Jonathan and Nicole were friends of mine way before their wedding planning began. So, when they reached out asking what days I had available so that they can have me capture their wedding day, I was beyond honored. Their venue, Wiedemann Hill Mansion, is gorgeous, to say the least. The epitome of intimacy. Having been a private home for over 100 years the warmth and comfort within this historic mansion is palpable.
Aside from the perfect location and the ease of capturing these two heart-warming souls, we were lucky enough to do things a little different for Jonathan and Nicole. About a week ago (nearly 8 weeks after their wedding) we met up with them dock-side on the St. Lawrence River in Thousand Islands, Canada. The very same place we just so happened to first meet Jonathan and Nicole. It's a place very near and dear to my heart and where my family has vacationed since I was a baby.
Although we were there for some much needed family time and time "off", I was able to finish editing almost all of Jonathan and Nicole's wedding. So, just after dinner, once the sun had gone down and with the gentle strumming of guitars in the background we all huddled on the dock around my little 17" laptop and watched a slideshow of their wedding photos.
In hind-sight, it would have been a perfect moment to capture on camera, but in reality, I was enjoying the moment too much to realize. I think it's better that way. It was a pleasure sharing that time with them, hearing everyone's reactions and laughs warmed my soul. One of my favorite comments was from Jonathan. I had just shared the black and white image of Nicole getting ready, she's siting down putting her shoe on. He told me, "it's one of the first photos I've seen where Nicole looks the way I see her."
... and then my heart melted.
Thank you, Jonathan and Nicole, for not only asking me to be apart of your wedding day, but for also allowing me to share that moment with you both.