This engagement shoot is not just any engagement shoot for me. It is extra special to me because the groom is one of my oldest friends and the bride is the amazing woman who makes my friend the happiest I have seen him. And this engagement shoot did not happen easily. More on that later.
I have known Matt since I was 14 years old. I met him in grade nine when he became friends with some of the girls I went to elementary school with. He was one of the first new friends I made in high school and even though he only stayed in Whitby until the end of grade ten when he moved back to his home town of Ottawa, we have been able to remain friends through the years.
I first met Alonna last summer when she and Matt made the trip to Whitby from Ottawa to visit some friends who are more like family members…the Del Vecchios. I took the day off work and visited our old stomping grounds of Canada’s Wonderland. From spending the day and getting to know Alonna, it was very clear how much she loved Matt and vice versa. And even though she hates going on rides, she stuck it out with Matt’s crazy friends and even went on a ride. She was a good sport.
I am so excited and truly honoured that they hired me to photograph their big day and in Ottawa no less. After all, shooting a wedding in Ottawa means I would have the opportunity to shoot an engagement session in Ottawa. Or so I thought.
After going through all the details of the wedding package, we planned for an EPIC engagement shoot to take place in two locations in the Ottawa area. Alonna and Matt are having a Scottish wedding and were looking to have a rustic style engagement session in a beautiful outdoor area called Flethcher Wildlife Garden. Then we were going to move on to a more urban location to showcase Ottawa. Despite the sad weather forecast that predicted a weekend full of rain and thunderstorms, Bre and I remained hopeful that we might be able to work. We tried but Mother Nature just did not want to cooperate, so we called it a day after about half an hour of shooting in covered overlook on the Ottawa River.
Thankfully, Alonna and Matt had planned a trip just as they had the previous summer, to Whitby and the weather was much more agreeable. We completed a successful engagement shoot at Heber Downs Conservation Area in Brooklin.
Like I said, it is a true honour to have been chosen by Matt and Alonna to capture their wedding day next September at The Bonnie Glen Pavilion in Alexandria. I am so excited to share the day with both of them and their friends and family. For now, please enjoy photos from their dual engagement shoot in Ottawa and Whitby at Heber Downs Conservation Area.