Brock House wedding… David & Michelle

David and Michelle were married on a mild spring day in April day at the Brock House Restaurant in Vancouver. I love old heritage buildings and it was a pleasure to shoot in this elegant mansion on Jericho Beach.

The weather was iffy so the ceremony was held under a tent, but we still had a lovely view of English Bay. Once the reception started, so did the April showers, but since the party took place in the solarium, all was well.

David and Michelle took dancing lessons for their first dance and they surprised everyone with their moves, gliding around the dance floor to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly me to the moon’. They truly wowed the crowd!

David and Michelle, I hope the two of you keep dancing all the years of your marriage. All the best!

‘Dance with your heart and your feet will follow’ Unknown.

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Swan-e-set wedding… Pat & Anne

Pat & Anne’s February wedding was our the first of the 2016 season and we were happy to be shooting at Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club. We knew no matter the weather we would have a lovely back drop in which to shoot, indoors or out. The day was tremendously organised by Anne and and everything ran like clock work. Her thoughtful DIY touches were very artistic and full of colour.

As luck would have it, the late winter day was lovely and almost spring like! After having the first look and portraits earlier in the day, the couple tied the knot as the sun lowered in the sky. A nice thing about winter weddings is you get to do a sunset shoot before the reception even starts. 🙂

All the very best to you Pat & Anne!

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Michael & Lindsay… Granville Island engagement shoot

Peter and I are looking forward to Michael & Lindsay’s wedding in Harrison on this holiday weekend! I met them for their engagement shoot on a very chilly and wet December day. We roamed around under the cover of the Granville Street bridge, where they happily snuggled into each other to keep warm or maybe just because they are absolutely smitten with one another!

After our unseasonably warm spring, the weather has taken a turn as of late. No worries for this lovely couple, a dip in the Hot Springs after a night of dancing and celebrating will be just what the doctor ordered! Looking forward to capturing your memories for you both!

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Raymond & Mary… spring engagement shoot

Peter and I met Raymond and Mary last year for a coffee and had an instant connection with this young couple. We couldn’t be more excited to be shooting their upcoming wedding!

Whatever the weather holds for their big day, Raymond and Mary will take it in stride just as they did when we met them on a drizzly March morning before their tea ceremony. Here are a few of my favorite photos from a short time we spent outside in a park near their home. These two are naturals!

Raymond and Mary, we are looking forward to your wedding day, it is going to be amazing!

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Brix Restaurant wedding… Mario & Stephanie

Our last of the 2015 season was the beautiful October wedding of Mario and Stephanie at Brix Restaurant in Yaletown. The weather could not have been better, it was a gorgeous Indian summer day. I shot the girls getting ready at the Opus boutique hotel and Peter captured the guys at the best man’s house. Once ready, the couple met for a first look at the courtyard beside the Yaletown station. After they had their tender moment, they met the group for photos at the Roundhouse, everything was walking distance, which made the day a breeze.

Mario and Stephanie married in the indoor courtyard of Brix, which is cosy and warm but not much room to shoot. I will admit Peter and I were a bit nervous to shoot there because of the limited space and the challenging lighting (not to mention the restaurants use of mirrors… oy vey!). I am happy to say we knocked it out of the park, this wedding is probably one of my proudest moments as a photographer.

After the ceremony Peter and I stole the couple away for a little walk (and photos of course!) on the mild October evening. Upon our return the evening was spent eating amazing food and celebrating with the nearest and dearest of this lovely couple. The dance floor stayed packed all of the time we were there… so much fun!

Mario and Stephanie, it was a joy to share your day with you, we are inspired by depth of feeling you have for one another!

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Deer Lake engagement shoot… Michael & Michelle

Michael and Michelle are thrilled to be getting married this weekend at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. Peter and I met Michelle a few years ago when she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Lem & Roma that we photographed on a beautiful day in Queens Park. We love to receive recommendations from past Brides! (see Lem & Roma’s Queens Park wedding here) http://blog.marlajenkinsphotography.com/2015/01/lem-roma-queens-park-wedding/

We couldn’t be happier that Michelle chose us as well. We look forward to revisiting Deer Lake Park as Michael and Michelle loved the gardens so much they decided that it would be the perfect place for their wedding photos as well.  It is also one of our favorite locations and we can’t wait to see what the gardens have in store for this weekend.


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Pitt Meadows Ranch wedding… Joe & Krystal

I loved every little bit about Joe and Krystal’s country chic wedding!

Krystal contacted me to do an engagement shoot for her and her fiancee, Joe, before heading to an exotic locale for a destination wedding. When we met for coffee to discuss plans, Krystal loved the album we showed her but seemed a little sad. She really wanted us for her engagement shoot, but after some soul searching, she found what she really wanted was to get married in BC so all of her family and closest friends could be in attendance.

The happy couple decided their hearts needed to be home and they planned a country wedding to be held at the Krystal’s own horse ranch. With help from family and friends it came together beautifully in a very short amount of time. The decor was amazing and the day was bright and beautiful. I don’t think we have ever had so many cool things to photograph at once, charming decor, horses, dogs, cars… fields of long grass 🙂 we got a lot done in our short time together!

It was an honour to spend my Mother’s Day of 2015 in the company of such warm people. Happy first anniversary,  Joe & Krystal, I hope your first year of marriage has been a hoot!

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Stanley Park Pavilion wedding… Peter & Caroline

Peter and Caroline were married at Stanley Park Pavilion in September of 2015. One of the oldest structures in Stanley Park, the pavilion was built in 1913. What started out as a concession stand quickly became the social hub of the Park.

The day started out with rain as I captured Caroline getting ready, but she was crossing her fingers that the sun would shine in the afternoon. Peter, the photographer headed to the Pavilion to capture Peter, the groom during his last few, nervous moments of being a single man.

The grounds surrounding the Pavilion were gorgeous, the flower beds still in full bloom despite it being the last days of summer. After the ceremony in the Tea Room, the hopes of the happy couple came true and we had glorious weather for the late afternoon photos.

For the reception, the Lord Stanley Ballroom with it’s crisp white walls and ornate chandeliers was a lovely backdrop to Caroline’s choice of  pale peach coloured flowers. The English garden theme was evident with the prettiest wedding cake ever. Peter and Caroline, along with their family and friends, enjoyed a great evening of delicious food and speeches with laughs and sentimental tears. After the show stopping first dance, the fun and games continued. The most entertaining of garter and bouquet tosses capped off the evening for Peter and I. I love a group that is in it to win it 🙂

Peter & Caroline, we wish you the best. I hope you will have a long life as beautiful as the day you were married!

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Justin & Christine… St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church wedding

Justin and Christine were married on a beautiful September day at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church in Vancouver. It was very special to Christine to have her wedding ceremony there, as her parent’s had married in the same church decades earlier. The church is stunningly ornate, I felt priveledged to photograph a wedding ceremony there.

Christine was a beautiful bride inside and out! We started the day at Christine’s family home in West Vancouver, the bride getting ready with her best friends and her parents. It was very touching watching Hala, the mother of the bride helping her to put on her grandmother’s gloves for the ceremony. It was a 2 tissue moment 🙂

After the ceremony we headed to the jewel of Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park, for portraits. It can be challenging to find a space without crowds of people there, but the beauty of the park is worth the effort. The reception was lively at the Arbutus Club, great food and great people! We ended the night with a few more photos on the lovely rooftop garden and the left then newlyweds to enjoy the evening with their family and friends.

We wish all the best life can hold for you, Justin and Christine!

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James & Reisa… London Heritage Farm wedding

James and Reisa were married on a beautiful September day at London Heritage Farm in Richmond. It was our second wedding at the farm, a historical site built in the 1880’s, and is now a museum and public garden.

James and Reisa have fantastic family and friends, the love and support was evident throughout the morning that I spent with Reisa, getting ready at the River Rock Casino & Hotel. Surrounded by all the ladies closest to her, some were Reisa’s relatives, but they were all the best of friends. Peter was chilling in the lobby with James and his groomsmen. They were the most relaxed crew.

After the first time James and Reisa saw each other all dressed up, we headed to local park for some group photos with the wedding party. The day was a winner, sunny and glorious!

We arrived at the farm for the outdoor wedding where James and Reisa promised to be true to one another for life. After the ceremony, it was such a treat to have the colourful gardens right there at our disposal for more photos.

Reisa put her heart into this wedding and there were many special little touches, she wanted a relaxing family picnic style event, and that is exactly what it was. They even decided at the last minute to throw away the itinerary and just enjoy the afternoon playing lawn games and enjoying the company of their family and friends. I have never been to a more relaxed wedding and we hope your life together will be more of the same!

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