You know you’ve found the right people to work with when they change their wedding date to work with you. After some rescheduling and shifting a bunch of other components of their wedding around we nailed down a meeting for pints, talk about the Blue Jays and to discuss what kind of party their wedding was going to be.
Alex and Jarrod are superhuman. Both have had some serious health issues in the past (Alex) and Jarrod in recent years and having overcome them as a team they were ready to get hitched, throw a party and let it all happen with a laugh. They’re caring, kind, funny and oh so generous (in lieu of table gifts a donation was made to the humane society of Kingston). During the reception if you wanted the newly married couple to kiss you had to provide a donation to the jar at the front of the stage – the larger the donation the higher on the scale from PG13 to R-rated the kiss would be. It was rumored that a $100 donation or more would require those under the age of 18 to leave the venue temporarily.
When I arrived at Fields on West Lake for this Prince Edward County Wedding I knew it was going to be an event for the ages already but I wasn’t prepared for the amount of tears that were streaming when dad arrived and when mom talked about grandpa …BEFORE the ceremony. Everyone was wearing their heart on their sleeve and that’s the way a wedding should be. Once the tears were out of the way and the bridal party was used to the hairy photographer ducking in and out of tight spaces trying to capture a moment in a more unique way they started chirping. Yes. Nurses chirp. My increasingly grey beard was noted to be resemblant of Santa Claus and I was asked for various types of gifts that shouldn’t be listed on a public wish-list. We fed jokes back and forth for the remainder of the day and that’s part of how you get to become unseen …blend in, become part of the background and no one notices you when you sneak in for a few frames
Al and Jar had decided against a first look, choosing instead to see each other for the first time as they entered the ceremony in the back field by the pond at Fields on West Lake. When Alex’s dad arrived and there were tears with her hair up and half makeup done I knew it would be a great opportunity for a dad/daughter reveal. The moment did not disappoint either of them (or me) as they laughed and then broke down in tears and hugged and chatted quietly for a few moments before returning to the group.
The ceremony was filled with laughs and readings from their best friends and the reception was off the hook. With a duo of Lisa’s as the Emcees (only one of them was named Lisa but I couldn’t remember which one it was so they’re Lisa 1 and Lisa 2 now) their roast of the entire head table was Comedy Network worthy as was their display of the house rules as if the big red Barn was an aircraft and the guests all passengers.
Let these photos tell the rest of the story of Alex and Jarrod’s awesome Wedding in Prince Edward County: