Stefan and I met Robert and Daphne at the Bessborough hotel early in the morning to capture the prep session. A make up artist and a hair stylist were in Daphne's room with the bridal party doing the make up and hair while the groom party was still "resting" in the other room. We were surprised at how nice the room was in the old Bessborough hotel. The room also had a great natural lighting coming in from the East. After Daphne and her 4 bridemaids finished their make up and hair we rushed to the Knox United Church for the actual ceremony. Oh, and the groom party started and finished prepping within less than an hour and departed to the church (an hour before the bridal party got there). I was shocked at how "efficiently" they manged their prep time! these guys were looking perfectly prepared and happy when they got in the elevator to depart (as you can see in the picture on the bottom). Then, as I was heading back to the bride's room, I noticed that the groom party left their room door wide open for whoever was curious to see the aftermath inside, which was later closed by sister Jenny I believe.
Although I've been to the Knox church a number of times for choir rehearsals and performances. It was the first time for me to capture the inside as a photographer and I realized how dim the lighting was in the church. It was tricky to adjust the white balance but we managed. We took some shots outside of the church afterwards and the strong wind helped us make a very unique looking picture. Daphne looks like a flower in the picture on the far right with the veil being lifted up by the wind surrounding her head, Very cool!
After the ceremony, we headed to the Boffin Garden for the formal session. The garden was covered with the nice Spring colors and we got some beautiful shots from the garden.
The reception was the highlight of the day, full of interesting programs. I think I enjoyed watching the program more as an audience than as a photographer. I usually get somewhat emotional when I edit reception pictures from any weddings, but nothing like when I was editing Daphne's dance with her father. It was one of the moments when a picture was "talking" to me like "hey, this is how I feel and you must feel this too!" wow... this is why I love photoshooting . I'm talking too much here...
Thanks for inviting me to capture your most special day Daphne and Robert. It truly was a great day and I wish the best for both of you and your bright future as a friend. Congratulations!
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