It was nearly a year ago when my hockey team won our championship and I put a blog post together about the win and shared it with my teammates. One of those teammates, Theron, liked the pictures and said he would pass my name along to his engaged friends. From what I hear, Haysom and Veronica were a little skeptical because let’s face it, how many hockey playing wedding photographers do you know? Luckily for me, they eventually did check out my work and obviously contacted me about shooting their wedding.
We started the day at the Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites on Brunswick St. in Halifax, 2 adjoining hotels which definitely made my life easier as I went between hotels to capture both Veronica and Haysom getting ready. From the hotels, we made our way to the St. Antonios Church for the ceremony. The church is a beautiful one and it was packed. Veronica walked down the aisle with her brother to an awaiting Haysom whose eyes lit up when he saw her. As the ceremony was wrapping up, Haysom and Veronica nearly walked back up the aisle before they were supposed to, which was good for a laugh. I love when couples get to walk up the aisle after their ceremony, their smiles are always the best, the real happiness that can be difficult to get in pictures at times is just there.
For wedding party photos we made our way to The Dingle where I had visited the day before to location scout in the snow. I had found the location to be extremely cold and windy. Thankfully the winds had died down making the cold temperatures manageable. I won’t lie, it was still cold, but at least the windchill was probably only knocking a few degrees off the actual temperature. I switched up who was outside for photos and who was waiting in the limo to try to keep everyone as warm as possible for the photos. Veronica seemed to have some sort cold repellent as she didn’t seem bothered by the cold despite her dress leaving parts of her exposed. I felt a little guilty while wearing my toque and mittens. Not enough to take them off or anything, but a little guilty. Veronica and her bridesmaids had shawls to keep them warm as well, and to say they shed would be an understatement. The guys suits ended up covered in fluffs which were impervious to lint brushes. If I hadn’t spent so many hours editing out those fluffs I might find it comedic. That’s alright, what was definitely comedic was watching the best man try to ascend the hill from the water back to the road. They definitely don’t make dress shoes for men with any sort of traction.
After we wrapped up photos at the park, we went back to the church for family photos and then on to the Olympic Hall for the reception. Veronica and Haysom (with much help) had dressed the place up beautifully but the venue played second fiddle to the people inside. The wedding party introductions were awesome and went in to the first dances. It is nice as a couple to get your first dances done early so you don’t have to stress about doing them later. The dinner was a busy one for Veronica and Haysom as they made their way around to see all their guests and after the dinner and speeches, they cut their cake and Veronica tossed the bouquet. Wouldn’t you know it, my buddy Theron’s girlfriend Josie caught it. They say catching the bouquet means you’ll be the next to get married and just a couple weeks later, Josie and Theron got engaged.
The dancing at a Lebanese wedding is pretty awesome, a guy busted out a drum and was encouraging some dancing at the start and just about everyone hit the floor at some point. It was an incredible day, and I couldn’t be happier for Veronica and Haysom who are absolutely amazing people. Congratulations!