Wed in Chile
Vicky and Nigel
I first met Vicky and Nigel in Sarnia, Ontario at the wedding of one of my most treasured friends, Jenelle Woodhouse - who happened to be Nigel’s sister. His fiancé, Vicky, and I became the fastest friends, and we decided to venture out to the corn fields the day after the wedding to make the above video in celebration of their engagement. Fast forward nearly a year, I couldn’t have been more honoured to join them in Chile to document their wedding day.
This did not feel like work. It felt like a dream. The love, joy, and beauty that surrounded this day was indescribable. There was even a little chaos to keep it exciting, but beyond that, two people committed their lives to one another under a cathedral of trees at last light in the presence of the ones they love.
They wed at a historical property in a town called Marchigue. Nigel’s immediate family and close friends came from Canada, and Vicky’s family and close friends gathered from all corners of Chile and from even as far as Washington State. Everything about this day was just simple. There were no rules around it. It was naturally the blend between two cultures, two languages, two traditions, and it became its own. The love they have and are growing in is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
I spent the week leading up to the wedding in Vicky’s town, Pichilemu. It was one of my best memories of this year visiting South America for the first time, exploring Pichilemu, working on my non-existent Spanish, watching the surf, catching up with Jenelle and her family, and getting involved with helping with preparations for the day. There is something I treasure about the rare opportunities to be able to get to have a hand in the whole process of the wedding day, taking time to get to know the family, all of it. From a professional standpoint, I don’t always get to be there before the day, but with the travel weddings I have done in England, New Zealand, and now Chile, it has been a different kind of dynamic.
In reflecting on one of my favourite “days on the job” (I would say in my entire career so far) I couldn’t be more excited to continue to tell stories with my trusty camera. I have wonderful, wonderful. clients lined up for 2019 and am still filling the last spots. If you or someone you know is going to marry their love and are looking for a professional third-wheel to take some photographs, I would be there in a heart beat.
To Nigel and Vicky, goodness gracious you two are as golden as they come. I hope this year is filled with goodness and growth for you and everyone you love.
// In honour of Vicky’s and my mutual love for Keaton Henson, here is a pretty song to listen to while you scroll.