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When Ivanette and I moved to Almonte 4 years ago, one of the first people we were introduced to was Phil. Since then, we have gotten to know Phill, and he’s always been there when we’ve needed a hand. We’ve learned that he is truly one of the kindest, gentlest, most generous men around, and he is a wonderfully dedicated father to boot. We were very happy when Tracy came to hold such a special place in Phill’s life, and one night in mid December when we were in the middle of renovating our new studio, Phil called us up, and was in need of some guidance in setting up his proposal to Tracy. Needless to say, we were both very excited and happy to help.
A few weeks later, we were discussing wedding plans. Tracy and Phill originally wanted May 28th, however we were already booked. It had been decided that we were to photograph their wedding, so they moved their date up to this past Saturday. Yes, May the 14th, the Saturday that sets a rainfall record for the Ottawa Valley! Their wedding was to be held at the amazing Stoneridge Gardens & Nursery in their outdoor gardens, but given the weather, Tracy got in contact with Rental Village, who came through very quickly and got a tent set up so that all of their 265 guests could get out of the rain.
This wedding was truly about friends and family. The choir was made up of co-workers of Tracy’s mother, and the bridal party walked up the aisle to “What a Wonderful World” sung by her students, who practiced for two months in preparation! Tracy and her mom walked up the aisle to “Come away with me” sung by the choir. Tracy’s cake was made by the culinary program at the Secondary School where she works; students signed up to stay after school and bake an amazing cake, enough for all 260 plus guests! John J, a longtime family friend gave grace, before a sumptuous buffet dinner catered by JR’s Restaurant (Ivy’s FAVE!). Tracy and Phill’s has to be one of the most genuine weddings we’ve had the pleasure of photographing, complete with their heartwarming thank you, which noted that the heavy rainfall was a good reminder that their day was about their marriage, and not just the wedding.
Katrina & Chris have been planning their gorgeous outdoor winter wedding for quite some time now, and for one of the few times, I booked them without even meeting them. They have been living in Alberta and have had to do all of the planning from there. A big thanks to Heather for recommending us to Katrina after we photographed her wedding this past July. Another rarity was that Ivanette, my wife was unable to attend their weekday wedding to assist me. Thanks to Liz Bradley for being my second photographer /and assistant.
This week, while in Nashville this week for the Digital Wedding Photography conference, we had the honour of attending a fabulous education seminar taught by the one and only Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir. I was eager to try out some of the new techniques that she presented, and had the opportunity to photograph a few sessions at a studio that evening.
The thing I find most rewarding about boudoir photography is seeing the confidence that builds in a client during a session. Most women start out with nerves and jitters, but once they see their true beauty highlighted, the rest of the session goes flawlessly because they positively glow.
Last weekend was a big one in the BH Photography camp–firstly, we booked two fabulous weddings back to back (Friday evening and Saturday) and the latter was our first same sex ceremony. We were both nervous and excited, because if you were to meet Matt and Alex, they are two very savvy guys who were planning the party of the year! That being said, our “first time” nerves were quickly settled at our consultation over coffee when the guys eagerly gave us some amazing ideas for our own wedding in October. Matt & Alex chose the Britannia Yacht Club as their venue and the staff did an amazing job! Every last detail was taken care of, however there was a rumour of one tablecloth being upside down. It was only a rumour…
We first met Val & Marc at the spring Wedding Show. Ivanette had a great long chat with them about their wedding plans for October 2010, and how they were looking for a photographer who thought outside the box. Yes, originally this happy couple was going to take their time to plan their wedding. However, about a month later they contacted us, stating that Marc was to be deployed with the military and they had to move their wedding up to this year. After many frantic phone calls, we finally found a date that worked for their venue, the Renfrew Golf Club, as well as ourselves. Val & Marc had a wonderful (but chilly) ceremony and reception that highlighted their personalities and the love they have for each other.
We had the absolute pleasure of photographing Jennifer and Bobby’s wedding this past weekend. Jennifer first met us at the Carp Fair and fell in love with our wedding photography. The best part of the story, she wasn’t even engaged! So when Bobby proposed this past winter, she dug our card out and gave us a call. With Jennifer’s energy and Bobby’s easy going attitude they made our job easy and a joy to photograph! Luckily the weather broke for a gorgeous ceremony at the Canadian Golf and Country Club! Here is a sneak peek at their wedding:
Wedding was photographed by Brian Hargreaves, assisted by Ivanette. Second photographer was Stephen Switzer
Rarely does a photographer find a bride who is so in tune with a concept for a photo shoot that she actually says “I could…” and volunteer to do something amazing for a shot before I get the chance to ask. Tammy and Jay were married last December in Cuba, and got in contact with us a few months ago regarding a Trash the Dress session. They live in a picturesque little village on the outskirts of Ottawa, and they have an incredible view of the water right from their house!
Ivy and I had the pleasure of spending the morning with them on their boat today, almost having too much fun to consider it work. The water was warm, the wind was cool, and the photos are incredible!