kate + charlie : belle river, ontario

The cottage.

This is where we laugh. Swim. Dance. Shuck corn to grill. Sleep in.

This place belongs to my grandparents, Kate + Charlie.

It used to belong to my great-grandparents Art + Frances.

And it will always belong to us.

The past two summers I have visited I have feared it would be my last.

It’s incredible what a profound effect the impermanence makes.

I have seen this place with new eyes. Eyes of gratitude and eyes of love.

This place isn’t just a place.

It is everything that is good about us.

And each image is my attempt to hold onto that good forever.

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario lake st. claire

lake st. claire sunset

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

One day all I want to be able to say is that I left a legacy of love, just like my grandparents Kate + Charlie.

For them I am forever grateful.

xo,
Em

all images in this post shot on my Mamiya 645 ProTl + my mom’s old Pentax K1000

COMMENTS
  1. Eva

    Crying my eyes out at the beauty of these images, what a wonderful family and an amazing place….these totally make me miss my Grandfather….

  2. Heidi R.

    These are so special, Em. How fortunate you are to have a place like this to share with your family. <3

  3. jessica joy

    wow em…these images are INCREDIBLE. thank you so much for sharing!!

  4. aunt Patty

    Wow Emily I feel like I was just at the cottage…I love it so!

  5. Celia

    Beautiful, Emily! Loved all of these images and your creative, loving insight. Thanks so much!!!

  6. Robin

    Em- these photos are breathtaking. So full of emotion. I can’t decide what I love most: your dad taking the photo with his flip phone, your grandparents holding hands, floating, the awesome floral couch (you better claim that as your own), or your grandpa cheering. In the end- I think it’s them floating together. Love it!

  7. Megan Welker

    Em, these are SO special and ridiculously beautiful! What an amazing place!!

  8. Danie at Pasadya

    Wow! What incredible shots! You have such a talent of telling the story through photography, and I feel like I was there. I just about shriveled up when I saw the photo of your grandparents holding hands. You’re a talented lady, for sure!!

  9. Em, these photos are gorgeous, and just capture so perfectly the magic of this place. Wonderful wonderful.

  10. glady

    i love this post a lot. a lot, a lot. what a special place of treasures, love, and memories!

  11. Anna Laero

    Every single one of these is absolute perfection.

  12. Pingback: 65 years of love - Em the Gem

  13. Aubrey

    These images are beautiful!! Such a sweet story they tell!! I can feel them!! :)

  14. Cousin Janel

    Emily!

    This is SO AMAZING! I was just thinking about how much I miss and am going to miss the cottage. And I’m glad that you have made this so it will remain fresh in my memories always. I really am going to miss it. Thanks againf or all your hard work at making this!

    Janel

  15. Mary

    Emily,
    Your photo’s have taken me back in time. I especially love the picture of Kate & Charlie floating in the lake!
    Mary Wilson Sullivan

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>