On Saturday, I completed my wedding season for 2008.
And what better way to finish the 22 weddings, but with Joe & Roisin. When we had our engagement shoot at Terroni's, I knew their wedding would be wonderful. They were so lovely, so in love, and just so excited to get married!!
At our first consultation, I remember Joe's parents visiting from out of town saying to me, "Don't you think Roisin will be a beautiful bride?" Um... YES!!! Have a lookdy-loo:
Great last photoshoot, I must say. We had such a good time.
And when we took our photos outside of the reception at the Rosewater Supper Club in the freeezing cold, there wasn't even a whimper of a complaint.
Liz collects friends. And once she has them, she keeps them forever. When you meet her (and want to be her friend, too!) you understand the magnetic draw that she has. It's infectious. Needless to say, she had friends come to her wedding last weekend from everywhere --childhood friends, sorority friends, and even friends she met traveling around the world.
Instead of picking a few to be bridesmaids, she decided to have a luncheon for all of them at the hair salon. Such a brilliant idea!
We all gathered at Flaunt Boutique in Toronto, and Ivan (her hairdresser for the last 15 years), let us take over the place. There was catered food from the amazing Dish (who also catered the wedding), and champagne to boot.
It was a party before the party. A great way to start the wedding day -- make an event of the "getting ready" portion of the day, celebrate and spend time with your special friends in a cool salon like Flaunt!
And here she is, the post pre-party product, with her new husband Ian!
I'm happy to say that Bliss Events, an amazing event planning company in Toronto, is using my photos as a feature wedding on their site. This is a great compliment to me, but really a bigger compliment to the bride Sarah, who made the most amazing choices in planning her perfect wedding. Photographing it was the easy part!!
You can go to Bliss Events.ca>>Gallery>>Feature Wedding, June 21 for the feature slideshow.
Let's see. In the last 3 weeks, I have shot 4 weddings, 1 baby shoot and 2 engagement shoots. I have been falling behind on my blogging and made an Executive decision to not have a post per session. Instead, here is a mish mash of all the fun I've been having.
You remember Krista + Andy, right? I certainly won't forget how we braved the February cold for their engagement session. They had a wonderful wonderful wedding.
(Thank you to Tara for this awesome shot!)
A couple of days later Cheryl + Rob celebrated their romantic wedding at the Drake Hotel. It was so relaxed, fun and awesome. I am convinced it's because the bride wore such a hot pink dress. There is a connection there, I'm sure of it.
Then there was Ben, who was fussy and incredibly endearing because of it. He turned me into mush.
Oh, and we can't forget Susie + Johnny, who had an amazing authentically Scottish-themed wedding at the Hunt Club. It was cold and overcast -- totally could have been Scotland. If they look familiar, it's probably from their engagement shoot in the Spring.
And from Scottish, I went cowboy. Meet Lindsay + Paul. They are getting married next September. The cows won't be there. Thank goodness, those horns are scary!! We had so much fun together -- they were up for anything! I know their wedding is going to be fantastically great.
By ditched, you probably think I mean hitched. They got that too, but I actually mean ditched. On Brock Street, in Uxbridge. We wanted somewhere Autumny to shoot with such gorgeous weather this weekend, and, truthfully, the side of the highway was the most beautiful spot. There were changing leaves, wild growth, and hills -- everything you could want. Besides, what can be more romantic than the honking of passing Harleys and trucks as you take your wedding photos?
Indeed, the wedding day is a day to remember forever. This one goes down in the books. Thanks you guys, for being so fun, and open, and awesome.
How do you know when a wedding is a successful party? What is it your guests remember? The food? The decorations? We all know it's the dancing. They say if your guests are dancing, it was a success. Then they are experiencing your wedding.
At David and Gabriela's wedding that I shot a couple of weeks ago in Israel, people weren't just dancing. They were dancing as though they would never dance again. All. Night. Long.
One of the best elements of a destination wedding is that it's no longer just a wedding day. It's a wedding week. This means you actually get to spend time and make memories with your favourite loved ones, not just see them for 45 seconds or less. And when people are flying all around the world to be with you, this makes a big difference!
If you are hiring a photographer, say, me, for random argument's sake, it can be incredibly valuable to have me around for the days leading up to the wedding, in addition to the day of. This way, all the other important days, all those juicy moments, are captured and shared as well.
That is what Gabriela and David did in Israel, and I must say, those days leading up were precious.
Here we are at 5am, climbing Massada for sunrise:
And here we are later that morning at the Dead Sea:
(not a bad way to get ready for your wedding day! a little mud mask!)
And, here we are exploring the Old City of Jerusalem: