What a day we had for Jim & Kristine’s big day! The sun was shining…it was HOT and it was the Saturday of the May long weekend! Perfect right? Well the wedding was perfect! Jim and Kristine are perhaps one of the cutest couples we have had the pleasure of photographing thus far…they are just ridiculously in love and it shows! They have been together for a LONG time (since a high school Student Council Campaign from what I gathered through the speeches) and it seemed that almost everyone who spoke throughout the day commented that this day had FINALLY arrived! We were very honoured to be given the task of capturing the day that had been so many years in the making!
As for the heat…as a cold-blooded Canadian, I thought it was perfect! Sure, it was a little bit hot out in the sun, but as every Canadian knows…May 2-4 is generally one extreme or the other, and I am more than happy to tolerate the heat and accompanying humidity if it means not having to weather snow, sleet, windchill, etc. However, our groom and his family hail from the good ol’ USA…the Western States and Florida…they, on the other hand, were NOT big fans of our Ontario humidity. Fortunately, they didn’t have to be out in it for too long. The ceremony was held at the Ellis Chapel just outside Cambridge and was officiated by the groom’s brother…who did a FANTASTIC job by the way! It was one of the most personalized ceremonies I have ever seen and I LOVED the Last Kiss Ceremony that was a part of it!
After a quick stop at the McDonald’s drive-thru, we headed out to Waterloo Park to battle the concert-goers invading the park for some fun photos with the wedding party. Then it was off to the reception for a wonderful dinner, lots of dancing and a delicious candy buffet full of all of Jim and Kristine’s favourites in coordinating blue and brown.
It was really a beautiful day (both weather-wise and wedding-wise) and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it!!
Now on to the less-than-perfect part of the day and the lesson I learned…
I was super organized for Jim & Kristine’s big day…I am always organized, but for some reason I took the extra few minutes to look-up and write down a few extra numbers, print off a couple extra items, etc. I had everything all ready the night before and left my house early the morning of the wedding as there was one stop I planned to make en route to the hotel (which is only a 25 min drive from my house). Well folks, one thing you can’t plan, control or organize is traffic. Sure you can listen to the radio traffic reports and avoid trouble spots, but in this case the problem happened as I was coming up to it and I was stopped between the last exit I could have gotten off at and the one I needed. And this was not your average slow moving traffic due to rubber-neckers gawking at the fender bender on the shoulder…No, we are talking COMPLETELY stopped…closed in both directions. Cars were turned off, people were touring around, walking their dogs, the kids from the mini-van beside me were running around having a water fight. We were going NOWHERE! I’ll admit, I was more than a little panicked….I will also admit that for a few moments I contemplated paying the nice couple in the Ford Explorer just ahead of me $50 to drive my car to the hotel once traffic was moving while I hiked down into Cambridge and called a cab! I quickly concluded that this was probably NOT a safe option, so I had no choice but to call the bride. FORTUNATELY, my regular second shooter, Nicole, was unable to help that day (we normally travel together), so I was able to get a hold of Jeannine and asked her to go ahead early and capture the stuff I was clearly going to miss whilst stuck in traffic…and she did…BIG THANK YOU Jeannine…you are a talented photographer and a lifesaver!!! Also another HUGE THANK YOU to Kristine who was one cool and calm bride and didn’t freak out on me when I called to give her my status updates and the new back-up plan!! I was two hours later than I had planned, but I did eventually get there…before the ceremony!! And I may or may not have done some illegal stunt driving to get off the highway…we won’t go into details on that since I know there are a number of folks in law enforcement who may read this…including the GROOM!
Moral of the story? 1. It’s in my contract, but I have always wondered what “acts of God” could keep a photographer from getting to a wedding….now I know one! And 2. NEVER take the highway to a wedding…I know my grandpa Bill (a big “scenic route” guy) was watching down on me, shaking his head and laughing while saying “I told you so”…I for one will be taking the back roads from now on!
Now, on to the photos!!!
Are these girls not the cutest pair of sisters!!
All of the girls were looking fabulous and knew how to rock it for the camera!
Kristine is one happy girl coming down the aisle…she’s only about to marry one of the sweetest guys I have ever met, so no wonder!!
They did it!!!
I love, love, LOVE this photo!! It took some convincing from Jim, Jeannine and myself to get Kristine on board, but TOTALLY worth it! The two of them used to work at this very McD’s back in the day and it just so happened to be on the property directly behind the chapel!!
The inscription on the cake is from the very first card Jim ever gave to Kristine when they were dating!
Congratulations guys!! It was a beautiful day!!
**And lastly, I just wanted to take a second to say that while I was incredibly stressed and late, I arrived at my destination safe and sound in the end…the same cannot be said for one of the individuals involved in the crash that caused the traffic that day. My thoughts are with that gentleman’s family and friends…I feel pretty small complaining about being 2 hours late when he never arrived where he was going.**