Specializing in Wedding and Family Photography in Kingston, Ontario and Surrounding Areas
2015 was an incredible year for Sarah Rouleau Photography and for me (we are one and the same). I had the privilege of working with so many amazing couples, and was able to join them on one of the most magical days of their lives. In February I shot my 100th wedding, a big milestone in this world where it seems that a new “photographer” is popping up on Facebook or Kijiji every day. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think of all the beautiful weddings I’ve been able to document, all the touching moments that I’ve witnessed and all the loving couples who have been brave enough to show their true selves in front of my camera. I met wonderful families and friends of the brides and grooms along the way, worked with awesome vendors who work as hard as I do to make the couple’s day everything that they’ve ever dreamed of. I shared my photographer job with some amazing photog ladies, Lana, Maria and Sandra, who all made it appear as though I could be in two places at once.
Instead of sharing a “Best of” group of photos, I’ve gathered my favourite photo from each couple’s special day. I’m not celebrating my photography… I’m celebrating these incredible couples who trusted these most precious memories to me. I always end my wedding posts by thanking the couple for trusting their day to me, and I truly mean it. I know that you can’t do it over again, and that the day is over before you know it. I’m the one capturing the moments, creating a time capsule of their wedding day and I truly do understand what an important job it is and I’m honoured each and every time I do it. Thank you everyone who helped make 2015 so amazing and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has to offer!
First look or no first look… that is the question
If you’re like most brides and grooms getting married this summer, you’re probably starting to think about the timeline of your wedding day, and trying to decide how to fit so much into just a few short hours. Everyone is telling you “the day will fly by” and they are right. Minutes will feel like seconds and before you know it the day will be over. So how do you ensure that your photographer get all of the photos that you’ve pinned on Pinterest without missing out on seeing that Aunt and Uncle that traveled from faraway lands just to see you on your wedding day?
You might find it overwhelming when you’re thinking about your busy wedding day schedule of getting your hair and makeup done, or getting into your tux, the actual ceremony, dinner, speeches, and dancing, not to mention spending time with everyone that has come to celebrate with you as you take this next step in your life. How will your photos fit into your schedule? Your photographer is probably telling you that they need at least 2 hours for photos, so where can you find an extra two hours in this fast-paced event-filled day?
Have you considered doing a First Look?
Are you asking yourself “What is a First Look?” Well, it’s simple. It’s where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, usually in a very choreographed (by the photographer) way so that there is a big reveal to the groom of his bride to be. Then most or all of your bride and groom portraits will be taken as well as the wedding party photos, and then you’re off the ceremony.
Is this right for you? Here are 4 things to consider:
The number one reason that I love the First Look is because it’s an intimate and private moment for the bride and groom. When you think of tradition, the bride walks down the aisle and then the ceremony starts right away. The groom might be able to whisper “You look beautiful” or something just a sweet to his bride but he’s doing that in front of all the guests, wedding party and the officiant. What if you could have that special moment but without the audience? And what if the groom didn’t have to whisper? What if he could exclaim “You look beautiful!” and then the bride could tell her groom “You look so handsome!” With a First Look, you get to spend a few moments together, privately, with your photographer at a far distance capturing the special exchange. It’s a moment that you’ll treasure forever and you don’t have to share it with anyone, just the most special person in your life.
Why try to cram one of the most special days of your life into the hours between 3 p.m. when your ceremony starts and midnight when your reception will start to wind down? Make a day of it since, after all, it is your Wedding Day! If you could be dressed and ready to go by 12:30 p.m. and you spend one and half hours with your photographer getting photos, you’d still have plenty of time for makeup touch-ups, a snack and little down time before your ceremony starts. And best of all, your photos are all most all done!
When most brides walk down the aisle, they are EXTREMELY nervous, anxious, and shaky because there is a huge build-up of emotion and anticipation throughout the day. You’ve spent months and months planning this day, and hours and hours that day making sure that every little detail from your hair to your makeup is perfect, and now the moment you’ve been waiting for is here. Will he love your dress? Will he like your hair? As you stand at the beginning of the aisle, these thoughts will race through your head, while all eyes are on you and your groom is waiting for you at the end of the aisle. You don’t want that moment to be filled with nerves and anxiety. You want to enjoy this moment and savor every second. If you’ve already seen each other at the First Look and you know that he thinks you look beyond extraordinary, you’ll be able to relax and appreciate that all important walk down the aisle.
If you’ve gone to a wedding in the past, you know that the bride and groom were probably M.I.A. during the cocktail hour. Where were there? What were they doing? They were probably off with their photographer getting their photos taken. What if you could spend that time with your guests? You’re probably saying “I’ll see them at the reception” but it’s a lot easier to mingle with guests during the cocktail hour. At the reception, you’ll be at the head table with your wedding party, and your guests will be seated around the room at multiple tables. You’ll enjoy your wedding dinner and listen to touching speeches, then you’ll have your first dance with your new spouse, and then the DJ will crank up the tunes and your guests will be dancing the night away. If you do want to visit with your high school friend that you haven’t seen since you were a kid, you’ll be yelling over the latest pop hit. Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to them over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails? If you’ve already done your photos during your First Look you can actually spend your cocktail hour with your guests.
Now you may be asking “What about family portraits?” When I’m shooting a wedding, I always get my brides and grooms to prepare a list of all the family photo combinations that they’d like taken during this section of the day. These are very important photos, but you don’t want to spend a long time doing them, so I find that a shot list helps keep everyone on task and organized, and ensures that no one is forgotten. When a couple does a First Look, they do their family photos at the beginning of their cocktail hour. This has been pre-arranged before the wedding day so that all the family members that will be in the photos knows when and where to go.
I totally get why brides and grooms want to stick with what they know, with tradition. After all, it’s probably what your parents did, and it’s what you’ve seen in the movies. But so many wedding traditions are changing and new ideas are becoming new traditions. The First Look is definitely one of the traditions that brides and grooms are altering to make their wedding day the BEST DAY EVER! Whether you choose the First Look or not, I hope your wedding is perfect in every way and is EVERYTHING that you’ve ever dreamed of!!
Megan and Cody met, and fell in love when they were attending Queen’s University. Even though they no longer live in Kingston, it was important for them to have photos done in such a special spot. Over the Christmas holidays I met up with this sweet couple and we took a stroll around the beautiful campus and then made our way downtown where we had to make a stop by the ice rink at Market Square. I always suggest to couples that they do their engagement photos in a special place because in years to come, they’ll look back at the photos and remember where their love began. I love that Megan and Cody traveled back to Kingston for their photos. As always, I’m honoured to capture these moments for them to treasure forever. Congratulations again, Megan and Cody, enjoy your sneak peeks!!
My favourite part of shooting a wedding is always the bride and groom’s portraits. Abdalla and Tasneem were married just a couple days after Christmas. I didn’t shoot their whole wedding, but I did have the amazing opportunity of capturing these great images of them before their ceremony. It was a very rainy damp day. Fortunately, it stopped raining long enough for us to get some great shots by the water. Congratulations to you both, Abdalla and Tasneem and enjoy your sneak peeks!
Meet the adorable baby Ian! He’s a very content guy. He’s not too crazy about sleeping, but I think that’s because he didn’t want to miss out on his first ever photo shoot. There is something very special about the way new parents look at their newborn child. Mommy and Daddy, Kristyn and James are over the moon with the newest member of their family and you can see the love in their eyes in their photos. Congratulations to you both, Kristyn and James, and welcome to the world, baby Ian! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
Moira and Conor, who live in BC, were visiting their families in the area for an early Christmas celebration, and to do some wedding planning. It was the perfect time to meet up with them for their engagement photos. It was a beautiful morning in November, not too cold yet. We strolled around Lemoine Point and they told me about their upcoming wedding. Of course we stopped for photos along the way. Luckily, we were able to get their photos done just before the rain started. It was great to be able to spend some time (in person) with this sweet couple and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding next summer! Congratulations to you both on your engagement and enjoy your sneak peeks!
Ashley and Brian were married in a Christmas themed wedding in mid-November. During their engagement shoot, Ashley told me that she was hoping for snow on her wedding day, and even though it was cold enough, unfortunately, there wasn’t any snow. Despite the lack of snow, and the officiant dropping the wedding ring during the ceremony, their day was still perfect. After a lovely ceremony in Gananoque, Ashley and Brian joined their guests for a Christmasy reception complete with a turkey dinner, funny speeches and the guests singing love songs to get the guests of honour to kiss. It was the last wedding of my season and this couple helped me finish off the 2015 wedding season in style. Congratulations again to you both, Ashley and Brian, welcome home from your Jamaican honeymoon and enjoy your sneak peeks!
Hair: TG. co Hair Studio
Makeup: LaceFace Makeup Artistry
Flowers: Avenue Florist
Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Recepetion Venue: Confederation Place Hotel
Limo: McCcoy-Tower Limosousine Services
DJ: Sound on Sound Productions
I met the Roberts Family this time last year, for family photos. I was so excited to meet up with them again this year for another family photo session. I couldn’t wait to see how big Sarah had gotten over the last year. Last time I saw her, she wasn’t even walking and this year she wouldn’t stop moving! We started in their family home for some nice candid shots, and then finished up at their neighbourhood park. It was a great session and it was so nice to see everyone again. Thanks for trusting another family shoot to me, Roberts Family! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
I met the Grieve Family in 2013 when I photographed their newborn daughter Kendall. I was overjoyed to meet up with this amazing family again, to photograph another newborn daughter. Meet Baby Ivy! She was only 8 days old in these photos and she is a doll! She is very loved by her big sisters, Myla and Kendall and her Mommy and Daddy, Andrea and Marc. Congratulations to The Grieve’s and enjoy your sneak peeks!
For some reason, we usually only get family photos done when our kids are younger. As families grow up, the family photos become less and less. I love that this family are still doing family photos even though their children are grown. I met the Yuile Family in beautiful downtown Kingston last week for some family photos. Fortunately, it wasn’t too cold, but your could feel the rain in the air. We strolled around, looking for both fall colours and the architecture that Kingston has to offer. They are a great family and I’m so happy I was able to capture these great memories for them. Enjoy your sneak peeks!