I honestly don’t even know where to begin describing how inspiring it was to photograph Gwyn and Ian’s wedding day. I feel like with their wedding day, not only did I get to work with two warm-hearted, creative and dynamic persons, but I feel like their wedding was a real work of beauty that stirred up my creative energy in a way that I desperately needed at this time in the year.
From the little bit that I have learned about Gwyn and Ian, I think I can say that their wedding day – the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, the emphasis on quality not quantity, the goal of authenticity – is a direct reflection of who they are as individuals, as a couple, the life they have began to create together, and the people they choose to surround themselves with. Their words to their guests and to each other were as warm as the candle light. The way they looked at each other was a beautiful as the handmade decor and vintage details that Gwyn so lovingly assembled (see below). And the overall celebration bespoke the quality and refinement of the love they have cultivated for each other.
Gwyn and Ian’s intimate wedding celebration with only thirty family and friends in attendance was a work of art, and epitomizes the whole reason I love being a wedding photographer: real people, sharing real moments surrounded by creative beauty. A wedding for me is always about the ceremony – the commitment that two people make to each other and witness by those dearest to their hearts and this can be done anywhere, at any time and celebrated in any manner that befits the couple. But, I really do love photographing weddings where a couple’s commitment is paired with a beautiful and elegant celebration! Like so many weddings I get to photograph, working with Gwyn and Ian and sharing their wedding day was a gift for my heart and creative soul.
Gwyn and Ian, thank you, thank you, thank you so much for selecting me as your wedding photographer, for making me feel so welcome throughout your day, and for trusting me to capture your wedding, which was a work of art! Congratulations on your marriage and for setting such a beautiful example for others on how to plan and execute a wedding that is a reflection of your values, personalities and commitment to one another!
A few more notes about this wedding:
Gwyn wore a vintage Berdorf Goodman gown from 1961, purchased a vintage bridal salon in Ontario, which featured some of the most brilliantly construction details I’ve ever seen. Her viel was also a vintage piece that she and her mother repaired. Her shoes were jute flats from a thrift shot with hand sewn flowers left over from the veil that Gwyn stitched on. Her hair clip was handmade by a friend with roses from Gwyn’s grandmother’s wedding veil and a handkerchief that her grandmother hand tatted. Gwyn knit her white shawl along with the shawls worn by each of her bridesmaids and scarves for each of the men! She handmade each bouquet and boutonniere. She designed and set-up the decor for her reception, featuring votive holders that Ian made from birch trees!
Lastly, I shot their wedding reception a little different that usual! The ambiance was so intimate and warm from the well balanced candle light and low room lighting I really did not want to use any flash. Even with my camera set to balance flash with the ambient light, I just couldn’t do justice to the gorgeous atmosphere of this wedding. Thus, I shot the entire reception with no off or on camera flash or additional lighting. Love.