Saturday, November 28, 2009

one from the ocean [tigh na mara wedding photography]

...and one from the prairies, as their invitation so eloquently stated.

Coming from a small town, I'm so lucky to have known so many of my brides and grooms before their big day. This wedding was no exception - I've known Lisa for most of my childhood, from elementary school to swim club. She has grown from a cute, quiet kid into a beautiful and mature woman, an incredibly caring mother, and now, an amazing wife. Mark is her equal - they are a perfect match. Their wedding day was just a wonderful glimpse into the love that they share with each other, their son, their family and friends.

Some of my favorites from the day:


The girls getting ready - the pin has been handed down four (correct me if I'm wrong, Shannon!) generations, and a tradition to wear on their wedding day


The radiantly beautiful Lisa


Bishop Brian (who came to the coast to officiate the marriage) walks Mark and Lisa the last half of the aisle; and a blessing. I love how they are looking at each other.

Let's pause and look at the dapper ringbearer, Mark and Lisa's son, Otello. Beside him is best friend and flowergirl, Alwyne

Part of the Ukrainian Catholic ceremony is the crowning of Bride and Groom

First kiss as newlyweds!

Now, being November, the weather took a turn for the worse (wind and rain, anyone?). However, Mark and Lisa braved it for some outdoor portraits...

...and the light made it sooooo worth it. (Thanks, guys!)

Looooooove this one.

The handsome groomsmen...

...not to be outdone by the gorgeous bridesmaids! They were super-brave... it was only 5 degrees and they rocked out in their dresses and heels!

We stepped inside the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara for a couple more portraits of Lisa. Stunning.



The day was filled with personal details, in timeless red and black

There reception was beautiful, done up by her aunt.

The first dance - so fitting - was to a song called "Big Green Tractor", sung by Mark's brother.

I love this shot of proud father, Rob, and Lisa.

And I'll end with this fabulous dip shot...
Mark and Lisa, I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and hospitality for the duration of your day. You really made it your own, and I'm honoured to have been there to capture it. Congratulations, again, and I can't wait to share the rest with you!

9 comments:

jen said...

Image #2 (bridal portrait) Is to.die.for. So GORGEOUS!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing - the couple should be thrilled!

Katie said...

Jen,
Such a fabulous bunch of pictures!!! So glad you were there for the day!
Katie

Bethany Gilbert said...

Gorgeous! Love the tilt-shift shot of her and the dance shot of course. Great job!

Shannon Hayes said...

The pictures are awesome, don't I just have the prettiest little sister!!!

And for the pin, it comes from our Mom's side, our great-grandmother, and Lisa and I both wore it on our wedding day. Hopefully one day "our" daughters (since I'm guessing with Lisa having so many kids one might be a girl) will each get a chance to wear it.


Question, did any of the pictures with my daughter Deanna turn out? I know the church she melted down (really never a good idea to wake her up from a nap for anything). But I was hoping maybe one of the ones of her and Lisa before the reception might have been okay.

jennifer said...

Thank you all for your kind words - Mark and Lisa made my job easier by being so fabulous, fun and in love.

Shannon, I have a few that turned out! I'm in the process of editing all the images this week, and will get you a couple as soon as I can!

Shannon said...

You're awesome Jennifer! Thank you so much.

Emma Poliquin said...

Gorgeous! I have shot at the Tigh-na-mara resort before while I was living in BC and it was stunning!

Sylvia Borgo said...

What a beautiful couple. You've captured them wonderfully! I love the images of them on the fence.

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