May 5th 2012 was the night of the ‘Super Moon’ when the moon was the closest distance to the Earth this year. It was also my brother Brandon and his wife Courtney’s anniversary. Oh and who could forget that it was Carolyn and Mark’s wedding day? I first met Carolyn a few years ago at another wedding I was at as a friend and photographer, and then for a second time at another wedding, so I was glad I made a good enough impression as both a person and photographer for her to contact me about her wedding.
I flew into town the night before the wedding and there was a bit of a hiccup along the way. I was flying with Porter and a one hour delay in departing end up with an announcement upon landing in Montreal. We were told that we would miss the Toronto City Centre Airport curfew and would have to land at Pearson. Lucky for me, my parents were picking me up and I could call them to let them know so it wasn’t a big deal. When I told Carolyn this she had a shocked look on her face. A few weeks before her wedding, she had, had a dream that I was stuck in Montreal on her wedding day. Thankfully that dream didn’t come true.
I was with the girls at Paletta Mansion on the Lake Ontario waterfront in Burlington from around 10:30 while they got ready. Carolyn’s dress was perfect for her and she looked gorgeous (as you’ll see below) and the beautiful bridesmaids made for a very good looking wedding party. Mark had his Best Man Ryan with him on his side, and they showed up around 2:00 and I took Mark outside for a first look with Carolyn. I love first look moments, I think they give some of the best, most sincere emotion of the day, emotion you can’t fake.
After the private first look, I took Carolyn and Mark for a walk around the grounds for some photos and eventually we took the rest of the wedding party out too. We made sure to be back inside and hidden away for the guest arrivals.
The ceremony was outside on the patio and the ceremony was performed by a family member and his daughter sang Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’ during the signing. As the ceremony ended, Mark and Carolyn walked into the building and right into the reception. There weren’t too many speeches but they were all good, and I think they all made Carolyn tear up.
The dancing took a little while to get going, but once it did, it kept going and everyone was having a great time. Unfortunately the ‘Super Moon’ was behind the clouds when it was close to the horizon (where it looks largest) so we weren’t able to get any great big moon shots, but that’s alright, we got plenty of others.
Congratulations Carolyn and Mark!
I love the reaction of Carolyn’s father upon first seeing her in her dress.I’ve shot all three of these couples’ weddings now.