• Connor Esau

Katie and Connor

COVID-19 has hit us all hard. The wedding industry in particular has taken a huge hit this year. However, I think those of us in the industry have really gained an appreciation for small weddings. Katie and Connor's wedding was supposed to be this big wedding with all the family there, but due to COVID, it was about 15 people.

This countryside wedding was in an absolutely beautiful location overlooking the Highwood River. Just east of Okotoks and south of Calgary, it was easily accessible and yet in a stunning location. On top of that, it happened to be the groom's parents' house, which created a sense of being at home.

I am sure one of the most special moments the bride and groom remember would be the drive-by. The numerous friends and family who were unable to be there the whole day, could still drive by in their vehicles to congratulate the newly-weds.

As the sun set in the evening, the rain started to pour. In fact, in Calgary there was massive hailstorms that caused over a billion dollars worth of damage. Thankfully, we managed to escape this torrential weather, and have a nice, calming rain outside the windows of their basement. Most weddings I have shot occur at professional venues designed to hold lots of people. However, there was something special about this small family huddled in a basement while the bride and groom enjoyed their first dance to Lovin' You Is Fun by Easton Corbin.

Having a small wedding is not necessarily a bad thing. There is something special when only your immediate family and closest family is there.