Jon and Ainsley’s Pippy Park wedding marked the first time I’ve photographed an event at this scenic venue. But it still felt like home, given the fact that I had spent much of my childhood playing golf “up on the hill” and spent many a day waiting out the rain in the clubhouse. Pippy Park, with its views of St. John’s and Signal Hill, is ideally situated for an summer’s wedding ceremony and evening reception; in fact, I believe the only wedding location that rivals Pippy Park in terms of its views is the Humber River Golf Course located on the west coast of the province.
Like most couples, Jon and Ainsley got ready separately. Ainsley opting for the Sheraton Hotel and Jon opting for his parents house. But there were no shortage of laughs at either location!
Their mid-afternoon ceremony was held at the Pippy Park Clubhouse. This was my first time working with St. John’s photographer Joe Cocker. Joe is an excellent portrait photographer and did a great job as a second shooter for this event. We had the benefit of scouting out the venue a week before; that’s not something I always do, but every now and then it’s nice to pre-visualize the area and rift ideas with fellow a fellow photographer.
From there, it was on to Quidi Vidi for photos of Jon and Ainsley, albeit, the fog came along too. Quidi Vidi is a great choice for wedding photos; you can read my thoughts on the small village here.
Heading back to the Clubhouse for the reception, we were greeted to the sound of live music thanks to the talented folk singer Jim Payne; it fit this atmosphere perfectly. Later in the evening, Jon had arranged a large Screech-in for the CFAs (Come-From-Aways). I always love shooting screech-ins, I think I have almost as much fun photographing them as the guests do participating.
Jon and Ainsley, thanks for letting me be a part of your wedding day,