2020’s first wedding took place at a venue I’ve been dreaming of shooting at ever since I first saw their booth at the 2019 Wonderful Wedding Show! And it appears 2020 is going to be the year of photographing at the Niverville Heritage Centre; we already have another five scheduled there this year (and I couldn’t be happier!).

We began the day at the Four Points Sheraton Winnipeg South for some getting ready photos, before the groomsmen headed to the St. Norbert Ruins and the ladies made a stop at 7-Eleven for Slurpees! It was minus thirty, and we’d thrown around a few Plan B options the week before due to the cold, but Kaitlin and Josh were committed to their winter shots at the monastery grounds. We parked as close as we could, and took warm-up breaks in between group shots and couple shots so nobody got frostbite.

When everyone was sufficiently wintered out, we all set off for the Heritage Centre, and as soon as I arrived I saw instantly why this is such a popular venue. Twinkle lights adorned pretty much everything from the rafters to the railings of the grand staircase – it was the perfect blend of magical, elegant, and slightly rustic. With the ceremony taking place on the landing of a wide open staircase, we had to think quickly how to light it – and there’s nothing we love more than a new creative challenge! We set up stands on each side of the balcony and upped the power on our off-camera flashes while equipping some of the team with on-camera lighting to ensure everything was perfectly lit.

I was blown away by their wedding party’s entrance to the reception – I had no indication as to what I was in for, but with Kaitlin being a professional-level dancer, I shouldn’t have been too surprised! The wedding party’s fully choreographed production of Dancing Queen was incredible and so fun. The couple’s first dance was beautifully choreographed too – check out that high kick!

Thanks to Kaitlin and Joshua for an amazing kick-start to the new year, and congratulations! 🙂

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