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. Luckily things did. While COVID-19 didn’t completely go away, the restrictions in place did lighten up as things went by. It is why this wedding popped up last minute.
Originally this couple was planning a relatively large event. However, they had to cut out a lot of the fat but in the end, they did have their wedding which is better than most. It was much smaller and simpler but truly beautiful. Usually elopements are pretty small scale all around. In this case, the wedding details were still there. Stunning dress, elegant bouquets, etc. So even though they only had a mini 3hr event, there was a lot crammed into those 3 hours.
West Island Church
They had a church ceremony at West Island Church. 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 West Island Church 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.
After the ceremony, the couple headed to Dundurn Castle for wedding photos. Hamilton always seems to provide me with amazing portrait locations. Almost makes me want to move there. Battlefield Park is a living history museum. The site is of a a historic neoclassical mansion. And this time of year, it had some amazing greenery.