We shot these photos at the St. Norbert Ruins just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Trappist Monastery Ruins are the brick and stone remnants of a religious complex constructed in 1903-05 in St. Norbert, now a south Winnipeg suburb. The ruins also recall the St. Norbert area’s distinct character as an early French-speaking Metis community associated with prominent Manitoba figures. In 1983 it was burnt to the ground due to arson. I was shooting there a few years ago and one one of couples knew the guy who was responsible for the arson of the ruins. What a terrible thing to have happened to such a beautiful and holy site. It is said that these ruins may be haunted. I would have to confirm that with my good friend Kristen who runs @HauntedWinnipegTours https://www.facebook.com/HauntedWinnipeg/ , but the story goes, when you step inside, everything seems to go very quite, you get the feeling of being watched. Some say they they have seen a robed and hooded figure moving slowly toward the monastery on the patch between the house and the ruins. I have never seen anything, but would be cool to go out one night in the fall.
Joel and Kendall are such a wonderful and amazing couple and were up for pretty much anything. They got there ahead of time and made a snow heart to stand in, very cool. It was a cold winter day to be shooting, but not once did they want to stop to warm up. They are even getting married in early 2018 in the middle of winter, I can’t wait to shoot the wedding, the images are going to turn out stunning!! Winter weddings are amazing. You get so much more on a winter wedding as everything is different, romantic and soft, like a dreamy winter wonderland. I am hoping we can get to the ice sculptures and village at the Fork this year to shoot there.
We shot everything on my Nikon D810 and a 24-70mm 2.8f and a 70-200mm 2.8 VRII lens. I am a huge Nikon fan and a member of the Nikon Society. In my opinion, Nikon gives the best quality of photos, the sharpest images and the richest, most realistic colours, that is why I use only the best Nikon gear on my assignments no matter where I am.