Amanda and Dave’s downtown Yellow Belly wedding in St. John’s, Newfoundland is in contention for one of our favorite weddings of the year. I suppose they did have an advantage, though; this couple was one of the first to demo our new Client Consult Kit documents (found at www.zachwheeler.ca/clients) which outlines wedding planning tips, day-of advice, and a logistics worksheet to help ensure the wedding photography on their day is everything they imagined it would be (and then some!).
I had photographed Amanda and Dave’s engagement session 6 weeks prior; it’s hard to believe 6 weeks goes by so quickly. And while it hovered in the single digits for their e-session, we were greeted with warm temperatures and clear skies on their wedding day.
Amanda got ready at the Monastery Spa & Suites in downtown St. John’s. If there is an ideal location for a bride to get ready, this is it. Lots of natural light and everything is in one spot, from the hair to the makeup to the getting ready room. Dave and his groomsmen, on the other hand, got ready at his and Amanda’s wonderful home.
Amanda and Dave’s afternoon wedding ceremony and evening reception were both held at the Yellow Belly Brewery on Water Street & George Street. A great job was done by Something Borrowed Something Blue as you can see from the photos. Professional decorating combined with this historic location made our job easy!
From there, it was on to George Street for bridal party photos and then the family formals at the Lieutenant Governor’s House near Bannerman Park, Multiple locations in a short time meant we were truly a group on military precision timing. It also helps when Brides provide us with a shot list for family formals; it makes our life (and her’s) so much easier!
Arriving back at the Yellow Belly, Something Borrowed Something Blue had once again transformed the 3rd floor from a wonderful ceremony environment into a moody reception venue. And I’m glad to see my advice being taken; adding accent lights really make the images, especially the first dance photos, have that extra ‘pop’. We do our best to stay true to the actual atmosphere of the reception, opting for lower powered flashes and higher ISOs rather than big studio strobes that light the entire room.
And of course, night time outdoor photos are always great, especially when you do them on George Street.
We’re so lucky to be able to tell the story of Amanda and Dave’s wedding day. Enjoy the photos that help tell it….