awesome location. Leave it to Frannie to find the right location for the right couple.

  • Jane Hazelton said:

    Hi Fran: I'm Melanie's Mom. The photos are beautiful. Sorry you can't make the wedding. Jane & Tom

  • Susette said:

    Absolutely spectacular photos. A handsome family like that must be easy to photograph!!!

  • suzie chelico said:

    Love all the great photos! Fran, you have a real eye for locations,compositions, the works! Congratulations to Chris & Melanie & adorable Edan.