Love At Hopewell Rocks, N.B
I was so happy to be asked to photograph this wedding. Not only was it a great time of year but it was in New Brunswick. I hadn't been past Saskatchewan in my life, so a chance to travel across the country to capture love was right up my alley. Here is a story about two people who were destined to be together.
You see Jordan and George met online, they talked for a while before the met in person, and even through text messages and phone conversations they both saw something special in the other. So special they cultivated a life together far from where they met. Starting their journey in Alberta where Jordan is from and where they met. They moved to New Brunswick where George is from when a job opportunity presented itself.
You see this couple isn't just a client, they are also my family. Jordan and I are cousins, I used to babysit her and her sister when we were much younger. So over the years I have been privileged to watch Jordan grow into an amazing, thoughtful and caring woman. When she introduced me to George I thought he was a pretty great guy because he came and babysat my kids with Jordan a few times and my kids loved him, so that there is a true test. So when they told me they were getting married I was so happy for them. When the time came to decide where the wedding would be they asked if I would come to New Brunswick to photograph it. I had already decided that I was going to attend but to photograph it was going to be an honour.
I got to spend a few days with them in their home and I got to see their love in action. To see how well they compliment one another, how they gravitate towards each other. They are in tune with each other so well that they are able to finish sentences or recall what the other is talking about with little to no reference as to what they were talking about. They have 3 crazy cats and I love their names Pippin, Merry, and Sam. Jordan and George are huge fans of The Lord of the Rings so it was natural for them to name their fur babies after characters from their favourite books. Their own little Hobbits.
These two are also environmentally aware and do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint. So it's no surprise that this carried over into their wedding, as they were trying to create a nearly zero waste wedding. With biodegradable dinner placements and all the decorations were from their home or bought to be used in their home. So it was lovely to see their personality all throughout their wedding. Their ceremony was to take place at one of their favourite places to adventure at, Hopewell Rocks just an hour away from their home in Shediac, New Brunswick.
Throughout the day you couldn't help but notice the how happy they were, it was adorable to look at all the sideways glances and giggle that usually followed. When we arrived at Hopewell Rocks I was blown away. Anyone who knows me, knows that picturesque scenery is something I love. And Hopewell Rocks was nothing short of amazing. How could I not be here for all of this.
Hopewell Rocks is a public place, so many tourists were surprised they got to witness a wedding along with all the beauty the park has to offer. There were no decorations at the rocks, I mean they had the scenery on lock and that was more than enough.
After the ceremony and all the guests had started the trek back to finish preparing for the reception, I had the two of them alone in this amazing park. I got to hear about their relationship and how truly connected they are to one another.
We may have lost track of time and totally forgot that it was an hour drive back to the reception and we had decided the night before the wedding to do sunset shots at Parlee Beach in Shediac, so off we went. We got about 20 min at the beach before the sun set and it was magical!
I asked George if he could go back in time to his younger self, to the day he met Jordan. What piece of advice would he tell himself about the woman he was about to meet. He said "You are going to marry this girl." In fact he said that when they had their first date, that he knew she was the one.
When I asked why she chose this man, she broke into tears and said "He is my everything."
As you can imagine, I also broke into tears, it's a privilege to witness true love and I'm honoured that they wanted me to be a part of it and to document it for them.
As we headed back to the reception the sky darkened and a chill came in the air. The reception was taking place at friends of theirs, in their backyard under a tent and a full moon. Inside you were treated with happy faces enjoying themselves and a wonderful home cooked dinner, prepared by the family. We all know home cooking is the best kind of cooking.
Their cake was baked and designed by a friend of theirs and it's the most wonderfully magical cake ever! That was truly a treat. It wasn't a late night, but right at the end we were able to get a shot under the moon.
I am grateful for the opportunity given to me to see parts of my country I never thought I would get to. I am grateful that I am trusted to capture love in it's most beautiful of forms. I am grateful for my wonderful family and clients.