My oh my, where to begin with Katharine and Hani? I had anxiously awaited this wedding since I first chatted with Katharine and she shared the story of how she and Hani met while travelling in Cape Town, South Africa, introduced by mutual friends from their university in England. After four days of walking around Cape Town drinking coffee and talking 'til the sun went down, their connection was imminent and something they would continue to foster after that fateful meeting in South Africa. After dozens of trips back forth from Canada, Egypt, and England, communicating with both pen and paper and keyboard and computer, and meeting each other's family the decision to marry was made final when Hani gave Katharine a ring. Navigating the Cairo legal system presented it's only challenges, but after a few signed papers and stamped thumbs they were married in Egypt, but that was only part one of their love story.
This past September, Katharine and Hani's closest family and friends gathered at Bark Lake Leadership Centre in Haliburton, not far from where Katharine grew up, to witness these two beautiful people exchange vows beneath bending pines. I was so fortunate to spend the weekend with Katharine, Hani, and their guests, arriving the night before to witness a fireside performance by Craig Cardiff, Katharine's favourite musician, a surprise organized by her sister and friend. The next morning before the wedding, games were organized to allow the guests to get to know each other and mingle before dancing the night away. These were so much fun to document, as it allowed me to see how close this special family was and how much fun they have together, something I'd continue to notice throughout the day.
The ceremony was a beautiful and emotional affair, with contributions from several family members including Katharine's cousin (who officiated the wedding), her mum, and Hani's father as well as a music from Katharine's close friends. Following the ceremony, Katharine, Hani and I snuck off to the waters edge to shoot some portraits as the sun began to set. This was when I truly witnessed the deep connection that these two share. They were so immensely focused on each other, it was like I wasn't even there. After all the waiting they were finally together and the deep love they have for each other shone through in every image. It was perfect. That night I learned more of their many adventures both together and apart, and I was filled with joy to be a part of it all.
Katharine and Hani, thank you so much for having me. I'm so glad our many emails and Skype calls culminated in a weekend as beautiful as yours. Thank you.