Dawn & Mike
Love has no timeline, and for Dawn and Mike, that couldn't be more true. After more than 20 years of partnership, they decided to make it official and tie the knot in a beautiful, intimate wedding with their closest loved ones in Leduc, where they have spent many of their years together.
The beauty of Dawn and Mike's wedding is that it was a true reflection of who they are as a couple. Unbound by age-old traditions or expectations, these two made their wedding day a true representation of their love and personalities. One of the moments of the day that truly moved me, was at the beginning of the ceremony when they met each other at the end of the aisle, shared a kiss, and then walked down the aisle together, hand in hand. It was such a meaningful celebration of their many years together and a testament to the strength of their bond. As a wedding photographer, it's always inspiring to see couples like Dawn and Mike who create a day that is uniquely theirs and filled with meaning and joy.
After the heartfelt ceremony, Dawn and Mike surprised their guests with a second-line parade, a beloved New Orleans tradition, complete with a lively brass band. For those like myself unfamiliar with this tradition, a second-line parade is a celebratory procession of wedding guests that originated in New Orleans, usually featuring a brass band following the "first line" of the parade, which consists of the bride and groom. Dawn and Mike led the way, hand in hand, while their guests danced and cheered behind them. It was a joyful and unique way to celebrate their love and the many memories they have created together. The smiles on the faces of their closest loved ones were truly infectious, and it was yet another beautiful reminder that a wedding should be a true representation of the couple's love and style, not just a cookie-cutter event.
Later in the day, as the sun began to dip below the horizon, we took a walk through the wheat fields, capturing moments of silliness and pure romance. It was a breathtaking end to a day that will remain etched in our memories forever, and a true testament to the fact that when it comes to weddings, there's no right or wrong way to do it. As long as the couple is happy and surrounded by their loved ones, that's all that matters.