As any photographer and entrepreneur will attest, word of mouth is king! My last nine years as a photographer have featured a LOT of word of mouth and what I like to call, “Random Acts of Networking”. You know – when the cousin of a friend of a friend sees your photos and recommends you to their neighbour’s daughter’s sister for her wedding photography!
While I have had some very intricate random acts of networking, Libby and Tristan found me in a more straight forward manner. After seeing maternity photos that I had taken of a mutual friend of ours, they approached me last winter for their wedding photography. This summer we had a beautiful engagement shoot along the Lake Ontario waterfront in Toronto, and their wedding took place a few weeks later at Tristan’s family’s stunning farm property in Elora, Ontario.
On their wedding day, Libby and her bridesmaids prepared themselves upstairs in the historic farmhouse, while Tristan and his groomsmen did the same in the living area downstairs. My secondary photographer David Todor took care of the groom and groomsmen’s preparation photos while I did the same with the girls. David and I then set up the first look just outside the back door of the farmhouse, where Tristan waited for his bride to greet him. Too cute! Afterwards, we proceeded with some bridal party photos before the ceremony (though in this post the bridal party photos are grouped together after the ceremony). The very special ceremony featured some of each Libby and Tristan’s family histories and the significance of the beautiful property that we were on. The alter was situated beneath a jaw-dropping centuries-old maple tree unlike any I’ve ever seen.
The reception took place under an enormous tent set up near the maple tree, which was beautifully lit with string lights as the evening progressed. The weather was perfection, and we were treated to an incredible sunset. It was during this sunset that I pulled Libby and Tristan away from the reception to take the sunset photo featured for this blog post. One of my favourites! After the delicious dinner, the crowd was eager to dance to the live band and it was an amazing night overall.