Josie and Dan celebrated their wedding this past August and I was lucky enough to be the photographer to capture it. It was a full day too, which meant I got to experience and document pretty much every part of it. I started it the guys getting ready at the house which was laid back as always. I was only with them for about 30 minutes before I had to go meet up with Josie and the girls at her parents house. I spent quite a bit more time with her which was fitting, because there was definitely a lot more going on there. Plus, that is where all the family was too.
After getting some detail photos of the dress and bouquet I focused my attention on Josie getting ready and her bridesmaids helping her. Once she finished up, we headed outside and spent some time getting family portraits done. I of course managed to get a ton of candid photos too. The weather was absolutely perfect so there was no concern on that end. A short while later the limousine showed up and we were off.
Upon arriving at the church, I continued to get some candids of everyone arriving and meeting and greeting. The actual ceremony was very beautiful. I would estimate it took about an hour which allowed me to take my time and look for unique angles and photos, while capturing all the important moments. After the ceremony, everyone gathered again outside, said their temporary goodbyes until late that evening. The first stop for Josie, Dan and the rest of the wedding party was Friendship Gardens.
Friendship Gardens is the perfect venue for wedding party portraits because there are so many great spots to stop and take photos. Every you look, there is a beautiful backdrop. We spend about an hour there just walking around, setting up in different spots, taking portraits. During our time there, everyone was trying to come with an idea for place to go next for portrait and we finally decided on Sleeping Giant Brewery. We called to make sure it was ok to go there and they gave us the ok.
It was such a great idea to go there. They had a live band playing music, a ping table, a wide variety of beers on tap and of course a beautiful venue to take photos in. Admittedly, I was very much looking forward to a cold beer after a pretty busy morning and early afternoon. I would say some of my favourite photos came from that part of the day.
The last stop of the evening was the ceremony which took place at the DaVinci Centre. The ceremony itself had some pretty good moments. My favourite was when they pulled out a wash basin and made Dan wash dishes for Josie, apron and all. He was then forced to do the hoola hoop by himself in the middle of the dance floor. Not doing to well at that, he went on to do some break dancing and as far as I could tell, the worm. Suffice it to say, he was a great sport. Then the first dance took place followed by Josie and her father dancing. My night was done after that I couldn’t have asked for a more fun and eventful wedding day. Josie and Dan were an amazing couple to follow around for the day along with all of their family and friends.