Glynis and Josh were married on August 12th, with a ceremony and reception at Gathered Farm, just outside of Calgary.
I feel like I should have met Glynis and Josh a long time ago. I’m 6–8 years older than they are, but they were heavily connected with a Bible camp I spent some time at right after high school. I had also met Glynis’s sister previously, because she is a wedding photographer. They even knew both my brother and my sister– but never actually met me prior to this wedding. By the time I showed up to the wedding for the photography, I realized I knew quite a few of the guests, which was an odd sensation for me. Isn’t it strange how some parallel lives never quite overlap?
My second shooter, Dan Wilkie, and I started out the day’s coverage with “getting ready” pictures of both the bride and groom. Glynis was getting ready at her parents’ house, while Josh was at the Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites. They had opted not to see each other before the wedding, so we made sure that they were separate as we headed for the farm. In fact, one of my favourite images was right before the ceremony when the two of them were getting into position without seeing each other; we were able to get everything set up just right so that the big reveal happened at the right moment—when Glynis was walking down the aisle.
After the ceremony, we spent all our time before the reception getting some portraits and family photos. We stopped in a lot of random farmyard driveways to take photos, and somehow, every time we stopped, a car would pull into the driveway and force us to clear out and start again. It was very, very strange.
From there, it was time to head to the reception, where Glynis and Josh had an amazing first dance to “Fly Me to the Moon,” by Frank Sinatra. I liked what they did with their dance, having the first half of the dance be just the two of them and the second half be with their parents. What a great way to share the moment.
Also, continuing on the theme of me knowing a lot of people at this wedding, the emcee was an old roommate of mine from my university days. I hadn’t seen him in nearly ten years, but I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed how he led the evening festivities.
Josh & Glynis, thank you so much for allowing me to be your wedding photographer. I was great to finally meet you both, and I enjoyed getting to know you and telling your story.