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Ian and Chantal – Married!

As we started drifting off to sleep deep in the night after a delightful day with Chantal and Ian yesterday, I had an idea.  “Would you like a turn of writing the blog?” I said to Paul.

“I could do that!” he said, to my surprise.

“Really?” I asked, rethinking my suggestion quickly.

“Yeeeeah,” almost sounding offended.  “I do know how to write!” he said.

Paul and I wrote to each other as teenagers (LETTERS kids, not emails!)  Long letters, filled with nonsense and strange poetry.  I found a box of them recently.  It was 20 years ago and before we were going out. 

After a small pause, he declared that he could write it in poem form.  “This is about Ian and Chantal, because they have a story to tell……”  He paused again, and I could hear him thinking about the next line.

“DON’T DO IT!  Stop right there.”  So to that end, I will write this post.  I may not be eloquent, but I won’t put you through that kind of poetry pain!

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The day began fresh but perfect.  Chantal and the girls got ready at the ever beautiful Locks and Lashes.

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Chantal’s Dad was thoroughly impressed with how beautiful his daughter was.

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Meanwhile Paul was with the boys, and a happy but nervous Ian looked rather dashing.

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The image on the bottom left completely transfixes me every time I see it, and I have no idea why.  I want to create some kind of explanation as to why it is so striking, but nothing comes to mind.  I just like it.  In fact, I love it.  Paul thinks I’m odd to like it as much as I do.  Well, frankly, I embrace odd.

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Both the ceremony and the reception were held at The Winery Riverlands – which was formally Montana Brancott Estate. 

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And the ladies arrive.

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This was the moment that Chantal’s parent were asked to give their blessing to the marriage. 

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Which they wholeheartedly did.

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Look at how Ian looks at his bride! 

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This was one of those ceremonies that had everybody feeling it.  I looked around into the crowd and saw more than one person crying, and a whole lot of nodding in agreement with what Carol Taylor was saying.  It was beautiful.

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Then we headed back to Locks and Lashes where Ian and Chantal had their E Session

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Sometimes you just have to turn around to see an equally great shot standing right behind you.

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Then back to Montana to have some final portraits before the reception began.

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Beautifulness!  Look at the detail on Chantal’s dress.  I was besotted with it.

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The speeches were great.  This is Chantal’s Dad welcoming Ian into the family.

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Neil, Ian’s brother was the best man. During his speech he said that Ian was a very lucky man and that he was a little bit jealous of him.  However, he pointed out that he does have more hair than Ian.  I guess you’ve got to look at the bright side.

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The cutting of the cake was the funniest and most entertaining cake cutting I have ever witnessed.  I’m pretty sure they didn’t intend to pull the entire top off the cake!

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The rings were aaaaaamazing!

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Chantal and Ian, what a wonderful day you had!  Thank you so much for choosing us to capture it for you.  We can’t wait to show you the rest!  Have a fantastic first Christmas as husband and wife!

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