A couple of years ago, I photographed Sascha and Josh’s wedding. They are a super fun couple, so it makes perfect sense that they have super fun friends in April and Derek. They loved Sascha and Josh’s photos, so I did couples photos of these two just before they were engaged. I genuinely had the best time! I was so sad that when they did get engaged they were planning a wedding down south. Through a bizarre twist of fate the universe (or a travel agent) made the down south thing not work out the way it was supposed to, so I ended up delighted that they decided to get married here (and asked me to be their wedding photographer!)
When it was time to take their engagement photos, even though it was pouring rain and grey outside, they had a blast at Bowring Park with their rain boots and umbrellas. So on their wedding day, when it literally was sunny/rainy/snowy/windy/freezing, they didn’t miss a beat. We trekked all over and made some of my favourite images of 2016. I have sneak peeked quite a few of these through Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amydonovanphoto/) but I am so excited for them to see their full blog post today!
But that’s enough from me. Let’s get to the pretty…
The day started at Derek and April’s home where the boys were busy getting ready. I have to say, the ring bearer might have been the cutest I have ever seen. These two have an awesome backyard so we didn’t need to travel far to find a good spot for some photos of the groomsmen!Over at the Hampton Inn & Suites, April and seven (yes seven!) of her best girls had gathered along with her beautiful Mother to get ready. These girls were in a fabulous mood and I knew that the day was going to go great, no matter how confusing the forecast was. I absolutely adore this photo of Frances getting April ready!
Because fall days are so short, we took a few minutes for a pre-ceremony stop down Quidi Vidi before we headed to Bally Haly! Here is where we started meeting ALL the weather. Normally shots of the bride and bridesmaids I try to make look like a matching set. But because the sun kept coming out and going in, the snow started, then stopped then the wind picked up, I needed to quickly move everyone around to make it work. The girls still had quite the laugh even though they were freezing! Meanwhile, back at Bally Haly, the boys were warm, dry and waiting for it to be time!This made me laugh – when you best bud says “I do”.
Smitten? I think yes. Then with the ceremony done, it was sunny for about 15 minutes before things changed again. Even though were were scheduled to go right away to our first photo location – I had to make an executive decision to take advantage of the gorgeous light while we had it, instead of wasting it while they were on the Party Bus. Seriously. How sweet is he?
How fun is this? So.freaking.fun!Weeks and weeks before the wedding, April and I knew that based on the ceremony time and the sunset, we were going to have to do some clever planning to make sure we took full advantage of every ray of light afforded to us. So the three of us piled in the car and Derek drove us around to look for locations near Bally Haly that would potentially work. I think doing this not only gave me an awesome location for their photos, but also one of my new favourites on the entire East Coast. It’s so gorgeous!
I agonized over which of these to share. Connection with each other or connection with the camera. I lost the battle. Here they both are. Now, it was right around here when Derek’s sense of humour was nearly the end of me. I sent them out there and yelled about 57 times, “BE CAREFUL”. Right after this kiss, he thought he would be funny and jumped down to some surface below which made it look like he had fallen. My heart actually stopped for a minute. He thought it was the best ever. They were quickly called back in. Hooligan. I love how into each other they are…
April is a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary here in St. John’s so she organized a visit with Dobbin, a handsome member of the mounted unit. This horse is incredible. I will leave to the imagination why everyone is laughing here – but I will give you a hint and say that Dobbin was very excited to see us. Best bridal party candid photos ever! Thanks Dobbin!
The grounds of the RNC stables are adjacent to the Government House. Both properties are immaculate and with the fall leaves, it was a stunning spot for photos! Would you just look how cute these two are when the are left to the own devices?
This is one of my favourite shots of the day!And this young man can be a Groomsman at any of my weddings ever. What a good sport he is. Look out ladies in a few years time!
And then with darkness upon us, we headed back to Bally Haly for the reception! I love how they had a fall theme but didn’t go overboard with the ‘Fall Theme’. Just a pretty space with pretty details and some autumnal touches worked in!
It always takes a little while for the reception room to be transformed from Dinner space to Dance Party so often times my couple sand I will pop out for a night shot. Crucial to a ‘Night Shot’ is either a sunset or some form of dazzling lights such as a skyline or a great display of Christmas lights. We had an idea for something a little different! And then it was time for the dance!
April and Derek, I am so glad you chose me to be your photographer. It felt like spending a very special day with some old friends. I hope you love all of your images as much as I enjoyed making them for you!
So Much Love,