Wedding Photographer | Heartfelt and Intimate: Federico & Sebastian | EdgeWater Manor, Stoney Creek, ON

This was an emotional day at EdgeWater Manor not only for the lovely couple, but for those in attendance — even a photographer who just met them!  For 10 years Federico and Sebastian’s closest family and friends have witnessed the love these men share.

All you need is Love - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Emotions Get the Best of Us

Weddings always bring out our emotions and I must admit, this isn’t the first one that I have experienced watery eyes at. Whenever a couple stands in front of their family and friends and expresses their love for one another, that usually gets me a little choked up. There’s something about the vulnerability it takes to stand up there and say with a shaky voice, holding back tears that you will love your partner for eternity. During the reception there’s always a line in a speech from a brother or sister that always connects with me. Brothers and sisters are supposed to fight, they’re not supposed to put themselves out there and say kind things! Then, the parents always seem to start tearing up even before they get the first word out. That usually pulls at my heart strings too. What can I say, I am an emotionally-aware guy. The best thing I have going for me in these situations is the distraction of my camera and my job. I’m there to take photos, not cry! 

However, I’m not always successful and sometimes I end up taking photos while blinking through watery eyes — like at Sebastian and Federico’s wedding. Hands down, this was the most emotional wedding ceremony I photographed in 2014. In an intimate setting at EdgeWater Manor in Stoney Creek, Sebastian and Federico professed their love for one another and their commitment to a lifetime together. These men are truly there for one another and their love is palpable. 

Wedding ring in a box - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Silhouettes - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Music on the wedding day - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Two in Love - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Holding hands during wedding ceremony - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

The emotions of a wedding ceremony and the minister tears - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

The emotions of a wedding ceremony and the witnesses - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

The Joy and happiness - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

EdgeWater Manor, Stoney Creek

Whether you’re hosting a large event or an intimate ceremony like Sebastian and Federico’s, EdgeWater Manor in Stoney Creek is the best spot for fine dining at a beautiful location. I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing couple through a referral by EdgeWater Manor. Usually I meet the couple and then photograph at a location of their preference, this was the opposite. I have photographed many weddings at EdgeWater Manor and every time I go, I find new and unique photo shoot ideas. 

The wedding Reception - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

The guests and the grooms - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

By the lake - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Under the chandelier - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Love at Sunset

It’s a rare opportunity to take photos at sunset on your wedding day. There’s a lot going on and sunset only lasts for 5-15 minutes. Making an effort to jump out of your party for photos is next to impossible. Sebastian and Federico were able to work in a series of sunset photos by the water and the results are gorgeous. This is a unique opportunity and EdgeWater Manor is the perfect place for waterfront photos. 

The Sunset Look - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

The Sunset Kiss - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Just two of Us - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Lean on Me - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

The proud moment - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Sunset at Edgewater in Fall - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

The Silhouettes at the sunset in Fall - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com

Before the night was over, Sebastian and Federico stole away once more for an outdoor, nighttime photo shoot. Their smiles were genuine and loving all day, but at this time of night the feeling was almost euphoric.

The City Skyline at our night-time session - Same Sex Weddings by DA Photography at EdgeWater Manor - www.daphotostudio.com 

Photos taken by Dragi Andovski, published ©2015 DA Photography
Photographer and assistantErika Alvarenga
Wedding Ceremony, Reception and Photography Location: Edgewater, Stoney Creek, ON
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