Sunday, June 13, 2010
Michal & Gavin - Tucker's Point, Bermuda Wedding
I was fortunate enough to be one of three photographers documenting the amazing celebrations for Michal and Gavin. My sister, Amanda Temple, captured all the incredible details that were out of this world, and Alex Masters photographed the reception after Amanda and I finished. The event was truly a masterpiece in every detail, and that combined with the humour, tenderness and love between Michal and Gavin made it such a fun wedding to be a part of so thank you both for allowing me to share in your special day.
Michal's ivory acelon lace dress with organza stripes was designed by Rivini. The cathedral length veil had matching organza stripes along the edge. It was quite the challenge getting the buttons done up and the attendants ended up resorting to using tweezers to try to hook the delicate loops around the buttons. Turned out the loops may have actually been decorative and so were too small for the buttons but the girls had fun all working together to get Michal hooked up!
The bride borrowed the garter her mother had worn at her own wedding. Her new was the fabulous dress and Gavin's cousin Alex, who introduced Michal to Gavin, had blue initials and the wedding date sewn into the dress.
The flowers were nothing short of sensational. When I arrived at the event site before anyone was there, I was spell bound. In the thank you note Michal wrote to Nikki Begg, the amazing wedding planner/owner of Bermuda Bride, she said that she only cried twice during her wedding weekend, and once was when she saw the orchids at the alter. Marguerite at Petals did a superb job right down to the last detail, from slipping in a sweet yellow rose (of Texas) in the bride and her mother's bouquets in memory of Michal's grandmother, to the incredible blossoms at the alter placed in memory of both Michal and Gavin's grand parents who have passed.
Long before the couple were engaged, Gavin had fished for information on what sort of ring Michal wanted. Gavin proposed with her dream diamond - a solitaire cushion cut stone - knowing that they would be able to design the settings and band together.
Yana from Strands did the bridal party's make up and everyone was radiant.
Vernon from Strands did the bridal party's hair. Although not planned, once he saw the orchids, he knew that they would the the ultimate adornments for all the girls' hair and he was right.
When Gavin and Michal were in the early stages of planning their nuptials, they knew they wanted a destination wedding. Having been to a few overseas events themselves, they had had an incredible time bonding with guests and spending more time than just the wedding day celebrating. Although Michal was convinced that the Caribbean was the perfect location, Gavin insisted they visit Bermuda since he had holidayed on the Island as a child. The couple both fell in love with Tucker's Point the moment they arrived, even though it was pouring with rain and windy. And when they returned some months later, the weather was also miserable as you may remember me mentioning when I shot their engagement session. Since they did not want a beach wedding, the tropical feel of the hotel combined with its chic elegance won Michal over instantly and the pair decided to have their ceremony on the croquet lawn where it was intimate, yet still had the dramatic backdrop of the palms, pool, land and sea views beyond. Once the pair saw the view from the golf clubhouse, that was a deal clincher for the ideal reception spot.
I think this photo below may be my favourite ceremony image to date. I adore the way Gavin is looking up and I caught the sun burst just at that right moment and angle through the orchids. There is something so heavenly about this capture.
Gavin and Michal feel that their wedding was the most wonderful weekend of their lives. Aside from standing on the alter with each other, the most important part of the weekend was being able to spend time with their close friends and family. Having 100 of their nearest and dearest travel to Bermuda to celebrate their love was truly special.
Gavin wore a custom made Ralph Lauren tuxedo, complimented by ZoZo cuff links and studs designed by Patrick Mavros.
This image below is the same one as the first shot on the blog but in black and white. I just adore the romance flowing between these two.
Michal took off her long veil for the reception and replaced it with an glamorous diamond hairband. Just loved the look - so different and so chic.
Such a sweet stolen moment just before the newly weds went into their reception.
The cake was designed by the Tucker's Point pastry chef. The couple asked for a classic cake with orchids for the bride's cake, and for the groom's cake, the shape of a polo helmet and mallet to reflect Gavin's love of the sport.
Michal and Gavin's first dance was to "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison. They interpreted the song to represent the future and the journey they were embarking upon in marriage.
Sometimes I get so swept up in creating creative imagery that I forget to do the traditional face on both looking shot. Luckily, I remembered with these two so I am sure there are some family who will be happy with this one!
Michal and Gavin are so unutterably happy to be married at last and feel extremely blessed. They have the most loving and supportive family and friends and are looking forward to all the wonderful things to come.