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ELLEN+KEVIN // WEDDING


June 15, 2019 was kind of a big deal.

My little sister(ish)…okay she’s really my little cousin but we’re basically attached at the hip, got married! Of course I was her MOH, but I also pulled double duty as her photographer. Not an easy task, but we managed.

Wedding days fly by. I don’t care how many times you tell yourself that you’ll have time to double check the tables, make breakfast for everyone, steam your own dress, and take the dogs for a walk.

You won’t. Harsh but true.

So when things come up last minute or sort of sideswipe original plans its handy to have people nearby to help whip up a Plan B/C/D. June 15, 2019 was some of the heaviest rain we’d seen this year. It was pouring buckets and no matter how much optimism everyone beamed, sometimes that just isn’t enough. We had originally planned to do a first look by an abandoned barn just down the road but after realizing the uncut field probably wasn’t the brightest plan, we set out to find another plan. After a couple calls to neighbours with barns, we lucked out. Did we ever luck out.

The lighting in the hayloft was some of the most dramatic I’d seen in a long time. It was kind of a whirlwind of peonies, the greenest grass, a barn cat that desperately wanted camera time and of course some barn beers. Needless to say the day didn’t unfold as planned, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that we were soaked from the knees down, or that the ceremony had to be quickly jammed under the reception tent, or that the entrance had become a decent contender for a mud run pit. What mattered was the folks around who made it special, seamless, fun and memorable.

And so if you’re planning your big day just know that you may not have all the time in the world to sort out the smallest details the morning of, but know that the people you brought on to help carry the load have your back and only want the best for the happy couple - I know Ellen & Kevin’s crew did.