When I first met Lorinda, I knew that we were going to be the perfect match. We hit it off right away, chatting and sharing stories, she showed me her (FAB) wedding shoes and pictures of her family. And of course, photos of her wonderful Joe. We decided it was fate that brought us together (well, fate and Hilary), as I had had three previous requests for the same date but they had each fallen through. Joe + Lorinda's day dawned sunny but cloudy and we all scanned the forecast, fingers crossed for no rain. I met her at her adorable home, enjoying the fun and relaxed atmosphere, typical of the home of a transplanted Newfoundlander. As I photographed her dress, I noticed there was another dress hanging in the living room, which I soon found out belonged to her mom. She had worn it on her own wedding day over 50 years before, but as it happened had no photos taken that day in the dress. So a few helping hands got them both in their dresses and we took a few moments to take those long-ago missed pictures before heading out for the chapel.
I met Joe and his guys at gorgeous Ellis Chapel in Puslinch, an historic and magical place that seemed absolutely fairy-tale like with the simple flower touches and rich wood. Once their near and dear were seated, the doors were thrown wide and Lorinda's son proudly walked her down the aisle. Their ceremony was so full of looks of love and bursts of laughter, I was just trying to keep photographing through my tears.
After they received their guests and we photographed all of their wonderful family and friends, we spent a few minutes together taking some portraits of the two of them. Then we headed to the nearby Old Marina Restaurant, where their wedding party awaited on a cool pontoon boat to be carried over Puslinch Lake to the restaurant dock.
They had a sweet first dance, enjoyed a phenomenal meal, hysterical speeches and a little cake cutting. I took my leave as they were just settling in for a night of dancing and celebration. I went home with a sense of such rightness of the love between these two special people and I feel so blessed to have been a small part of their day.
Thanks Lorinda + Joe for being so welcoming and generous - can't wait for our next tea and muffin date!