Friday, September 9, 2016

Chrissy and Mike are Married! {backyard wedding photography, toronto wedding photographer}

Chrissy and Mike were married in the backyard of a family home.  They planned an intimate wedding full of personal touches that made it incredibly fun and special - so excited to share their story with you!   

I began the day with Chrissy and her maids of honour, who were all getting ready at her grandmother's house. 
 Chrissy had all her important details to bring to the ceremony in a box at the house, and this CD cover, with a line from their first dance song, caught my eye right away.  (sidenote - how lucky am I to work with so many couples who aren't afraid to make the day a reflection of what is important to them?!?  Love all of my wonderful and creative clients.)




Meanwhile, at Mike's aunt and uncle's house, preparations were underway.  My second shooter, Rosalind, hung out with Mike and the guys. 


After hair and makeup, Chrissy and the girls traveled to the house to get dressed.  
(sidenote #2 - window light is so pretty.)



Chrissy and Mike made the decision to do all their photos before the ceremony, giving them more time to visit with their guests during the reception.  (sidenote #3 - If you are considering this, I HIGHLY recommend it - it gives such a nice flow to your reception and you can still have a special moment with each other by organizing a "first look.")








We set up a second quick "first look" with Chrissy and her dad as family arrived for portraits.  Love the expression on his face!  (also - is "grandparent's first look" a thing?  Because Chrissy's grandma's face upon seeing her is adorable and priceless.)






Mike and Chrissy also put their own special spin on a sand ceremony.  
They each added sand from their families cottages to a glass container with sand from the summer camp where they first met.


After their first kiss, the newlyweds sat and listened with their guests while the father of the bride and the parents of the groom each made a speech.  (sidenote #4 - In all my years of shooting, I have never seen this done before.  What a genius way to spread out the toasts and add another personal element to their ceremony.  Hearing each side of the family talk about the importance of love and connection and how happy they were that Mike and Chrissy had found each other made the ceremony even more meaningful.)


After the ceremony, guests headed to the backyard to mingle and visit.

the wedding party was introduced......


.....and Mike and Chrissy headed right into the first dance. 


As the sun began to set, the wedding party made their toasts......




And the dance floor opened.  (sidenote #5 - dance floors are one of the reasons I love doing full day coverage. crazy moves + people having fun = photographic awesomeness.)







As the evening began to wrap up, the band announced a final song in honour of Chrissy and Mike.  They danced arm in arm with their guests at first, and then with each other for one last dance while everyone watched. 

As we were leaving, the bride and groom were heading into the house for some cut throat competitions involving board games and cards, so this final shot seemed fitting.  

Ring shot, games room style.

Chrissy and Mike, thank you for allowing my team to be a small part of your wonderful day!  Wishing you both a lifetime of love and laughter together.  

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1 comment:

Alan Brandt said...

Great set of images! Looks like it was a really fun wedding!