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Kathryn & Jeff - Toronto Wedding Photographer

I received an Instagram message from Kathryn just four weeks before her wedding, saying her photographer had fallen through. A stressful situation for anyone to be in, but she was cool as a cucumber. Kat, and her twin sister Liz, were close friends of mine in high school. She moved out to Toronto after uni and I ventured out to the west coast - as things go, we lost touch. But luckily the stars aligned and I had her wedding date free. I was super excited to be reunited with my old friend and document her special day. 

Kat and Jeff designed their wedding to encompass what they love - architecture, art deco design, fine wine, and their nearest and dearest. Both the ceremony and reception venues were unique and had their own distinct vibe. The Hart House was a fitting place for a an elegant wedding and The Drake One Fifty was the perfect venue for a metropolitan soiree. After heartfelt speeches from both Kathryn and Jeff's twin siblings - that's right, they are both twins - the night continued with an epic dance party courtesy of the funk band Grooveyard.

This wedding is featured on Loversland's blog.

Vendors:
Ceremony Venue - The Hart House U of T
Reception Venue and Catering - Drake One Fifty
Wedding Planner - Love by Lynzie
Dress Store- Loversland
Dress Designer - Rime Arodaky
Suit - Suit Supply
Flowers - Leaf and Bloom 
Makeup - Faces by Estelle
Band - Grooveyard 

Carrie & Simon - Bird's Eye Cove, Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer

When Carrie and Simon contacted me about their wedding at Bird's Eye Cove, I was excited to get the chance to photograph a wedding at the farm in Cowichan Valley. I heard many wonderful things about the venue and the staff, and in 2016 they won Best Venue at the BC Wedding Awards. Nestled in Genoa Bay, the 300 acre property offers a variety of options for ceremony sites. It has a fully equipped bridal suite for getting ready and there is also a cabin down the hill for the groom and his groomsmen to use. There is the option to the venue cater the reception, and a slow roasted pig on a spit is a popular choice. My favourite part of the property is the receptions site. Held in a barn style room, it features solid wood beams and beautifully large windows with long tables. Ah, such a dream to photograph!

The day itself went off without a hitch. The bride, Carrie, is an event planner by day and didn't miss any of the details. With the help of Tam, from Blue Lilly Events, guests enjoyed a seamless day on the property. The ceremony took place later in the afternoon in the orchard. Bovine roamed freely in a pasture behind the couple as they said their vows. Simon, originally from New Zealand, had an international crowd of rugby friends who flew out to Vancouver Island to be present on his big day. There was lots of cheers and comradery all day long. After the ceremony the guests moved to the patio for games and cocktails, or to just chill in the outdoor lounge.

I was happy to get access to the barn on the other side of the property for portraits of the bride and groom. The wood panels let light leak through and Carrie and Simon got to spend a few moments alone having a dance. Then dinner was served and it was nothing short of spectacular. The London Chef had charcuterie boards along the tables and everyone feasted while guests stood up and toasted the new couple. For desert, the maid of honour Lydia, who is a professional baker, made a variety of beautiful cakes, each offering a different flavour pallet.
Here's what the day looked like.
Special thanks to Georgia Johnston for shooting the wedding alongside me! 

Vendor Credits:
Venue - Bird's Eye Cove
Wedding Coordinator - Blue Lilly Events
Flowers - Platinum Floral Designs
Dress: Blush Bridal Vancouver
Suit - Barkers
Hair - Jenna McInnes
MUA - Carly Flint
Catering - The London Chef
Officiant - Lura McCallum
Music - Ceremony - Geoffrey Lundstrom
Band for Reception - The Broken Strings 
Cake - Lydia Gibson
Decoration - Bash Speciality

Lisa & Pasq - Pemberton Wedding Photographer

Lisa and Pasqual's love story is full of family ties, so getting married at the family's farm in Pemberton was a no-brainer. The two met at a staff party for Two Rivers Meats. Lisa's family owns the company, where she works as a graphic designer and Pasq works as a butcher. Their outdoor wedding took place on her parent's property with the mountains as the backdrop. 

It was a hot August day, so we took lots of opportunities to seek shade. They opted to do a first look (one of my favourite things to photograph) and met at the hay barn on the property. Pasqual and his groomsmen were already there waiting, when Lisa and her bridesmaids arrived on a tractor - in true farm fashion. I always love when my couples decide to do a first look. It's a good opportunity to ease any nerves before the ceremony and it gives the couple a chance to be together and have a quiet moment before the events of the day get underway. 

After photos they made their way back to the house, where the ceremony was set up in the backyard. Lisa's mother was the officiant which made it extra special and there was no shortage of smiles and happy tears. After the ceremony the guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn and a luxurious charcuterie board (biggest I'd ever seen) was set out. The food at this wedding deserved a special nod. Fairmount Whistler did an amazing job with the dinner and Pasq added his own special touch by cooking a roast from Two Rivers Meats just for the occasion.  

After the delicious food and some heartfelt speeches, everyone made their way into the barn for the dance party. It continued until the wee hours of the morning....such is the benefit of being out on a farm where the neighbours can't complain about the noise.  ;) 

 

Vendor Credits:

Planning: Down the Aisle Wedding Coordination
Catering: Fairmont Whistler & Two Rivers Meats
Dress: Rituals of Love
Suit: Indochino
Rings: Era Design and David and Chiryo
Hair: Emma at Bangtown
Flowers: Pemberton Valley Nurseries

Melissa & Reno - Galiano Island Wedding Photographer

The first time I met Melissa and Reno we went for a cocktail and chatted about their Galiano Island wedding. I knew right away these were my kind of people! They told me the details of their plans - a pizza party rehersal, an oceanside ceremony that included their dogs, delicious catering, friends taking turns DJing, and dancing late into the night. 

One thing that was really important to them was they wanted their friends and family to get to enjoy a weekend away, connecting with each other and taking in the scenery at the Galiano Inn - and for good reason. The grounds themselves were beautiful with lush gardens, a koi pond, and little massage huts hidden amongst the trees. Ah, a photographer's dream! 

Saturday was calling for rain and it came. Living on the coast, the chance of rain on your wedding day is a possibility. Melissa and Reno didn't let it bring down their spirits. They were smiles all morning long. Marika, the planner and owner of Rock Paper Square, had everything under control. There was a rain plan in place and the team was ready to set up the outdoor ceremony if the rain let up last minute - and it did! Right under the wire, the rain stopped and the ceremony chairs were put out on the lawn, overlooking Active Pass.

I've said it before, I'm a sap at ceremonies and this had all the feels. Melissa and Reno were smiling ear to ear and holding hands the whole time. They read the vows they wrote each other and their loved ones cheered them on. 

We snuck away to do photos partway through the cocktail hour. We visited some sandstone cliffs of a nearby park with the bridal party and then drove to the forest. I think I squealed a little when we drove around the corner and realized the whole park was enveloped in fog. Fog is one of my favourite things to photograph. It adds a layer of mystery and depth - perfect for portraits.

The night continued with a delicious meal and heartfelt speeches.  Mother nature changed gears yet again and the sky light up with a vibrant pink sunset. And as promised, the dance party went late into the night.

Vendors:

Venue and Catering: Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa
Coordinator: Marika from Rock Paper Square
Flowers: Trincomali Farms
Dress: Martina Liana from Blush Bridal Boutique
Suit: Outlooks for Men
Hair and Makeup: Heartwood & Co.
Jewellery: Violette Boutique
Cake: The Bake House
Officiant: Marcia Devicque
Transit: Tommy Transit
Donut Bar: Empire Doughnuts
Mid night Snack: Maria's Deli

Kate & Nic - Victoria BC Wedding Photographer

This love story is a special one, as the main characters are two of my best friends. Kate, the beautiful bride, was the very first friend I made when I moved out west. Anyone that knows her can testify to her generous warmth and quick wit. When she met Nic, a kind hearted and talented artist, it was clearly a match made in heaven. These two share a passion for the arts, take pleasure in a quality bottle of gin, and revel in lazy Sunday's filled with coffee and books. Oh, and they know how to throw a proper party, too!

Their union was on a sunny day in September, on a beautiful property on Vancouver Island just outside of Victoria. Half of the guests had made the trip over from the UK and it took no time for the camaraderie with the Canadians to unfold.

One of my favourite things about this intimate backyard wedding was how all of the festivities took place in one location. The ceremony was on the lawn, the dinner on the open deck, and the dancing in the living room. Friends popped up tents in the lower yard, and the day buzzed by with smiles, laughter and plenty of cocktails. 

Having watched this love story unfold from the beginning, it was a real honour to get to document their wedding.

Lisa & Evan's Mountain Wedding - Banff Wedding Photographer

Lisa and Evan were married on a mountainside on a August afternoon in Banff, Alberta. With their daughter as their flower girl, and the Rockies as their backdrop, friends and families gathered to witness their vows and celebrate late into the night.

I was so happy to make the trip from Vancouver Island to photograph this Alberta wedding. I've known Lisa for years now, and I got to photograph her brother's wedding in Thailand a few years ago. To be asked back to document her wedding was such a nice feeling. One of the gifts of this profession is when friends become clients and clients become friends.

Check out this beautiful Banff wedding <3

Vendor Credits:
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mt. Norquary
Bride's Dress: Bridal Center, Calgary
Hair / MUA: Beach Beauty
Florist: Sarah Melanie Harril
Catering: Mt. Norquay
Officiant: Nadine Rogers