It has been months since I’ve look through these images and I think I love them even more now than I did then! Chris & Laura were a dream couple to work with…sweet, kind, not demanding and very photogenic! My first dealings with Laura were actually through her mom…Mary messaged me to see if I was available and could I please touch base with her daughter who was living out-of-province. A few emails – and I think a phone call later – I was booked to shoot their August 2017 wedding. We were supposed to meet the day of the wedding, but Laura and Chris were going to be visiting the Ottawa area in June and wondered if we could fit in an engagement session? So we met for a quick session literally hours after they got off the plane. It was a great idea…they got some pretty images and we all got comfortable with each other and being in front of the camera. For those couples on the fence about an engagement session I highly recommend them for all of those reasons!
The weather forecast for their wedding day was not a good one…but the weatherman can be wrong, right?! As I drove to meet Laura at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata I watched the sky the entire way. The thunderstorm began just as I was pulling into the parking lot. C’est la vie! Everyone was a good sport about the weather and Laura made the decision to wait until the very last minute before deciding whether or not the planned outdoor ceremony would be moved indoors.
Chris and his groomsmen were also at the hotel getting ready in a separate room. We spent a couple of hours on the “prep” photos before heading off to The Herb Garden in Almonte. I have photographed there in the past and was excited to return. The grounds are lovely and make for beautiful wedding images!
I’m not sure if it was as we were making our way to the ceremony, or if it happened as we pulled into the parking lot, but the skies cleared and the sun actually began to shine! It really was amazing how quickly the weather shifted. The ceremony was able to take place outside and we even got through most of the formal photos before the weather turned yet again and the rain started.
The reception was in a large, beautifully decorated tent on the property. I was touched, as I made my way around photographing the little details, to see that the Bride and Groom had chosen to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Ottawa Distress Centre in lieu of traditional favours. What a beautiful gesture to honour important people in their lives…and it speaks volumes about their character.
My time with them ended shortly after dinner, as we moved to the barn for a first dance. It was a wonderful day, spent with wonderful people! I look forward to capturing other life milestones for them in the future!