From the first chat over FaceTime to discuss their Naples destination wedding, I knew that Lauren & Drew were going to be a ton of fun to work with.  They are both civil engineers who have travelled and worked all over the world (including Siberia!), and have now settled-down in Houston.  Since they have family and friends all over the country, they decided that Naples, FL was as great a spot as any to host their wedding, since so many would have to fly somewhere, regardless of the location.

They were married at The Club at the Strand, a stunning venue in the North end of Naples….which is very much not at all like Siberia.  Very noticeably, is the difference in climate…hot is an understatement.  Bringing a change of shirts on the wedding day was probably one of the smartest thing I could have done.

The entire day was full of amazing food, great times, and a lot of genuine, heartfelt emotion…which is what I, as a photographer, live for.  The photos say it all, but Lauren’s first look with her dad had me a little choked-up…it was hard to stay present and capture it.

The day went flawlessly, credit in large part going to the club’s in-house wedding coordinator, Rebecca, who was a complete joy to work with.  It was a fantastic party, with a great group of friends and family…these folks know how to have a good time, and made me feel very welcome.

Congratulations, Lauren + Drew!   Thanks for taking a chance by bringing-in a Canadian to photograph your awesome day.
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  • Tim Marlatt - Christian – Heartfelt gratitude for all you gracious hard work. Your passion for your work shows in the finished product. You were a joy to meet! All the best . . .

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  • Ryan - Amazing work, Christian!ReplyCancel

I’ve always been a strong proponent of engagement photos.  They’re such a great opportunity to get to know one another, and it helps me get an understanding of the kinds of photos my clients like…before their wedding day.  With a destination wedding like this, it’s sometimes a little harder.  Usually I try to schedule engagement photos 6-12 weeks before the wedding, but when we’re all at opposite sides of the continent, that’s not easy.  Despite only being 2 days before the wedding, I still thought it would be cool to do some engagement photos in Naples, since it would give us a chance to get to get familiar, and it would help Lauren + Drew get more comfy in front of the camera.

We headed to the pier, where it seems the entire city comes to watch the sun set every night.  Although we didn’t have a lot of time, I think we got some pretty spectacular shots as the sun was setting on the gorgeous Naples beach.

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  • Cassandra Murphy - I want a beach photo of Eric and I like that one!ReplyCancel

After rescheduling this engagement session once due to forecasted thunderstorms, I met with Janique and Léo at Victoria Island, near the old Ottawa City Hall for their engagement photos.  Although we didn’t get wet, the wind was probably close to a Cat 1 Hurricane.  Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but it was seriously windy.  Although Janique had to spend a good amount of time pulling hair out of her face, I think we got some really cool photos, and the wind-swept hair just made it cooler!

I’m really looking forward to their Courtyard Restaurant wedding in July in the ByWard market.

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