July 27th, 2018
When my cousin Ryan and his girlfriend Paige announced their engagement, I was over the moon! When they asked me to Emcee their reception - I was ecstatic! You see, I had offered to be their wedding photographer, but they had already hired the photographer who took their beautiful engagement photos in Alberta (where they live). So I was happy to still be involved somehow - and truth be told - I would make an amazing Emcee…
But a few weeks later, Ryan messaged me to say they had thought it over and wanted me to be their wedding photographer after all! Now I could stop pretending to be happy with the Emcee job - and REALLY get excited! Not only are Ryan and Paige two of the sweetest humans I have ever met, but they also happen to be gorgeous creatures who I knew would make the photos extra special. Though I could not have imagined though the beautiful moments that we ended up capturing on their big day.
The day started at 8am when my partner Dan and I met the boys at Fox Meadow Golf Course in Stratford, PEI. They were well into their full game of golf, and let us follow them around for an hour to get some candid shots of the game, as well as capture the groomsmen receiving their gifts.
Next it was time to meet the bride and her girls at the salon! For the first time ever, I did not know where the bride was getting her hair done until the morning of the wedding… that’s right - this bride was so chill, she did not make an appointment for her hair until the day before her wedding! And she was happy as a clam with her choice. We hung out with the bride, her maid of honour - who is also her mother - while the talented hair dressers at Cleopatra Hair Design worked their magic.
We then drove to CNG Country Cabins where the wedding party and many of the guests stayed. This is where the bride and her girls were to do the rest of their getting ready! Paige was surrounded by her family and her dog - and some of Ryan’s family joined in. One of my favourite moments during this part of the day was after Paige’s mom had helped her daughter get into her gorgeous dress, she went to get Ryan’s mom, Cathy, to put on the veil. It was one of those moments when two families become one, where a mother knows how much a moment like this means and wants to share it.
After a beautiful and emotional time getting ready with the girls, it was time to head back to Stratford to meet the boys at Ryan and my grand-parents’ house. There were many beers and laughs involved!
We got to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish Church in Stratford as all of the guests were arriving. Ryan and his groomsmen greeted and sat everyone, and then took their place at the end of the aisle. The girls arrived soon after, and everyone piled in except for Paige and her parents. I loved watching the last moments before their ceremony, as Paige and her parents shared a laugh outside of the church.
Ryan and Paige had a traditional Catholic ceremony. Afterwards, they exited the church to greet their family and friends, followed by a few family photos outside the church.
Next we went back to Nana & Grampy’s for a quick beer stop before driving to the picturesque Victoria Park in Charlottetown. Here we took photos by the water and then headed to the baseball diamond to get a few shots as Ryan is a baseball player. Incredibly, there were two teams about to play, and they lent us their gear and the field to get a few pictures!
Ryan and Paige’s reception was held at the wonderful PEI Brewing Company. As guests ate dinner, the couple entertained us with the adorable shoe game. They then made their way to the dance floor where they had their first dance, and father-daughter dance.
Last but not least, we went outside to take some night shots followed by one last miraculous photo in front of the PEI Brewery’s unique lamps. It was one of the longest days I have ever captured, but felt like the shortest thanks to these two vibrant gems. Thank you dearly to my cousin Ryan and my new cousin Paige for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful day.