Kids at Weddings
Viara and I are both family photographers as well as being wedding photographers. Weddings are gatherings of families, and friends who are so close they might as well be family. And with families often come kids.
At weddings, kids know it's an event out of the ordinary. They're excited, full of energy, showing off their fancy clothes, and often making full use of the wide open dance floor for zoomies.
Kids at weddings round out the serious bits with laughing, playing, and loud stage whispers. Kids refuse to eat the main course and get cake all over their faces.
Kids have fun.
In the name of fun, here are our choices for our favourite pictures of kids at weddings!
Happy almost weekend! We've decided to do a series of blog posts of some of our favourite wedding images from 2017. We've split them up into categories that we think make sense for our quirky sensibilities. These are some of our favourite things to photograph at weddings - the dance parties, the kids, and the energetic and occasionally chaotic pre-wedding prep. That's the focus of this week's post.
We've heard people question the value of photos before the wedding, but we feel it's one of the more intimate and special parts of the day. We get a chance to get to know some of the people you've surrounded yourself with on what is arguably a pretty important day. Some of our favourite images from each wedding we shoot come from this part of the day.
We'll also be doing an overall favourites post and a "Quirky" favourites post, where we'll explain why we love the images, why we took them, and what made us choose them in the editing process, so watch this space in the coming weeks for our favourites!
Without further ado, here are our favourite "Getting ready" images of 2017!
This wedding landed in my lap. Or maybe Quirky Love landed in theirs. I'm not sure, the only thing I know is that I drove home to Kingston that evening thinking I'd been a part of something out of the ordinary.
Cristal and Nathan married at Sandbanks Provincial Park, well after the park had closed for the season, when the colours of leaves had already well changed. Cristal and her family have a close connection to the park, and the whole event took place at Maple Rest Heritage House. Their daughter walked down the aisle with Cristal, with Cristal's mother and niece in tow. After the ceremony, the guests and wedding party walked the dunes together, enjoying one of the last warm days of our summer-like fall.
Cristal's sister took great care in creating a beautiful and intimate dinner setting, complete with candles and lace. There was a bonfire, marshmallows, and even pre-cut sticks for your roasting pleasure. The atmosphere was as warm and as welcoming as I have ever seen.
Cristal, Nathan, and their family members and friends were so friendly and chatty, I had to remind myself that I wasn't actually related to anyone there. "What a wonderful start to married life," I kept thinking. Of course, Cristal and Nathan already had a life together, but this symbolic day represented another jumping-off point, one that represented the co-mingling of two families and groups of friends. A true celebration.
Congratulations, Cristal and Nathan: To Wonderful Starts!
All images below © Liz Cooper
Liz & Viara
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