This is our first real wedding blog post of 2020 – on the last day of November, no less. It seems everything that could be written about this year already has. It’s been a rollercoaster, a reset, turbulent, surprising, full of love and gratitude, loss and grief. It has been so many things for so many people – everyone on this planet experiencing some part of this commotion all at once.
In March, when the first of the lockdowns started in Canada, we would quietly take our dogs for a walk in an empty part of the city. It was so quiet – no cars, only shadows of human figures in the far distance. The snow was starting to melt, and the fog from the end of winter was lifting us into a new reality. We’d be lying if we said there wasn’t constant grief and panic on our shoulders, but that was something we were all experiencing together too. 9 months later, while the rolling lockdowns are still a reality, there is something beautiful that has emerged: a fresh perspective, deeper love, and a newfound appreciation for community.
As we’re writing this at the end of November, and beginning of the Holiday season, we can’t help but think of a holiday favourite: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Working in an industry that is often accused of being “too much”, we’re coming out of this on the other side proving the naysayers wrong. Weddings aren’t details or lavish ballrooms, limousines, or 7 tier cakes (as wonderful as all of those beautiful things are) – weddings are so much more. As all of the wonderful couples and artists have shown this year, when a wedding is reduced to its basics, the heart of the celebration tends to shine even brighter.
And so, we arrive at this wonderful celebration that we photographed in September. Oksana and Arnaud, who were among the millions of couples around the world with their plans disrupted; two talented artists (check out their work here and here) who replanned their day with their closest family and friends, and only the most meaningful details in which to make their celebration special. Oksana, an artist / graphic designer, hand drew beautiful botanical sketches as mementos for each family, and Arnaud, created their frames. It was a smaller group, with a different plan, but at the core, the shining star was love, community, and perspective.
PHOTOGRAPHY Joel & Justyna VENUE Ottawa Art Gallery CATERING My Catering Group CAKE Serendipity Cakes by Olivia BRIDE’S BOUQUET Fleurisant Shop CANDLE HOLDERS Hunt & Gather GOWN Marta Krawcowa SUIT Sydney’s MASKS Studio Kampina VASES Home Smith DAHLIAS Charing House Gardens