I photographed Shannon & Josh last summer in Toronto for their engagement photos by the lake. I knew from that experience that Shannon and Josh are incredibly easy-going people and a joy to work with. Their wedding this month was exactly the same experience.
Shannon put a lot of love and work into every detail of her wedding, which made me think that her easy-going attitude may shift on her wedding day, but to my amazement, Shannon was incredibly calm and in control. Her planning was so effective that for most of the day, things were ahead of schedule.
I’m surprised that I’ve never been asked to photograph a “First Look” before. There is a trend for the bride and groom to see each other briefly before the ceremony to capture their reaction to how each other look and to calm their nerves before saying their vows. Shannon and Josh opted to not see each other before the ceremony, but Shannon set up a first look with her father.
We were so far ahead of schedule that even after some formals in the hotel lobby, we were waiting around for the limo bus to pick us up.
The weather was a little chilly, but beautiful. The sun peaked out just enough to light their outdoor ceremony, at The Grand Olympia in Stoney Creek, perfectly.
After the ceremony, the wedding party piled into the limo bus and we headed to Confederation Park in Hamilton for photos.
We had a great afternoon hanging out by the water. Shannon and Josh’s wedding party were a lot of fun to work with and their flower girl and “ring security” were adorable and so easy to direct.
After photos, we headed back to The Grand Olympia for the reception. The reception hall was beautifully decorated with Shannon & Josh’s wedding colours, blue and purple.
Shannon & Josh shared their first dance immediately upon entering the reception hall. Dinner was delicious (not to mention plentiful), the speeches were heartfelt and the room had great energy. After dinner and speeches, dancing begun, the cake was cut and a bouquet tossed.
I had a wonderful time capturing Shannon and Josh’s big day and I wish them all the best in their future together.