Hello again! I’m back – well, truth be told, I was never really *gone* but I did take a pretty lengthy hiatus from blogging over the winter. After a nice rest away from almost all of my online haunts, I am back and ready to take on the 2012 wedding season! With that in mind, I still have a few 2011 weddings and e-sessions to share with you in the coming weeks.
The wedding I’m featuring today took place last August, in Stonewall, Manitoba. Mandy and Craig chose beautiful Quarry Park for their outdoor ceremony. The weather was perfect for an outdoor ceremony with a thin, high cloud layer in the sky that filtered out just a bit of the bright sunshine, and a light breeze to keep everyone from getting overheated. In other words, it was perfect photo weather.I started my day at the bride and groom’s hometown of Warren, Manitoba which is where everyone was getting ready. Mandy chose a great pair of ruby red high heels to wear under her dress- I love it when brides wear brightly coloured shoes!Before a short drive to Stonewall, each side of the bridal party took a turn meeting me at the local park in Warren for some pre-ceremony group photos.This bridal party was up for anything, so we took a few fun shots too.
Quarry Park is an amazing location for an outdoor wedding. With many lush, green trees, beautiful tall grasses, a pond and lots of room for guests it had all of the elements required be the ideal setting for Craig and Mandy to exchange vows.
After the ceremony, our first stop was at the local bar, to have a quick, cold drink before heading out for more photos. Of course we multi-tasked and I took a few quick photos there too. Mandy had scouted out some really great locations in the area for me, including a fabulous old, red barn, a field of sunflowers and some straw bales.When Mandy first suggested straw bales for photos, I was already aware that they are quite large, but I was very pleasantly surprised at the huge stack she had in mind. I would have been quite happy if everyone wanted to stay firmly on the ground for some shots, however, when it became apparent that there would be an ascent to the top by several brave bridal party members, I was more than happy to capture what unfolded.
After working up quite an appetite from our photo excursion, we made our way back to town, just in time for dinner. It was a great reception, held at the Stonewall Legion, with many entertaining toasts and speeches and followed up by a night of dancing.Mandy and Craig, it was so fun to work with you, your family and friends, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!