OrchardView Wedding : Natalie Joy & Trevor

Real love warms up a cold winter's day

The relationship between the wedding photographer and bride and groom is one of the most involved of all wedding vendors.

So establishing a strong, trusting relationship is crucial to capturing authentic, memorable and lasting moments.

Many of my clients choose to have an engagement session with me before their wedding. This is a great opportunity to break the ice and get used to having your picture taken... a lot.

But what happens when you don't have that "getting-to-know-you" time with a client before their day. Well, you hope you have a great couple. And that's exactly what I had with Natalie-Joy and Trevor.

NJ and Trevor were referred to me by one of my wedding photographer colleagues in Ottawa - it's good to have like-minded friends who you can rely on to take over a wedding in the event of illness or other last-minute situation.

When I met NJ & Trevor it was over video chat and a few weeks before their wedding. We established a report, I gave them the low-down on my approach and style and they let me know the things that were most important to them.

The rest, as it turned out, came down to a fine-crafted day that consisted of only the important things: friends, family and love.

There wasn't any extravagant decorations, no long-winded speeches, no gigantic bridal party.

To be honest, it wasn't NJ's first rodeo and she had done the "pomp and circumstance" wedding before. She wasn't going to waste a bunch of time and energy on things that don't last.

Her and Trevor invested in great photography, had talented friends and family take care of hair and makeup and entertainment.

I'm not trying to say that these things aren't good but there is a clarity that comes with smaller weddings.

Natalie Joy's two daughters from a previous union played an integral part of the day as did both her and Trevor's parents and siblings.

Near the end of the afternoon the two braved the chilly outdoors for a few portraits. Natalie Joy even got a soaker walking back - her immediate reaction captured in a split-second below.