I had the fortune of meeting Catherine (whom I know, and will refer to as; Tanner) in 2005 when we were both a part of the ‘Canadian Moose‘ a World travelling hockey team’. She was on the women’s and I the men’s team (obviously). We went to New Zealand and Australia and it was a fantastic trip with some amazing people. Tanner and I were roommates when we were on the Christchurch portion of the tour. As one of the best players on her team, she was definitely memorable.
Flash forward a few years and here we are at Tanner and Chantal’s wedding. They were getting ready in Mississauga just a stone’s throw from each other, with the ceremony and reception at The Old Mill in Toronto. I was glad we didn’t have to get on the Gardiner as it was closed and making traffic a little bit hellish for the weekend. We had a minor traffic hiccup as it was with a couple of important peoplestuck on the highway, which pushed the ceremony back a bit. The Old Mill has a nice little chapel on site and a note to all photographers: be aware that the light is pretty bad in there with very little ambient light and a spotlight on the couple, so you have to be very careful not to blow out the highlights.
After the ceremony we went outside for some family photos and then we took a few with the wedding party before sending them inside to start the festivities. I took Chantal and Tanner for a few photos. I had an idea to take a photo with them in silhouette on top of a bridge, only to have them get to the bridge with me below and find out that the wall was much higher than we had expected, so that certainly didn’t work out. The Mill’s building was my favourite backdrop as I love the old character of the building. It reminded me a bit of Switzerland with the way it’s built. It was so fun to take photos with this wedding party, they had a great sense of humour which made my job a lot easier.
We went down to the reception and had some real fun. I enjoyed the speeches, especially Tanner’s story about getting pulled over in Vegas (loved the accent’s in the impersonation), and I thought the trophy presented to the brides from Tanner’s brother was very fitting. He used their hockey sticks to create a trophy essentially with a few pucks which had the wedding details on them. He has his own business doing custom pieces called Tanner Customs if you’re looking for something like that.
The dancing went late into the night, lesbians really know how to party. I know I had a great time and I couldn’t be happier for Chantal and Catherine, they are both amazing people and they are perfect for each other (they also have a really, really cute and sweet puppy as you’ll see below).
Congratulations Catherine and Chantal!!!
Here’s a little sampling from their big day, September 15, 2012: