When Susan contacted me about her wedding, I assumed it would be a rather small affair. She and her fiancé Vishaal were going to be coming from England to get married in Susan’s hometown of Montague, PEI. I figured the attendees would consist mostly of her family, some old friends she’s kept in touch with, and a few of Vishaal’s closest friends and family. It’s not always easy to get people to travel for a wedding (which is sometimes the appeal), but when that place you’re going to is PEI, it’s not too hard a sales pitch. I was shocked to hear that nearly half of almost 100 guests had flown in for the wedding. That’s a pretty good indication of the type of people Susan and Vishaal are though.
I started my day with Susan and her bridesmaids at her mother’s house in Montague. We were running a bit behind schedule, but the girls all looked beautiful in the end, so it was worth it. I didn’t get a full look at the Indian attire the girls were going to be wearing, but what I did see looked awesome, I loved the vibrant colours.
The guys were all ready when I arrived to see them and in pretty good spirits. It was quite a diverse set of groomsmen considering there were just 3 of them with one being Polish, one German, and one Indian. We did a few photos together before the time had come for them to be at the ceremony.
The ceremony was outside near the edge of a cliff at the Summer Winds Cottages in Georgetown. Despite the forecasted thunderstorms, the sky was clear and the sun was shining. Susan and Vishaal wisely provided sunglasses for their guests and many took advantage of that offer. The ceremony was fairly short and included some music (Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran) sung by a friend, accompanied by guitar played another friend. The officiant added a personal touch to the ceremony by including some of the story of Susan and Vishaal.
We did a big group photo after the ceremony and before taking family photos. It was pretty hot so we didn’t keep the wedding party for too long before sending them off to the cocktail hour. I tried to make the photos for Susan and Vishaal quick too so we could get them back to their guests.
The tent was beautifully decorated and food was served in a more Indian way with large platters being delivered to the tables for people to serve themselves. Dinner was broken up by some nice speeches where no-one roasted the bride and groom too much, and then a dance performance was done by a couple of Vishaal’s nieces and it was awesome, it followed Susan and Vishaal’s lives with a slideshow projected onto a screen behind them as they danced.
The dancing during the reception was definitely a highlight of the entire day as the mix of English and Indian music played by the DJ, Rob, made you want to do nothing but dance.
We were also surprised by a brilliant sunset just as Susan and Vishaal were changing into their Indian clothes so I searched them out and took them for a few photos with the sky on fire behind them. Definitely some of my favourite posed photos from the day.
The entire day was simply a pleasure to be a part of and I think you’ll see below that everyone had a great time celebrating this wonderful couple. Here’s a look into the day Vishaal and Susan were able to officially start calling each other husband and wife.