Chelsea and Alex are getting married next weekend, which means I’d better get my skates on and post their engagement shoot! I was about to say a variation of that old “time flies!” adage but it’s nothing compared to how fast it speeds by for couples… except in Chelsea and Alex’s case, when it couldn’t come soon enough!
discovering High Park
You see, originally this engagement shoot couldn’t be scheduled because even though Chelsea and Alex have been a couple for years, Alex had been living in Canada on a non-resident visa and eventually had to return to Northern Ireland to wait for his visa to return and marry Chelsea. (If there’s someone who can understand this long-distance/visa scenario, it would be me!)
Through a stroke of bureaucratic luck, Alex’s visa came through early and I’m sure no-one was happier than Chelsea! Not to mention we could squeeze in a shoot before the wedding and I could meet the groom before he became the groom…
I never forget a shoot, but this one I’ll remember for getting cut far too short by rain (phooey!) and a swan in Grenadier Pond swimming right up to their feet. It sounds terribly romantic except the swan’s approach was unnervingly direct to the point where I got worried it was going to attack! You never know with swans. (Or any birds, for that matter.) They’re beautiful but I don’t trust them!
the swan making a beeline for them
Just then it started to rain, and I was ready to send us all under cover but we got one shot quickly before the swan headed off and the rain threatened a full-on soaking.
smiling through the rain — my kind of couple!
We ducked into Grenadier Cafe and discussed the details of the wedding while drying off. Wouldn’t you know, once it was time to leave the sun came out again! Ah well, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that their wedding day is dry, as it will be on the beach in Hamilton. I’m sure whatever the weather, everyone who witnesses their wedding will be all smiles (and likely some tears) as Chelsea and Alex become a family and are no longer separated by the Atlantic and digital communications. I’m looking forward to capturing it all next weekend.
The rest of the engagement shoot is best viewed as a full-screen slideshow, or click on the smaller slideshow below to view the thumbnails.