This wedding happened in September, but I wanted to save it for the long, rainy winter to remind me of the beautiful summer sun. I adored the location (Merridale Estate Cidery), the couple, their adorable wedding party with cute semi-matching outfits, the beautiful weather, the warmth and joy of everything, and the way the photos turned out, including the awesome shots of the guys getting ready by my second shooter Gwen Ewart (whose photos of that, the posed shot of the guys, and many of the detail photos are included in this post). Looking at these photos brings me back to that gorgeous September light and the sweetness of the wedding day.
I loved how close Robyn and Steve were with their friends. Robyn and her maid of honour, Kristina, were adorable with tons of hugs, sweet glances, and even singing into wooden spoons together (I hear that’s a side effect of Meatloaf). The bridesmaids and groomsmen looked nearly as emotional as Steve as they watched Robyn walk down the aisle. Steve’s best man Ben gave one of my favourite best man toasts ever. Even though I can barely remember a word of it, as Steve says I remember how it made me feel – like I wanted to get to know this couple better because they’re really something special. Luckily, I’ve had a chance to spend some time with them since and I’m pretty sure that feeling was right.
Steve is a pro triathlete, so of course, the guys decided to run into the freezing cold ocean at Willows Beach before the wedding, which Gwen captured perfectly. Other memorable moments of the day: Steve finally cracking and letting the tears fall during the toasts, a super emotional first dance amongst the bubbles, Robyn dancing her butt off all night long, Robyn and Steve surrounded by a circle of friends on the dance floor, and Steve dancing looking as happy as a kid on Christmas morning.
I was worried I might write too much about this wedding, but I actually feel like just posting some photos now (possibly way too many). The emotions in these shots speak for themselves.
Venue and caterer: Merridale Estate Cidery
DJ: Chris Tateham at Elite Entertainment
Florist: Rook & Rose
Hair: Kimmie Leslie at The Grove Health and Beauty
Makeup: Erin Bradley
Cake: Cathryn Kissinger at The Little Cakery
Officiant: Terry Knowles
Bride’s Dress: Frocks
Jewellery: Leah Alexandra at Violette
Groom’s Suit: Indochino