October 8, 2017 / Sampler
The Medieval Wedding in Kamloops Sampler
That white cape was a smart choice, as it started hailing large chunks of ice just as we crested that hill. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though.
That morning, the sun shone bright. Cows lurked in the background, silently observing us. By the time I arrived, everyone was hard at work. I looked to my left, and a man in full period wear looked right back at me. Off in the distance, tents were assembled.
One thing that stuck out to me was everyone’s commitment to the theme. Family and friends all worked together to prep the fair grounds for this momentous occasion. The fall colours came to greet us.
The veranda was absolutely beautiful, with the yellows of the grass mixed in with the lush greens. I scouted out a few spots, then checked in with the bride. I felt I had a solid foundation on which to build this album, a feel for how the day was going to unfold.
We found a model castle for the ring shot. So far, we’re keeping to our theme.
And the bouquets were stunning. The details on the handle were particularly eye catching. Sometimes, I wonder if there’s going to be a bouquet toss. Due to the size and weight, I ruled this out as a possibility.
During the detail shots, a lot of them stood out to me. Here, an old photo of the grandparents getting married was printed and hung on the tree. I would have loved to photograph that day too.
Outside, the final preparations were being made. In the main hall, we had a groom getting ready. But this wasn’t your everyday groom.
I have to ask, do people from fashion shows actually expect people to wear anything they make?
Comic above was related – I walked in just as our groom as putting on his 30 pound chainmail. This particular chainmail had seen battle, it’s not just for show. Fashion designers take note.
The detail was impressive. Everywhere I looked, there were belts and plates, all ornately carved.
Usually I do an over the shoulder shot when the groom is getting help with his right cufflink. Not today.
The venue was filling up. Everyone was early, and the sun was shining. My phone showed me a 40% chance of rain.
To my delight, everyone had dressed in period wear. There were swords, wool blankets, and smiles were just everywhere.
The ceremony was intricate. They had mixed in many old traditions with a few new traditions. It honestly felt like something from another time.
Before long, I found myself in front of a newly married couple. Behind us, we had our archway of swords. After family formals, of course, I found myself with a small bridal party in one of the prettiest settings I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph.
Conversation was light. I did rush everyone a little, those clouds off in the distance worried me. Everyone was quick, but still the mood was carefree.
The fall colours had began to set in. This is one of my favourite times to photograph. Those september and october weddings have such lush colours.
Shout out to our groom here – a lot of guys forget to take their wive’s trains after a few beers. This guy was on it the whole time. He did everything he could to make sure she felt like the princess she is.
The formals were effortless.
And the lush colours made me so happy. We had gotten some lovely shots, but we knew it was time for a tall grass photos. The three of us hiked to the top of a nearby hill.
The photos were in the journey, honestly. Once we got to the top, we saw the hail approaching, in the distance.
The cape saved us. The hail came down in thick ice pellets, stinging the back of my neck and soaking my camera.
We found our refuge inside. The girls were getting henna drawn on, and the hall was bustling with activity. And so that’s where I’m going to have to end this sampler. I have a lot more photos I’d like to show you, but you’ve got to wait a few weeks. This is just a sampler, a sneak peek. Just some of my favourite photos from this incredible day.
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