Jocelyn informed me that I was photographing her wedding well before Alex proposed. After all the adventures these two had already been on it was only a matter of time before they committed to making many more, so she was by no means getting ahead of herself. Sure enough, early on a cold October morning in Canmore, Jocelyn arrived at work only to discover a letter that sent her on a treasure hunt of sorts. At the end was a proposal.
I had the pleasure of getting to know these two even better over the next year and a half as they planned their winter wedding. We did engagement photographs in the summer, and before long the day had arrived. Their’s was a very special wedding, and it brought together people from all over the globe. Although Jocelyn and Alex were settling in the mountain town of Canmore, Alex’s family and friends came all the way from New Zealand. Jocelyn’s weren’t much closer, having to travel across the length of Canada from Ontario. Everyone was welcomed warmly by the close knit group of friends that the pair have made over the years in Canmore.
One of the unique highlights of the day took place at the start of the reception when Alex and three of his best friends treated the assembled guests to a traditional Maori dance called the Haka. The Haka is an ancestral war cry, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen at a wedding before. Aside from being a war challenge, the Haka is also performed as an enthusiastic welcome to distinguished guests, or as a celebration of a great achievement. Jocelyn and Alex’s commitments to eachother are certainly one such achievement.
I’d like to give a big thank you to my good friend Kim Payant Photography who gave me a hand in documenting the day, and to Wild Magnolia for handcrafting a beautiful wedding album for the pair. The biggest thanks of all of course goes to Jocelyn and Alex Large for inviting me into their wedding, and their lives. I count myself blessed to have friends like the two of you.
Hair: The Loft
Makeup: Alyssa Maria (Bridesmaid)
Reception: Canmore Golf and Curling Club
Music: DJ Ben