On Sunday, July 17, Sheena and I had the pleasure of photographing Amy and Brian's wedding at the Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto. We were both very excited to photograph Amy and Brian's wedding after meeting them in the beaches for two engagement sessions and learning all about their relationship with each other as well as getting to know the both of them individually. The day started with temperatures around 33 degrees by noon so we decided to stay indoors to start. Often, there are many more photographic elements that we find outside and Sheena and I prefer to do most of our bride and groom photography outdoors. However, after a brief walk around inside the venue, we could see enormous photographic potential if we used the venue's elements properly. So, that's just what we did. We used the bright colours from the stained glass windows, the lines of the rows of chairs, the framing of the doors and windows and the creative elements of the light fixtures to photograph Amy and Brian. But, there was a very cool red portable outside that Sheena and I really wanted to use so we dragged Amy and Brian outside for 10 minutes and we were glad they trusted us enough.
We then proceeded to photograph the wedding party downstairs. It was dark and uninspiring to a non-photographer, however, Sheena and I saw a great opportunity so we asked some of the groomsmen to drag a sofa downstairs for us so that we could use it in front of the brick wall that we would light and warm up to bring out all the texture. We also let the group as well with another light and had a lot of fun working with everybody and seeing how happy and excited the wedding party was for Amy and Brian's big day.
After an emotional ceremony, the guests warmed up their appetites with a variety of appetizers before Amy and Brian arrived as husband and wife for the first time to signal the start of a night of dancing and celebrating. The band was incredible and there was never an empty dance floor meaning that Sheena and I could really focus on the capturing the energy and joy of the guests.
Even though we left late into the night, Sheena and I felt as if the party just got started! We have no doubt Amy and Brian had the night of their lives and we wish them all the best and a well deserved honeymoon abroad!
Gary + Sheena