I always ask my couples to send me the story of how they met or their proposal. Wedding announcements in papers sometime give glimpses of couple’s stories, but they inevitably feel too formal. As the photographer and someone who is well equipped to witness up and close the depths of love, I feel a special responsibility to present their background as a complement to some of their photos- to make their wedding announcement personal and heartfelt. In this instance, Ashley and Lorne raced off on their honeymoon in South Africa before I could ask them to send me their story. Needless to say, I found a Capitale. I was really excited to shoot at such a stunning event space. The building was designed in the City Beautiful movement and shares the Beaux-Arts tradition with other architectural gems such as the Grand Central and the New York Public Library. Such grandeur is undeniably inspiring.
Even more important than architectural delights are the delights of witnessing a close family. I have to say I was in love with both Ashley and Lorne’s families. Ashley and Lorne are centered, yet carefree and their personalities are filled with playfulness and charm. Some people are lucky to be born with such qualities, but these can only be truly nurtured by family and friends, and it was a real pleasure to meet everyone and see that support and love in person.
I felt a bit of destiny that this was a wedding I had to shoot. I actually met Ashley and Lorne through Dana and Andrew, whose wedding I photographed last year. I was, however, especially surprised and delighted when I learned that Ashley actually lives in my building and I had met her several times before in the elevator! It never hurts to have both a recommendation and proximity working for you. :) In shooting their wedding, I had the added pleasure of seeing Dana and Andrew again, now embarking on the next stage as they are expecting a baby! Seeing them reminded me as well why I love my work, for even after twelve hours on my feet, I get a rush and great pleasure knowing that the moments I freeze in that relentless sweep of time, will be shared and appreciated by people still yet to come into this world.
Here is a sneak peak of their photos: