ahhhh a little bit of summery sun to remember as we share the story of tiffany and james’ wedding day many months ago now….. which i know i am enjoying as we sit here with snow and below freezing temperatures outside our window. they found us through a friend, we bonded over a shared love for photography and iceland (of course we did), and we got to share in their special day as they committed to each other. this day was such a family celebration. i’ll never forget tiffany referring to her two dads who would walk her down the aisle together… we just loved seeing everyone coming together for these two.
during the ceremony, as tiffany and james read their handwritten vows to one another, they ended with this : ‘let’s grow really really old together’.
amen. a taste of this mile marker on their long journey to grey hair and the deep laugh lines they’ll have given each other :
i can see the smile on her face through her email the day before their wedding, even as she tells me it looks like it’s going to rain all day long. and it does. the rain barely lets up. still, her and rom are believers in the same kinds of things dave and i hold to be true. and one of those things is that if everything goes to plan, you’ll have less to help you remember as the years go by and even this biggest of days starts to fade in your memory. they’re believers that for a good story, a few things have to happen that surprise you; a few things have to happen that don’t follow the plan or the expectations.
we parked our cars on the streets behind the church where they would be married and propped open umbrellas. as the four of us walked, arianne told me that it rained on their first date. rom smiles at the memory as she describes the two of them walking through the rain those many years ago. they like the rain… it reminds them of home.
here’s just a small taste of the raindrops that fell earlier this fall, the cozy dinner at a brewery in toronto under strings of lights, and dancing to the live band as the night came to a close. arianne and rom, a million thanks for having us.
a rainy morning. our first introduction to the tradition of ‘door games’. a beautiful red dress and an emotional and meaningful tea ceremony (my new favourite thing). a wedding ceremony. tears. bubbles. the skies clearing. uncles and brothers singing heartfelt songs. a jar full of origami stars. just some of the things that filled this day to the brim.
when rachel first emailed she told us that her and andy usually had over twenty different types of tea in their house at all times (we can relate to this, ha ha. and, we spent many hours editing their photos with cups of steaming irish breakfast tea at our sides, which they gave as favours). rachel is irish and spent several years studying overseas in dublin, where she fell in love with trinity college, the place where forty years ago her parents had gotten married. this magical place in the city of toronto is one of our favourites, and combined with the rain it felt as close as we could get to actually being in ireland. there are so many little stories that make up this day, so i’ll let you take a peek at the little video we made of rachel + andy’s day, and some images to follow. thanks for having us there you two.
what we find in a soul mate is not something wild to tame but something wild to run with / robert brault
right from the first email we knew jess & alex were our kind of people and that the day they had planned was going to be something special and from the heart. we met up with both of them and just fell into a rhythm almost instantly and could have talked for hours more. jess is thoughtful and isn’t afraid to be herself, and alex, you can always hear his laugh rising above everyone else’s. such good people. i’ll never get over the feeling of someone handing over complete trust to dave and i to document what we see and create a story from that, and jess & alex did just that.
for their wedding, they invited all their family and friends to a resort in muskoka next to the lake for the weekend, where they’d have a night-before welcome campfire, where they’d be reunited with friends they hadn’t seen in years (they’d be living in bc and seoul up until recently), everyone staying in cabins, be married on the dock to a thoughtful and personal ceremony created by jess, go out in a canoe together, have lemonade as the sun set, and have one hell of a good dance party. i love the thoughtfulness that went into every part of their day…. the way they encouraged everyone to relax, unplug and enjoy the last long weekend of summer… how they tried and succeeded in mostly every way to reuse/make by hand/buy used every aspect of the day…. jessica made it a labour of love creating beautiful pieces used around the property, repurposing old barn board to create all the signs you’ll see in the images below. and with the hope to continue the process of recycling now that the wedding day is over.. i love the spirit of that..
ok, i’ve gone on and on. a little glimpse of weekend, through images below, or video above. (i haven’t told jess & alex this, but their encouragement to us months ago when they booked us to push our limits and try out whatever we wanted at their wedding is a huge part of what gave us the push to continue exploring how to tell stories better.. we are still learning all the time of course, but i’m so thankful for that push from these guys.. :)
julia and alex were married in the shade of the trees with the sun glowing orange behind them through the branches. as people came in down the cobbled road, you could hear greek words mixed in with english, the constant hum of cicadas, the gusts that blew about branches heavy with bunches of white and pink flowers, and the universal language of laughter, of seeing someone again after too long apart. we ate and danced under a black sky filled with stars and the full moon that tracked its way above us.
it’s not every day that you get to watch one of your oldest friends marry her love… and it’s certainly not every day that you get to do this in greece. every wedding no matter where it is is special to dave and i, but i have a picture of julia and me at my sixth birthday party. we are both rocking some seriously amazing haircuts and are loving life like only six year olds at a birthday party can. words can’t say how humbled we were to be asked to be there to document the story of their wedding in alex’s homeland of greece.