I love all the prettiness of wedding decor, but I’m also a big fan of the emotional significance of marriage and of capturing life for all that it is; real and rich with beauty! So when Ontario, Canada wedding photographer Jennifer Moher Photography sent over photos from a recent wedding photographed with her signature intimate style, I couldn’t resist asking her a few questions. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer and special thanks to second shooter, Hugh Wittaker for his help in capturing these lovely moments.
Tell us a bit about this wedding: From being picked up by boat, to sharing a meal, hearing stories and drinking wine into the wee hours of the night, to waking up the next morning in the cottage where the wedding took place, we felt like we were part of the family while also quietly observing one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever shot.
With a guest list of only 12 (plus two dogs), the atmosphere was incredibly comfortable and calm. The flowers were picked from the property an hour before the ceremony, the priest and the cake were brought over by boat and the dinner was prepared by the family.
There was laughing, crying, swimming and eating, the day was spent as a day at the family cottage that just happened to include marriage vows and a wedding kiss. It truly was beautiful.
Your work evokes such intimacy. How do you accomplish that? My goal with all of my clients is to make them feel comfortable. I find the best way to achieve this is to blend in and smile. A lot 🙂 By approaching the day as an unobtrusive observer rather than a director, I feel I am able to witness quieter, more intimate moments that are natural and beautiful.
What do you think lends your work to more non-traditional weddings? The fact that we allow natural moments to occur rather than staging them, provides the perfect opportunity for the “non traditional” aspects to shine through. Every wedding day is so different from the one before. They are so personal and unique and therefore we approach every wedding with an open mind and a clean slate.
These photos are very documentary and beautifully tell a story. Can you speak to your interest in story-telling with photography? I am a people watcher, I think most photographers are. What I love about people is the incredible stories that we all have, the places we have come from and the places we will go. One of my favorite things about a wedding is that we are invited into the homes, and consequently the lives of strangers week after week. We get a front row seat at one of the most intimate and private days of their lives. We make the guest list every weekend and it truly is an honour to call that my job. I think because of pure fascination and curiosity, story telling through photography comes naturally.
Like what you see? Visit Jennifer Moher Photography’s blog to see more real weddings.