Last year I photographed Adam and Andrea’s wedding in St. Catharines Ontario, it was a beautiful wedding with some great people. So when I got an email from Andrea asking if I might happen to be in the area near the end of October this year for her sister’s wedding, I suspect she was surprised when I said yes. I was going to be shooting my old friend Dave’s wedding in Niagara Falls which meant that I was even more fortunate that Andrea’s sister Rebecca was getting married on a Friday, and to top it off, it was the day before the wedding I was already going to be in town for. My wife and I decided to make a road trip of it and introduce our daughter to the family. How quickly one little email turned into a big adventure for us.
Rebecca and Elijah got married at Geraldo’s at LaSalle Park in Burlington in a small evening ceremony. An evening ceremony in late October means one very important thing to me, and that is ‘good light’. I met up with them just over an hour before the ceremony and Rebecca and Elijah did a first look outside. As I took Elijah out to the location he was to wait for his bride to be, he spotted a fox running through the woods about 100 metres ahead of us, but he had to keep his back turned as Rebecca walked toward him.
I love private first look moments between a couple, they don’t worry about hiding emotions, they don’t have to wait to say anything to one another, it’s just 100% real. After their first look, we walked around for about 15-20 minutes taking photos with the sun falling below the horizon, it was exactly what my wife and I had hoped to have at our wedding 4 years and 1 day before that day. Since we got rain, I get to live vicariously through Rebecca and Elijah :).
The ceremony was held inside with Rebecca’s mom walking her down the aisle. The officiant helped make the ceremony memorable with some quick wit which made everyone laugh, myself included. Dancing started not long after and as the drinks started flowing the dance moves improved and the smiles continued.
I had a great time with Rebecca and Elijah on their wedding day, so I guess I should give to a little look at what their evening wedding in Burlington looked like, so here it is: