Laura and Steve we’re married on September 16th at Hernder Estate Winery in St. Catharines, but the day started in Burlington where the girls were getting ready. Laura and Steve are both from Burlington and that’s how I know them. Steve’s 2 years older than I am, as are my brothers and he played baseball with my brothers years ago. Laura is my age and we went to the same High School, so I know her from school. School is also where I knew the bridesmaids and groomsmen from, I even played hockey with 2 of those groomsmen back in school. For the record, they were better than I was. Since I knew the wedding party, we felt comfortable with each other right from the start.
With the pre ceremony photos taken care of, we all made our way to Hernder for the ceremony. The weather was fantastic with the temperature being warm but not hot, and the sun shining, making for a nice outdoor wedding. A receiving line and group shot of everyone in attendance followed before we went off for photos with just the wedding party.
I had wanted to photograph a wedding at a winery for a while, so I was glad to get to use some of my ideas. I was a little worried about the vines not looking that great, but they ended up working just fine and looked even better in the photos. The barrel room was the last place we went before heading in for the reception and it was a great place for a photo.
The reception hall is an old barn which gave it a very rustic feel which was helped along by the table decorations. I really liked the use of corks for the place cards. But that’s all background, everyone was there for Laura and Steve. Laura’s brother, and one of Steve’s brother’s shared the emcee duties which was a nice way to keep everyone involved.
The speeches were good with a few tears shed, and it was nice of Laura and Steve to acknowledge their friend Karen’s birthday that day (she was the one who set them up actually), but the showstopper was the slideshow of photos. There were a ton of photos including some I’m sure Steve especially would have preferred didn’t make the cut. But what do you expect when you wear a wedding dress at your stag?
When the dancing got going, there was no shortage of people willing to take to the dance floor, including a whole bunch of the girls with a choreographed flash mob style dance to a Lady Gaga song. Fun was certainly not lacking at this wedding. I was glad to be a part of it. I wish all the best for Laura and Steve in the coming years, they’re two great people.
Here are a few shots from Laura and Steve’s wedding at Hernder Estate Winery:
Notice the little guy to the right of Laura? His dad held him up since he wasn’t cooperating, he hid himself well.Angry Birds, that’s a good way to keep the kids occupied.