I knew from the moment we all met at a coffee shop in North Vancouver that capturing Aly and Nick’s wedding was going to be fun. Both were full of Ideas and had a great sense adventure but were also quite relaxed, so I knew their wedding was going be chill.
The ocean holds a special place in Nick and Aly’s hearts, and it was with that in mind that we decided on taking pre-wedding portraits in Whytecliff Park. This setting was ideal for Aly, Nick and their close family members to enjoy a quiet moment before the festivities got underway. The three of us moved from the park and made our way to Horseshoe Bat, where they had their boat waiting to be launched. The combination of the sun, the mountains in the background and the Howe Sound Inlet was spectacular and brought out a playfulness between the two. They even brought their fishing rods out for the photos (or was it a friendly bride vs groom challenge?!).
A huge cheer went up from the guests gathered on the viewing dock of the West Vancouver Yacht Club as Aly and Nick jetted in on their boat. What an entrance! The yacht club, where the ceremony took place, is nestled in a stunning setting with views out to the ocean and Vancouver Island beyond. And it was here, with Eagle Island as their backdrop, that Nick and Aly met at the end of the aisle to say their vows.
The couple had given the day many heartfelt and personal touches: decorating the tables with flowers, driftwood and shells, each one personalized with the name of a lake that clearly had significant meaning to the two, and handing out handmade candles at the end of the evening. From a blissful start to the day to a rocking dance party at the end, this was such a special celebration to be a part of.
Vancouver Wedding in Gastown
So I may have taken a while to blog about this Vancouver Wedding…..so a touch too long…..I don’t know why, because it is definitely one of my favourite wedding days to date and Dionne and Ryan were magic to work with.
I first met them in a sweet little cafe in North Van, where we chatted about their upcoming nuptials and their little guy Buzz, shared his chocolate chip cookie with me. (cutest dude ever). I felt connected to this couple right away and super excited to photograph their big day in downtown Vancouver. We decided to do their engagement shoot at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver; a gorgeous, gorgeous place to photograph a couple in love.
Captured in the picture below, having a sweet, intimate moment; standing on top of the little island at the park.
Their wedding took place downtown at Steamworks in Gastown, Vancouver. It was a perfect setting with 20′ floor to ceiling windows behind them as they said their vows. So beautiful, intimate and unique. The reception was in the restaurant on a private floor that felt cosy and luxurious. Every detail was thought of and every guest felt the love and care into the day. Dinner & speeches had everyone feeling good with the wine & happy tears flowing.
Steamworks is right in Gastown, so we were able to troop around and grab some gorgeous images in neat settings. So much fun. Dionne and Ryan were keen to try out anything for a great shot, and it totally paid in dividends. From images with perfect light and reflections, to pictures including the spectacular background of the city. Most importantly, it was easy to capture their connection and their love for each other. It was a dream to photograph a couple like these two; so sweet and easy with each other, so in love and so aware of the other.
Such an honour to photograph weddings for wonderful couples like these. Check some of my favourite images from the day.
Squamish Valley Wedding
R & C got married on a gorgeous winter day last December. The wedding took place in beautiful Squamish, BC. The bride and groom found a perfect spot along the river for bridal party pictures, with a stunning backdrop of snow capped mountains and a pastel sky. It was a the perfect day and the weather cooperated wonderfully to create special images of this special day.
The nuptials and reception took place at the Brackendale Art Gallery, a cosy, rustic venue. This small intimate spot, with a log cabin feel, is perfect to host a small wedding with your closest of family and friends. R & C transformed it into a magical, romantic space for their day, complete with twinkly lights and soft candlelight. The stage where they said their vows was decorated with rustic pallets behind them, interspersed with glowing bulbs to create a warm, romantic atmosphere. It felt like being in a fairy tale and was amazing to document. There is a perfect balcony at the Art Gallery to capture a unique view of the event. Looking down on the stage and dance floor and shooting from there, really highlighted the incredible scene that R & C created.
There were may incredible and heartfelt moments during their wedding, from teary speeches at dinner, to the first dance, to their favourite band, The Paperboys, playing their favourite songs.
Thanks for having me be a part of your big day and capturing your love for each other!
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