I have to say, I LOVED photographing this wedding. It was the kind of wedding that I always envisioned photographing when I started doing this last year and just the type of casual, quirky, handmade and beautiful event that really makes my job easy. The funny thing is, I knew it would be amazing just from my brief meeting with the couple, Chris and Andréa, only about 4 weeks before the wedding (that’s right, they only booked me less than a month before their wedding, filling in my one free weekend in August!) They were so laid back and friendly, and as they described all the DYI projects they were doing and the location where the ceremony and the reception would take place, I started having a vision in my mind of what it would look like, and for the most part I was right (I even pegged Andréa as the ‘short vintage inspired dress and birdcage’ type bride, and she was!)
Chris and Andréa were married at the Ridgeback Lodge in Kingston, tucked up in the woods overlooking the Peninsula. It threatened to rain all day but save for a brief minute of light showers, the clouds held off and we stayed dry for the evening. As much as I love sun and light filled images, I must say, some of these darker/shadowy woods shots (especially those of the bride and groom), are among my top favourites ever. Chris (and some friends/family) built a lovely little stage/dance floor where the ceremony and later the dance took place, and they included so many handmade touches (like the 300+ origami cranes that Chris folded and used as the reception decor), it really made the day beautiful and personal. The wedding party was small, only one bridesmaid and one groomsman, and we did a ‘First Look’ before the ceremony, which helped everyone feel at ease and allowed for lots of time for portraits. The ceremony was simple and heartfelt, with lots of friends and family present. The reception included an appetizer/cocktail hour, and then a few dances, including a couple of square dances…something I think will remain unique to this wedding 😉
Chris and Andréa, I had a wonderful time capturing your day, I hope you enjoy this somewhat large sneak, I just couldn’t narrow it down any more!
(A little note about the cake: One tiny bunting banner says “I love you”, and the other says “I know”…this is a Han Solo line from Star Wars. Umm, coolest couple ever!)
The weddings continue on, so I’ll be back to share another soon, along with a few engagement sessions and-shock-a child session (they are so rare these days…)