C + W

This post is a little bit different than usual because, well, this wedding was a little different. C+W chose to celebrate their union in a few different ways, and we were lucky enough to be invited along for the ride. First, they travelled to Bhutan last February, where Daniel and Adam photographed their traditional Bhutanese ceremony, arranged specially just for the two of them by the wonderful staff at Amankora. Then, Daniel and I joined them and their kids in Porto Cheli, Greece, at another Aman Resort, Amanzoe, for a few days which included some portrait sessions, a short ceremony, and a boat trip. On our first day, C+W agreed to meet us at sunrise so we could take full advantage of Greece's colorful early-morning skies and avoid the intense summer heat. Despite the very early wake-up call for hair and makeup, C was a real trooper and their girls even came along to take some behind-the-scenes photos of our shoot. Although this did mean that they were completely exhausted when we joined them again that afternoon, they did manage to fulfill their flower girl duties for their parents' sweet and simple wedding ceremony, overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Before they took off on their family honeymoon, we had the opportunity to join them once more, this time for a boat ride in the sea. Storm clouds threatened to cover our sunset, but we managed to witness some stunning pink skies before dark. The kids loved the experience, and so did we!

We are always excited to share our images, but we have agreed to maintain W's privacy, so here is a small glimpse at our time with C+W and their children in Greece.

Sonja + Levi

When we meet people for the first time and tell them that we are wedding photographers, we always get the same question: What is the craziest/best/worst/most amazing wedding you've ever seen? My answer is always the same, honest, albeit perhaps a bit disappointing: It's a tough question to answer, because all weddings are different, and all people are different. Couples choose to get married in so many different ways, and that's what makes our job so interesting. When we met Sonja the day before the wedding, everyone was setting up for the next day around her parents' property. "I don't know if this is all going to come together!" she expressed to us. "These are all random ideas that we've had, and hopefully it will all work out tomorrow!" I reminded her that her vision would work, because the day they planned had one common thread: her and Levi, and the fact that these are things that they love. Their idea for their perfect wedding was to have a fun and festive day, with guests invited to play lawn games, drink beer from an ice-filled canoe, and later in the evening, dance to the music of a local live band. It was going to be very casual, they told us; a typical Nova Scotia wedding.

And that's exactly what it was. Not fussy, low key, and lots of fun, just like Sonja and Levi. Sonja even changed into jeans for the reception, keeping the top part of her custom made ensemble from her wedding dress and her lace ankle booties. Guests had a blast, Sonja and Levi tied the knot, and at the end of the day, that is what makes a successful wedding!