When Lyndsey and Gordon started dating, his youngest sister Kelsey was only 4 years old. Lyndsey had plans to marry Prince William at the time. When she was about 8, Kelsey took matters into her own hands and made a list of pros and cons as to why Lyndsey should marry her brother instead.
The Gordon Pro List included:
– he’s really tall so he can reach things for you
– he’s really good at skipping rocks
– he has a cute dog
– he has two awesome, pretty sisters
How can you resist a tall man with good rock skipping ability? Lyndsey was convinced.
I know weddings can be a lot of work, money, and to some it seems a like a lot of fluff for just a single day. But they really are so much more than that. As I was reminded here at this wedding, life is meant to be celebrated and people should be loved, and told that they are loved, be it partners, parents, co-parents or siblings. I love nothing more than to see a day in which there will be no regrets, and all involved are celebrated and celebrate together. Why wait until tragedy to reflect on what we all mean to each other when we can instead reflect on that now, in times of joy.
Sometimes weddings signify the beginning of a couple’s life together, the journey that they are about to go on. You watch as the guest and celebrate this start, and dream of the things that will come their way both good and bad. It is a beautiful thing to be apart of that beginning. Other weddings, such as this of Sunny and Kirsch, are less about their beginning and more about the accomplishment of the life they’ve already created. A celebration of survival and strength, and of the relationships both with others and each other, that got them this far. That too is a beautiful moment to participate in. The support behind these two is so strong and their support of one another is to be treasured. I don’t think you could wipe the smile off of Kirsch’s face on that day if you tried, and celebrate she did from start to finish with the people she loves most. I believe it is those people, and Sunny, who allowed her to be as happy as she was and will be. I thank them for giving her the love that she so well reflected back at them, and at us. People like Kirsch remind me to love with every bone in my body, and that when the time comes, celebrate.
It seems within the wedding industry that photographers find each other wherever they travel. My first trip to Kingston a couple of years ago was no exception, as I was introduced to Tim Forbes at a local pub by our mutual friend, Ben Benvie. This year Tristan and I traveled back to Kingston to meet Tim at the same pub, only this time he was surrounded by his closest friends and his beautiful fiance Karen. Tristan and I were there to photograph their wedding the next day at Grant Hall, on the Queens University campus. Leading up to the wedding I think I may have told Tim I was “so excited” literally dozens of times, and Tim always replied with equal excitement. I loved seeing how excited he was about his wedding. Tristan and I are so lucky to be surrounded by not only enthusiastic brides, but grooms as well. As for Karen, I felt she always carried herself with such grace. During the portrait session Tim kept noting, “I can’t believe how great you are about this”. She is quite honestly the perfect match for Tim, and I could really see a difference in his smile from the first time I met him, years before.
For us the first wedding of the season is always a memorable one, and this was even more so.
We are so thankful for the friendships we’ve made (including you Scott!) and the trust they all had in us. If you’d like to see the slideshow from the day you can view it here. Tomorrow i’ll be posting the film photos we took through out the day.
Every now and then when Tristan and I have a weekend off, we get to work with our friends! Earlier this year I went along with Christina Craft on her birthday to help (not that she needed any) photograph Lily & Mark’s wedding in Vancouver. Having never met them, I was grateful to spend the day with such wonderful people! They were incredibly endearing and personable. The reception was especially fun due to the high energy in the room and the fact that I got to spend the night with my great friend! I’m so glad Christina brought me along. To read more about the couple and see Christina’s favourites from the day, head over to the Funkytown Blog.