During my very first wedding (or really shoot of any kind) at Andrew Haydon Park it rained. It rained a lot. It rained so much that we never really left the bandshell when it came time for the wedding photos.
During my second wedding at Andrew Haydon Park, we were running short on time and never really left the waterfall. It was a lovely day, but the fact that we had to get back downtown as quickly as possible meant we didn’t get to explore the park as much as I would have liked.
But during this third wedding at Andrew Haydon Park, there wasn’t a rain cloud in sight and it felt like we had all the time we wanted (we didn’t, but it felt like that for a bit)! But honestly, that wasn’t even the best part – this amazing couple and their incredibly fun wedding party was definitely a million times better than any location!
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.
With only a small handful of weddings left this year, Dave and I are officially heading towards the end of our 2017 season. And as always I am both looking forward to the break for a little while (and the chance to catch up on some admin tasks during the off-season), and sad that we won’t be capturing wedding days most weekends (at least not for a couple months). But all of that is for a later date, as we still have a few couples left this month and boy-oh-boy are they ever great couples with absolutely stunning wedding days planned!!
My favourite wedding days always end up being the ones that we got through referrals. I think this is because we have some of the very best couples and an absolutely fantastic circle of friends who suggest us to their friends and family. And since they are acquainted with such great people, they tend to be pretty darn great themselves.
There is nothing sweeter than a classic, intimate wedding and Strathmere Inn really is the perfect place for it. The architecture, styling and overall feel of the venue is so well suited to this type of wedding and in my experience, this place also attracts just the best couples!!