Vancouver Wedding Blogs
After only dating for while, Kristin and Alex decided to take the plunge and move to Punta Mita Mexico together. It was there they fell in love, so it’s only fitting, years later, that they brought their closest friends and family (including their fur baby) back to this beautiful place to witness them say, “I do”.
I was so honoured that they asked us to join them to capture the experience. It was a week full of sun, tequila, late night dancing, boys fishing trips and girl pool parties at a pretty sweet villa. These photos I’ll leave up to your imagination ;)
But what I will share is the most beautiful and heartfelt ceremony under a tree on the beach. Plus, some loved fill photos of one of the most thoughtful, sweet and in love couple I know... (not to mention pretty damn good looking ;). But let me get back to how sweet they are. When I say sweet, I literally don’t think I know a more lovely and sweet person than Kristin. She’s one of those people that makes you happy just being around her. I think you’ll see that in the photos, her genuine energy just radiates through her beautiful smile. Enjoy!
Shooting at the Hycroft is always a dream, especially when you have a dream team such as ours!
Here are three styles of dresses that are trending for 2016. I love that crop tops have found they’re way into the wedding world and I simply adore the Remington Haley Paige dress with the neutral bodice. (Oh, I want to get married again!)
Oh where to start, there are so many wonderful moments and memories about this wedding. Perhaps finding a field full of the friendliest sheep or taking a helicopter to the New Zealand mountains looking for the perfect place to say “I do”, or after the ceremony landing in a lavender field at sunset (pure magic).
Our hearts were pumping with excitement during all these moments and we felt so lucky that we couldn’t even believe it was happening, it was all too perfect. These beautiful moments will be with us for a lifetime.
But I think what makes this wedding so special are the before and after moments. The skype dates with Carlie and Eddie in Macau, months before their elopement. Together we planned details to make their elopement personalized, such as colour scheme, flowers, invites, locations, etc. It felt so special that they trusted and included us in this process of one of the most important days of their life.
The following days, we traveled the New Zealand countryside together, partaking in MANY wine tours and delicious meals together. This couple, who were complete strangers living on the other side of the world, soon become fast friends. Carly and Eddie are both so thoughtful, generous, adventurous, and live life to the fullest… I know we’ll see again. It’s this quality time getting to know our couples, that makes us love elopements SO much!
Dress: David Fielden Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Groom Shoes: Paul Smith Invite: Love by Phoebe Florist: Crimson Wedding Flowers Cake: Cakes of Wanaka Cake Topper: Confetti and Co Hair: Absolutely Fabulous Hair Helicopter: Wanaka Helicopters Lavender field: Wanaka Lavender Farm Officiant: Jools MacKnight Event Planning: The Wedding Company
Part 2 of Diana & Tristan's engagement. This was definiltey one of my favourite engagement shoots from last year. Diana and Tristan are just sweet hearts and you can not beat this stunning location. I loved it so much, that I wasn't even that upset when I destroyed two of my cameras by standing in the ocean and being hit by a rouge wave....anything to get that perfect shot ;)
You can see Part 1 of there shoot, with a completely different look here:
Sara and Hunter’s wedding was one wedding that always stands out. That night the Vancouver Club was packed to the brim. There was endless laughs, wine flowing and dancing till the wee hours. But besides the good vibes, this wedding is so memorable because they created an enchanted forest, INSIDE the Vancouver Club. She had miniature trees line the long Tuscan style tables. It was so impressive and something I’ve never seen before! The vision was brought to life by the talented Tala Florist.
Besides a memorable wedding, Sara & Hunter also had a very memorable engagement shot….in PARIS, no less! You can see their engagement album here: https://vimeo.com/118328578
We were delighted that Wedluxe featured their wedding http://wedluxe.com/an-enchanting-blush-hued-wedding-featuring-lush-miniature-trees/
PLANNING • CountDown Events, CEREMONY VENUE • The Vancouver ClubOFFICIANT • Wedding Vows By Nilou, STATIONERY • Wintons Social Stationery, FLORAL DESIGN • Tala Florist, DECOR RENTALS • Upright Decor GOWN • Something Blue Vancouver, MAKEUP ARTIST • Katie Elwood, CAKE • Ganache Patisserie, ENTERTAINMENT • Musical Occasions (String Trio), GirlOnWax (DJ), VIDEO/CINEMA COMPANY • Poetry Wedding Films, PHOTOBOOTH • The Collective You
It's no secret, I love decor. It's one of the many reasons that I love wedding photography, that it somewhat incorporates my love for interior design. I think it's fabulous that weddings are getting more creative these days and really showing off the couple's style and personality. I always say I love living the spectrum of life...meaning, I like to experience it all and I love so many different styles...that it was 100% impossible for me to order my favourite decor. Instead, these are all my top favourite wedding decor for 2015! I hope you find some inspiration!
Melanie & Chris
Loved this organic twist of adding driftwood and succulent plants to this rose gold glamorous ballroom look. Also loved how the couple incorporated their love for food by naming the tables after spices!
Venue: Pacific Rim Fairmont Planners: Dream Group Florist: Flowerz
Jenny & Daniel
Chinoiserie inspired wedding was definitely unique and who doesn’t love all those peonies!!
Venue: Vancouver Club Florist/Stylist: Groom’s sister!
Karen & Dave
Relaxed Sunday Afternoon Tea Party…If I’ve ever been to a wedding that needs to be an annual event, it was this one. They even had TinCan craft center for the kids.
Venue: Cecil Green Planners: Dream Group Florist: Granville Island Florist
Jessica & Joel
Soft, romantic and with a big dose of glamour…this classic look is never going out of style.
Venue: Vancouver Club Planner: Countdown Events Florist: Granville Island Florist Calligrapher: Maurelle Calligraphy
Elisa & Andy
So much love for this effortlessly timeless romantic wedding. I especially love the ceremony location in the woods under the trees with a harp, it felt so magical…I kept thinking a fairy would pop out at any time.
Planner/Stylist/Florist: Chandelier Weddings Calligraphy: Fox & Flourish Harp: Janelle Nadeau
Mylinh & Toan
Rich golds, deep reds, pinks, and lots of candles, this wedding was dripping with richness and luxury. The wedding was fully designed by the bride and she found the perfect team to execute her vision. Venue: York Room Floral: Flowerz
Décor: Koncept Décor
Stephanie & Glenn
Loved this modern twist on the ballroom wedding. Black pipe and draping, vibrant and organic floral, plus the most AMAZING custom dance floor I’ve ever seen…and probably ever will. W-O-W
Venue: Four Season Vancouver Planner: Countdown Events Floral: Celsia Décor Rental: Upright Décor, Eclate Décor, Pedersen’s Rentals
Yolanda & Lee
This organic Grecian wedding had so many cute little details that six squares was definitely not enough space. Calligraphy signs lining the aisle and a vintage truck photobooth filled with pillows we’re definitely some highlights…and just look at that bouquet!
Venue: Gatzke Orchards Planner: Vintage Origami Floral: Society Florist Calligraphy: Blush Type Stationary, Ginger Creative
Helia & Adrian
Ok…I know I’m being such a tease here, but you are all going to have to wait till the next issue of Wedluxe to really see all these pretty details. But believe me, it will be worth it. Nothing was over looked or detailed spared in this gorgeous wedding!
Venue: Hycroft / Georgia Rosewood Hotel Planner: Filosophi Floral: Flowerz
Décor: Koncept Décor Cake: Anna Elizabeth Stationary: Colleen Winston
A beautiful location is something that really inspires me…I feel it in my soul. And it’s funny, I’m never content just shooting a beautiful landscape, I always need people in it. This is why even on holidays, I never stop working...if there is a beautiful location, I need to photograph someone in it, asap!
Finding the perfect location for my couples is something I’m passionate about. If it’s a destination wedding it usually starts out with me doing a ton of internet research before we leave. Once in the country, then we go to check out these locations at different times of day to see what the light is like. It is time consuming…but it’s worth it. And when you love something, it’s not really work.
Looking at my top location picks for this year, I found it interesting that many of the picks might be my favourite, just because of all the investment time that went into finding the location or getting there. For example, location number #2 the waterfall in Bali, took a 7 hr taxi ride and 45min hike to reach. None of us were expecting how powerful the waterfall would be and how drenched in seconds we would all get. My lovely bride, Cindy, risked a dangerous climb onto this rock and sacrificed her very expensive dress, all to get that perfect shot. It was an adventure I don’t think any of us will forget.
For location #1 the Lone Tree at Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, my amazing bride Carly actually found this location when we starting discussing locations to shoot them in New Zealand. I did tons of research on this location before we got there. Was there really a tree in the water or was this photoshop magic? What will be the water levels the time of year we are going? How big is the tree? Is it strong enough to have someone sit on it? Do we need a permit? Luckily, when we got there the water levels were perfect and it was just strong enough to hold my tiny bride. What I didn’t expect was I would have to be IN the water past my waist shooting, just praying I didn’t drop a camera in the water…or trip. I do tend to trip a lot. But that brings up the adrenaline levels higher and made it that much more memorable.
So many memories from these photos that I (and I think our couples) will cherish for a lifetime, hope you enjoy!
2015 was such a wonderful year. From elopements via helicopters in New Zealand, to barefoot "I do's" in Mexico, to over the top lavish ballroom weddings...it was non-stop beauty and beautiful moments. We did 40 weddings last year and on our last wedding on boxing day, I couldn't stop tearing up. Part might have been the pure exhaustion of our busy year...but it was mostly that I was filled with so much joy and appreciation that this was our job and how lucky we are. Being witness to such true love and beauty almost every weekend. Thank you to all our couple for choosing us to document their special day.
There are just too many wonderful moment and weddings to do a best of 2015...so in the spirit of New Year's countdowns, all next week I'm going to do 'Best of... locations/dresses/moments/decor/etc" countdowns! It should be fun, so make sure to stop by!!!
They say if you love your job, you never work a day in your life. This is so true for us. Proof is the fact that even on our days off, guess what do we do? Get together with our favourite wedding vendors and 'work' some more creating wedding inspiration!
The mastermind behind this shoot was Heather from Chandelier Weddings. She does the most beautiful organic, timeless and natural floral and decor, you must check her out. She found an amazing pure bread sheep farm in the valley, the perfect backdrop for our outdoor shoot. The natural hair and make-up by Katie Elwood and Aisle Hair was perfect for the look we were going for. And I couldn't get enough of the stunning stationary by Hello Maurelle.
Days like this, playing and creating beauty with talented creatives is totally my idea of a good time. Yep, I really do work everyday...but I'm not complaining about it one bit!
Design, decor & floral CHANDELIER WEDDING & EVENT DESIGN / Dress GOSSAMER VINTAGE / Veil THE BORROWED COLLECTION / Furniture SPRUCE VINTAGE RENTALS / Make-up KATIE ELWOOD / Hair AISLE HAIR / Cake & desserts MAURELLE CALLIGRAPHY & DESIGN / Model LIZBELL AGENCY / Venue BRAMBLEWOOD FARM
Truevell's latest makers collaboration is with Canadian lingerie designer, Mary Young. This comfy, yet feminine line incorporates Truvelle lace and detailing. It launches today on the Truvelle website!
Model: Kristy Jacobsen Hair/Make-up: The Artistry Collective