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!
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