Summertime, and the living was... busy? For some people, summer is a season of long lazy days, for us it's pretty much our busiest time of the year. Don't get us wrong, we're not complaining and we managed to squeeze in a couple of beach days in and amongst a busy work schedule but for the most part our view of summer was through our camera lenses. That meant we didn't have time to keep up with our blog. Now that we're moving through life at a more normal pace, we're excited to have time to share some of our favourite summer photos and we couldn't think of a better place to start than Ian & Meg's beautiful backyard wedding. Cue all the heart eyes, please.
Although Ian and Meg are spending their newlywed days in Ottawa, Ian is a good ol' Nova Scotian boy and Meg is from Newfoundland. The minute we started talking to these two, we knew their wedding day would be the perfect fit for us, we legitimately could not wait. Over a number of months many e-mails were exchanged, but we didn't get to meet Ian and Meg until just days before their wedding when they landed in Halifax. When we met this couple in person everything fell into place. Meg's personality was just as warm and friendly as her emails had been and Ian and his parents welcomed us into their home (and wedding venue) right away. The epitome of laid back, the bride and groom gave us a quick tour of their venue and we were on our way. All that was left to do was wait for the big day.
When we came back a couple of days later, we were blown away by how Ian's parents' already beautiful backyard had been transformed into a dream wedding venue, with the talented helping hand of Ian's sister, Robyn, of Bricks & Birches . Although the party of close friends and family was as laid-back back as the couple had planned, things got real during the ceremony. As I warn all our brides and grooms, I cry without fail during wedding ceremonies, you can totally judge me. That being said, it's always something different that gets me. What moved me (along with everyone else watching, I can safely say) during this particular ceremony was Meg's reading of a letter she had written Ian on first meeting him, which she read aloud during her vows. To make a not-so-long story shorter, she knew he was the one from day one. Trust me, you would have cried too.
After the ceremony we pulled together a few informal family photos in between hugs, drinks and many congratulations. Once everything was said and done with, we stole Ian and Meg away for a few photos of just the two of them. We could easily have spent all afternoon taking pictures of these two babes (we were kind of beyond in love with the final images) but they were eager to get back to their party and we couldn't exactly blame them.
Not surprisingly, the party portion of the day was the main event. Between the beautiful weather, flawless decorating and some serious BBQ action things were looking pretty much perfect. We loved watching the dinner action from the sidelines, and took advantage of the relaxed mood to get some candids while everyone was focused on their food and good company all around.
After dinner and some sweet treats, we made the most of some classic golden hour light to get group photos of the guests. One of our favourite things that we see as we watch weddings unfold is how much love is on display. Something about seeing two people celebrate and committing to their own love seems to remind everyone else of the people they love in turn. Family seems stronger, friends seem closer and lovers seem to love a little extra. On our end, this makes for some picture perfect photo ops, so keep it up all you wedding goers out there!
At the end of the day though, everything was really about Ian and Meg. Their love was so genuine it really made our jobs a breeze and to be honest, the day felt less like work and more like a good time with good people. We always hope to leave weddings feeling like we've made new friends, and this time we definitely did. After sending off their gallery of edited images, Meg sent us maybe the all-time cutest feedback we've ever gotten, promising us we now had "two super fan followers on the internet". Funnily enough, when we left Ian and Meg's wedding Luke and I pretty much were saying the same thing, we're definitely super fans of these two newlyweds.