It’s not very often that couples ask you to photograph their wedding at the brides family home, but that’s exactly what happened for Elisa & Curtis’ wedding in beautiful Hudson, Quebec. With one of the most incredible homes I’ve seen, enough land to host a 100+ people wedding along with a beautiful view of the Ottawa river I just knew that it was going to be an amazing wedding.

Photographing weddings is a truly personal and emotional experience. An emotional roller coaster of sorts, full of amazing, priceless, and sometimes overwhelming moments. I’m usually very good at controlling my emotions but I would be lying to say I didn’t tear up at this particular wedding. The day started with lots of laughs from Curtis along with his friends & family at l’Auberge Willow in the Anchorage. I’m not sure if it was the half empty bottle of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at 10am that was responsible for making everyone laugh so much but I had a great time photographing their contagious laughs in the morning.

I then made my way to Elisa’s home where I found her father scrambling around setting up the tent, cleaning the pool, making sure the catering was set, and everything else you could possibly think of. He was a man on a mission to make sure everything was perfect for his daughter’s special day. I hardly had a chance to photograph him since he was all over the place. Elisa was so calm during her hair and makeup  because she knew her bridal party and her family were finishing up the last minute details.

The ceremony took place at Saint James Church and the portraits were taken at a friends backyard. How cool is that? We finally made our way back to Elisa’s parent’s home to celebrate. The backyard was transformed into a spectacular reception venue with a truly special atmosphere for the emotional speeches, laser show and epic dancing. I would like to thank Elisa & Curtis for inviting me into their family home to capture their beautiful wedding, you really did make me feel at home. You guys were amazing!

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