Three years ago we were walking out of the Chateau Laurier after finishing our coverage of an absolutely lovely wedding day. We had just finished taking a few night photos around the hotel and we were walking back through the main hall to get to our car. This is when we were stopped by a gentleman asking if we were photographers and if we could take a photo of him and his date. They were such a lovely couple and we hadn’t actually completely put away our gear yet, so of course we said yes. I sent over the images to him a little while later and that was that.
Finding the right place for your engagement session can sometimes be a little tricky, and for a lot of our couples we end up sending a list of a few recommended places for them to consider. But to make that list I always ask the same first question – are you thinking of a more rural or urban location?, as that helps me narrow things down a bit. And although I offered up a few rural locations when I first chatted with Chantal + Brandon about options, I knew from the get-go that they would end up with something more urban. Because, well, as you can clearly see, Chantal + Brandon definitely fit beautifully into the urban scene and the Byward Market was such a great fit for their session!
A Plan B is one of the most important things I think you can have when planning your wedding. Normally the backup plan is in case it rains. So considering things like, where your outdoor ceremony will be moved to, and what indoor or covered location can you use for your family photos, etc. For us it often includes whipping out our collection of umbrellas, towels and things to put under long dresses to keep them off the ground (as much as possible at least). We have been doing this for a while now and we pretty much know the options for when the weather is less than desirable on a wedding day.
But what about an engagement session? Well, more often than not, our couples decide to reschedule their session for a less wet day. Other times we roll with it and get some different (and cool) images. Either way, there are still loads of options. So what Plan B do you whip out when you show up to your engagement session location and there is a huge festival being set up right smack dab in the middle of it? Because that is exactly what happened to Michelle + Colin’s engagement session a little earlier this month.
After he has proposed, and after she had said yes, Helen + Yale joined me for an absolutely delightful engagement session. One of the first stops was actually behind the Parliament buildings, overlooking the city. And as I stood there I could pretty much see the spot further up the river where Dave had proposed to me not so long ago. I realized that I had just captured their proposal in such close proximity to where my own had taken place, and that made this special day even more memorable.
Ottawa photographers really are such a lucky bunch as there are so many wonderful locations in and around this city. We are even luckier when it comes to our downtown core, as unlike most city centres, our is full of great urban scenes with an abundance of nature mixed in. So when Rebecca + Keith wanted an engagement session with both an urban and rural feel, there were definitely no issues accommodating.