When Emily first connected with me, we clicked right away. A fellow photographer, she is warm and friendly and she had some pretty huge plans for the day she and Todd would exchange their vows. She was crafting busily, making backdrops, props and just generally glitter-bombing their apartment in preparation, while her parents readied their lovely property near Breslau and her future mother- and sister-in-law were whipping up not one but FIVE cakes!
And then… it rained. Not a little bit, but poured buckets and the wind howled. Well, crap. There was so much beauty in the carefully-made and colourful decor that it was a terrible disappointment, but everyone rallied and my second photographer Kayla and I did our best to capture as many of the details as we could for posterity. And we did manage to nab the one shot that the bride had planned as a surprise for her groom and wedding party – smoke bombs!
Fortunately, we had a back-up plan for the photos – a colourful paper-flower backdrop for the bridal party (including 9 kids!) and Belgian Nursery‘s cactus room and greenhouse for some portraits of the bride and groom. Phew! Once the ceremony was over and the delicious tapas-style dinner of comfort food was served, everyone hunkered down in the soggy tent to listen to heartfelt, hilarious speeches and watch the multiple cake cuttings. We snuck outside for one final shot in the (literal) dark, where Emily & Todd gamely mimicked blowing away with their balloons in a humourous nod to the weather demons. I can only speculate about how much fun everyone had stomping on the wet dance floor in their high rubber boots after I left, but it sounds like the party was pretty good.
Thank you both for being such good sports and for letting me have some chocolate ice cream from that awesome ice cream truck. Best day ever when you get free ice cream and photograph a spectacular wedding.