Cassie came to me a little over a month ago asking of course if I would photograph her winter wedding on Manitoulin Island. I won't lie, the initial feelings were "it's going to be cold, it might be wet, slushy and messy, it's quite a distance away..." - I was a little nervous to say the least. Weather is a big consideration to factor in if "exquisite" wedding portraits are to play a role in your wedding - which is the exact word Cassie had in mind for her winter fairytale wedding. A tall order to say the least, especially in a location I was completely unfamiliar with.
Cassie had sent me a link to her Pinterest page and shared some of pictures that she liked, most of them set around winter. They were all quite perfect examples of pictures when things are going your way. The pressure was on! Wanting to put a big smile on her face when I had arrived, I brought a long a big bundle of helium filled balloons since one of the pictures on her Pinterest board was of a balloon photo of the bride and groom and resembled the movie "Up". I suppose I've been away from Chemistry class for too long because they mostly deflated from the walk from the truck to her front door. How embarrassing!
It seemed like a rough start, but what would follow would be a perfectly relaxed day on the lot of Cassie and Kurtis shared by their close friends and family. We needn't jump into cars and go to this building or that building. The ceremony, the pictures and the dinner were in one place, making for an intimate and enjoyable gathering. Even the ceremony was composed of no more than about 10 people. It was a blistering cold day and fortunately there was plenty of time to warm up in between picture taking. But this little wedding was beautiful on all levels and has certainly changed my previously unfavorable impression of winter weddings for the better. And before you go ahead and view the pictures, a little warning in advance - with all of the time we had to use I did get a little carried away with pictures of just the bride. Once you see how photogenic Cassie is, you'll hardly be able to blame me.
I was just as confused at first too. Groom: left, Best Man: right (yup, twins!)
MUCH needed warm beverages in between shots. When you're the photographer, it hurts to turn down a warm Bailey's LOL
A standard wedding day portrait of bride & father. But wow, that winter background sure is an enhancement!!!
Walking into our winter fairytale backdrop which would ultimately provide countless amazing pictures!
Exploring the surroundings sometimes really pays off!
I love my job...
So ladies, if you're still planning your wedding and haven't picked a date yet, these are just pictures to keep in mind.
Taking off the jacket and showing off the details
New Year's Eve - what better way to bring in the new year than with all of your friend's and family. What better way to party than with a wedding! And what a cold one it was! It must have been -20, maybe -25. It hurt. More-so for our very brave Bridesmaids in of course their far from insulated but beautiful icy blue bridesmaid dresses.
Disclaimer, there are a lot of photos of just the bride here. I had a hard time deciding which photo of the bride to post, and I had so many favorites, that I simply posted all of my favorites.
The Blessing of the Rings