Charles & Jenn at Riverside Park

I met Charles in early 2009, when I was on my way to Holguin, Cuba to photograph Charles’ cousin’s gorgeous wedding on the beach.  I was really excited to hear that he met a great girl named Jenn and that they were engaged – and even more thrilled when they asked me to photograph their wedding in August of this year.

We started out at the Booster Juice kiosk at Billings Bridge Plaza in Ottawa, where Charles and Jen had their first date.  It’s always fun shooting in open public spaces, trying not to be conspicuous to the many bored security guards.  We stayed just long enough to get a few frames, and then headed across the street to the park along the Rideau River, where we spent the better part of an hour getting some really nice shots.  I can’t wait for their late summer wedding!

Charles and Jenn where they met at Booster Juice at Billings Bridge


Dominique and Leigh wedding at Rockcliffe PavillionAs I’m putting the final touches on the photos from Dominique & Leigh’s wedding at the gorgeous Rockcliffe Pavilion, I thought I’d share a sneak peek to hold them over.  They’re just settling into life as a married couple after a great honeymoon in Paris – I can’t wait to share the full set!   This photo was taken in the Pavilion right after the ceremony, as they enjoyed a quiet moment together.

 

Leanne & Rob’s wedding at the Brookstreet Hotel & Marshes Golf Club was a whirlwind to say the least.  After picking-up Linda Luu-Keifl (my super talented 2nd photographer / assistant / bride whisperer), we joined Leanne in her gorgeous suite at the Brookstreet Hotel, where both she and Rob were getting ready (different rooms, of course), for the wedding at the adjacent Marshes Golf Club.

I had a few reasons to be nervous for this wedding.  Not only was in my first of 2011, but it was also my first time coordinating & shooting a “first-look”.  For those not familiar with the concept, it’s a break from the traditional approach where the bride and groom see each other for the first time as the bride comes down the aisle.  With a first look, we arrange a beautiful meeting spot before the ceremony, where the bride and groom can see each other in private, and they can have a few minutes to talk, share their excitement, and have a moment to be together before the big day gets really rolling.  The added benefit is that we can do a lot of the photos during this time, which lets the couple go straight to enjoying time with their guests after the ceremony.

I guess I should also mention that the forecast was kind of scary, too.  With the first look planned for the middle of the golf course, the threat of thunderstorms made me a little uneasy.  Thankfully the weather gods smiled down on us, and the rain held-off just long enough to get the 1st look done.  The first drops started falling the minute we had Leanne in the Marshes clubhouse.  Phew!

For Leanne & Rob’s first look, I brought Leanne to a nice bridge on the Marshes golf course, while Linda took the golf cart to fetch Rob.  With Leanne’s back to the direction from which Rob would be approaching, I took some bridal portraits and generally tried to keep her busy and “chilled” while we waited.  Once I got a text from Linda and saw Rob approaching, I slowly started backing-up (to give them space for their moment), and to capture the 1st look using a long lens, so their moment was private.  One of the coolest moments was the instant that Leanne could hear Rob’s feet walking down the wooden-planked bridge.  Her face lit-up, and she said “he’s coming, isn’t he…?”.  Love it.

  • Shella - Beautiful photos, timeless and elegant!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous bride!ReplyCancel

  • Jim Murphy - Gorgeous photos. Particularly like the photo with the cherry blossom in the back. Fantastic job.ReplyCancel

  • Steve Koo - Awesome all around. Love the getting-ready shots, and I love the emotion during the ceremony.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Taylor - Such a classy bride, love her look! Beautiful wedding, you really captured the emotion.ReplyCancel

  • Razvan - Love the first look photos and the emotion that you captured there.ReplyCancel

  • Johanna Hietanen - Love the shot of them with the beautiful tree in the background :) You’ve captured the love between them beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Watts - Wow-I feel like you did such a wonderful job capturing the personality and emotions of the bride. She’s so lovely!
    I also dig the shot reflection shot. Very cool.ReplyCancel

  • Paul Von Rieter - What a beautiful couple. I am fully digging the image of them with the blossoming tree in the back-ground.ReplyCancel

  • Tall - What a handsome couple! Beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Sachin - Great job on these.. love the first look imagesReplyCancel

  • Matt Stanton - What love you can feel from these pictures. Simply beautiful and excellently captured.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Kanillopoolos - That cherry-tree shot just after the first look? GOLDEN. Amazing work here, and very warm and inviting writing as well, by the way. :)ReplyCancel