It seems fitting that on the very last day of 2010 I write one last post about the last wedding I photographed this year. You know what they say, save the best for last, so here’s the lovely and stylin’ Anh + Dennis. I knew these two were going to be easy-going when they agreed to meet up bright and early on a Sunday morning for our first consultation, it helped that we were at a Starbucks with easy access to caffeine. I’m usually not a morning person but as soon as they sat down it was like meeting up with old friends and just catching up. I can’t even remember how long we chatted before we actually got down to “business”, a friendly reminder from the groom that we were meeting up for a reason hehe. I walked away from that meeting feeling great and the next day I received an awesome email from them:
We want to thank you for taking the time to meet and chat with us. I had such a positive feeling when we left you. After meeting with the second photographer we were left with a very difficult decision to make as they offered a very competitive package that included the photobooth.
But in our sales world we have a phrase that truly became the deciding point for our decision to go with you. “People buy from people.” I was thoroughly happy to meet you over the weekend. And I really would really feel honored to have you a part of our day.
And with that, I was given the honor to photograph their wedding! Each time we met for other meetings and their engagement shoot, it was always so relaxed and fun, so I knew their wedding was going to be an unforgettable one. I also knew that Anh was very creative and hands-on so I knew to expect a lot of DIY treats as well (I’m a big fan of DIY details).
The morning of Anh + Dennis’ wedding, they got ready separately at The Country Club in Woodbridge. Dennis was there first and like most grooms he was pretty calm, just checking up on people while waiting for Anh to arrive. While all that was happening, Melissa + Morgan, event coordinators of Lustre Events was organizing the event and putting together all the details. Having been a bride myself before, I know the value of having a good planner for the wedding day, it really makes a huge difference and allows you to enjoy the day instead of worrying about the little details like if the chair covers have been steamed yet.
Once Anh arrived, my team (Francis and James) split up, Francis went with Dennis, while James and I hung out with the girls. The girls were so efficient at getting gorgeous that when they were done, I went to check up on Dennis and he was still getting ready! He was worth the wait though, especially in his custom tailored tux.
Anh + Dennis, wanted to do their creative portraits before their ceremony, so we setup a Reveal for them. I just love Dennis’ reaction when he sees his bride for the first time 🙂So I know today’s been pretty mild but if you can remember back to the end of November when it suddenly got really cold, well that was when their wedding was. These two really stuck it out, they knew the light would be a lot nicer outside so we stayed out there as long as possible but we definitely needed to make trips inside to warm up again. However, looking back at these images, they didn’t seem like they were that cold, just very happy and in love.The colour scheme, which was red and a specific blue that only Anh knew what it was (Dennis’ words hehe) turned out stunning, it just made everything pop. I’ve always been a fan of colours and the intensity of this colour combo was right up my alley.The super adorable flower girls!The DIY treats that I mentioned earlier, below was the seating flags and no, that’s not the cake, that’s their money box, look carefully for the card slot. They used some of the images we took at their engagement shoot for their table numbers and the favours were hand-made soaps. Lots of love put into all the details. Also, during the cocktail hour where yummy Jamaican hor d’oeuvres were being passed around, they also had a really cute photobooth by Michael Wong of Photo Magic, the images come out in 2 strips, one to give to the bride and groom and the other one to keep as a souvenir. These two always have a lot of fun with everything they do, including their entrance into the reception room.One of the things that I have in common with these two is that we dated our significant others for many years before getting married. We joked about hearing “Finally” instead of “Congratulations” when they got engaged but the most important thing we have in common is that we knew that marriage wouldn’t change anything except making everything “official”. It sounds like a bad thing but you know it’s good when you’re marrying your best friend who has always supported you and made you happy after so many years and nothing has changed.
Here’s to 13 going on 1.