Category Archives: Weddings

Brennan & Kendra… South Bonson Community Centre wedding

Peter and I met Brennan and Kendra for their engagement shoot on a cool autumn evening in at Campbell Valley Park. We wandered amongst the trees and got to know this sweet couple, hearing all their plans for their big day, and of course taking photos.

Fast forward a year later and the long awaited day was here! Kendra got ready at the Sandman Signature Hotel with her best girl friends as Brennan and his best men (and best dog, Maks) waited patiently for the girls to arrive to the South Bonson Community Centre.

This autumn day had every weather… from pouring rain in the morning to sunshine in the afternoon, and one of the prettiest skies at sunset. Because of the unpredictable weather the ceremony was held inside, but fortunately for portraits, the afternoon turned lovely and mild. The afternoon’s beautiful water-colour sky was a nice trade off for the morning’s rain.

The reception was lively at the Community Centre, great food and great people! Kendra put some much thought and effort into her decorations, with a nod to all of the couple’s favourite movies!

I love when we get to sneak the couple out for a few sunset photos during the reception, and Brennan and Kendra were keen on the idea, too. It gives the couple a few minutes to themselves and always get some great photos, whatever the sunset may look like. This night’s sunset, my favourite part was the afterglow of pale pink and blue, so pretty and romantic.

After our return, the reception got underway with toasts and dancing and a fun evening for all. Brennan and Kendra (and Maks), we wish you all the best!

Stanley Park Pavilion Wedding… Chris & Liz

Chris and Liz were married at Stanley Park Pavilion in September of 2016. The Pavilion is the jewel of Stanley Park, and one of the prettiest locations for an outdoor wedding in Vancouver. Peter and I were thrilled to be shooting there again.

It had been a long hot summer, but the weather was perfect on the day of the wedding. It was still quite warm, but the rain from the day before had left a freshness in the air. The grounds surrounding the Pavilion were gorgeous, the flower beds still bursting with colour even though summer was almost at an end. The garden ceremony was gorgeous and we didn’t have far to go for great photos after.

For the reception, the Lord Stanley Ballroom with it’s bright and fresh interior was a lovely backdrop to Liz’s gorgeous flowers. Chris and Liz love to travel and the theme for the reception decor was places from their travels. It was a very relaxed evening with great food and music. The funny stories and kind words from loved ones resulted in tears and laughter, happily more of the later.  After the cake was cut, it was time to party!  Everyone let loose and had a great night with dancing and fun times.

Chris and Liz, we hope that your first months of marriage have been a blast and the travels that lie ahead of you will be as amazing as your wedding day!


Shaun & Lisa… the wedding extravaganza!

This is a long post… I repeat, long. 🙂 This is the journey of Shaun & Lisa as Peter and I have come to know them. We have spent a lot of time with this lovely couple and I am happy to say that I now consider them friends.

It starts out with a few photos from their amazing engagement shoot at the Marine Building in downtown Vancouver. I have always loved shooting in front of the amazing Art Deco revolving doors, but since Lisa works in the building we were allowed access to the lobby after hours. We had so much fun and this couple is very easy to shoot!

A few months later it was time for the wedding extravaganza! It was a backyard event to end all others! Lisa and friends spent a lot of time and effort with the DIY touches and the already beautiful yard was decked out to party. After the Chinese tea ceremony, the couple said their I do’s in the brilliant sunshine while their family and best friends looked on. This was my first wedding that included a poutine truck and a bouncy castle and needless to say was a fun afternoon!

The reception was a 10 course Chinese dinner at Shiang Garden in Richmond with fun & games, cake cutting, and toasts & speeches between courses. I can safely say that no one went home hungry, but calories were burned with everyone ripping up the dance floor!

A couple of days later, after everyone was rested from the big party, I met Shaun and Lisa  for a family picnic/big group photo before all of the overseas guest went back home. I surprised Shaun and Lisa with a small photo book of their wedding photos just two days after their wedding. It was very special for me to watch their reactions as they saw a few of their wedding photos for the first time.

The wedding day had been a whirlwind of activity and even though I got some great photos of the two of them on the day, we decided to meet again for a sunset photo-shoot in their wedding attire. I was so glad we did, I shot some of my favourite photos ever on that shoot.

Our last shoot together was a lifestyle shoot of the newlyweds in their home. I wanted to capture them as they are… I’m sure Shaun makes cookies every weekend! 🙂 He’s a keeper, Lisa! I think it is really special to have a glimpse of their life during that first year of marriage and I’m sure they will look back on it fondly as they grow old and grey together… love you guys!






























Kevin & Chantelle… Best Western Hotel wedding

We met Kevin & Chantelle for their engagement shoot on a cool autumn evening in Stanley Park, the pride of Vancouver. It holds special meaning to so many people, I guess that is why so many of our couples choose it for their engagement shoot. We are always happy to shoot there!

Fast forward a few months later and it was Kevin & Chantelle’s big day! The couple said their ‘I do’s’ in front of a small gathering of family and friends in the garden atrium of the Best Western Hotel. After the ceremony we headed to Como Lake with the bridal party for photos and fun. As summer weddings can be, the weather was hot… really hot. I feel for the guys wearing jackets but those wedding dresses can be hot too! After wrapping up portraits, a pit stop to Timmy’s to refresh was in order!

Back at the Best Western, in the revitalizing A/C, the reception began with the famous baron of beef, touching speeches, fun and games. It continued on through the night with dancing and eating cupcakes until literally ‘blue in the face’! Too much fun!

All the best to you Kevin & Chantelle!





























 

Minh & Anna… Celebration Pavilion wedding

A evening stroll in the city was the theme for Minh and Anna’s engagement shoot a few months before their August wedding. We were recommended to them by George and Tina, a couple  we had shot a few years earlier. Having that recommendation from past bride’s and groom is the highest compliment we can receive!

Minh and Anna are both quiet people and let us know that they were not comfortable in front of the camera. I hear that a lot, so it did not worry me at all. Our style is a mix of casual posing and ‘directed’ candids and it doesn’t take long before the couple warms up to each other in front of us. Minh and Anna were adorably sweet with one another.

Their wedding was a lovely day at Celebration Pavilion, one of my favourite venues to shoot. Right there in Queen Elizabeth Park, a perfect place for all your photo needs! After family photos, and we had lots of time for the two of them for portraits and even enjoyed a shaved ice to beat the heat!

The reception was at Shiang Garden Restaurant in Richmond, the 10 course dinner was amazing. It was an evening of games, toasts and a choreographed dance for the bride and groom by some young guests, The bouquet toss was so sweet, two young girls caught it at the same time and the one girl let the other on have it with no complaint. After photographing the bride with the two girls, the girl that had the bouquet gave it to the other… awww. A first for sure! It is more often every gal for themselves, and stand back! Such sweet young ladies! It was a fun night to capture and all the best to you Minh and Anna.























 

Dan & Mandy… Cecil Green Park House wedding

Dan and Mandy were married last summer at Cecil Green Park House at UBC, an elegant old mansion with gorgeous grounds, perfect for a summer wedding.

We had done their engagement shoot a few moths prior to the wedding, and with them both being busy professionals, we met them at noon at Granville Island for a quick photo session. These two rocked the session and I loved how easily Dan could make Mandy laugh!

On the day of the wedding, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. There was a threat of rain, which did not materialize and the clouds keep the temperature mild. It was a very relaxed day, we met Dan and Mandy first at the UBC Rose Garden for a few portraits of the two of them before the garden ceremony. After the ceremony, the couple greeted each and everyone of their guests with love and warm embraces on the veranda of the stately house. They weren’t worried about the typical traditions of a wedding, they just wanted a really nice day to share their love with each other and their loved ones. The evening was spent with touching speeches, an amazing dinner and dancing the whole night through.

It was such a pleasure to capture your wedding Dan and Mandy, and I hope your first year of being newlyweds has been filled with laughter and love!




















Ryan & Jen… Scandinavian Community Centre wedding

To start off this post… a few photos of Ryan and Jen’s engagement shoot at Whytecliff Park, (I’m a bit behind in blogging, so a combo-pack seems like a good plan). Ryan proposed to Jen at Whytecliff and I love when couples pick a place that is very special to them!

A few months later, it was finally the big day! Ryan and Jen were married in the beautiful Canadian Memorial church in Vancouver. Peter and I had shot Jen’s brother’s wedding there a few years earlier. It is such a compliment to shoot multiple weddings in one family!

The day was beautiful, bright skies with a bit of cloud and no rain in sight, perfect for portraits in Queen Elizabeth Park.  The reception followed at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby. As Peter and I arrived, I spotted a small patch of wildflowers next to the parking lot… it didn’t look like much but after telling Ryan and Jen about it, they agreed to take a few minutes before the reception. I love when a couple gives me their complete trust! The resulting photos were magical and in the running for my favourites of the year!

The rest of the night was a big party with BBQ-ed burgers, beer and lots of belly laughs! Ryan and Jen, it was such a joy to work with you both, all the best in your life together!
















































Andrew & Margaret… Vancouver Convention Centre wedding

It was a rainy day in July for the wedding of Andrew and Margaret. Peter and I drove through a couple of downpours on the way to Saints Peter and Paul church in Vancouver… things did not look promising.

As luck would have it for this sweet couple, by the time the ceremony ended the rain stopped and the clouds began to break. After some family portraits we went to Andrew’s family home for a tea ceremony and lunch. The plan was to go to a nearby park for wedding party portraits but the grounds of the the Chen home were so lovely I suggested we stay there. It made for a relaxing and fun schedule and the weather could not have been better!

The wedding reception was at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with it’s floor to ceiling windows, the views were unparalleled. Every detail was stunning, with gorgeous flowers, beautifully decorated tables and the take away gift for the guests were delicious cookies made by the bride herself.

The evening was very relaxed, starting off with cocktails and conversation on the outdoor patio as the sun lowered in the sky. Then everyone took their places at the tables for the amazing three course dinner, while listening to the great speeches and toasts from the couple’s dearest family and friends. After everyone had their fill of the decadent dessert bar, the rest of the night was dedicated to dancing and celebrating.

All the best to you in your future Andrew & Margaret!






























 

 

Michael & Lindsay… Harrison Hot Springs wedding

Michael & Lindsay were married at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa on the May long weekend of 2016. The historic hotel was built was built in 1926 and has had several renos and additions over the years. It is a great place for a destination wedding or a nice get-away and since it is  a 90 minute drive from Poco, Peter and I booked a room too. 🙂

The day started out with cool weather as I captured Lindsay getting ready, and as it was an outdoor ceremony I said a little prayer that the rain would hold off. Peter hung out with the Michael and his friends capturing his last few moments of bachelorhood.

The grounds of the Resort were gorgeous with the gardens in full bloom. After the ceremony and family photos on the on the beautiful lawn, the couple preferred to have a bit of alone time. That gave Peter and I a chance to get our bags to our room and refresh a bit for the second part of our work day.

Later in the afternoon we met the group for some photos in the hotel and by the lake. The ladies were beautiful and their dresses complimented by the stunning bouquets from Floral Design by Lili. The men were dashing in their tuxes and pocket watches. The weather cooperated for us and just started to rain as we were finishing up.

The English garden theme was evident for the reception, the ballroom was beautifully decorated with flowers and Lindsay chose the prettiest wedding cake ever. Michael & Lindsay, along with their family and friends, enjoyed a great evening of delicious food and speeches with laughs and sentimental tears. After the romantic and touching first dance, the dance floor opened to the eager crowd and continued into the night. Since we did not have to commute home, Peter and I ended the night in the hot springs… heavenly!

Michael & Lindsay, we wish you the best. I hope you will have a beautiful life together!