The first time I met Justina and Kristian was their wedding day. They had just come in from Chicago a few days before and we connected over the phone to confirm the details of their wedding at the Royal Park Hotel. There was a hint of nervousness in Justina’s voice before we said goodbye. She admitted that she was nervous about the day not going perfectly; however, I assured her that her wedding was truly ideal and that she was going to embrace the day and enjoy herself. What made it ideal? Honestly, Justina and Kristian prioritized their day around the thing they valued most – each other. They decided to do a first look on Belle Isle and spend nearly three hours around town just with each other, before coming back to the Royal Park to join their families. While they were surrounded by family and friends, they didn’t have an official bridal party and instead decided to focus their attention just on each other. The day moved slowly in the best possible way. There was no rush, no pressure, on each moment or phase of the wedding day. Each moment was deliberately planned and represented an important aspect of their lives and relationship. It was a relaxing Saturday where the couple just so happened to get married at the end of the evening.
After I delivered the gallery to Justina and Kristian, I received an email from her. It was so touching that I saved it in a special folder as a reminder of why I am a photographer. Certain photos and moments from the day had a heighted effect on Justina that will be relived and cherished for years to come. I explained to her how this is the ultimate goal of photography – to not just take pretty photos, but meaningful ones. I am so proud and happy to know that we were able to do that for this amazing couple.
One special moment of the day that is worthy of an additional note is the first look Justina shared with her dad. We are very fortunate to have Justina’s dad with us today, so she wanted to take time on her wedding day to share a special moment with him. It was a very emotional moment for the two of them and an honor to be present to capture it.
Next, it was time for Justina and Kristian’s wedding at the Royal Park Hotel.
Venue: Royal Park Hotel
MUA: Danielle Paquin
Dessert: Sorella’s Custom Cakes
Dress: Bridal By Viper
Entertainment: Mike Staff Productions
Custom shoes: Ellie Wren
Cake Topper: Belah Biscuit