When we had our first consultation with Keirsten & Kyle, we were happy to also meet Keirsten's parents at the same time. When a bride and groom have so much support from their parents, we know that the wedding is going to be one, big, beautiful celebration full of family and friends. Keirsten & Kyle definitely have a wonderful family, and an even more amazing group of friends. I just love how close these two are to everyone around them, and its no wonder, because this sweet couple is so easy to love.
Our engagement shoot with them was probably one of the single hottest days of the summer, we were smothered with the heat and it was at 9am - but Keirsten and Kyle had so much fun with each other, plus we had a little surprise visit from a sweet horse named Joe.
The weather on their wedding day in October? Windy and kinda rainy. But that didn't stop Keirsten and Kyle from have a simply fabulous wedding!
The first stop was to where the guys were getting ready. When guys get ready, they pretty much do it in about 5 minutes and spend the rest of the time drinking. It's a rite of passage for the guys to make sure they are extra super relaxed :)
At the girls house however, the rooms were a-bustle with joyful pandemonium, glitz, glamour and a heady mix of hairspray and laughter. Now I've seen a lot of girls get ready on their wedding day and most of them usually have a makeup artist helping them with their makeup. But Keirsten and her girls? These girls were professionals themselves. Seriously, I have never seen so many women know exactly how to put on their makeup like this and look so absolutely stunning!
Keirsten chose a mermaid-style wedding dress that was the perfect choice for her to-die-for silhouette. She looked drop dead gorgeous and was glowing with anticipation and excitement at seeing Kyle at the end of the altar.
Finally we were off to St. Naum Macedonian Church, for a traditional Orthodox Macedonian ceremony. The church was filled with family and friends and the traditions were so special and sacred, it was beautiful.
This shot just melts my heart....love the moment when a Daddy gives away his baby girl :)
Once we got outside again, I understood why there was so much hairspray action going on back at the house - it was really crazy windy out! Wind and veils make some pretty cool pictures though, and Keirsten didn't mind a bit!
Next we headed on over to Dundurn Castle in Hamilton for wedding pictures. The elegance of this gorgeous house (definitely more of a stately mansion than a castle, hehe) lent itself perfectly to the elegance of the day.
This is where the bridal party totally let loose and had a blast. All of these guys and gals could easily step in front of any camera and model, it was like they were born to do it. Mike had an amazing time with them and Keirsten & Kyle had a blast, hanging out with their besties and celebrating their new status as mr & mrs.
I have to take a moment here to explain what was going on in this pic. Since it was so windy, there were all sorts of things flying around in the air, including a crazy bug that landed on Keirsten. So the bridesmaid in the far left? She's just still freaked out by the bug!
The ever classic dudes-with-cigars shot turned out fantastic with this super suave group of studs. (Yes I just said that, haha!)
Check out Keirsten's serious amount of sass in this shot....so perfect!
After the formals were over, it was time to hop back in the party bus - but first? A little top-up on the hairspray.
Shortly after this, the bridal party headed off to their reception to enjoy the rest of the night. Mike had such a great time with Keirsten & Kyle and we know these two are going to have a beautiful life together, surrounded by their family and filled to brim with friends!
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