I can’t remember when Marina and I officially met. It was one of those relationships where you just know of the other person’s existence for a really long time, not really recalling when you were formally introduced. She grew up dancing competitively with my childhood best friend, Jillian, from a very young age, and they both lived at the dance studio. I knew of her then. Same with her mom. We all ended up at the same high school and I’d see her in the halls. It was when Miss K showed up at Mother Teresa High School and introduced the dance program that I was bumping shoulders with Marina much more often, producing dance showcases, working on music, and actually going on a Toronto trip together but we were never really that close. When she reached out to us to photograph their wedding, I was so honoured. It brings me so much joy when those I knew in high school have followed along with my photography journey all this time and trust me to capture their day.
Somehow, we still showed up on their wedding day feeling like such close friends, excited to hug her mom, who I’ve “known” all this time as well. They treated us like family from the second we walked in the door, and we could not have had more fun all day long. Although I missed Élise terribly, all the laughter and smiles made it so much easier. From their sweet first look, to their outdoor ceremony, to their stunning barn Evermore reception, my cheeks hurt. Thanks so much to this big Italian family for treating us like their own.