St Justin’s Parish
Most of my 2020 weddings ended up rescheduling to 2021 due to COVID-19. The hope, was that by 2021, this whole pandemic would be over. And while I do see a white light at the end of the tunnel, we’re still very much in the thick of it. Lisa & Braedon had already rescheduled once. So instead of postponing again, they took this opportunity as a way of having the low key wedding they really wanted. And COVID restrictions as the perfect excuse to go small. With indoor gatherings limited to 25, they were able to invite some close friends and have an intimate ceremony at the St Justin’s Parish.
Their Catholic ceremony was indoors at St Justin’s Parish. The groom was a retired army soldier. And since being back, he has played a major role in this church. So despite their strict Covid protocols, there was no other place he would have wanted to get married. As the ceremony did play such a big part in their day, I also captured their ceremony video.
Once the ceremony was completed, they took all their attending guests to St Peter’s Seminary. I’ve never done a portrait session at a Seminary before. Didn’t even know what one was until I researched it for this wedding. Wow. Just wow. The location was gorgeous. It looked like an English castle.
Every crazy idea we came up with, they said ok to. It’s very rare during a normal full day wedding that I would have so much freedom when it comes to the formal portraits. General there are restrictions with the dress, issues of getting the couple dirty, or even a simple lack of time. But aside from the ceremony and their portrait session, there was nothing else planned for the day. In fact, we spent over two hours just playing around with all the poses and inspirational photos these two had in mind. Even some unique ones we could have never predicted.
I also photographed this couple’s engagement shoot.