So, the title of this post reads “Lakeside Elopement” but in actual fact, the only people who were lakeside for this one of a kind wedding ceremony were the 6.5 people in attendance! Along with Robyn and Matt’s daughter, their parents and Matt’s sister and partner, they exchanged vows, ankle deep in Lake Ontario just off the shore of a hidden, rocky beach. Wow!
Allow me to explain! A couple of weeks prior to the ceremony, we went on a little scouting hike to see what the light would look like and to see how much space I would have to work with to catch the best angles. Robyn and Matt’s initial intention was indeed to have a lakeside elopement, standing on the rocky shore, surrounded by their families. The more I looked around, the more I wished there were 6 more feet of beach! You see, the ceremony was at 11 am and for you photo nuts out there, you know that when the sun is so high in the sky, lighting can really be a beast to work with. As I himmed and hawed, I said…kinda jokingly (but kinda seriously), “hey guys, I think the best place for you to stand would be in the lake.” Low and behold, they are as adventurous as I am and agreed without hesitation, thinking that it would be a super unique way to have their ceremony. And so, their lakeside elopement became a lake elopement and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how everything came together. Heck, I even managed to not fall into the water as I trudged around them getting some angles, 2 very expensive cameras in hand. PHEW!
I say it all the time and I’ll keep saying over and over again, I feel so fortunate to have the most adventurous couples who are down for whatever. I have some wild ideas sometimes and the couples who choose to work with me are the best. Thank you, Robyn and Matt for putting your faith in me and for hosting one of the most unique weddings I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph.
Before you scroll through these images, allow me to give one quick shout out to the officiant, who as you can see also stepped out into the lake and found the perfect boulder to stand on while she delivered the most wonderful Humanist ceremony, surround by nature in it’s most natural form. Brenda, you are a treat!