Nick & Chantal’s Elegant Cornwall Evening Wedding
Nick and Chantal’s September wedding happened on a clear, perfectly warm Friday. Large families meant that they opted to go with an evening ceremony and a late reception. This unique twist on a traditional day allowed me to mingle with their family and get to know a few people during an informal dinner break before the ceremony.
I remember very clearly the moment when the significance of everything clicked for Chantal. Nick was on the waterfront; Chantal was preparing to go join him. The nerves and the joy took over – and the tears began. I tried to keep my own eyes dry while I watched her silently wipe tears away during the long walk towards Nick and reveled in the sincerity of their first look at one another. Their first look was quiet, honest and so touching.
We spent their portrait time laughing, trying not to fall in holes, playing with sticks, and enjoying the incredible end-of-summer weather. The sunlight was just perfect by the time that we were ready for Nick and Chantal’s portraits. Since these two are awesome, their portraits also included a little adventure into the woods. I let these two be alone in some gorgeous light while I tried not to squeal with excitement. Because of their engagement session, I already knew that these two share a wicked connection in front of the camera, so bringing that out took very little coaxing and I was often able to just leave them alone to just be together and show off their natural chemistry.
It’s worth mentioning somewhere in here that the wedding party was freakin’ awesome. Humour, love, wit, a good appreciation of time restrictions… They had everything that I love in a wedding party AND they rocked the camera. :)
Their big, fun, boisterous reception also featured the most thoughtful first dances. Slideshows and specifically selected songs for Nick’s Mom and Chantal’s Dad meant that I very nearly ugly-cried during the father daughter dance. My day was complete because I knew that these two went to such lengths to show two important people how meaningful they are.
I’ve known for almost a year that Nick and Chantal’s day would be a memorable one. Actually witnessing their day, though, and seeing how they truly cherish their family served as a perfect reminder of how happy I was that they found me.
Nick and Chantal, thank you. For being yourselves. For being present for one another that day. For laughing and crying openly. For loving your family the way that you do. It makes my “job” feel like anything but.
Here’s a little selection of my own favourites from your day:
I’m Ang. I’m a Cornwall, Ontario-based photographer offering wedding and documentary family coverage locally and worldwide. Visual storytelling is what I do best. I’m an avid traveler and my passport is always up-to-date. I have dual citizenship with the UK and I’m ALWAYS ready for an adventure. Laughter is important in my life and in my work, meaning that I love working with couples who are emotionally present on their wedding day and who love spending time laughing with loved ones. Whether you’re looking for an at-home newborn session, coverage for an intimate Cornwall evening wedding, or photos that document your time with family, please explore more of Moment.us Photography‘s site to see more of my wedding and family photography.