Katie and Kieron managed to get their wedding in just before things got crazy, and also before the sun really started shining. But it was a beautiful day and warm enough to take some photos outside.
They chose The Butchart Gardens as their location, which was incredibly stunning. They only do weddings for a couple of months in late winter and it was my first time photographing a wedding there. It was the perfect location for a more intimate wedding.
The couple did a first look in the gorgeous spring prelude indoor garden, followed there by the ceremony. They included as much of their family as they could in the ceremony with Kieron’s brother playing guitar, his other brother presenting the rings, his sister binding their hands in a hand-fasting ceremony, and Katie’s grandpa giving her a decorative horseshoe to wear on her wrist.
We were shown around the gardens for some couple portraits before heading back to the indoor garden. They were both a little nervous before the ceremony, but much more relaxed and joyful afterwards. After they mingled with guests and their fathers made toasts, we did family photos and took some photos indoors using my handy video light.
Katie’s grandpa made everyone laugh, and maybe cry a bit, with his toast during the reception. He also cut in near the end of the father-daughter dance and got everyone crying (who weren’t crying already). There were plenty of sweet moments with family and friends during the reception and on the dance floor, along with some fun dance moves and lots of laughter.
I’m so happy these two were able to have their wedding and I can’t wait to celebrate with the rest of my clients, even if at a later date than originally planned.
Venue, cake, catering: The Butchart Gardens
Personal flowers: Brown’s
Hair: Ginger Group Salon
Dress: Shades of White
Commissioner: Eugene Rubin