Lauren and Leon’s wedding day was one of the most emotional I’ve experienced in my almost 6 years of shooting. (For sure, top 5.) From the moment I hugged Lauren and Leon “hello” in the kitchen of the heritage Kirkland House after their Chinese tea ceremony to the final goodbye at Kirin Restaurant, these two were SMILING. All day. Happy, ALL DAY. I love expressive people. A wedding day is a day for emotion. I had fun “re-living” Sunday again on Wednesday while compiling images to blog. There were so many lovely details. Lauren’s gorgeous dress fit her like a glove and I loved her two pairs of shoes: sexy heels and then a little more comfy, but still cute, pair of TOMs. (All her bridesmaids had the same: heels and a pair of TOMs. Smart women.)
Even though Lauren and Leon had already seen each other in the morning for their tea ceremony, that didn’t take away any magic from the “walking down the aisle” moment. Very evident from Leon’s tears. ;) It’s the best when grooms are emotional. Lauren didn’t cry – but she did smile so hard I thought her face might explode. One of my favourite memories from the day was during portrait time, with just the two of them. Well, first of all, we scouted out a corner of the property for a few quiet moments – but one of their little cousins followed us. He stood there quietly, probably about six years old, watching all the photos take place. So sweet. Second, I showed Lauren and Leon a sneak peek of one of their “walking and kissing” photos to show them how awesome they look. Their reaction to the photo was incredible: WOAH! LOOK AT US! Let’s do that again.
Lauren and Leon, I’m sooo happy you chose me as your wedding photographer. And bridesmaid Amara, thank you for the referral – and for Jenny & Andrew and Helen & Keith, who told Amara about me. (One last note: Lauren and Leon’s Buntzen Lake engagement session was just as smiley and happy as their wedding day. Check it.)
A beautiful video of Lauren and Leon’s day by ReLive Cinema: