I’ve been struggling to find the words to adequately describe my experience with Kathy & Luc’s elopement (and if you know me you’ll realize I’m rarely at a loss for words!) The best way that I can explain how it felt is to say that this wedding more than any other made me feel like an artist. It brought into perspective exactly why I do what I do, and that there is creativity in me that is dying to get out. I’ll never be able to thank Kathy enough for giving me this opportunity.
Here’s the story (it’s a long one!). Kathy was a makeup artist for a wedding we shot 3 years ago, and has followed us since then. She and Luc have been together for several years and have 2 sons together. They decided to make it official, and she emailed me to ask about photographing their elopement. She said “Compared to the other weddings you photograph I know there wouldn’t be a lot of details, so I’m sure it would be quite the challenge. I am sure you book up super fast, so the date is really not an issue. It could be later this summer, it could be later next summer…It could be a Monday morning, or a Tuesday evening. It really does not matter to me what the day/date is. If this is something you would consider, I would love to hear your feedback on great locations, what the best time of day would be (we’re thinking somewhere outside downtown at dusk?)”
Talk about a dream! I get to pick the date/time/location of a wedding? That’s amazing for any wedding photographer – we often struggle with lighting and distracting elements in locations, but we don’t have control over it. My inner control freak started to grin. Then my mind went into overdrive.
For a few years I’ve had a crazy dream of getting the best wedding vendors in Edmonton together and throwing a wedding – letting each vendor work their magic and have total creative freedom, and working together to create a surprise wedding for a couple. Kathy & Luc’s wedding was the perfect opportunity for me to make this dream a reality, and Kathy was so open to letting me plan things. While it seemed like a fantastic idea, the week before the wedding I really started to panic. What if she and Luc didn’t like what I had put together? The only thing that they were choosing was what they were going to wear and a general colour scheme.
After Kathy, her sister, and I rolled tree stumps down into the ravine the day of the wedding, Kathy gave me a gift. A beautiful Tiffany necklace that I wear almost daily. We hadn’t spent a lot of time together but I cherish this gift – she knew it was something I would love. And when she finally saw the ceremony location in person I knew she was going to love everything I had put together. I am by no means a wedding planner, but I’m really proud of how this all came together. Most importantly, Kathy & Luc had a personal, emotional, and meaningful wedding.
So now I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Here is my AMAZING team of vendors, and huge thanks to Kelsey for second shooting and helping me with setup. See more in our feature on Swooned Magazine.
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