WOOOEEEE! This Fraser River Lodge wedding was one for the books!! I’ll have to admit, I was nervous when I got Jake & Nina’s wedding day questionnaire back, and read “bride & groom don’t like photos being taken, so keep it short & sweet”. Part of me was pumped, because that’s actually exactly the type of client I love to shoot. Couples who appreciate the story-telling aspect of the day, the beautiful and the raw authenticity of real life and who don’t get caught up in manufactured moments and tons of posing. But the other part of me was intimidated, because I’d have limited time to create some kickass portraits! As it turns out, as much as they don’t like having their photo taken, they are one of those couples that are ridiculously easy to shoot. They were so caught up in eachother, that all I had to was follow them around and take pictures 😀 😀 😀
It was probably one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever shot too. The combination of Raquel from Whitetail Collections and Vanessa, a friend of Nina’s who has an insane talent for floral design, was this mind-blowingly gorgeous, cohesive, rustic glam vibe. And, as always, the Lodge was the perfect backdrop.
Jake & Nina: Thank you for being so chill. Thank you for not getting caught up in the details of the day, and just allowing things to unfold around you, while you just soaked eachother up. It was an absolutely perfect day, and I was honoured to be there.
Taige & Cara are from the Bahamas. THE BAHAMAS. And they chose to plan a Sea to Sky Gondola wedding and elope to Vancouver!! I wouldn’t go as far as to say they’re crazy, but…. haha!! All kidding aside, our corner of the world is pretty amazing, so I guess it makes sense, but. THE BAHAMAS.
It was my first time shooting at the Sea to Sky Gondola, so I decided to show up early to pre-scout the location. The weather was gorgeous when I left Chilliwack, and the sun was peeking through the entire drive to West Van. But as soon as I neared Squamish, the clouds started rolling in, and it got dark and rainy. I felt so bad for Cara & Taige! To come all this way for our amazing mountain views only to get fogged in and rained out! I arrived at the top to SNOW. GAH!! And it was windy, so the snow was literally falling sideways. It was soooo cold. When Taige and Cara and their parents arrived, Cara made the call to have the ceremony indoors. The weather had improved, but it was still drizzling and cold, and since the Sea to Sky has a gorgeous space for hosting events indoors, it wasn’t the end of the world. Cara made her way to the bride’s room to freshen up, and Taige and both sets of parents headed outside to check out the views. When Cara came back up, the sky had completely broken up and the SUN CAME OUT!!! It was incredible!!! So another call was made, and the ceremony was moved back outside!! The staff were so helpful and accommodating and I can’t rave about them enough. The ceremony was cold, but it had the most epic views I’ve ever encountered shooting a wedding ceremony. So so stunning. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to shoot an incredible Sea to Sky Gondola wedding, and I’m sure hoping it’ll happen again!! Thank you so much Cara & Taige, and I can’t wait to visit you guys in the Bahamas!!
There’s a benefit to being a horrible blogger. In that I get to relive all these memories months and months later!! haha! Felt good to go for a stroll down memory lane with these crazies and their fairytale Swaneset wedding. And I get to see them all again in May when Clayton’s brother and one of Kayla’s bridesmaids tie the knot this coming May! Couldn’t be more excited.
Kayla & Clayton both spent the morning getting ready in Chilliwack. Well, I’m sure Clayton spent like 20 minutes, not the whole morning. Not that we could tell, buddy – you looked HAWTTTT – looked like you took HOURS to get ready!! 😀 They had their adorable first look on the back porch, and then they all jumped in a limo, and we headed off towards Pitt Meadows. Pitt Lake is super close to Swaneset, and is absolutely stunning, making it the perfect spot for bridal party photos when you choose a Swaneset wedding. It was raining pretty hard at times, but nothing fazed this crowd. They just cuddled up, hid under umbrellas, and laughed the afternoon away!
Having a Swaneset wedding is a no-brainer. First of all, it’s one of the most gorgeous venues from here to Vancouver, and is on a stunning golf course, so it makes photography easy. Secondly, the staff are on FIRE. They’re efficient, they’re prepared, and they’ve got your back in every situation. Thirdly, their catering is to diiiiieeee for. SO SO GOOD. So I was super excited to be shooting there! The ceremony went without a hitch, and the rain had stopped, so we were able to head outside for family photos, and a few more with the bridal party. There was a bear sighted wandering around, but Kayla, Clayton and I had commandeered a golf cart to go take some photos at the iconic front gate, so we didn’t know about it. On our way back we got told by a couple of the guests, and we were stressing, because friends: golf carts don’t go very fast!! I figured as long as I could run faster than the bride and groom I’d be ok…
Reception was perfect. Tons of hilarious speeches, an amazing dinner, and a good ole dance party to round out the night. Thanks again you two!!
So this happens to be one of the highlights of my career so far. Nils & Kristina were married this summer at the Fraser River Lodge, and they had opted in for the helicopter ride for mountaintop wedding photos. Unfortunately, the valley was completely smocked in with smoke that weekend due to the raging wildfires our province was dealing with. So they had to cancel the helicopter. HOWEVER. A few weeks later, in September, Kristie called me one gorgeous morning, and asked if I was still interested and available to shoot their helicopter photos. THAT DAY. Well, as you can imagine, that didn’t take much thought 😀 We took off that afternoon with Valley Helicopters and spent an hour exploring the incredible views that Welles Peak has to offer. Forever grateful to you two for bringing me along on this amazing adventure, and allowing me to cross another wish off my bucket list!!! So I’ve decided to start offering these sessions for any reason, really. I mean, there are so many things in life we should be celebrating! You got a haircut? Let’s do a helicopter photo shoot! You lost 0.6lbs this week? Let’s book a helicopter photo shoot! Your kid crapped his pants at school today? Let’s build him up and encourage him by booking a helicopter photo shoot! You get the idea? Contact me to book your celebration today!!
So if someone was to gift you a helicopter shoot, what would your “celebration excuse” be? Don’t be afraid to be as creative as you like 😀
It has been far too long since I’ve blogged. Google is punishing me, which is well-deserved, so I figure I had better get back at it. I kept waiting for life to slow down. Y’know, like usually in September when busy season is over and the kids go back to school? Yeaaaah, that didn’t happen… Instead I had an almost 1 year old getting into everything and 4 weddings in 7 days :O This was one of them. I have been dying to shoot at Manning Park ever since seconding for my girl, Charlene, a year or 2 ago, and completely falling head over heels in love with the place. There’s something so incredibly magical about this area!! Obviously it has breathtaking views, but it also has this sense of quiet and serenity, and the sun is just always better at Manning 😉 I also had one of the best couples ever for my first time here, so it all added up to be a perfect day!!
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