i spy

… a good idea.
The fun part about being a wedding photographer’s assistant is you are a fly on the wall most of the day. Not saying much but observing everything. And as a fan of all things weddings, it is handy! So, when I spot a good idea, a nice touch, or something magical, you know I am going to share.
This weekend’s wedding was a little different – the groom is in the military (first for me!) and the ceremony was at the Stadacona (CFB Halifax – Canada’s east coast navy base). What’s not to love about men (and women) in Uniform? The couple were adorable and it was fun to see some military traditions added to the day to make everything extra special. My favourite being the Military Sword Arch (Saber arch).
What’s that? White gloves are required for all saber or sword bearers, who are normally officers or NCOs. Military guests usually have the option to attend the wedding in uniform or appropriate civilian attire, but none may carry a saber or sword unless attired in a formal dress uniform. Immediately after the marriage ceremony is officiated, the saber team positions itself in formation just outside the doorway, with typically six or eight saber bearers taking part. The guests of the wedding are afforded the opportunity to assemble outside to view the event before it begins. On the command, the saber team raises their sabers into a high arch, with tips nearly touching and the blades facing up and away from the bride and groom. As the newly married couple exits the building, the senior usher announces, “Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you (Rank) and Mr/s. (insert name)” This is modified when both parties are in the military. The bride and groom proceed into the arch, and as the couple passes through, the last two saber bearers usually lower the sabers in front of the couple, detaining them momentarily. Before releasing the couple, the saber bearer to the couple’s left gives the bride a gentle swat on her backside with his saber, announcing “Welcome to the (insert branch) Ma’am!” If the bride is in the military, this step is omitted. After the couple leaves the arch, the saber team recovers on command and dissolves formation.Only the bride and groom pass under the arch. It is also traditional at the wedding reception for the wedding cake to be cut with a saber or sword.Like this:military-sword-arch
Photo: Military Sword Arch
So the Sword Arch happened, as did the cake cutting with the sword.
There was a moment during the reception when I was half-expecting / very much hoping one of the dressed officers would break out into the Top Gun : You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling karaoke moment … but sadly, it did not happen. Next time?IMG_1104 IMG_1102
Two photos above: Taken with my spyPhone (aka iPhone): Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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i spy

… a good idea.

The fun part about being a wedding photographer’s assistant is you are a fly on the wall most of the day. Not saying much but observing everything. And as a fan of all things weddings, it is handy! So, when I spot a good idea, a nice touch, or something magical, you know I am going to share.

At this weekend’s wedding I noticed a sweet gesture. The Groom’s parents privately gave the bride a beautiful necklace before the ceremony. It was an olive branch – and apparently, it signified her bravery for joining the family. (ha!)

Extending an Olive Branch: Tiffany & Co. Paloma Picasso® Olive Leaf Vine Pendant 31406404_929973_EDphoto

Photo: Taken with my spyPhone (aka iPhone): The Prince George Hotel, Halifax.

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i spy…

… a good idea.

The fun part about being a wedding photographer’s assistant is you are a fly on the wall most of the day. Not saying much but observing everything. And as a fan of all things weddings, it is handy! So, when I spot a good idea, a nice touch, or something magical, you know I am going to share.

On Saturday I was back in the Valley for the third weekend in a row (am I beginning to talk like a valley girl?). It was a beautiful day with a beautiful couple. They looked so young, which makes me feel like I may be getting old. Argh. Anyway, the one thing that really stood out from other weddings I’ve been to was that immediately following the ceremony, the guests filtered into a large room. On their way to, they passed by the Bride and Groom making it the most efficient receiving line ever! Once everyone had their afternoon beverage (iced tea/lemonade), the Bride and Groom entered and had their first dance right away.

Reasons why I love this.

  • Over and done with (especially if you are a shy couple)
  • The photographer gets great natural light for the dance
  • The romance of the wedding ceremony is still strong
  • It gives the guests a little treat before the couple is whisked away for pictures
  • Then, while pictures are being done, the guest can casually make their way to the cocktail / reception at their own leisure.

Often, your first dance is after dinner and dessert. Guests have been sitting a long time, the tables may still need cleaning, the line up at the bar is long and people are loosing their attention. In all of the reception chaos, it is harder to pump up the romance when people are just waiting to pump up the jams. You still get to start the dance party off with a few special moments including the Father-of-the-Bride and the Mother-of-the-Groom dances so it is a win-win. I have also seen the first dance happen at the beginning of the reception (before dinner) and this too is a great idea but there was something extra special about combining it with the ceremony.

Brides-to-be: Consider this. I know I will suggest it. Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Photo: Taken with my spyPhone (aka iPhone): Acadia University, Nova Scotia.

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