Lily and Richard are probably one of the most adventurously unique couples we’ve ever met. But don’t take it from me, consider this email we received from Richard a few months before their wedding: “Lily and I have a really terrible automatic defence system when we get overwhelmed – we grab backpacks, find cheap tickets to anywhere, and disappear. Right now we’re in the jungle in the south of Mexico. One time we freaked out and ended up in Jerusalem. Another time it was north Africa. 2 years and 20 countries later we’re just accepting that it’s a joint character flaw.”
I don’t know that I’d call it a flaw… more like an incredible mutual sense of adventure. Naturally, after all of this, we were more than intrigued to see how these two would translate their relationship into a wedding. Well, what they did, is throw a beautiful ceremony and reception in Lily’s parents’ backyard in downtown Toronto, complete with a trip to the farm, a Dr. Seuss reading, mariachis, an oyster bar in the garage, Chinese lanterns and a blues band. In other words, it was perfectly “them.”
Witnessing, sharing, and capturing joy is the highlight of our jobs. When we photographed the wedding of Tracy and Richard last November, there was an abundance of it, and out of this joyous union, we got two new friends. It was over poutine a few months later that Tracy and Richard announced that they were expecting their second child – yes, a wedding night baby! – and that they would love for us to be there to capture this momentous occasion as well.
So about 9 months after we photographed their wedding, and 10 days before Tracy was due, we woke up to a text message from Richard; “it’s time.” Completely unprepared for what we were about to witness, we rushed off to the hospital where we would spend the next few hours in complete awe of Tracy. When Dylan finally greeted us, it was, hands down, the most profoundly beautiful moment we’ve ever witnessed. I sobbed from behind my camera as we first saw his face.
Joy, as it turns out, has a whole new meaning when a couple meets their baby for the very first time. We have now witnessed the most raw of human emotions and the most pure of human moments. It was, quite simply, magical.
We are forever grateful for the opportunity given to us by Tracy, Richard and Dylan. We feel forever bonded by this most intimate of experiences. We also thank them for allowing us to share some of our favorite frames with you. (Keep clicking through; the opening photo repeats itself for story-telling purposes)
One of my favorite things about living in Montreal and photographing weddings here is the many cultures we encounter. Melanie and Alex are a cool, modern couple, both from traditional Armenian families. So when it came to their wedding, they chose to keep a perfect balance between reflecting their personal tastes (especially Melanie’s love of purple!) and honoring their traditional families.
One of our favorite parts of the day was their traditional Armenian ceremony. We had no idea what was going on (we are still working on our Armenian!), but the visual symbolism we witnessed – from the foreheads pressed together, to the cross held against their heads by Alex’s brother – was just beautiful.
A big thank-you to Melanie and Alex for sharing their day with us, and for allowing us to have a glimpse into another culture.