Whenever Dave and I have to write something sentimental as a couple it always goes the same way: I write down some general ideas in jot note form and then Dave improves on it. I get down the main points I think we should get across and any critical details that have to be included. I normally take a pass at writing a few sentences, maybe even an entire paragraph, but once that is done Dave takes all of my thoughts, adds his own and then turns it into an actual written (or spoken) piece and it ends up being beautiful. There are normally some changes on my end, particularly if it is supposed to sound like me and not him, but he is definitely the one that makes it actually sound great. You see, although I can write pretty well (or at least well enough), Dave can write beautifully from the heart. He has a way with that sort of thing whereas I can sometimes struggle with getting my point across.
I mention this because at multiple points during Kristen + Chris’ wedding day I was reminded of Dave’s heart-spoken nature as Chris had the same abilities. When he spoke about his family and of course his new bride, every word was said with intention and his words were so incredibly meaningful and completely heartwarming.
Getting to be a part of this wedding day was truly a treat. From the amazing couple themselves who clearly cared for each other so immensely, to the wonderful family members (of which there was no shortage), and of course the amazing guests who helped celebrate the day, everything was so wonderful. It really was an honour to capture the day of a couple who were so connected with their loving family and friends.
And despite the gray, dreary weather, everything was absolutely stunning too! Kristen + Chris had thought of and planned so many beautiful details to include in their day and they were executed perfectly! And I think a big shout out needs to go to the Strathmere team who had everything ready for the outdoor ceremony and were equally ready to move it all inside should the weather take a turn for the worse. Luckily though, that wasn’t needed as the skies dried up enough for everyone to stay outside for both the ceremonies and the photos afterwards.
When I met up with Kristen + Chris to shoot their engagement session earlier this year, I knew their wedding day was going to be spectacular and they definitely delivered!!
Wedding Photographers: Stephanie Beach Photography (us!)
Venue: Strathmere Lodge
Bride’s Dress: Alliance Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair Stylist: Liaisons Hairstyles & Erin Heather
Groom’s Attire: Surmesur
Groomsmen Attire: Moore’s
Make-up Artist: Erin Heather
Flowers: Flowers Talk Tivoli
Officiant: All Seasons Weddings, Natasha St-Jean
DJ: Quality Entertainment