Pam and Alvin are the sweetest people and a wonderful couple to work with. All day you could see how excited they were about their wedding and to finally be married. :)
We started the day off at Pam’s parents’ place where she and all her girls got ready for the big day. Pam loves images that capture nature and have a more rural feel to them so I was keeping my eyes open the whole day for these kind of vignettes. With this in mind, I was happy to see the perfect tree in the front yard to create a back-drop for her shoes and dress.
It was then time for the ceremony, something I really enjoyed capturing for these guys. They didn’t show many nerves, just excitement about getting married. It was wonderful to be a part of. Alvin put up a strong face until he saw Pam walk down that aisle and then the tears started streaming down his face. What a softie! It was a very meaningful ceremony that incorporated some traditional Filipino customs as well.
After the ceremony the whole family followed us to the Legislature for family pictures. Time was short so I had to move quickly with the couple and wedding party and, to be honest, I felt like I was fighting the sun all day and that the light wasn’t quite the same as most weddings I’ve shot this year. Nevertheless, it allowed me to see a few new angles in familiar locations and I think they turned out quite nice!
We made a last-minute change in our plans and headed over to the Bishop’s Mansion which provided a beautiful forest-look right in the heart of the city. It also has some great space for group shots as well as shaded areas for the wedding party to relax in while I focused on Pam and Alvin. They both loved the covered porch.
We finished the day off by heading to the Fort Garry Hotel, where their reception was located in the Crystal Ballroom. Earlier in the summer I found a really cool spot with some gorgeous window light, so we head there and then outside to get a few shots with a more urban feel. This is where my favourite shots came in the day; I absolutely loved the images with Pam and Alvin in the shrubbery. During every shoot I always know when I get that one shot or series that make my day.
The reception was lovely and dinner was, of course, amazing. On a wedding day I’m always starving by dinner time so I’m sure that’s why dinner always seems extra-special at receptions. :) After Pam and Alvin’s first dance as a married couple they did the traditional father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance and then the prosperity dance, which is again from the Filipino culture. During this dance all the guests come onto the dance floor pin money onto the couple. It’s a really fun experience and a privilege to capture.
Thanks guys for a fantastic day and I hope you love your images as much as I do!