There are a handful of dates every year that are celebrated by almost everyone. New Year’s Eve is one of those, and if you want to ensure that you can celebrate your anniversary every year, there really is not better way than to get married on New Year’s Eve. Teri and Jordan can look forward to fireworks on the anniversary for the rest of their lives, as well as people all over the world popping champagne in their honour (well they are certainly free to believe that if they want). Something else they can probably enjoy most years as well is the World Juniors, as Canada seems to play the US every year on NYE. And that is where the evening began for me.
I arrived to the Atlantica hotel to where Teri was getting ready. It wasn’t long before the hockey started and was turned on. As Teri had the final touches of her makeup and hair done, and had a bite to eat, the game was a good distraction to keep her mind off all the waiting she had to do. She was ready so early that she probably had enough time to take a nap and fix up her hair and makeup if she wanted to, though, of course that wasn’t going to happen. We managed to get to the end of the second period before time sneaked up on us and it was time to go.
The Waegwoltic Club was just a short jaunt from the Atlantica and I got there about 2 minutes before Teri, just enough time to adjust my camera settings, and see some of the lovely details they had made for their day, including the guest book art, which requested each guest to sign a balloon on the picture as you’ll see below, and the chalkboard signs. Teri was greeted in the club by her father, and moments later her mother and father walked her down the aisle to a waiting Jordan. I think Jordan was fighting back tears as Teri walked toward him. Their ceremony was short and sweet, and in such a beautiful setting. They both grinned from ear to ear through the ceremony, and shared a laugh or two as well.
After the ceremony we made a quick exit to head downtown to Brewery Market for some photos. By this time it was about 7:30 and freezing cold. I’m not exactly sure what the temperature was, but with the wind it was in the minus teens. I was glad Teri had something to at least cover her shoulders. We avoided spending too much time outdoors, and I was able to setup a couple of photos outside before calling Jordan and Teri to come out and join me. You don’t want to get too cold in your wedding photos and end up with bright red noses and ears.
Less than an hour from our departure, we were pulling back into the parking lot of the Waegwoltic Club, I was up front with the limo driver, giving Teri and Jordan some time alone when I heard them call my name. They asked if I wanted to know the score of the hockey game. I most certainly did. Happy to hear Canada had beaten the US, I jumped out and brought my gear inside to get ready for Teri and Jordan’s entrance while they took a couple minutes to finish up some champagne. While we were gone, the guests were well fed with a variety of foods, from a sushi bar, to a taco station, and many things in between. Luckily for them, there was still food left for Teri and Jordan when they came inside, and after a brief introduction from Teri’s friend Heather, they made their way around to speak to all of their guests, and enjoy some food and drinks.
Teri and Jordan didn’t have to endure too many speeches as their siblings did most of the talking before they themselves took the mic. The party started with a first dance by Teri and Jordan, and then plenty of others joined in, rarely leaving the dance floor it seemed for the rest of the night. But what would the fun of a NYE wedding be without a countdown? As everyone made noise and grabbed someone for a kiss, Teri and Jordan stood together in the middle of their friends, at the centre of a crowded dance floor, seeing only each other. It was a great moment for me to capture as a photographer, and hopefully a great memory for them for years to come.
Congratulations Teri and Jordan!