The Great White North and a wedding

August 03, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
 
True to form, I am about a month behind in posting to the blog. Early July we went to Mississauga, Ontario to attend the wedding of my cousin's daughter. I was not the official photographer, but I took my equipment nonetheless.....I feel naked without it :) Some of the pictures I took of the bride are at the end of this post. The complete set can be seen at my website.

We drove up the day before and stopped in Niagara Falls to fuel up and to eat lunch. We picked a local "tourist trap" restaurant over Denny's, because Denny's minimal parking lot was full. The food was okay and even the gulls were being picky about scraps they scarfed up. I guess that's why there were open parking spaces. Their menu touted a Buffalo-specific (town, not animal) sandwich which my brother and I opted to get. Unfortunately, it was nothing like the original according to my brother who went to UB. So, on to Mississauga.

This was a short trip because it was a short event. Everything took place on one day. Those of you who have attended weddings that span multiple days may be surprised to learn that it doesn't have to! The proceedings were very nice and elegant and nothing was over the top. We had a wonderful time while we were there and the weather cooperated very nicely. I took pictures of the bride while trying not to interfere with the official photog. We actually got along nicely. He was new to the business and a little shy about posing people during the formal portraits, so I helped out by being the "director" :)

One of the nice things about Mississauga was the quality of the roads, and the cleanliness of the surrounds. It really seemed like the city took care of the infrastructure, while the residents took care not to litter (are yinz listening Pittsburghers?).

The border exchange in both directions was too serious. I remember driving to Canada before 2001 and the Canadian official was very jolly, friendly and welcoming. On this trip he was pleasant, but serious. I miss the old Canadian welcome. By the way, the US official was pretty much the same as before 2001. What does that say about our border welcome to our neighbors?

So, thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures :)

The gorgeous bride
The flip side with flash

 
 
Spotlight on the bride
Ethereal
 
 
 
Looking at the "real" photographer

 
Under a harsh spotlight she shines
Have we met?
A fun pose that turned into a great shot

Waiting
Hanging out
A moment of reflection
End of the evening
 
 
 Now go see the complete set Here.
 

 

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