Dear Brides & Grooms, don't be afraid of moody skies and whimsical winds on your Wedding Day. Check out Julie & Kevin's romantic Wedding photos at the Listowel Golf Club in Listowel, Ontario.
It all started with rain on Julie and Kevin's Wedding day. I kept my eyes peeled to the window, watching for the downpour to stop, even for just a little bit so I could get Julie's favourite idea for a photo. And I did...her dress hanging on an apple tree. And then the downpour came, whipping in my face and hair with the strong winds. But I got the photo and she was so excited, end of story, lol.
No wait, there's more: I spent most of the day inside with Julie, documenting her day, with her family members & close friends, from the littles to the adults, in a cosy farm house, while Mike was with the fellas, watching out for the rain to stop too. As if the heavens knew, the rain stopped just as Julie draped on her veil. Now the wind didn't stop, but hey, the show must go on! Julie was cool with the way the wind flirted with her veil. It was welcome relief from being inside the house waiting for the rain to stop. She closed her eyes, let the wind follow her and was super cool and natural walking along those cornfields, moody sky and all. The ladies joined Julie, giggling, not minding their sandals getting soaked from the earlier rain. Kevin & the fellas were up to mischief on the other side of town, roaming the wet streets and puffing cigars.
If you don't know, Listowel is a small farming town. Mike and I agreed this small town Wedding was a dream to photograph for two reasons. One: we met two amazing families in a farming community. Two: we explored the greens at the Listowel Golf Club, capturing some amazing photos.
The skies didn't look friendly, forcing the ceremony inside, instead of on the grounds of the golf course. You know what, it was still a charming ceremony, with friends and family watching happily as the couple exchanged vows. After the ceremony, the sky remained overcast, but the rain stopped, and we ventured out in golf carts to pick out some cosy spots for photos. Now let me tell you, don't be afraid of overcast skies! Scroll down for some truly romantic photos. And willow trees are a must for every Wedding couple, especially when the wind decides to stick around in August! Give me all the moody skies and windy days! Yes, we also ventured out later on in the evening, to capture some beautiful evening photos with breathtaking skies.
So glad Julie & Kevin choose us to be their Wedding photographers. Actually, read down below, Julie's cute story about how she found us to be her Wedding photographers. Her words just melt my heart!
Kevin's take on Mike:
"Mike was great to work with...He was cool to hang out with. His sense of humour and laid back attitude made it easy for him to fit in with us guys and make things run more smooth. I enjoyed that he wasn’t all for the typically posed for a wedding and knew I would want to push the limits and have some fun and he did just that. He was great."
Julie's take on Cecilia:
"Cecilia was amazing to work with .. not only on our actual wedding day but the whole process of meeting her. I met Cecilia at a very small town wedding show and was amazed by the albums she had displayed at her booth. I fell in love with her style of photography.. myself and my 2 bridesmaids were all on the same page I needed to hire her. For the sake of at least coming home and letting my now husband know I wanted her I took her booklet and left. Now with all the hassle of the day and the crazy amount of things you accumulate at these shows I lost her package.. I did some more research on other photographers but anyone I communicated with I just didn’t like. So like a pro stalker I watched the wedding buy and sells (on Facebook) and with such luck I eventually found her and contacted her right away. Her and her husband travelled a long way to meet with us at our local Tim Hortons and she won me over that day. Not only were they able to tolerate my very tired 2 children but chatting with her was like chatting with a close friend. She completely understood what I was looking for in photos and it was fully a no brainer. Fast forward to the wedding day and I was even more pleased. She showed up to home. It was pouring rain we were all stuck inside my tiny little house. She blended in perfect with all my closest friends and family.. She took it upon herself to get shots of all my girls, children and nieces and that was important to me. She was so easy to get along with. When it came to venturing outside she watched the rain and took every chance .. my only hope was a picture of my wedding dress in our apple trees by the corn field .. she delivered although watching out the window I felt terrible watching her and my sister in law running with my dress as the rain didn’t hold off long enough. I myself am far from anyone that poses well for pictures. She had lots of ideas and really boosted my confidence through something I wasn’t all to comfortable with. She was nothing short of amazing till the very end of the night."
How their love story began:
"Kevin and I actually met through the Tim Hortons Drive Thru. I was an employee of many years. And he was more then a regular customer .. ( large triple triple and a can of Pepsi) everyday. My supervisor at the time happened to be his neighbour and was more then a little pushy about a “nice girl like me saying hello”. We ended up being at least friendly with each other when he happened to come through. But that was about all. I then moved to Niagara for college and was only coming home the occasional weekend. Couple of friends and I were out getting coffee and he happened to wave me down. He ended up adding his number to my phone and we began hanging out a lot. I found myself not coming home just the occasional weekends but EVERY weekend to see him and before long I was finished school and decided that I needed to move back. Fast forward 8 years and 2 kids later and here we are. Kevin proposed August 30,2017. I have to say I was very shocked. Even though I had been bothering him to get married for a long time that I will not admit how long. We had planned a family trip to the zoo with his parents, sister and nieces and nephews. My sister in law had locked her keys in her truck the night before so instead of waiting for a tow truck to get her truck open so we could get her sons car seat, I sent Kevin back to our house ( the town over) to get an extra. When I say I was very angry at how long he took to come back.. I was very, very angry. When he finally returned he may or may not have been given a very long lecture about time. And at the point I can imagine more the frustrated he just said you wanna know why I took so long! And got on one knee on his parents driveway.. I know it’s not the nicest spot at the zoo, he was likely planning. I later found out he took so long because he had to try and track down my parents as he wanted to ask for there blessing beforehand and had not had the chance yet. He has not, yet to this day, let me know what kind of proposal I was going to get if I would have not been so mad when he arrived back. "
Tips for other Wedding couples:
"I think the only tips I would give to future couples is don’t sweat the small stuff. I spent over 2 weeks stressing about the thought of rain as I was planning an outdoor ceremony. But it all will come together. The day goes by in a blink of an eye and you won’t even have time to stress about something so tiny. I think tips on finding your perfect vendors. Is research. I was so glad I stuck to my guns and found photographers that I wanted...Don’t settle because you think you have to. Cause at least with photography, it’s the only thing you have left of your day to look back on with your kids or grandkids. I know for me I wanna show my kids pictures I LOVE. Not just the ones I got because I didn’t take the time to find the perfect people to capture our day."
Thank you Julie & Kevin for your kind words. This is why we do this folks, for clients like this, and couples in love who truly appreciate the value of photos as lifelong memories.
Cecilia & Mike
But of course we took advantage of those end-of-storm skies and ended the night with some spectacular evening photos.
Cecilia Landers Photography
Psssst! Are you looking for great photographers who know how to document your day? Look no further, you found us! We are Cecilia and Mike, a husband & wife photography team! We service the Toronto GTA & surrounding areas but we're adventure seekers and if your Wedding is somewhere in Ontario, oh hey even anywhere in Canada, we'd love to document your love story.