Fantasy Farm

Autumn weddings at Fantasy Farm is a sight to see. Every year couples ask when the best time for autumn leaves at this venue is? While we can’t say with absolute certainty when you’ll catch the peak display, mid-October to Mid November is typically your best chance of getting married under the fall foliage. The problem is, with Canada all you need is one snowfall to kill the whole thing. This year we were hit by a small snowstorm pretty early. Yet the grounds of Fantasy Farm is so dense with foliage that you can’t really tell. It was still black by 5:00 pm which adds some challenges to already stressful wedding days. So I definitely appreciated this couple scheduling their photos before the ceremony. No matter how cold it gets, the photos do turn out better in daylight.

Live Band

The groom in this wedding is a Jazz musician by trade. He plays everything from saxophone to keyboard. He even performs at weddings. So, of course, he’s going to a live band at his own wedding. This happens to be my first time photographing a wedding reception with a live band. It will also likely be the only time I’ll have a groom jump up on stage and play with the band. As a vintage blues fan, I can definitely appreciate jazz music. And having a live band at a wedding does have a completely different impact on the party level of reception.

See while DJs play none stop throughout the night, live bands play in sets. They play for 30-45min and then take a break. And as a result, the guests do the same. They party hard for those 30-45min. And during the gap, they disappear for a drink or smoke break. It gives me a break too. The way I capture reception parties is pretty intense. Most times I’m often the first one on the dance floor encouraging guests to join me. I also make a point to dance with them to get guests more into their dance moves. You can’t get fun photos if everyone is just doing the “white man shuffle.” They need their hands up in the air making ridiculous facial expressions. And it seems the best way to encourage this behaviour is doing it myself or having a live band do it for me.

The Second Shooter for this wedding was Michelle Paquot.

 

bride prep wedding dress
bride prep jewelry
bride prep rings
bride prep shoes
bride prep ring boy
bride prep hair and makeup
bride prep bridesmaids robes
bride prep getting dressed
bride prep getting dressed
bride prep getting dressed
bride prep jewelry
groom prep shoes
groom prep getting dressed
groom prep looking cool
groom prep getting dressed
groom prep portrait
groom prep piano
groom prep cufflinks
groom prep fun times
groom prep groomsmen
groom prep groomsmen
couple first look at Fantasy Farms
couple first look at Fantasy Farms
bride portrait at Fantasy Farms
groomsmen at Fantasy Farms
groom portrait at Fantasy Farms
groom portrait at Fantasy Farms
bride portrait at Fantasy Farms
bridesmaids at Fantasy Farms
bridal party at Fantasy Farms
formal portraits at Fantasy Farms
bride and groom at Fantasy Farms
wedding couple at Fantasy Farms
bride and groom at Fantasy Farms
wedding couple at Fantasy Farms
look at fall leaves at Fantasy Farms
wedding shoes at Fantasy Farms
wedding couple at Fantasy Farms
party favours at Fantasy Farms
head table at Fantasy Farms
snack table at Fantasy Farms
centre piece at Fantasy Farms
groom down the aisle wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
bride down the aisle wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
vows wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
group prayer wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
ring exchange wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
first kiss wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
recession wedding ceremony at Fantasy Farms
group photo at Fantasy Farms
open bar wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
live band wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
cocktail hour wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
grand entrance wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
mother of bride speech wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
best man speech wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
kissing game wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
parent dance wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
kissing game wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
greeting guests wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
couple speech wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
first dance wedding reception at Fantasy Farms
wedding reception party at Fantasy Farms
wedding reception party at Fantasy Farms
wedding reception party at Fantasy Farms
wedding reception party at Fantasy Farms
photo booth fun