Hart House Wedding
Leaving the house to photograph weddings, we don’t really have any pre-existing expectations of what the day would be like, or even what we hope it would be like. It keeps us neutral in the way we approach documenting the day’s events as they unfold, and reminds us that our couples are all different and so are their wedding days. Pauline & Matt’s Hart House wedding was especially fun to photograph because of how dynamic it was. The weather changed from sunny to stormy halfway through the day, we moved between multiple locations, found some fantastic light to work with, watched the Raptors game on some guests’ phones during dinner, and had an unbelievably cool couple to go through all of that with.
Right before the ceremony started, I noticed a smiley, elderly woman walking towards the front bench of the church. A few seconds after, one of the family members leaned over and told me that this woman is Pauline’s 106-year-old great grandmother. One hundred and six. I was absolutely blown away. There she was, a woman born in 1912 (the year traffic lights were invented!), showing up at the church for the wedding ceremony. It was one of those moments that had a grounding effect on me and helped to put some things in perspective. As wedding photographers, we throw the word “generations” in the air quite a bit. But that day, right there in front of me, stood a person that has gone through quite a few of them. What a humbling experience!
On that note, I’m so glad we had yet another opportunity to document such a meaningful celebration between two people who love each other so much, they want to grow old together. That’s what it’s all about, folks.
Shout out to my lovely associate, Sarah Bodri, for helping me capture this beautiful day!
Venue: Hart House
Planner: Amanda Bell
Make Up & Hair: Judy Lim
DJ: DJ HPang
Cake: Sucre Sweets
Entertainment (Lion Dance): Chung’s Martial Arts Academy
Photo Booth: Rad Photobooth
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