Approaching the day, I knew very little about the couple whose wedding I was about to shoot. I had a couple names, Abhinav (Abhi) and Kylah, but I had no idea the kind of people they were, or what these 2 even looked like. When I met Abhi at the Lord Nelson, the first thing he said to me (after our introductions), was that Kylah had said he needed to be ready for when I arrived, not still showering. He of course said this as he was about to hop in the shower. Now, don’t judge him just yet, I arrived early by about a half hour so it wasn’t his fault. I didn’t want to get stuck in the traffic leaving Sidney Crosby’s Stanley Cup Parade, so I figured I would just drop in early on the guys. We took a few photos with Abhi and his groomsmen A.J. and Sam, and then it was time to meet Kylah.
Kylah was the reason this wedding was happening in Nova Scotia in the first place as she only moved from Halifax to Toronto a few years ago, pretty much the same time I moved to Nova Scotia actually. Kylah and her bridesmaids were getting ready at her dad’s house and were pretty much ready to go. Kylah looked stunning in her dress, I knew Abhi was going to have his eyes pop out of his head when he saw her, so I was really looking to their first look.
We went into the alley beside the house and Abhi waited. Kylah came out and started walking towards him and she could only see his back but was already saying how good Abhi looked, and Abhi, well he looked at Kylah the way a man should look at the woman he’s about to marry, with love and awe. They shared a fantastic moment together where I think they forgot I was there, making for some great real emotion. It’s the kind of first look a photographer hopes for.
Back inside, everyone shared in a drink and then piled into their ride to head to Shining Waters Marine for the ceremony and reception. It was a beautiful sunny day with barely any clouds in the sky, so with the sun high overhead and a ceremony time fast approaching, a decision was made to hold off on photos and just let the wedding party relax until the ceremony with the plan being to finish the photos after all the official business of the day had concluded.
Their ceremony was on the back deck in the afternoon sun, and was short and sweet. Kylah’s brother Luke and sister Ria played music as the wedding party walked down the aisle and the at the end of the ceremony they followed Kylah and Abhi off the deck, it was awesome.
We did a few photos after the ceremony and even went out onto the docks at Shining Waters where Kylah had her feet caught in fishing line, and then nearly fell in, but hey, at least we got some good pictures right? I didn’t keep everyone for too long as the cocktail hour was going on and they needed hydration and socialization.
I was told that there wouldn’t be many speeches at dinner, and it seemed that we went by the adage of quality and not quantity. I think everyone had some really good laughs, especially at Abhi’s expense, but it was all in good fun, and what is a wedding day without people having fun? I think that is a good word to sum up Kylah and Abhi, they’re fun. They made me feel accepted from the second I met each of them, and we shared quite a few laughs together. I personally had a great day with them and their friends, and I know everyone else did as well. Oh, and I mentioned at the start of this that I had no idea what Kylah and Abhi looked like before I met them. Have a look below for yourself, I think I got pretty lucky as a photographer.
Congratulations Kylah and Abhi!!!