Friday, May 1, 2009


The first time that I really picked up a camera was for my sister-in-law’s wedding during the fall of 2007. My brother-in-law and I were asked to photograph the big day together and given that neither of us had ever done it before…we went in with a plan! He was to take care of all the formal portraits and I was going to capture all the details and candid moments. Between the two of us…we couldn’t fail! And between the 2,000 shots we took…we didn’t!

She was getting married at a lovely winery in South Western Ontario just along the lake with their sunset ceremony overlooking the water. The weather was perfect, the setting was perfect and of course, the couple was perfect! All weddings are stunning in their own way but this one was especially meaningful to our family and was filled with an immensity of love and emotion that would have brought just about anyone to tears.

My sister-in-law was marrying her best friend…her partner…her beloved and she was marrying another woman. In a day and age in which it’s easier to judge one another than it is to accept each other, it takes great courage to declare your love before God knowing that not everyone believes there is a place for it. It takes great conviction to stand tall in defense of your beliefs and even more so in the face of unruly opposition. After ten years together, that’s exactly what they did; with beauty, grace and a love so deep for another, they showed all of us what it really means to walk through this life by someone’s side and to commit so profoundly to another that it rises above even the ravages of a doubting world.

I’ve never been so honoured to be behind the camera than I was on that day.

"Another summer day has come and gone away
In Paris and Rome and I want to go home..."
~ Michael Buble

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