June: Cassandra and Iain's Crystal Palace Wedding in Prince Edward County
Cassandra and Iain are people that I knew a little bit, when they still lived in Kingston. I think we were both on the periphery of each other's circles, but we never really intersected. And then they left, moving to Vancouver and then to Ottawa, and I followed their antics in the occasional post on social media. When I got the opportunity to photograph their wedding, I was excited to get to know them better - and I was right to be happy! They are such a great pair - funny, interesting, a huge crew of great friends and family. They were really interested in creating an amazing day for themselves and for the people they love.
Their Picton wedding at the Crystal Palace was lovely, just exactly what you'd like to see take place in that beautiful building. Kids played soccer in the setting sun on the field outside, gourmet doughnuts from Ottawa were served for dessert and Black Dog Catering prepared an amazing meal (I went back for seconds).
A really wonderful day, ending in a gorgeous early June evening.
They got married after ten years together. It was a beautiful September day, the first day of fall. The world was still green and beautiful. Love and laughter was in the air.
Roberta got ready at their home in Gananoque. Her friend, who is a makeup artist, did her makeup, and her sister did her hair.
Flowers were everywhere: all over the counters, on the table. They gave rich colour & brightness to the indoors. Three cakes stood atop the counter, too. Roberta cracked open champagne, shared it with her friends, sisters, and mother. Then everyone helped her get into the dress, pulling on the corset straps as tight as they would go. Roberta positively glowed.
Outside, it was late afternoon. The ceremony was a brief walk down the street, at the back grounds of the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, a beautiful and freshly renovated place.
Gulls flew overhead as guests sat on chairs facing the calm waters of the St. Lawrence river. Picture-perfect day for an afternoon wedding.
Things were going well until Dave dropped Roberta's ring.... Luckily it didn't bounce off the concrete dock into the water, and he stealthily retrieved it, and slid it on her finger, and then they were officially married.
They signed the books and shared a passionate kiss, after which the festivities began. Speeches, a boardwalk stroll under darkening pink skies, dancing, cake-cutting, silliness, more laughter, love, and joy.
A wonderful cocktail wedding, in a wonderful venue, with some fantastic folks. I hope the photographs help recreate the atmosphere of the day.
As a personal aside, it gives me great joy to photograph older couples tying the knot. We see so many young couples, new love, etc, on social media. It is a little rarer to see older couples' wedding photographs. Many middle-aged or older couples might not share their photographs online. I am happy to be able to share these photographs, as there ought to be a celebration of love in young age, middle age, any age!
(Posted by Viara)
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