Andrea Dickinson and Eric Mathis are engaged, and I am so looking forward to photographing a day filled with love and music. ….
When Andrea contacted me to find out whether I was available to photograph her marriage to Eric Mathis on May 31, 2014, I was excited to hear that she and Eric are musicians. I knew that music would have to play a major role in their special day, and my heart immediately skipped a beat. After all, as Marilyn Manson said (yes, I mean Marilyn Manson), “Music is the strongest form of magic.”
Eric is a trombonist with the Maritime Brass Quintet, and Amanda is an accomplished pianist. In an earlier chapter of my life, music was also my preoccupation – I chose jazz over classical, but Eric assures me that there is mutual respect between disciplines. It sounds to me like music will be central in their wedding plans, which is as it should be because “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo
We wandered from the Dal campus (scene of the fateful meeting), down to the Halifax waterfront, on perhaps what will have been the stillest, most atmospheric day of our Maritime fall. The afternoon was perfect for memorable photos.
The harbour was nothing short of romantic and the air was the kind that would have carried the sound of music across the sea. Yes, coats and scarves were called for, but so were hugs and the closeness of warm hearts.
The whole thing reminded me of a favourite song … A Foggy Day … and a favourite romantic singer, Ella … do you need to know Ella who? I hope not. Mr. Gershwin’s words and Ella’s magical voice …
“But as I walked through the foggy streets alone
It turned out to be the luckiest day I’ve known
A foggy day in London Town
Had me low and had me down
I viewed the morning with alarm
The British Museum had lost its charm
How long, I wondered, could this thing last?
But the age of miracles hadn’t passed,
For, suddenly, I saw you there
And through foggy London Town
The sun was shining everywhere.”
We were not in London, but Halifax served the purpose perfectly. Amanda and Eric’s light was shining everywhere.