Alison + Jeff’s Wedding

just married

just married

I’ve been an editing machine lately, putting in untold hours in front of my Mac with a large fan blowing beside me so I don’t ferment. And I don’t think anyone’s happier than I am that the temperature dropped today to a level where it doesn’t feel like my computer isn’t going to overheat and blow up.

Let me show you some of what I’ve been working on, in case that happens…

There were so many fun moments in Alison and Jeff’s wedding earlier this month that I really did feel like more of a guest than their wedding photographer. Alison was hilarious, but since you weren’t there to witness her speech, I offer you the photo below to give you an idea of her personality:

when makeup brushes attack

when makeup brushes attack

You need humour to get through a wedding, especially your own. Because like all weddings, there will be snags, some bigger than others.

One unforeseen snag was just reaching the gate of the Kelso Conservation Area in Milton, about an hour outside of Toronto, where the venue (Halton Region Museum) is located. I was the first person in the wedding to arrive, but it took me almost 20 minutes in a very slow-moving line of cars to reach the gate. It looked like a Toronto traffic jam. Isn’t this rural Ontario? Where did all these cars come from? (Toronto–ha!) I began to wonder how many people would be delayed to the wedding, including other vendors.

wedding time!

wedding time!

It was while waiting to reach the gatekeeper that I realized I’d left my lunch sitting at home. I kicked myself! When I’m photographing a wedding, I burn so much energy I am constantly eating and drinking water. I carry a large water container and pack fruit and granola bars and whatever else I can eat on the fly. Except now I was effectively trapped in a recreation area with no food until the reception and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. Surely there must be a snack bar or something?

a strapless dress with a train in July is like a heat transfer from top to bottom

a strapless dress with a train in July is like a heat transfer from top to bottom

I photographed the dress while waiting for the bridal party to arrive. I wanted to make sure everyone was set up, makeup started, and everything was running on time. This is probably the most stressful time of the day for the bride since she usually ends up overseeing all the details and making decisions while everyone tells her to relax. Keep sharp objects — and grooms — away from brides in crisis mode.

getting bustled up

discussing the game plan with her brother, while getting bustled up

Once the girls started getting ready, I went on a food-finding mission. I’d seen a sign for a concession stand, so I followed my nose down a steep gravel road in search of grub. (That’s grub, not grubs.) Keep in mind that I’m dressed for a wedding and it’s a scorching July day. When I reached the bottom of the road, I instantly regretted leaving my camera behind because I emerged from the trees, laughing — I landed smack-dab in the middle of hundreds of half-naked people at the busiest beach I’ve ever seen in Ontario, wearing a dress and an updo. People stared at me like I was a tourist who lost her way. It was funny to walk past all the beach attire up to the concession stand and order a veggie burger and fries as if I always went to the beach with red lipstick. Doesn’t everyone?

Alexander Barn

Alexander Barn

Alison's mother was also her officiant

Alison’s mother was also her officiant

freshly minted Mr. and Mrs.

freshly minted Mr. and Mrs.

exactly the right moment to stand on a chair

exactly the right moment to stand on a chair

Alison and Jeff met playing Ultimate, so it’s no surprise someone brought a frisbee.

Ultimate wedding

Ultimate wedding

Ultimate wedding

Ultimate wedding

There are so many great images from this wedding I’m going to let the slideshow do the rest so I can crash…

Photos are best viewed as a full-screen slideshow or in the smaller slideshow below. Click on it to view the thumbnails:

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