Jessica & Justin - Hatley Castle Wedding Photographer


I had the pleasure of photographing Justin and Jessica’s Hatley Castle wedding on a beautifully hot day in September. Originally from Texas, the couple fell in love with Victoria while vacationing here and decided to bring their friends and family back to celebrate with them at Hatley Castle. They wanted to reflect the beauty and elegance of their chosen location, and hired Emma McCormick Event Planning to make the vision come to life. That meant lots of gold accents, velvet linens, and lace - a Downtown Abby feel. There were also plenty of personal touches, including photos of their golden retriever for place settings, and personal-sized maple syrup jars— a cute Canadian touch.

My main focus throughout the day was providing documentary coverage. The great thing about this location is that you never run out of places to shoot! Between the picturesque gardens, the front lawn, the terrace, and the drawing room, it’s easy to get a wide variety of photos, especially if time is limited.

The historic castle is a true show stopper, and the perfect background for some whimsical and romantic nuptials — not to mention it was a filming location for the X-Men, a surefire way to rope in any comic book fans. While it definitely has the fairytale element down pat, it’s also an all-in-one location; they offer multiple ceremony locations, a banquet space inside for dinner and a lounge and dance hall for cocktails and dancing.

Jessica & Justin had a close group of college friends in attendance who took full advantage of the dance floor. When the party wound down at the end of the night, the couple was sent off under a beautiful archway of sparklers. Talk about a real-life fairytale!