Item 1: This blog is of a wedding in 2018. I still have weddings unblogged from 2017 (and even an earlier blog from 2018), and I’m still somewhat confident that I’ll blog them all. They’ve all been buried in my hard drives, buried in my to-do lists, but not forgotten. It generally takes me 6-7 hours of hair-pulling indecision about every word and photo to make a blog, so bear with me. 🙂
Item 2: We’ve had some dates open up for 2018, as well as some dates that remain open. June 30th, July 14th, August 25th, September 8 and 15th. October 20th. If you know anyone getting married on any of those days, holla at us!
Item 3: Topher (that’s me) is going to have a separate blog coming out soon that is going to feature writing and photos not wedding related. My speciality is going headfirst into the strange. If you’re into that kind of thing, stay tuned.
A Matter in the Church:
I’m not eager to share this with people, but it might be useful information for people getting married in the future who are considering Saint Mary’s Basilica on Spring Garden. The church is gorgeous beyond measure, but one of the people who performs weddings there does not value photography. This is fine, everyone has their own preferences, but he’s a bit insistent that wedding photography always ends up like his: in a box and not looked at for 50 years. It’s my opinion that not everybody feels this way…and this was the first time I’ve ever felt unwelcome in my role as a photographer. This was not me just misreading signals: people from J & M’s wedding apologized to me—more than once —about this man’s unusual behaviour. His private exchanges with me were even less kind. It also seemed to me that he cared very little about how J & M wanted their wedding ceremony to go. He had his routine, and it was your job to fit into it. This might be ok for some people who just want to get married and not worry about the details, but it’s also popular today for people to make some choices in how their wedding ceremony is performed. If you’re in the latter group, this wouldn’t be an ideal choice for you. Rather than publish his name publicly, if you want his name to avoid booking him, please email us directly.
Man, my hat goes off to J & M. They’re surrounded by supportive family and friends, and not only did they plan this wedding (which unfolded extremely smoothly and beautifully), they also planned a wedding later the same month in Egypt, where M is from and where is family still lives. Can you imagine? The wedding to-do check list is long, and ….geez, having 2 of them??
What struck me most about these two is that behind their quiet, unassuming friendliness was a real warmth and kindness. It radiates outward, and glows especially bright for each other.
When the world seems to be off the rails, I find weddings to be supremely hopeful. When nothing seems stable or predictable, month to month, people are still able to commit to each other—to be reliable and solid for each other, for a lifelong commitment: “I’m going to love you until I die. And if I can love you after that, I’ll do that too”. That’s basically a miracle.
We hope you enjoy some of our favourite photos from this wedding. 🙂
Decor: Beautiful Linen Rentals
DJ: Mike Brooks
Flowers: Crocus Designs by Laura
Make Up: Allison Kirby
Cake Baker: Twice as Nice Cupcakes and more.
Bridal Gown: Leila Haute Couture
Reception: Delta Hotel
Church: St Marys Basilica