Kayla & Brad’s big day, oh where shall I begin.
Ive known kayla for a long time, her sister and maid of honour has been a long time friend of mine, so when she asked me to photograph her wedding I was more than honoured.
Its always a great feeling heading to a wedding knowing the bride and groom on a more personal level, its always special knowing you are more than just their photographer but a friend as well.
The wedding Day was far more eventful than anyone had planned.
When I arrived to the Manor on February 25th the weather outside was beautiful it was like a spring day, not even any snow on the ground. The lovely wedding coordinator informed me that unfortunately there was no power in the building due to an accident involving a transformer but the bride already knew, I had arrived early to shoot her details. Hydro one had informed the venue that power would be restored by 10am. So No problem, kayla already had her hair done when she arrived and the makeup artist used the natural window light to do her makeup. Kayla was the most relaxed bride, wasn’t worried at all. Of course 10am came and went and power had not been restored. They told Kayla that because she was having a 1 o’clock ceremony there would be enough natural light to continue with the ceremony at the Manor, so with a phone call to the groom (to tell him what was going on) they confirmed that they would have the ceremony in the original location and move the reception to the Bellagio in Vaughn. This has NEVER happened to me at a wedding, thankfully, having the most relaxed bride helped to keep me calm as well.
They arranged for the bus to relocate all of the guests to the new venue while we did all of the photos at the manor. Seriously the Manor by Peter & Pauls is one of my favourite venue to photograph couples at, its romantic and there is so much to offer.
Entrances, speeches and dances were all perfect at the new venue and the party got started…. and then the fire alarm went off- So all of the guests were evacuated to the parking lot. YUP that actually happened. It was a day full of surprises but couldn’t have happened to a more relaxed couple.
Big shout out to Kristin Peereboom Photography who assisted me on this wonderful day! She captured some wonderful candids and of course hung out with the groom and his men that morning! Thank you so much Kristin it was a pleasure to work with you!
Last year I started handing out blog questionnaires to all of my 2017 couples because I found that my blogs were becoming the same, I wanted to allow the couples to share their story to go along with the wedding day images!
So here is Kayla & Brad’s love story, or at least the beginning of it.
Brad and I met in Thunder Bay Ontario when we were there for school. We lived in the same building in residence and after becoming friends found out we grew up close together and knew many of the same people. We started dating after returning home for the summer- Brad was kind enough to bring my snowboard home, the one thing I didn’t manage to pack in my Kia Rio! We made it official in a coffee shop in May 2012 and the following school year Brad went back to Thunder Bay while I stayed back home to finish up my current program. The following year we both went back up to Thunder Bay – him to finish his degree and me to start a new one. I think it was at this point we both knew 100 % we would end up married. We had a terrible apartment that we were constantly fighting our landlords to fix. Some of the more major issues with it were a bathroom ceiling that would gush water out from the apartment above us every other week, and a crack in our bedroom window (keep in mind Thunder Bay winters are really cold!). We eventually moved all our stuff into our living room and camped there after serving our landlords papers. They finally fixed everything, after over 3 months of us constantly contacting them. It made us realize that no matter what the world threw at us we could get through it together. He proposed after returning from a work trip – surprising me by making it back earlier than expected. I didn’t drop hints as much as tell him that I wanted to get married, but he strategically waited until I was done school as to not overwhelm me – he knows me too well. Our favourite memory from the wedding day would be hard to choose! I think probably our candlelight ceremony – which was not planned 🙂