On June 25th, Michelle and Jon were married at St. Paul’s Church in Burlington, with the reception at the Burlington Golf & Country Club. The day began with Jon and his groomsmen going to Carmen’s on New Street for a trim and a hot shave. From there, we made our way to Jon’s parents house where the guys got ready and we took a few photos. Michelle had made a special request to get a photo of Jon and their dog Stella, so we decided to go into the backyard. The door opened and Stella bolted directly toward the pool. It looked like she might stop but she couldn’t quite hold up and into the water she went. Of course, the guys were all in their tuxes and no-one wanted to get too close to a dog that was likely to shake off at any moment, but Jon grabbed a towel and tried his best. His best got Stella a little dry, but she eluded him and jumped right back into the pool. After she got out he managed to get her at least mostly dry for that photo.
The girls were wrapping up their makeup when I arrived at Michelle’s parents house, so we got a few photos there and then made our way over to the church which was practically across the street. I was looking forward to after the ceremony as Jon and Michelle had a pretty sweet getaway car. Jon’s dad owns a Triumph convertible outfitted with some balloons and a ‘Just Married’ sign which they drove off in after the ceremony.
We got to the Burlington Golf & Country Club for the reception and Jon and Michelle arrived shortly after. They said that just about everyone honked for them on their drive across town. I was impressed that after the drive with the top down, Michelle’s hair still looked good.
After all the pre-reception photos, we made our way in for dinner. The wedding party entered the hall with each couple doing their own little dance. The speeches were spread over dinner and each speech made people laugh and cry. The Best Man (Eric) and Maid of Honour (Megan), whom I photographed last year at their wedding, both had great speeches. Megan is like a sister to Michelle and you could feel the love in her speech. Eric’s speech was more on the humour side as you would expect from the Best Man. Jon’s parents speech included a slideshow to music with Jon’s sisters singing the lyrics. The slideshow showed photos of Michelle and Jon over the years and received a great reaction from all the guests.
With dinner and the speeches out of the way, it was time for the dancing. For the Father/Daughter dance, Michelle’s 2 Brothers and her Cousin played the instruments while her Aunt sang the song, it was a very nice touch. Then the band kicked in and the dance floor seemed to explode with people. The floor was full and stayed that way until about 10:45 when Jon’s Mother made an announcement about a surprise and everyone made their way onto the patio.
Michelle seemed to know immediately what was coming, apparently when she was asked what she wanted at her wedding when her and Jon had just gotten engaged, she said ‘fireworks’ and she was not disappointed. There were what seemed like 10 minutes of fireworks. Fireworks at a wedding, that’s a first in my experience, and it was pretty cool, you could tell that Jon and Michelle were both surprised and amazed.
Here are a bunch of photos from the fun filled day:
Yes, that IS a groomsman playing the drums