Carson and Kris are a 2021 couple who had to plan and then replan, and replan again (and maybe even again) their big day to accommodate ever-changing provincial Covid mandates and restrictions. Their original plans involved far more family and far more friends for this Kootenay couple-- both born & raised in the Trail area. However, they ultimately were forced to make do with a 50-guest backyard wedding.
But you know something? It was fine! Perfect, even.
As I chatted with Carson & Kris' guests so, so many of them remarked to me at how perfect the day felt, despite it being a Plan B (or even Plan C/D at that point) and how thrilled they were with the smaller guest list and how intimate it felt. I think that many couples who braved having a wedding in the face of nearly impossible pandemic restrictions found this, as well; That even though their guest list was reduced in size by 3/4, the day with only their very nearest and dearest friends and family felt all the more perfect.
Carson & Kris incorporated a few of my very favourite anti-traditions in their wedding and I just have to mention them here:
1. They had a First Dance early in the day-- to mark the start of the reception/cocktail hour, to be exact. Dancing early in the day meant that they had their guest's undivided attention, and the light for photos was so so so. much better than if they had done it on a dark dance floor.
2. They put their dessert table out early. If you spend $$$ on those beautiful desserts why hide them away in a dark corner not to be seen until after dinner?
3. The left their guests for 20 minutes during the reception to sneak away with us for some golden-hour portraits. Carson & Kris indicated that having portraits done with their dog on their wedding day was really important to them, so I made sure to use this time for them to take their sweet pup "for a walk in the field" and snap some beautiful photos while they did.
Well folks. It's December. You know the age old saying- 'Tis the season for a busy wedding photographer to finally catch up on the blog posts that they have been neglecting all summer and fall.
In keeping with the spirit of the holidays, I bring you Lauren and Spencer's big day from this past August. This quirky Rossland couple packed their day full of the things they love most-- their family & friends, their adorable dogs, good food, and BOOZE. I am kidding about the booze... kind of. In all honesty, their wedding did have some of the best signature cocktails that I have ever had at a wedding.
I mean, TWO different types of signature boozey milkshakes? C'mon! The best.
Second Shooter: Nadine of Jovita Photography
Hair: Jasmine - Luca Hair
Makeup: Artistry by Aszjeca
Flowers: Olea Floral
Venue & Catering: The Josie Hotel
Event Planning: Danielle: Wild Smile Events
Groom: - Torino Ritz Clothing
Bride: Wear your love
Megan and Jesse's engagement session got off on a pretty crazy foot.
You see, the neighbourhood I live in is accessed by just one road. And that road is crossed by a railroad track. Generally this is no problem at all. However, on the day of their session the road into my neighbourhood was scheduled to be closed by CP rail for maintenance-- leaving all the residents of my neighbourhood (myself included) stuck at home. I was not initially concerned about this though because the closure was scheduled to end a full hour before I needed to leave for the session.
No problem, right?
Of coooourse the railway project took longer than expected, and OF COURSE 30 minutes before I was supposed to meet these lovely folks, I was stuck-- stranded, really-- at my own home with no way to get out. Folks were being permitted to WALK across the tracks, but no vehicle access meant that my only options was to have a friend pick me up and drive me the to my session, or maybe catch a cab? But if you know the rural community I live in, you know that cabs are not exactly a normal thing.
Just as I was placing my 3rd frantic phone call to my sister in law in a 5 min time span, I got a DM from Megan. Her Fiancé, Jesse, works very near my neighbourhood and had heard through the grape-vine that this particular road had been shut down all day. And Megan, being the creepy-stalker that she is, happened to know that I (a photographer who she had never actually met before, but just sufficiently stalked on social media) lived in the affected community.
Perhaps I should start requiring that all my clients shuttle me to/from locations? I'd certainly save on gas money..