What a lovely, lovely wedding. And I have no idea how Bethany and Tim knew that peonies were my favourite flower because they were everywhere at this event – so dreamy. But flowers aside, this day was truly fantastic – the weather was amazing, the couple was beaming, the details spectacular.
I started the day off in Abbotsford at Bethany’s parents beautiful home and I was so happy to see that her heavily altered Maggie Sottero gown was on a velvet mannequin! Her room was a such a treat to shoot her wedding details in with everything already laid out for me, which was really wonderful.
The ceremony took place at Trinity Baptist Church, a beautiful traditional church on the west side of Vancouver. Bethany put her dress on in the side chapel, and some of my most favourite candids were taken during this part of the day, especially when Bethany handed the flowergirl (her niece) the basket with the petals and paper medallions with special words on them like “kind.” The filtered light in the little room was really lovely and with all the ladies packed into this tiny room, it really made for some great moments. Bethany and Tim didn’t want to do a first look but did want to “meet around the corner” for a few brief moments of connection before the ceremony began. At the recessional, the guests threw little pink paper airplanes over the couple as this symbolized how the couple met (and Bethany also works for an airline!).
We did the wedding formals at the Vancouver Art Gallery and also some with just Bethany and Tim at Granville Island, two very iconic locations. Bethany and Tim both currently live in Edmonton but really wanted a few locations that showcase the city that they love and hope to come back to one day.
The reception was at the Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club, which was a lovely place. The backdrop of the outdoor pool was especially summery and the palette decor of pink, white and gold was perfect. And of course all those peonies for the centrepieces. The meal was wonderful and the evening went along into speeches and mingling with family and friends.
Thank you so much Bethany and Tim for having me photograph your wedding day! And also a thank you to Jayme Lang for being my second shooter for the day.
Hair stylist: Rebecca Flore // Makeup: Lindsay Grohmueller (sister) // Gown: Maggie Sottero (Bridal Debut, Edmonton, AB) // Bridesmaids Dresses: BCBG, David’s Bridal, Local Shop in Kelowna // Groom’s Suit: Harry Rosen // Groomsmens Suits: Moores // Ties: The Tie Bar // Florist: Bridesmaids put together the bouquets of peonies from a local Chilliwach peony farm // Ceremony Venue: Trinity Baptist Church, Vancouver BC // Officiant: Kevin Schulz // Reception Venue: Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club // Centrepieces: Arranged by Susan Vaandrager // Cake Decorator: Lori Tompkins // DJ: Cam Toews // Videographer: Reelthought Productions // Invitation Designer: Kayla English Creative