Kelsey, Marc and I planned and waited almost a month for the rain and clouds to clear up to photograph their winter engagement session over at Sea To Sky Gondola in Squamish. It was well worth the wait.Read More
This proposal in downtown Vancouver was one of the sweetest and most romantic I’ve photographed. It was different this time where Madeline asked James to marry her. All of this happened before they went to catch one of their favourite artists, Børns, play at The Orpheum Theatre. To top all of that off, they did a road trip down to California the very next day for a couple weeks! What a way to celebrate!
Madeline & James. . .
Kendall and Matthew’s had an intimate wedding where they got married at Kendall’s parents’ property backyard in West Vancouver.
The morning started off with both Kendall and Matthew getting ready with their wedding party and parents who were all very welcoming and friendly to be around. Throughout the day there were so many laughters, hugs and intimate moments all of which I am fortunate to be able to experience and photograph them. The loveliest part of the wedding was that everyone got to spend time hanging out together for the entire day, which is something I love a lot about a backyard wedding; where no one had to leave the venue.
Kendall and Matthew ended the evening by hanging out with some friends at a “secret location” at the backyard forest lit up by string lights. It was a magical and intimate way to end the evening to say the least.
The wedding could have not been completed without the wonderful vendor friends who I had the honour of working together with.
Kendall & Matthew...
Surprises and gifts, I'm sure everyone gets really excited especially when those two things come together. Even more so when it is for your significant other, which was exactly what Cassandra gifted to Wilson as a surprise for their one year wedding anniversary; to have their photos taken. They even wanted to make this a yearly thing to get photos done which I find it really thoughtful and meaningful of them to do so. It’s such a romantic gift idea too so why not!
Of course I had to show them both one of my favourite spots a little outside of the city, Buntzen Lake. With the typical Pacific Northwest fashion, fog rolled in that morning and we had the whole lake to ourselves. Let's also talk about how stylish they both look with their black leather jackets!
Cassandra & Wilson...
I have known Hailey and Ian for a few years now. When Hailey called me one random day, I thought she just wanted to chat on the phone. It turned out she asked me to photograph her wedding day and trust me when I say I didn't know what to reply because I was so excited when I heard that!
I was even more thrilled when Hailey and Ian told me about their wedding plans, which all took place in Penticton, British Columbia:
1st night - Celebration dinner, 2nd day - wine tour, 3rd day - WEDDING DAY, 4th morning - brunch; all with their close families and friends.
I mean who can say no to a wine tour to begin with?
Do I feel loved? I felt more like a part of their family.
I travelled down with some of their friends Sarah & Anita who I also know, but due to unforeseen circumstances on the roads, we couldn't attend the pre and after wedding hangouts. The wine tour was amazing and it was a great chance to meet their families and friends before the wedding day! At the same time sharing amazing wine with everyone!
The next day, Ian was hanging out with his buddies and family while Hailey was over at her parents' place where she had friends over to spend the morning with. Ian then came over to Hailey's parents' where they both got ready and then headed to the ceremony location. A lot of things in the wedding were made by Hailey, her friends and dad, all which I was so amazed by. Hailey being a jewelry designer made her earrings and her dad handmade the insanely beautiful wooden backdrop! The entire wedding was a celebration with all the close and important people in their lives which I'm thankful to be a part of.
Well, enjoy the photos below!
Hailey & Ian...
Pat & J.T approached me at church one day asking me to take their wedding photos, and I was more than just excited to be their photographer. Both of them met where J.T was living in Seattle, Washington then, but have now moved to Vancouver, British Columbia.
The day started out on a high note where everyone was just really excited and happy for both Pat & J.T. It started raining as soon as we left the bride's house all the way before the reception started. That did not dampen everyone's mood in the wedding party, where they braved and endured the cold and rain outside while getting photos taken. Everyone got a little wet from the rain but were all still in high spirits.
We headed to the church where Pat has been attending since young for their ceremony which held a lot of value and meaning to get married at. It started raining heavier and time was limited before the reception had to begin. I wanted to do more photos and I suggested to squeeze in whatever time there was to do so. Pat & J.T didn't mind the rain one bit at all and it was pouring even harder even umbrellas did not keep them dry fully. Again, I was really appreciative that both of them did not mind getting their dress and suits dirtied and wet. It is your wedding day, you only do it once; might as well go all out for it.
The evening reception took place at South Bonson Community Centre and the entire evening was just filled with laughter and more dancing.
Pat & J.T...
I remembered the very lively and cheerful person Lisa was when I saw her again at the wedding venue, 5 months after we did their engagement session. I was greeted with so much hospitality from everyone in the wedding party throughout the day, with whatever help I needed and constant reminders to hydrate myself.
British Columbia being typically rainy, it was forecasted that it was to rain the entire day. It did quite a bit in the beginning, but started to clear up with sunshine passing through the grey clouds and followed by a bright sky. The kind of perfect mood which I like the photos to turn out.
Something special for me about this wedding which I'm sure is also special to both Lisa & Kurt is having both Kurt's children be a part of the wedding party who Lisa treats them as her own kids. Marriage wins.
Lisa & Kurt...
I met Phil at a cafe I work at about a year and a half ago. He was a regular customer and we became friends ever since. Both Phil and Sydney were nice to approach me to second shoot their wedding along side with Michelle Karst.
Their wedding took place out in the interiors of British Columbia facing Harrison River and it was the perfect day for a wedding with the sun shining out. This wedding was really fun to me because Phil, Sydney and I had a few friends in common who attended their big day. Prior to the wedding I bumped into Phil and his groomsmen, where they were celebrating Phil's bachelor's party during a weekend getaway up in Whistler. It was nice to meet everyone on the guy's side for a brief moment before the wedding which makes it so much more comfortable during the day of.
An appearance from local popsicle vendor, Johnny's Pops also served everyone popsicles on that very hot day. It was definitely a pleasant surprise for everyone who has heard about Johnny when they saw him and his cart full of ice cold popsicles at the wedding venue.
Sydney & Phil...
Morning call on the day of this engagement session was really early to catch the sunrise. The morning ended up being overcast but we proceeded on with the session. I'm really appreciative and thankful for couples or people who are willing to break away form their comfort zone, especially to wake up really early to achieve something which I envision; in this case the summer sunrise.
I met and photographed with Kaitlin about 2 years ago, which was also around the same time I met Sarah Mulder who makes jewelry in person and became friends with...
2 years later, all 3 of us finally had the opportunity to work on something together.