This past Saturday, Leanne & Rob managed to let me squeeze-in an engagement shoot, before their wedding in just 2 weeks. I have known Leanne for a bunch of years now though a mutual friend, and she’s quite a character. Back-story : The first time I met her, she somehow dragged our group of friends to a karaoke bar in one of the roughest parts of town on a Friday evening. Leanne had made everyone in our group kindergarten-type name tags, which was a wonderful idea. We didn’t feel out-of-place enough in our business attire, the name tags would really help us blend-in! That’s Leanne – always full of surprises.
Leanne was also a guest at the very first wedding I photographed, and I was thrilled when she called me to announce her engagement to Rob, and asked me to shoot their wedding. After spending some time with the two of them, it’s clear how they ended-up together. Rob is a super nice guy, and while he is really funny – he’s also *just* serious enough to keep Leanne’s zaniness somewhat under control. And he paints her toenails. That’s all I’m saying…
As I often do for e-sessions, I asked if there were any special places that would be cool to tie-in to the shoot, and Leanne mentioned that their very first date was at Murray Street Kitchen, and that they both have Jeeps and love to take them out to play in the mud on the weekends. I immediately reached-out to Murray Street’s owner, Steve Mitton via Twitter, explained the story and asked if we could shoot in the restaurant before it got busy. He was kind enough to oblige, so we started our session there. Afterwards, we just walked around Ottawa’s Byward Market looking for interesting spots with nice light, before heading to Gatineau Provincial Park with Rob’s Jeep, to capture a bit more of an outdoor feel near sunset.
Despite me dragging them all over the place for a few hours, they were total rock stars and were a ton of fun to work with. Rob was particularly comfortable in front of the camera – a shock to both Leanne and I, I think. Can’t wait for the wedding – which will be at the gorgeous Marshes Golf Club at Brookstreet Hotel.
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