Having done Sarah and Phil’s engagement session, I was already well aware of the kind of people they were, very happy go lucky. I had a feeling that their wedding party was going to be the same, and in general, I was right. They were all so easy to get along with, and very ready and willing to have a good time.
Their ceremony was held at Saint Benedict Parish in Clayton Park, the church where the couple sing every Sunday, and are well known and liked in the congregation. I can’t stress enough the role their faith has in their lives. They met through the church, and most of their friends come from their involvement with the church, especially Sarah whose entire set of bridesmaids (excluding her sister) she met through her work with Catholic Christian Outreach.
After their ceremony, we made our way from the church for wedding party photos at King’s College. Sarah, Phil, and I stopped along the way for some photos with just the two of them. As we were about to leave, we had an interesting situation arise. A fairly large bee had crawled under the lace of Sarah’s dress, right to the top. She said she could feel the whole dress buzzing from the bee. Through a bit of a struggle, Phil finally managed to remove the bee from the dress. I’m sorry to report that one bee was harmed in the making of this wedding.
After the bee situation, we made it to King’s College where the rest of the wedding party was enjoying taking photos with another wedding. I’ll be those were some funny shots. We did a bit of a wander around there taking photos before heading over to York Redoubt to finish off our photos.
The reception was held at the Community Centre beneath St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church. It was a blank slate to begin with, and Phil and Sarah did an amazing job of making it their own. I brought along my photobooth setup for the evening, and away we went into the reception. Sarah’s brother was the emcee and he surprised the wedding party with a kissing game that required people to select a Hershey’s Kiss from a bowl, get one colour and the couple kisses, get the other and you have to kiss a member of the wedding party. Sorry, no-one got out of hand. The dinner and speeches lead into the first dances, and the real party began. I must admit, there were some pretty good dancers in the bunch, even the kids had great moves. I hope that some of the dance talent has worked itself into me through osmosis, because it would be pretty cool to be rocking the dance floor with my moves and the camera. Everyone at the wedding knew that Phil and Sarah were into music, so it was no real surprise to see Phil up on the stage with a guitar to play a song. What was a surprise was when the curtain behind him opened up and he had a full band behind him. He sang a few songs to a thrilled crowd on the dance floor, and he did an amazing job.
When the dancing was just about finished, Serge, the DJ (3rd time for Sarah’s family), announced that Sarah and Phil would be doing a sparkler exit, so we all made out way to the back door. Sarah and Phil left via a tunnel of sparklers, and then everyone else went back to dancing for another half hour. Sarah, Phil, and all their guests (myself included), had a wonderful day. I am sure that they will continue to grow stronger together through the years with the excellent support system they have around them. They are a perfect fit, congratulations guys!