Even though I may be "just" the photographer, my heart skips a beat when I see the bridal party arrive as their presence and their beautiful and amazing attire signals that something amazing is about to happen. A wedding day is something special for a couple and while I may not be personally involved, I'm always drawn emotionally to the amazing happenings of the day, all the intricate friend and family relationships and how everyone interacts with each other... and most importantly, how everyone comes together in one large event to witness and wish well a couple that are pronouncing their vows before God and man, followed by silly shoe games and sometimes cringe-worthy facts about their childhood brought up by well-meaning matrons of honour or best men during lively and social receptions. Jesse and Patricia's wedding was an amazing event and I was really happy to be able to be a documentarian of their special day.
Just recently, I received a response to a questionnaire I sent out and this is what Jesse and Patricia had to say:
" Jonathan's photography is technically excellent and artistically inspired. He is a pleasure to interact with. Photography was a top priority for us and we shopped way way ahead. We had our pick of the best of Vancouver and met with several of the best-known, award-winningest wedding photographers in the city. In the end, Jonathan came out as our first choice.
To our surprise, our engagement shoot ended up being one of the funner dates of our relationship so far, thanks to Jonathan's creativity and cheerful nature. Prior to the wedding day, he communicated effectively and reliably to make sure we got exactly what we wanted, and his hard-won experience and expertise put us at ease.
When it comes to wedding photos, couples want LOTS of photos, and that is what we got, but more importantly, every shot was beautifully done. He unobtrusively captured a lot of great , intimate, documentary-moments as well as take the obligatory posed photo shots with friends and family (still beautiful though!). Another plus, he did some wedding photographer-style magic with his ladder and various angles to capture all of our wedding guests in a super-tight venue space.
Turnaround for final products was within the promised time, and the pictures knocked our friends's socks off. I couldn't recommend him more highly.
What Could've Used Improvement? Not sure. There are things that were out of Jon's control, like the fact that we decided to do an ice cream receiving line instead of a table toast, so we didn't get pictures with all our guests. But that's more of a "don't know not to do until you try it" sort of thing. So, don't have an ice cream receiving line, future bride and groom, it won't work out! That outcome is more on us than on Jon."
So ice cream and receiving lines may not mix.... BUT.... would be awesome to have them both anyways :) Maybe just not at the same time.
I had a ton of fun at Jesse and Patricia's wedding... but enough writing. The visual documentation is below: