How does coming from living in the Uk and moving to Canada add to your perspective as photographers?
We’ve realized how different weddings are in the UK compared to Canada! Canada is a lot more modern with couples doing their own take on traditions and generally speaking are more modern. UK weddings tend to be more traditional but there are a lot more rules around weddings in the UK which might explain why.
Is there a process where the vision evolves with a couple from the first meeting leading up to the wedding day through which you become more familiar with the couple’s wedding vision ?
We have a lot of out of town couples so although we can’t always meet with each couple, we make sure that we communicate with them throughout the process in the run up to the wedding day. We will give them tips and advice on planning their wedding and make sure we are available to answer any questions they have. We also make sure we know what it is they are looking for and what is important to them on the day (important family members, any details that are important to them, etc) so we can capture what they want.
How would you describe the wedding style?
Fun fall modern, boho-chic
What did you like best about the wedding choices Alyssia and Ryan made and how did you chose to capture the beautiful details?
I love how even though it was fairly cold (and started raining later on)! Alyssia and Ryan braved the cold and did some outdoor photos. I think that this meant they got a variety of both indoor and outdoor photos. I really like how they chose to do a first look so they could get the photos done and not have to worry later (and enjoy cocktail hour with friends and family).
How did you identify the contrasting elements of the wedding day and play with them in your shooting style ?
We knew what to expect as the couple had let us know that they were going for a mix between modern, traditional and elements of boho & rustic which you can see with the traditional bridesmaid dresses with their leather jackets.
Your album so vividly shows the sense of humour the bride and groom share. How did you capture the range of different emotions of the wedding day?
Our style is a mix of documentary and candid but also classic portraits. Although we tend to avoid an overly posed style, we understand that family portraits and other classic are important so will incorporate these into the day. We tend to stand back and document events (getting ready, ceremony, speeches, reception) but we do give prompts and direction when needed during the couple’s session with just the two of them so they’re not completely left on their own. Our main goal is to capture genuine emotions so that they remember how they felt during the day as well as how everything looked.
How do you feel your role as the photographers can also include giving couples assistance in other areas of their wedding day?
We know what our couples are going through, or at least have some idea given that we went through the planning process ourselves. We know that most people have no experience planning a wedding so we have different resources for our couples to help them through the process (guides we’ve put together, tips and advice, pinterest boards, questionnaires). We’re not just there to show up to document the day, there’s more to us than just being wedding photographers.
What are some of the ways that you help your couples enjoy their wedding day?
We always want our couples to relax as much as possible on the day so that they can enjoy their wedding which is always why we feel that it’s a good idea to hire a wedding planner/ month of coordinator to take care of keeping things running in the background. During the wedding day, we usually steal the couple away for some golden hour or sunset photos for 10 minutes. This way they get a little break and time to themselves after the rush of the wedding day but we also find a lot of our couples love these photos in the evening, due to the lighting but also they’re usually more relaxed at this point!