Mike and Jo are a very sweet, considerate and funny couple. The first time we sat down to chat, I learned how they met and how Mike proposed. But the main area of topic was about how important family and friends are to them and the love they have for these people – especially the kids in their lives (even going so far as to explain how they consider Jo’s brother’s dog to be like a niece to them). Their wedding day reflected this as they put such priority on all of the people attending: that they were having fun, were comfortable, and were well fed.
Top five favourite things about this wedding:
1) The ‘Man of Honour’. Jo is very close to her brother and it was important to her that he be standing next to her as she married Mike. Therefore she appointed her brother Man of Honour, a title which he wore well, right down to holding the bouquet like a champ.
2) The Windsor Knot. I started the day at Mike’s brother’s house to photograph the guys getting dressed. When it came time to attempt the Windsor knot we all looked at each other, perplexed. With a few Google searches and some helpful step-by-step websites, it was eventually accomplished. I couldn’t help but giggle to myself when I walked into Jo’s house where she and her family were getting ready. There was her Man of Honour, with the same step-by-step Windsor Knot instructions opened on his laptop. What did anyone do before Google?
3) The Flower Girl. This young lady was so helpful and so sweet the entire day. As I was first looking through my photos, I noticed that in every photograph of Jo I could spot her little flower girl somewhere in the frame. I don’t think she ever left her side!
4) The Walkabout. Jo and Mike held their ceremony at Pinhey’s Point in Dunrobin where the wildflowers were in bloom, the sun was warm, and the water was calm. It was important to them to have this setting for their ceremony, however they hosted their reception in the city as they cherish the downtown neighbourhood they call home, thus it was important to them to have photos taken in familiar areas as well. So, after doing portraits around Pinhey’s Point, we headed into the city for photos (and a pint) at their favourite pub, onto the Parkdale Famer’s Market, followed by a session in front of their gorgeous old brick house, and finally at a chip-truck for an impromptu dance party amongst strangers.
5) Singing. There was a lot of singing; in the middle of dinner a karaoke rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart was started up by Jo, during dessert two guests serenaded Jo and Mike from a paddleboat in the bay, and at the end of speeches the family chant rang out amongst Mike’s side of the family. Jo also surprised Mike, and everyone, by serenading him to the tune of Sweet Caroline, changing the lyrics to “Sweet Man of Mine” which was such a fun moment in the night. Who needs to hire entertainment with this crew around?