Saint John, NB wedding photographer tackles a hurricane wedding.
“Wow” is all I have to say about this day. I know all of us lived through it, but the challenges faced on this wedding day, in Saint John, were my toughest to date. I approached the day as if it would just be like any other rainy day and didn’t think anything of it. I have dealt with rain before. No problem! We had a nice covered area picked for outside images due to the heavy rain. We were all set.
The bride was one of the most amazing brides I have ever seen under pressure. Everything she was dealt that day she just brushed off and made a new plan. I absolutely loved her attitude!
I arrived at the church to find it pretty dark. Not knowing if this was the effect she was going for I took a quick bathroom break to find the light will not turn on…HMMM. I proceed to walk around a little and notice nothing on at all. OH NO, the power is out! Unfortunately, the music that was prepared to be played was unable to work as it needed power. So, the bride arrives and hands over her cell phone with the song on it. It was set on the alter and played very quietly. It was so beautiful because everyone became so quiet so she could hear her music. Hardly anyone took pictures besides me so that she could hear it. They were in the moment which was wonderful to see.
The trees were swaying during the service and winds were really picking up. I think our outside safe spot might not be so safe anymore.
As many of you know I prefer to use natural light in my work. Well, with a unlit church and a hurricane brewing outside there was little available light for me to use in our new back up location of the church. I had to try to get real creative to be able to offer the bride a bit of a selection when only working in a church setting in the darkness. We had fun!
The drive from the church to the reception was very interesting. I saw the big trees along the road just bending over me. I told my assistant to watch her side for anything falling and I would watch my side. A few swerved moves and we made it to the parking lot full of broken branches and flying debris. I played it smart and parked my car between others so I would be sheltered form all the branches blowing up the lot.
We enter the reception hall again and still no power. Thankfully the Riverside golf course is a prepared establishment and had some back up generators that were able to cook the food and shed a little light in the area. Again the bride did not even blink an eye about it.
The reception was wonderful and everyone seemed to be enjoying the energy surrounding this Saint John hurricane. The whole day felt like a adventure to me, not one I want to go on again mind you, but it was fun for one day.
I hope you all enjoy the images from this wedding.
If you are looking for a Saint John ,NB wedding Photographer be sure to contact me at Miranda O’Leary Photography