Updated on August 3, 2015
Allison & David’s Wedding
In honour of the New
Year Decade, I will tell you the story of how I met Allison and how amazing it was to be her photographer for her wedding yesterday.
Ten years ago, I had just moved to Calgary in the summer. Having spent my whole life in Montreal, it was a whole new world full of people I didn’t know. I was lucky to have found some friends my own age on my street, but the true test of how things would go depended on how my first few days at a new high school would be.
I remember sitting in one of the science classes, I think it was my first one of the day, and I was so uncomfortable. Everyone seemed to know each other from junior high. I was sitting in the second to last row and overheard the girl behind me talking about a new age fair she’d attended on the weekend.
Now, at that time in my life, I was just coming out of my new age hippiness. I know what you’re thinking, “Jillian… A new age hippy? No way!” But it’s true, my friends, it’s true. I listened to Enya, collected crystals, and contemplated Earth’s spirit and her plant children.
I knew I had to make friends and this girl’s voice sounded so… kind! So, I turned around, introduced myself and asked her about the fair she attended. Her name was Allison and she’s been one of my favourite friends ever since (yes, I have favourites, don’t be hatin’).
It was sad when Allison moved to Costa Rica last year, but she had a really good reason: she’d fallen in love and wanted to give it a real shot. That’s what I admire in her, she’s willing to follow what she wants, even if it takes her far from what she knows.
Yesterday was Allison’s wedding and I was lucky enough to have been asked to be her photographer. I’ve never shot a wedding before and I can’t begin to tell you how special it was for this to have been my first. Documenting events is something I love, so putting it together with getting a beloved friend’s big day was priceless.
It was a long, but great day that began with the excitement of Allison getting into her gown and ended with a lot of dancing. No seriously, I was not allowed to leave the dance floor once I had finished shooting for the day. I believe David and his brother Alfredo said I was, “the life of the party.” I don’t believe that, but I did have a fabulous time (and it will certainly go down as one of the best parties I’ve ever attended).
The above is my favourite photo of the day. I was nervously sleeping the night before the wedding, dreaming about how I would shoot everything, how I needed to be aware of all the timing to make sure I didn’t miss any key moments. When the dream finally passed beyond photographing the ceremony, it was time for the formal shots. So, in my dream, I set up my lights directly behind them and shot into the light, with the couple in between.
I woke up at 6 AM, my eyes still closed and I thought to myself, “Would that work?” I concluded it probably would, I’d just have to try it. So yes, it came to me in a dream. The subconscious is an amazing place.
I’m very happy for Allison and David. They’re both wonderful people who have an incredible future ahead of them. Feliz año nuevo y mucha felicidad para el resto de tus vidas, mis amigos.