Ricky + Angel’s engagement started with a flash mob proposal, and during the three days we spent with them, there was no shortage of celebration (and incredible food). Music was a big part of their weekend, but one song always seemed to make people stop whatever they were doing and break into a perfectly choreographed dance … “Hookah Bar”. We must have heard it a dozen times over the weekend, and now we can’t it out of our heads. Someone told me that part of the song means, “when I saw you, music played in my heart”. I still don’t know how that relates to a hookah bar but if that’s true, it couldn’t be more perfect.
Check out their slideshow … maybe it will have the same effect on you.
Last week, we had a great time shooting Great Big Sea who were in Halifax for their 20th anniversary tour. I remember the first time that I ever saw them live was when I was going to Saint Mary’s University. Thursday nights were the best time to hit the campus pub, so bunch of us skipped afternoon classes and spent the rest of the day using our student loan money to pay for pitcher after pitcher of watered down draft. Up until that point, I didn’t really know much about Great Big Sea … only that they were a crazy band from Newfoundland who fill up every bar they play.
Years later, while Susie and I were living in North Carolina, we’d drag all of our American friends out to see their Charlotte show to give them a taste of the Maritimes. And seeing them today, there’s no question that they’re still playing sold out shows with as much fun and energy as they did when I first saw them.
And in complete contrast, after we wrapped up with our shoot, we ditched most of our camera gear and ended the night at the Marquee Club’s grand re-opening to catch the Wintersleep show, another one of my favourite East Coast bands. The Marquee is great … an incredible spot to catch a live show (and different idea for a wedding venue!). We shot almost the entire night with our new cameras (Fuji X100s) which were perfect to manoeuvre through the two packed houses and document the energy as part of the crowd.
We live in Canada and know the climate, but the weather always seems to be a hot topic. When the winter months roll in, many of us love to complain about it. Thankfully we have couples like Jody and Dave. They are snow-loving, outdoorsy Canadians who embraced the idea of having a wedding in the middle of January, in the middle of the woods. Wedding shoes were replaced with Bogs and hiking boots, and their weekend had everything from sub-zero temperatures to freezing rain to a snowstorm (that almost forced us to miss our flight back to Halifax). Around here, winters are often referred to as our “off season”, but after being a part of their day, I think it’s a great time to plan a wedding; it gives everyone something to look forward to during those long winter months. And besides, as Canadians, we should be able to handle the cold, right?
I have to say that I truly love New Year’s eve weddings. There’s just so much more excitement and energy on top of all of the wedding day action. My last day of 2012 started off by heading to a sports bar with Clayton and his buddies while they watched Canada play Russia in the World Junior Hockey Championship (and sadly, we all know how that ended … but at the time, gold was still a possibility). It turned out that CBC News was also there to catch the early morning action and ended up chatting with Clayton about his proposal to Rebecca after Canada won the gold medal at the Olympics. So it was only fitting that both Rebecca and Clayton were keeping track of the score to kick off their wedding day. Sadly, team Canada went downhill, but I feel like the rest of us are off to a pretty awesome start. Happy New Year and all the best to everyone this year!
Hindu weddings are always full of color, culture and tradition – some of which date back thousands of years. And with such an intricate ceremony, it’s a good thing that Shubha’s family was close by to help with a few of the smaller details … like which toe the ring goes on.
Shortly before Anya & Chen’s ceremony, I was on my way to catch a few shots of Anya getting ready when I noticed the grooms mother had stopped to look over a collection of their photos. She stood there and, without an iPhone or Facebook, was able to admire the history of Anya and Chen showcased in print. These days, it’s so fun and easy to share your photos online, but nothing speaks more loudly than looking at a great shot proudly displayed in print on the walls of your own home. It was a moment that made me realize we’ve neglected too many of our favourite photos. You think that as a photographer, I’d have our place littered with pictures of my family … I certainly take enough. Truth is, most have sat on a hard drive and until recently, rarely made it to print. But it was this simple moment (combined with my wife’s addiction to Pinterest) that led us to start hanging more prints. Oh and Mom + Dad … guess what you’re getting for Christmas.
I was introduced to a different family wedding tradition a few weeks ago during Kaissa and Jason’s wedding at Grand Pre Winery. Every place setting at their reception curiously displayed a roll of paper marked “don’t open me yet”. Of course Jenn and I were dying to know how this would tie into the night, but we decided to wait with the rest of their guests and see what the evening would bring. After desert was served, their MC asked everyone to unroll the paper which contained the lyrics to a song that Kaissa’s family wrote for Jason, outlining how the newlyweds met … and sung to the tune of “Call Me Maybe”.
“Hey, just a coffee,
is all I ask you.
Give me your number,
I’ll call you baby”.
As if it was perfectly rehearsed before hand, the entire wedding reception broke out into song … and it was such a hit that everyone sang it twice.