Chris and Monika’s wedding was about as much fun to shoot at as I had imagined.
We had had a great time doing their engagement session on James St N in Hamilton–you can see their engagement session here–so I was anticipating good things for the wedding day!
Their lovely escarpment home was a hub of happy activity as the girls and some relatives got ready there–at the same time their backyard was being transformed into a cheerful reception area! Yet the mood was nice and laid-back (for most of us–I can’t speak for Monika’s dad :)
All the day-of coordinating was in the control of the very capable Hanna Sinclair of Belle Soiree Weddings which allowed Monika et al to really enjoy the process of getting ready–as you’ll see below. Lots of big smiles!
The ceremony took place in the quaint little white chapel at Balls Falls Conservation Area in Grimsby with a familiar comedian/minister. This is the second time I’ve worked with this guy and he is a hoot.
After we did some family shots and a quick wedding party set-up we drove to my studio at 270 Sherman and completed the wedding party and B&G shots there. The lot itself is full of character and provides lots of fabulous, rustic-urban backdrops.
Yeah…I’d want to marry her too. Look at that smile!
After shooting outside we moved into the century-old warehouse space at 270 Sherman. It was steamy hot in there but everyone was 100% cooperative and patient all in the name of creating epic wedding photos. I feel like we succeeded.
We took refuge from the heat of the warehouse on the roof of the building. You can’t get more industrial-looking than sitting on the edge of a historical warehouse roof with the smoke-stacks of East Hamilton in the background. This is how we rock ‘n’ roll.
Yeah, she wore those gorgeous kicks all day. Feet of steel! And they look incredible.
Even though the original lift wasn’t operational on the weekend we still managed to get some really moody, atmospheric shots.
After wrapping up at the studio we busted it over to the reception–at Chris & Monika’s stunning home on the escarpment with a view of Lake Ontario in the distance. (Thanks to my assistant Rita for getting most of the fish-eye shots!)
Monika and Chris really were a perfect couple to work it–they had an eye for fashion and style and a desire to create some really beautiful, unique photography…not to mention they are both lovely people and really nice to look at.
Thanks for the pleasure of working with you both–congratulations Mr & Mrs!