When I captured Sarah + Kelvin’s engagement session last winter I learned just how amazing they are in front of the camera, and although I didn’t really forgot that fact, I was very quickly reminded of just how fantastic they really are as soon as we had the two of them together again and in front of our lenses! Seriously guys, they are complete naturals! Such genuine emotion and adorableness I honestly just couldn’t get enough of it! I could have shot these two all day long! And that feeling was only compounded when I met the rest of their wedding party as these guys were just a ton of fun and made every second of this already wonderful day that much more awesome!
I have heard so many photographers say (and I believe I have said it myself as well), you really have to choose the last wedding of the year carefully. The couple has to be just right and the wedding they are planning has to be just a little extra exciting. All of this is needed because after so many extra long days squeezing those creative muscles, you can sometimes feel pretty wiped by the end of the season. So that final couple of the year needs to be fantastic enough to give you that extra bit of energy and excitement. And what can I say other than, I don’t think there was a better couple to end the 2017 season with other than Alyssa + David!
There are definitely venues and locations around the city that are on to shoot list and pretty much ever since it opened a few years ago, Evermore has been a venue on that list. So when Ellen + Graham first reached out to me about photographing their wedding there, I was super excited to get a chance to capture a day at this stunning venue. But then I got to meet and chat with this wonderful couple, and my excitement quickly changed from being venue-based to being all about getting to work with these two amazing people as they started their married life together.
If there is anything I have learned over the years it is that wedding days can be chaotic and stressful at times. And there have definitely been days where the stress of the couple has passed along to me and gotten me a little stressed out too. But then there are weddings like Nathalie + Marc-Andre’s. They had planned such a peaceful, relaxed, family-filled day and they didn’t let anything sway them from that disposition.
As we drove back to Ottawa after Nathalie + Marc-Andre’s wedding, I told Dave (and he of course agreed 100%) I was absolutely certain that there was no better way to have officially started our 2017 wedding season than with this kind-hearted couple and their day!