Yesterday we were honoured to capture and be a part of Marta and Brock's wedding story. This was a day I had waited 15 months for and knew from our very first meeting that their celebration would be filled (infact, overflowing) with personal touches and details that were important to them. With just 78 guests in attendance each and every one that was there was someone very significant in their lives. The venue they chose was EastDell Estates Winery and the way they described the intimacy of the location we all knew it would fit their personalities perfectly - and it did!
The backstory ~ for those who haven't been following our blog since before Marta and Brock's engagement session I'll just say that it started at Woof Stock in Toronto. The four of them (yes, their Puggles Henry and Buf came too) met me there and then we went to High Park for a picnic. The boys, as Marta and Brock refer to them, are adorable and such a huge part of their lives and of their wedding story. I couldn't imagine their wedding day without them there. Marta and Brock are fitness and health fanatics - they produce weekly episodes for many viewers on Fitfortwo.tv. It was important to them to ensure that many of the elements of their day were organic, locally sourced and environmentally friendly.
The story ~ Marta and Brock both knew they had to go for a run on the morning of their wedding day. Staying in two nearby hotels in St. Catharines they each went out separately at sunrise to run. Marta ran in a local park and Brock took to the service road. Around noon the rain started to fall ever so lightly. We were already at the vineyard checking out the cabin and outdoor ceremony location. The rains would get heavier at times and then seem to almost stop before starting again. Brock asked me what we thought would be best - to move the ceremony indoors or continue with the outdoor grove location? I knew that they had envisioned their outdoor wedding with sunshine, but most of their guests had umbrellas and even in the rain it would be beautiful, so we continued with plan A. The rains fell, their best man Rob stood behind Marta the entire time holding an umbrella over her and we did our best to keep our cameras dry and lenses free of rain drops. The reading "Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog" was so completely perfect - just like so many other details that were thought out and put into place. Their personalized vows made me teary. Their entire wedding day story is beyond amazing. I could literally write paragraphs here... but their SDE and photos will do a much better job so please enjoy!
The music: About a month ago we first listened to a song by Holley Maher, an artist from New Jersey, now living and recording in Nashville. Immediately we fell in love with her voice. When we found a small excerpt from her song Always Be I knew instantly that it would be the perfect song for Marta and Brock's SDE. I contacted Holley directly and was sad to find out that the song hadn't been recorded yet. She was planning on recording it in the coming weeks though as she was finalizing her debut album. I explained to her that we had this amazing couple and told her all about them and their wedding story and she said she'd do her best to get us a copy of the song for Oct. 2nd. On Oct. 1st at 1 pm the song arrived in our inbox. We were ecstatic. We can't thank Holley enough for doing this for us - it speaks volumes to her personality and we hope you'll all have a listen to her music. Holley, we adore you and thank you with all our hearts - this SDE would not have been what it is without your amazing song.
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