Diana and Bojan planned an elopement in less than a month. 2020 is the year for last-minute wedding planning and changes but, Diana and Bojan handled it so well. They focused on the parts of the wedding that was important to them. Having their close friends and family celebrate the day with them was vital to them. Photography was another integral aspect of the day for them. From the moment they contacted me, I could tell how photography was a high priority for them.
That is one of the things I love about elopements. The couple can focus on the aspects of the wedding day that is significant to them. Diana spoke about the importance of keeping their wedding day about their love and commitment to each other. They wanted photos that represented their relationship, personalities and their elopement.
They rented a beautiful Airbnb for them to get ready in and to come back for their reception. They set up a gorgeous reception in the backyard, one long wooden table with greenery accents. They had a drink station, a fire pit and a greenery backdrop for selfies. It was a set up straight out of Pinterest inspiration boards.
They got married at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Milton and, we took their wedding portraits on the property. We arrived before their ceremony so we could have a first look. The first looks are magical. The couple gets to choose if people witness the first look and what the background is for the first look. Plus, a bit more control over the lighting.
One of my favourite moments to photograph is the first couple of moments when the couple sees each other. All dressed up and realizing they are getting married. The look on Bojan’s face when he saw Diana in her wedding dress was a look of awe and happiness. They both looked so relaxed, revelling in the fact that it was their wedding day. After a quick hello to family and friends, we snuck away for their wedding portraits.
Wedding portraits are so important. You hang wedding portraits on the wall, put them in albums, and keep them for years. Diana and Bojan were naturals. They forgot the camera was there and got lost in each other, which is what I want. I want my couples to feel completely at ease, natural and free to be themselves. Photographing Diana and Bojan involved lots of laughter, smiles and movement. When they weren’t laughing, they had these romantic moments getting lost in each other.
Diana and Bojan had a beautiful Orthodox wedding ceremony at a monastery. It was perfect for those moody low-light photographs. After the ceremony, friends and family held roses to create an arch for the couple to walk through in celebration. We took family photos before everyone headed back to the Airbnb to celebrate their wedding with those closest to them.
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