In the days leading up to Natalie and Alex’s wedding, my expectation was that I was going to be writing about how we managed to find some killer photo locations despite the torrential rains and thunderstorm we had to endure, yet as I drove to PEI from Nova Scotia, the weather was actually looking promising. The skies were fairly clear and the clouds were fluffy and white. I didn’t think it could last, but somehow it did.
Green Island Getaways is an awesome location. The barn looks on the inside, just like you would want a barn to look like for a wedding, and the outside is nice and clean, perfect as a backdrop for photos. Underneath the barn is an apartment with a number of rooms and that is where I met up with the guys getting ready.
The guys had a bit of an issue with their shirts and we were waiting on the arrival of the correct coloured shirts. This of course made for some good jokes, and thankfully Alex isn’t the kind of guy to get stressed over things like that. He was pretty relaxed, or maybe even very relaxed. The cooler of beer may have been a contributing factor to the calm of the guys, but I can’t be certain.
On to the girls, Natalie and the bridesmaids were in the main house with a lot more natural light which was good for pictures. Natalie and Alex’s daughter Madeline was part of the getting ready process as well and seemed pretty excited about the whole wedding. At age 6, she is old enough to understand not only what’s going on, but actually be a part of it.
Something I didn’t get a chance to see when photographing Natalie and Alex at their engagement session was how much they love Madeline. Maybe it’s because I have a daughter I love more than anything, but I love to see other fathers showing love to their little girls. When I placed Alex in position for his first look with Natalie, Madeline came outside and they had an impromptu first look of their own. I took a handful of photos with the two of them that show more love than I can express in words, you’ll see what I mean below
Alex and Natalie had their own emotional first look before we took some photos of the two of them around the property, and at a couple locations just down the road. We got back with some time to spare and hid Natalie away from all the arriving guests.
The ceremony was outside on the lawn and was beautiful. The vows they said to each other made many guests even cry, and then when Alex pulled Madeline up and said vows to her too, he made even more people get emotional, it was a beautiful moment on top of an already amazing ceremony.
By this point the sun had made the temperature rise to the 30s and that barn was pretty warm inside. A couple fans kept air circulating, but it wasn’t until a bit later in the evening that the forecasted thunder shower broke through and cooled the air down a bit. The audibly heavy rains brought a loud cheer from everyone inside.
There had been a lot of applause inside that day, especially when Natalie joined the band on stage to sing the first song of the night, and then later when she and a few of her bridesmaids sang some more. An awesome band was a great way to finish off what was a perfect wedding day. Here’s a little glimpse into what Natalie and Alex experienced on the day they became husband and wife.