At the end of July 2011, I hopped on a plane to travel to Thompson, Manitoba to photograph Troy & Shanleigh’s big day. For several years I lived in Thompson and it’s always nice to head back there for a visit, especially when the visit means I get to take photographs of great people! (and yes, I still do travel to Thompson for weddings, if you were wondering!)
I started the day by photographing the girls getting their hair and make up done.
It’s always a treat to see what the flower girls and ring bearers get up to at weddings. One of the flower girls gave me a lot of laughs while she was in the hairdresser’s chair.
After hair and makeup it was time for Shanleigh to return to her parent’s home and slip into her beautiful gown.
Shanleigh’s mom Sue is a talented artist and I’d had the pleasure of photographing some of her work in the past, so it could be submitted to juried art shows. Not surprisingly, Sue put her talent to use in designing Shanleigh’s sassy and fun wedding shoes, as well as the necklace Shanleigh wore.
The ceremony was held at Riverlodge Place, which is a beautiful new venue in Thompson. With exposed wooden beams, high ceilings and large windows it was the perfect, romantic setting for Troy and Shanleigh to say their vows.It had rained (or rather poured) on and off during the day but we found a quick, rain free window of opportunity to take some photos outside. I usually ask if the bride and groom have any special photo requests and Troy requested a fun shot of himself and all groomsmen being squished by his beautiful bride’s shoe. Luckily for me, Shanleigh spent many years as an ice dancer and in the absence of a bench or something sturdy to hold onto, she was able to easily balance on one foot, gown and all, with no problems in order for me to get the shot.In addition to many of the photos I’ve posted, some of the bride’s favourite images of the day include being carried over the wet grass by her sister and husband so that she didn’t sink in and wreck her shoes (wow!), her beautiful dress before she put it on, as well as a few quiet looks between the newlyweds.
Every detail of the wedding was stunning, from the delightful cake to the personalized candy buffet.
Everyone enjoyed a great meal and we heard some wonderful, heartfelt speeches and toasts.After dinner, it was time for dancing. Troy decided to make the garter toss experience fun for everyone. Donning a wig and glasses, he surprised his bride as he rocked out like Garth in the movie “Wayne’s World” to the tune of “Foxy Lady”. Awesome!
Thanks for being so amazing you two! I wish you all the best for the future!