Theron and I met a few years back when our hockey team was busy winning a championship. The first time I became aware of Josie was when she came out on the ice at our league all star game to take a shot from centre ice to win something. Let’s just say that if they have kids, Theron will be teaching hockey to those kids. It was a blog post I made about that championship hockey season that led Theron to pass my name along to some friends of theirs regarding shooting their wedding, which I ended up doing. So when it came time for Theron and Josie to get married, they had already seen me in action, and I hate to say it, but I’m a better photographer than a hockey player. (I kind of feel like Happy Gilmore finally admitting that I’m not headed to the big leagues for hockey, but I am good at something else).
The week before Josie and Theron’s wedding, I shot a wedding in the pouring rain in PEI, and I was so happy to find good weather on the agenda for August 25th. I stopped by Josie’s room where she and the girls were running ahead of schedule and in the process of getting hair and makeup done. When Josie was ready, save for her dress, she opened her gift from Theron, some jewellery and a handwritten note, folded in what he referred to as a jr. high style note fold. I’m not sure what was written in the note, but it definitely had an effect on Josie, and I’m not referring to the laughter when she saw his autograph and jersey number at the bottom, which will probably be something they will joke about forever.
Theron and the boys were not as ahead of schedule as the girls, but luckily it’s not a big ordeal for guys to get ready, and they were ready before we knew it. Theron read Josie’s note with his gift and it had the same effect on him as his did on Josie. I went back up to Josie and the girls and was in time for Josie to put on her dress. And just like that, we were pressed for time and off we went to the Church.
I had been told that this priest was a bit more strict than the last one, but this turned out to be the most I had ever laughed during a church ceremony. Specifically when the priest casually brought a towel over to Theron to wipe his sweaty face. One thing about the ceremony which was new to me, was Josie and Theron didn’t kiss. They instead had their first kiss as they were leaving the church.
After the ceremony we made our way to Sir Sandford Fleming Park, more commonly known as The Dingle, for the wedding party photos. It was a beautiful Saturday, so as you might expect, the park was quite busy. We did a bit of a tour of the park taking photos, eventually sending the wedding party to the reception while keeping Josie and Theron for some shots without their friends looking on. As we were wrapping up, we encountered some really nice light which we took advantage of and ran over time a little bit.
Getting to the reception, we walked in the door and immediately into the wedding party introductions, which, as per usual, ended with Josie and Theron being introduced. Their introduction turned into their first dance, which I love. It’s a nice way for a couple to get one stressful thing out of the way before dinner. Their first dance song was one I hadn’t heard before, it was “I’m with you” by Vance Joy. I love the song and it led to me going through a ton of his music and finding a lot I like.
The speeches were definitely highlighted by Josie’s cousin who killed it. Though around that time, Theron got his first look at the wedding cake which he hadn’t seen in the hurry to get into the reception. Gentlemen, a wife who gets you a Stanley Cup wedding cake, is most definitely a keeper. Theron was shocked to see the awesome cake and for good reason. He had some of the guys from hockey lift him up so it was like he was hoisting the Cup.
The dancing went long into the night and like most Lebanese weddings, was awesome and enthusiastic. I love the guy with the drum setting the tone on the dance floor and seeing the great participation. There was also quite a bit of alcohol consumed, some of it served by Theron as he made his way to the bar and was pouring drinks for his friends.
I think it had to do with knowing Theron, Josie, and a whole bunch of the guests, but this was the most fun I can remember having at a wedding. It was quite the celebration for an amazing couple, whom I am sure will be together a long, long time.
Here is a look at their first day together as husband and wife.