This past year has been my most busiest year to date, with so many firsts and milestones in my client's lives there were so many memories to capture. That being said, it was also one of my busiest wedding seasons to date. It's impossible for me to call one more memorable than the other as each wedding is as unique and distinct from the next so I have categorized one giant list. To me amazing clients, there are many moments I had to leave out, given a limit of sixteen for myself so please understand I appreciate so many more than what is listed here! With that being said, here are my top sixteen wedding moments of16'!
1. This beautiful barn venue
2. The more helping hands the better!
On one of the hottest sweltering days of our summer, these ladies were fearless and all came upstairs to help with this gorgeous dress and the final details.
Just look at the ladies expressions however and our beautiful bride Mary, of course it was worth it! The more helping hands the better!
3. The best friend's first look.
Complete & utter happiness are the only words I have to describe Viola's reaction to seeing best friend and bride-to-be Ange, which brings me to # 4! :)
4. This ceremony location in Central Ottawa.
St. Patrick's Basilica is nestled along Kent Street close to downtown and is one of the most sought after locations to be wed. As a wedding photographer you do not always have the opportunity to photograph inside a place of worship, but luckily for us (bride & groom included) there were no restraints. I was actually encouraged ahead of time by the priest to proceed up the stairs where the organist plays during the reading so I could capture this gem off the balcony overlooking the entire location. The only spot that was off limits was the highest platform, understandably so for the priest's & brides/groom's access only.
5. This close-knit couple arriving together in style
Tatiana & Patrick's ceremony was not of the traditional mold, but fit there style and presence beautifully. With light pale pinks and cobalt blue hues lining the aisle and arrangements, the mood was simplicitc and airy. Guests quietly chatting, anticipating the arrival of the soon-to-be weds while taking in the serenity of Calabogie Lake. The car pulls up, Patrick & Tatiana emerge wide-eyed and full of excitement, they begin their walk to the aisle and then this look!- Patrick's proud and definitive posture coupled with Tatiana's eager and undeniable excitement truly shows their unique bond & love for one another.
6. This beautiful head table
Credit to Cassie Chusroskie for the incredible design, staging and set-up! Claire & Ryan's decor was nautical themed with the perfect touches added, note the two frames behind the head table with each of them in their younger years. The whole set up was perfection.
7. This bride decided to do her own wedding makeup!
Claire took a more minimal approach with her final touches and planned on being her own makeup stylist! Although our hair guru helped with the falsies, everything else was authentic to the bride to be. It was extremely special to capture her doing her mum's makeup as well.
8. The father-daughter dance
I find it very hard not to get emotional capturing moments like this. The whole world seems to stay still until the song ends and daughter and father part. It's one of the biggest moments for dad aside from the walk down the aisle of course. All eyes are watching, but dad can not help but get lost in this moment as he sings along to his daughter Cali.
9. This groom's boutonniere
Katelynn & Adam decided to take an alternative route from the traditional style of boutonniere and opted for a more personal touch. Both the bride & groom are active hunters, so I could not find this any more fitting for them, not to mention the men's vests as well!
Looking dapper boys, looking very dapper !
10. I could not make this list without throwing in this unexpected moment...
The story between these two photos is completely candid. Chris & Meghan wed at the Renfrew Golf Club. We had so much fun capturing photos with the newlyweds and wedding party so we decided to take a few fun shots along the way. One of the groomsmen was going through pinterest (don't worry I won't disclose who) and thought this photo would be fun to recreate! There was no actual golf ball in the image, but I informed Chris to pretend he was hitting it out of the bunker. Needless to say guess I didn't explain the "pretend to hit the ball" take well enough, first image was great, but the perfectionist in me asked for a double take and well...I think the second image is pretty self-explanatory. The boys weren't completely thrilled, but we all had a good laugh.
11. The very adorable flower girl with ring bearers.
These three had the special opportunity of standing in their older cousin Katelynn's wedding. They started off very shy around the camera, but as soon as I told them to give me their BEST funny faces, the giggles really started to come out.
12. This gorgeous hill-top ceremony!
Kelly & Eric decided to have their wedding close to home atop of Kelly's family farm. It took place on a perfect May afternoon. Here's another one of my favourite moments from the day, (pictured below) the two flower girls desperately trying to pick up the petals they dropped on the way up.
13. This authentic & completely edible fall harvest wedding cake.
I say authentic because it is completely Theresa & Jeff down to the initials and tiny touches. The groom even surprised Theresa by getting the kids to initial the back as well. A sweet little surprise ! All the decor was very much nature-inspired from the pumpkin bouquets along each table to the bark candle holders as seen below.
14. Another moment from this year I absolutely cannot forget, (I'm laughing as I type this) is Jeff's surprise entrance mid reception. It was the time to do the garter toss, but the groom was nowhere to be seen, the music took off with Duran Duran's "Hungry like the wolf" and shortly after Jeff busted back into the hall with this werewolf/wolf mask on!
The dance was nothing short of amazing ...
Theresa's expression of surprise was however the most epic.
15. A surprise performance by the Barenaked Ladie's drummer Tyler Stewart.
Being a close family friend of the Egans, Mary & Troy undoubtedly invited Tyler, but already having local band Rain Water Whisky playing did not expect to have the incredible talent of Tyler called upon. Being the evening of Gord Downie's last performance with The Tragically Hip, Tyler played an homage to the band and then to the entire Egan clan going off in a Gord Downie inspired storytelling set. All the guests LOVED it especially our newlyweds who couldn't thank Tyler enough for his thoughtful addition to their night.
16. Last, but certainly not least is Katrina & Kody's incredible day to evening. We were lucky enough to have a break in the weather for wedding party portraits until the rain came back. Following the ceremony we received another break in the clouds and took off to Stone Rd off of Hwy 132. We immediately pulled off to capture the sunset in the background as seen below.
That was our silver lining, as upon trying to get the truck started to go Kody realized it had overheated and ran over to a neighbouring house to get water. I immediately saw an opportunity to make a cute memory for the newlyweds to keep with them for years to come.
That is it, Thank you so much for viewing my top sixteen memories of '16! :)