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UBC Sage Bistro Wedding l Madeleine & Chris

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Madeleine and Chris had a beautiful sun-drenched wedding at UBC back in the beginning of September and I remember pinching myself wondering if we were still mid-summer. With the sun on our faces, I met Chris and his groomsmen at the Nitobe Memorial Gardens for the First Look but we had a few moments before the ladies would arrive, so we entered into the perfectly manicured gardens for a few guy’s portraits. Well, a few moments turned into an hour! The girls arrived after having announced that the zipper on one of the bridesmaids dresses had broken and a quick fix needed to be devised. But once everyone was together and Chris was set up for the First Look, the rest of the day ran out from there. But what a vision Madeleine was and I know Chris thought so as well because he just could not take his eyes off of her. She looked amazing in her Romona Keveza gown and statement pearl necklace along with the bouquet designed by Touch of Class Florist. I love pink and green (it’s my branding colours!) but I also really loved the orange tones in the bouquet, which brought in a bit of fall. Madeleine also has to-die-for long blonde hair and I was so glad that it was down to some extent in some beautiful side-swept cascading curls so a big thank you to Hair by Brands for that and also to Jasmine Hoffman for the stunning makeup.

We stayed in the gardens for some more group photos and then went to explore some of the forested areas around Westbrook before heading back to the Rose Gardens for the ceremony. What a stunning view of the North Shore mountains and the inlet! All of it was incredibly beautiful and what an impressive backdrop to get married in front of. Madeleine and Chris’s vows were sweet and once they had walked down the aisle with their wedding bands on, it was time for their guests and families to wish them well. While Camilla stayed to cover the receiving line candids, I quickly ran up into the UBC Sage Bistro wedding area to join Yolanda of Weddings by Yolanda to see the final room decor. WOW! I was simply floored by how elegant, rustic and bright the whole room looked. Yolanda did an amazing job of putting the room together – the colours were spectacular, the gold table runners added just a bit of elevated elegance and the floral centerpieces were such a joy to photograph. Well, all of it was a joy to photograph!

There was cocktail hour on the patio where guests mingled and ate appies before entering the reception and the grand entrance of the wedding party. There were a number of speeches intermingled with dinner, which was fabulous! It was also really great to see many familiar faces including past couples like Noreen and Jeremy from their Hawaii wedding, Gabby and Dom from earlier this summer, and Adriana. Always such a pleasure to catch up!

What a wonderful day from the vows to dancing. Thanks so much Madeleine and Chris for having me at your wedding – you guys are sweet, funny, fun-loving and such a pleasure to be around. Also a big thank you to to Camilla Anchisi for second shooting with me that day!

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DETAILS

Hair: Hair by Brands (Courtney Brands)
Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman
Gown: Romona Keveza (Blush Bridal)
Necklace: Favourite Jewelry (Etsy)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Gallery
Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang (Moores)
Groomsmen’s Suits: Vera Wang (Moores)
Florist: Touch of Class Florist
Officiant: Stephen Coffey
Ceremony: UBC Rose Garden
Guitarist: Adam Woodall
Reception Venue: UBC Sage Bistro
Chairs: A & B Partytime Rentals
Decor Rentals: Champagne Dreams
Day-Of Coordinator: Weddings by Yolanda
Cake: Hillcrest Bakery
Wedding Favours: Warm Impressions
DJ: Hot Wax Entertainment
Transportation: Royal Limousine
Second Shooter: Camilla Anchisi

Grouse Mountain Wedding | Helen + Jeremy

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Helen and Jeremy’s Grouse Mountain wedding was set to be a drizzly late summers day, but instead turned out to be a magical, misty afternoon. We weren’t quite sure what to expect as the weather in the city began to turn and drizzle as we were leaving the house, however things seemed to be stabilizing somewhat once we reached the parking lot at the North Vancouver resort location. The gondola ride up is always such a treat, but this time, I had the added bonus of escorting a beautiful bride in her JAI Bridals gown with hair and makeup done by Faye Smith (Mink Makeup and Hair). It was a short gondola ride to the top where we were greeted by thick blankets of fog that danced around the tree tops. It was initially planned to have the wedding outside on the terrace but because the fog was so wet, the nuptials were held inside instead, where it was warm and cozy.

We then went outside to brave the elements where Helen wandered about sans jacket (brave girl, it was chilly!) and we had some fun with the small wedding party. As we were going however, the weather began cooperating more and more and by the time we began the couples portraits, things were perfectly lit with that diffused foggy light through the trees and we even managed to use the fog to our advantage for some very West Coast backdrops. Helen and Jeremy (and all of their guests) were from abroad so I think Grouse Mountain was the perfect location for their West Coast wedding. The couple had met at UBC after all and Vancouver had left an impression on them, so a mountain top wedding was really quite fitting.

Guests were treated to a wonderful meal and some very heart-felt speeches – to this day, I can still hear Helen’s Dad saying “pretty pencils” in my head because I adore British accents and the story of Helen and her “pretty pencil” addiction was really quite precious. Soon it was time for cake cutting, which the lovely Tanya of Le Gateau Bake Shop had created and then some dancing.

Rachel, my second shooter, and I had such a wonderful day. Sometimes, things just really come together in a magical way on a wedding day and Helen and Jeremy’s did just that. We enjoyed everyone’s company and Helen and Jeremy, you two were amazing to hang out with. Thank you for indulging my desires to drag you over mud and beyond for what I feel are some fairly incredible images of you two on your wedding day.

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DETAILS

Hair and Makeup: Faye Smith (Mink Makeup and Hair)
Gown: Jai Bridals
Jewelry: Jules Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Moores
Florist: Unique Boutique
Officiant: Sherry Vermiere
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grouse Mountain Resort
Cake: Le Gateau Bake Shop
Macaron Favours: La Macaronette
DJ: Phil Salmon
Second Shooter: Vanessa Voth

Bridal Session in Lighthouse Park :: Shawna and Shane

Today’s posting is the final one for Shawna and Shane! We did their Bridal Session in Lighthouse Park, which is one of my most favourite places in the Lower Mainland. It’s a hilly walk down to the shore, but so worth it. The trees, the trails, the rocks, the water. This location really has everything you could want in a West Coast location.

We met on the Sunday after their wedding day and a HUGE thank you to Jasmine Hoffman and Courtney Brands for Shawna’s lovely hair and makeup. The dress was Shawna’s mothers wedding dress but lovingly re-crafted by Pure Magnolia. And the flowers still looks as fresh as the day before, thanks to Katsura Designs for the beautiful creation. We had the whole park to ourselves and it was just such a beautiful morning.

To see their Seasons in the Park wedding photos you can go here or to see Shawna’s River Rock pre-wedding party photos with her girls, you can go here.

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Shawna and Shane :: Seasons in the Park Wedding

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I know Shawna through a mutual friend so I was thrilled when she contacted me regarding her wedding plans. She is someone that is upbeat, positive and animated and as such, just a delight to be around. I arrived at the River Rock on the morning of the wedding with Jasmine Hoffman and Courtney Brands working away and there was Shawna, all smiles and cool as a cucumber. The ladies worked their hair and makeup magic while I wandered about, capturing some of Shawna’s details, the most poignant being her mother’s reconstructed wedding dress that Patty Nayel of Pure Magnolia created. Soon it was time to put the whole look together. Shawna’s Mom zipped up the dress and the two posed for a sweet mother/daughter photo with them holding a frame of her mother on her wedding day. There were some gifts for Shawna’s step-daughters and little sister and we were presently out the door to head to Queen Elizabeth Park for the First Look.

It was a beautiful August Saturday so naturally, the park was full of weddings. I had found the prettiest secluded little tree-lined path for the First Look and a few quiet moments with the couple before meeting the rest of the bridal party. We spent a bit of time with the wedding party and then later added the kids that would be a part of the ceremony. Um, cutest kids EVER! The little ones all had such big characters! The ceremony was small and sweet with just immediate family and I loved that all of the little ones had some kind of involvement during the processional, including the boys carrying the cute sign!

A Seasons in the Park wedding is always such a great pleasure to photograph. The wait staff are incredible, management is wonderfully accommodating, the views are unsurpassed, the food spectacular – this all lends to an overall feeling of comfort and easy elegance. I know that family is an important to thing to both Shawna and Shane and the casual, easy feel of the round dining room was paramount for mingling and visiting. The speeches were heart-felt but the best joke of the night came from Shane’s nephew, who made light of the wedding cake (see below for the story!).

Dancing took place downstairs in a separate room and soon it was time for us to gather our things and say goodnight.

Thank you so much Shawna and Shane for having us at your wedding celebration. It was such a beautiful day and you were such a beautiful bride! But wait….there is one more posting to come – the Day After session at Lighthouse Park, one of my most favourtie spots in the city. Stay tuned!

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The cake. Oh the cake. Shawna and Shane had a wedding cake made however it was served at the lunch reception prior and it wasn’t noticed until shortly before guests arrived that they had no cake. So the kitchen put together this impromptu wedding cake. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see Le Gateau Bake Shop’s cake because Tanya’s work is always so lovely but thankful there was a little something for Shawna and Shane to cut later on!

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DETAILS

Hair: Hair by Brands (Courtney Brands)
Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman
Gown: Mother’s wedding dress reconstructed by Pure Magnolia
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mori Lee
Jewelry: Kate Spade
Groom’s Suit: Inc
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Florist: Katsura Designs
Officiant: Diane Brown
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Seasons in the Park
Day-Of Coordinator and Decor: Weddings by Journey (Kelsey Knull)
DJ: Michael James
Second Shooter: Alanna Clempson

Pre-Wedding Party at the River Rock Hotel

The night before the big day, Shawna gathered with some of her best girlfriends all coordinated in pinks and pastels for a little bit of merrymaking for a pre-wedding party at the River Rock Hotel. She asked me to come along to capture a little bit of the evening before their dinner at Tramonto. We started off in the hotel room with some beautifully plated fruits and desserts while we waited for everyone to arrive. Once we were all gathered, we headed downstairs to the pier for a little bit of fun that included a confetti toss! Confetti. Everywhere. It was so worth it though! Then the ladies went up for a late evening supper and I departed.

Next up is Shawna and Shane’s Seasons in the Park wedding! And also their Day After session! So much blogging to come….

Couples who are planning weddings! This session was a great way to think outside the box! I really enjoyed this kind of gathering and it was such a wonderful idea to get all your best girlfriends involved. If you are thinking about doing something like this for your wedding or any other sort of thing (*ahem* a proposal!), do let me know! I am available and willing to get creative and do all different sorts of wedding-related events!

Enjoy!

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