On a typical Saturday in January, Shannon and Rich got married at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ancaster Ontario. By typical I mean it was freezing cold and snowing. I don’t really mind the snow too much when it comes to taking photos, but the cold makes things difficult. After the ceremony, we took a short drive to the Hamilton Golf and Country Club to take most of the group photos. The whole wedding party had no problem getting out in the cold and walking through snow for photos. In fact, all of the bridesmaids we wearing their winter boots for the photos, a great idea! The groomsmen, well they were another story. I had warned the wedding party that the path we were walking on was a little slippery and to be careful. That being said, sliding down the path became the thing to do. The groomsmen took a running start and tried to slide as far as they could. I must admit, I was hoping someone would fall. I know, that’s a little mean of me, but just imagine the pictures!
After our outside adventure at the Golf Course, we made the trek to the Grand Olympia in Stoney Creek. We still had a little time before the reception started so we found a place to do a few more photos outside, however it was a lot colder there, so we didn’t stay long. How cold you ask? It was -11 without the windchill, and our Stoney Creek outdoor location had some pretty heavy wind. I would guess it was about -20 with the windchill.
After warming up in the limo and then the bridal suite, the wedding party made their grand entrance and the reception began. Everyone had a bell on their plate, and they were used for the kissing game, which was fairly constant throughout dinner. Shannon and Rich got to take a few breaks from kissing to listen to their friends and family give their lovely speeches, and then the party started! The Polish dance skills were certainly on display and far beyond anything I would ever attempt. The dance floor remained full most of the night though the glasses did not remain full long. The bartender even put on a little show, lighting some drinks on fire (it was pretty cool).
I think everyone had a great time celebrating with Shannon and Rich as I know I did. I’d like to wish them the best of luck in life and their marriage, they are two great people! (Shannon also makes amazing cakes, and made the cake for my wedding back in October). Here are some photos from their day: