It wasn’t just Canada Day on July 1st, it was Kara and Brad’s wedding day. The temperature was in the mid 30’s with the humidity pushing it even higher, but the skies were clear so the outdoor ceremony was safe. I met up with the guys for a few photos first and then made my way to Kara’s parents for her and the bridesmaids. You probably wouldn’t guess it by looking, but Kara’s mother made the dresses…all of them, Kara’s and her bridesmaids, and they looked fantastic. Once Kara had the dress on, she joyfully exclaimed “I’m so fluffy!!!” (like in Despicable Me here’s the whole scene if you haven’t seen it), and she was fluffy. She looked beautiful in her dress, something Brad was soon to see.
Getting to the ceremony proved to be a little bit of an issue, when the limo with the Kara and her bridesmaids (which I was following) got lost. I was able to talk to the limo driver and with my GPS, he followed me to Hernder, a little later than planned, but we got there. As Kara walked down the aisle, Brad may have had a tear in his eye, he did after all call his family “strong but emotional” & Kara was a little emotional too, but lightened the mood with a promised (if there were tears) “It’s so fluffy!”
The ceremony was one of the best I’ve been to. The minister was hilarious and really helped with the casual atmosphere. It was fitting that Brad and Kara’s vows both used lyrics from their favourite song even though it wasn’t planned, and they both read those vows from their phones. One really nice touch during the ceremony was when Kara and Brad brought Roses t0 Kara’s grandparents in honour of their 60th wedding anniversary, a milestone not too many reach.
After the ceremony, we had a bit of time for photos before the reception and we made use of the covered bridge, the vineyard and the barrel room. During the dinner I pulled them outside for a few sunset shots as well which I think turned out nicely.
During the reception, it’s traditional (a tradition I dislike) to clink the glasses to make the bride and groom kiss. They had a way around that annoying sound and had a giant deck of cards on a table setup for a little blackjack. It was the house (Brad and Kara) vs the player (whoever wanted them to kiss). Whoever lost had to kiss. We did indeed have a couple instances where two guys had to kiss each other and they were good sports about it, they did know what they were getting in to when they stepped up to the table. I think Kara and Brad only had to kiss a few times and I’m not going to say it was rigged in their favour, but I’m certainly thinking it loudly.
After the dinner and speeches, the music played and everyone made their way to the dance floor, even the grandmothers. I think everyone had a great time, I know I did. Here are a few shots from their day.