Firstly, I have to say that I have known Heather for a LONG time. Let's just say a lifetime because basically it is that minus 3 years. We were country neighbours! Which if you do not know what that is, it is when you can get there in 15 minutes from your house. Driving. Our roots are DEEP!
When Heather asked me to photograph their wedding, I was incredibly honoured. Steven and her had a small wedding in mind with only a few family members, so to be present on her special day was an incredible privilege. It was a very unique intimate wedding, full of laughs and so reflective of who they were as a couple. I remember telling Heather over and over again how I loved how they went with their gut and had the day they wanted. From them, I would not expect anything less.
Their love story started when Heather and Steven met online on eHarmony. They dated for three years and learned that they fit perfectly together with their many shared 'nerdy' interests. When Steven asked Heather to marry him, it was with breakfast in bed (what is better, am I right ladies?). Heather claimed that any guy that asks you to spend the rest of your life with him when you haven't even brushed your teeth yet must really mean it. TRUE LOVE!
While their love story is all their own, so was their wedding day. Believe it or not, it was a FALL wedding in October and while they were hoping for autumn colors and textures, they got snow. The morning of, they changed the tires on their car, shoveled the walkway and shoveled the wedding aisle. I ask, is there anything more Canadian?
Heather and Steven started the day together at the house. Milena and I walked in, ready to shoot and Heather greeted us at the door with hair and make-up done in a robe and Steven was on the couch watching something on Netflix. Compared to the usual hustle and bustle of the first few hours of a typical wedding day, Milena and I felt so relaxed and welcomed in. It was refreshing!
Walking down the aisle to "The One" by the Backstreet Boys.
The dogs engaged in some scandalous behaviour just after the ceremony concluded...
The first dance was to "Still the One" by Shania Twain. See what they did there?
While the snow may have been a bit of a damper at first, I can honestly say that watching them together was so much fun. It was a day full of side splitting laughter, whether it be during photos, their inside jokes during their ceremony (including the 'Full House' theme song lyrics being spoken.. took a while for me to clue in on that one), or the "naughty" behaviour of their dogs, there was no shortage on smiles. These two handled the change in their day like champions and because of that, had the wedding day of their dreams.
Heather and Steven, I am so happy for you! This was such a memorable day for me. We had a blast and wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness!