Last minute wedding plan changes due to COVID-19, has definitely been a reoccurring theme in my blog posts over the last couple years. Nowadays, a lot of couples simply hold out and cross their fingers in the hopes that things will get better after the pandemic. This was not one of the lucky ones. Ontario went into lockdown literally days before their wedding. The bride’s father and most of her family were unable to fly into Canada. And worse, the officiant of their church got Covid.
But the show must go on. So needless to say, this wedding downsized drastically.
St. Catherine of Siena
They had a church ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena. Such an low key venue to work out of. Most of the churches I’ve worked in during COVID-19 have had safetey measures in place to promote social distancing. Normally that means signage, tape markers, and acrylics. I understand the safety precautions but from a photographer’s perspective, they are so distracting in the photos. So I really did appreciate that St. Catherine of Siena provided a coordinator who escorted guests to their seats. It meant most of the protective identifiers weren’t needed.
The couple had a very simply Christian ceremony with an optional mass for anyone who chose it. Afterward, everyone headed outside for some family photos before heading in their own separate way.
JC Scaddington Park
After the ceremony, the couple and bridal party headed to JC Scaddington Park for wedding photos. This was my first time photographing anything at this park. However the couple wanted to utilize the waterfront for their wedding photos. And with freezing rain predicted for the afternoon, we didn’t really want to waste time travelling too far for a photo location.