Vancouver Wedding Blogs

AUGUST
09
2011
kristy

Last month we had the pleasure of shooting Liewken and Jinder’s engagement photos (yes, we are VERY behind on updating blog posts!) Liewken is actually my husband’s cousin. Now most photographers can relate that when it comes to photos for family - it’s sometimes more of "I should do this" rather than "I want to do this". This time, it wasn't the case. I’ve been looking forward to doing these engagement photos with this pair for close to a year. 1) These two look like they just stepped off the runway, and 2) since they met in grade 3, they were looking for fun and creative photos with a vintage schoolhouse theme. Creative photos with a theme? With a gorgeous couple?…I was all over it! I found them an AMAZING old bookstore to shoot in, an old school desk, some lockers, chalkboards, paper airplanes and a shinny red apple…we were set!

Duran and I had so much fun shooting this engagement session and we love how the photos turned out. But better yet for me, it was a great chance to get to know Liewken and Jinder more. Spending this time with them, I got to see how much they really love each other and how sweet and sensitive they BOTH are. I’m so lucky to have both of them as part of my family now!

JULY
15
2011
kristy

This gorgeous and stylish couple contacted us with a great idea…to do a Four Seasons shoot! We decided to watch the weather to determine if our first shoot would be ‘Summer’ or ‘Spring.’ With clouds in the sky we decided to do a spring shoot in Gastown. However, it turned out to be the ONE day in Vancouver when we wanted it to rain and their wasn’t a drop. We can't control Mother Earth, but we always try our best to give our clients what they want, so we tested our Photoshop skills and added some rain in a couple photos for them. Fingers crossed we have better luck with the weather next time!

JUNE
21
2011
kristy

This couple wins the award of having the most fun in a shoot hands down! All of this despite the rain starting within the five opening minutes of the Playland photo shoot AND Kirsten spilling a blue snow cone on Jamie’s white shirt. Did any of this spoil the mood? Not for one second! We couldn’t get this couple to stop laughing for one moment. Serious photos were not on the agenda. Our initial plan was to have them (and some playful strangers) holding up their “Save the Date” signs. But we were all having too much fun playing games and going on rides (all for FREE because we were just doing it for the pictures…wink, wink) that we all forgot! I think it was better to capture this couple’s amazing energy in action anyways!

Look forward to seeing this fun and fabulous couple in the fall when we shoot their engagement photos in a pumpkin patch!

JUNE
09
2011
kristy

Over the last few years, as engagement shoots have become more and more popular, people have had to be more creative to make something truly unique. A recent trend has been the creation of ‘Save-the-Date’ shoots. Thanks to technology, it’s now easy to share video and movie-making techniques…mini- movies are the next big thing! Video has the special ability to capture a couples’ mood and emotions, making it perfect for engagement shoots and weddings.
I had an idea a while back to do a retro laundromat ‘Save the Date’ shoot. Problem was, not just any couple could pull this idea off. Then Mallory and Glen called us up. She has a classic and gorgeous feminine look and Glen, her partner in crime, has his secret ability to act. The definite chemistry between the two was perfect! Taking this idea to the next step and making it come alive could never have been possible without Duran’s ridiculous cinematography and editing skills.
Check out Mallory and Glen in Blush Wedding photography’s first “Save the Date” mini movie!

JUNE
06
2011
kristy

Robyn and Jason had their weekend get-a-way wedding right in the same place where they fell in love... Naramta, B.C. Wine country! The location was perfect, the food was delicious, and wine was even better. Friends and family from afar attended and even the sun showed up! All-in-all, it was a perfect wedding!

Two things really stood out for me at this wedding. Firstly, Robyn looked gorgeous. She is one of the most easy-going brides ever. She seemed to effortlessly transform herself into an elegant, old-Hollywood inspired bride with the perfect accessories to match! Secondly, the speeches. As a wedding photographer I hear a lot of speeches and most of them are quite good. But honestly, these speeches were utterly exceptional. Each speech I heard was more funny and witty than the previous and they had the guests in stitches. But the best was saved for last. Robyn, an accomplished singer, dancer and actress, used her musical theater background to write and sing her speech to her husband. It was AMAZING!!! I could have listened to that speech over and over…. she received a standing ovation!

On a side note, the talented Duran could not join me at this wedding so I had to hire another second shooter. Luckily, I knew someone who lived close to Naramata who happen to be a fabulous wedding photographer, Jessica Balfour (http://jessicabalfour.com) Watching Jessica, it reminded me of something very important… how to choose your wedding photographer. Most experienced wedding photographers have the essential
technical knowledge to take a good photo. So what you are really looking for when hiring a wedding photographer is the person's character. Who they are, their style and how they see the world. These qualities will influence the photos they are going to notice to capture or create. Jessica has such a calm and reflective beauty about her (inside and out) that she seems to see and capture the inner beauty in everyone else. If you’re ever getting married in the Okanagan, look her up!
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MAY
26
2011
kristy

This couple came to their engagement shoot with their game ON! Sue's hair and make-up was professionally done and they came ready with three outfit changes each! They were a photographer’s dream. The way we see it, how often do you get professional photos done? None of us are getting any younger…so why not have fun with your engagement shoot and go all out!! Granted, you have to feel like you. If you feel best in a hoodie and bedhead, then please rock up in the oldest, most comfy hoodie you have!

Our favourite look was Sue in a sequin dress and Farid in an undone bowtie. That was them truly being themselves! These two have a romantic and glamorous look that you don’t see too often these days. Again, this was another couple so perfectly suited for each other! We are so lucky to meet such different and perfectly matched couples all the time. It really makes us really believe there is someone out there for everyone.

MAY
26
2011
kristy

Karen and Allen wanted blossoms for their engagement shoot. Unfortunately as we got closer to the shoot date, we witnessed more pink blossoms falling off trees. It was like a visual reminder of our engagement session's deadline! Lucky, in a moment of panic it hit us, Burnaby Mountain! Higher up = cooler temperatures = later blossom season. Sure enough, as we drove up, we noticed the blossoms were PERFECT! Just like how Karen and Allen are for each other!

Karen and Allen reminded us about the value of choosing an engagement shoot. When they first booked they opted out on an engagement shoot but later on they changed their minds, and I think we are all thankful for it. First of all, they booked so long ago that the engagement shoot was a great opportunity for us to reconnect with them so we didn’t feel like strangers on the wedding day. This is vital in helping us capture more relaxed and intimate photos on their big day. It also helped us to learn about their best angles and what they were comfortable with in terms of posing. Lastly, and most important, it helped them learn what kind of photos they like of themselves. Karen and Allen are a classic couple who like traditional, elegant and candid photos.

I think it surprised all four of us just what a great time we had together that day. We can’t wait to shoot their wedding!

MAY
01
2011
kristy

I've known Anna for over 15 years now, ever since the days of Boyz II Men and high school band. I do not know a more friendly and bubbly personality, and so when I met Daryl for the first time, I was ecstatic for Anna. Daryl is as solid as solid can be. A great guy, easy-going, and a perfect match of a man for Anna's persona. And what do you get when you combine these two happy and fun people? A utterly great wedding, that's what.

While it was a marathon wedding, we had a good times shooting from morning to dusk. The tea ceremony was boisterous, but still a few tears were shed. Heading over to Deer Lake Park, we had to compete with two other weddings for our fair share of shooting locations. Everyone was having a good time, and why not? The sun was out in full force. Had this wedding taken a few days earlier, or even the next day, it would have been a typical Vancouver weekend, filled with grey clouds and the wet stuff. Anna and Daryl hit the weather jackpot!

The wedding concluded into the wee morning hours at Kirin restaurant. What a great destination for a wedding as well, as we had a whole room to ourselves for a photobooth that everyone was getting into.

All in all, it was a perfect wedding for a couple that's perfect for each other. I will be sure to check in on these two for at least 15 more years to come.

APRIL
26
2011
kristy

We had a mission: find cherry blossoms. Antonio and Angie helped us brainstorm places to shoot, but in the end, we and the very sweet couple settled on Steveston. Any why not? You have cute shops, a lovely beach, a gorgeous walkway, and a some fantastic heritage buildings lining the shore. Oh yeah, and the cherry blossoms? Unadulterated and in full bloom. It helped that they lived in Richmond too!

We strolled, we photographed, and we had a great time. They fit very nicely in each other's arms... we cannot wait for the wedding in July!

APRIL
17
2011
kristy

Karel and Melissa are a lovely, down-to-earth couple, well traveled, and always the ‘life’ at any party. They are friends of my husband and I had the pleasure of getting to know them while we all taught in Taiwan together many years ago. Well actually, Melissa and I taught, Karel was a student advisor who for some reason could never be found in his office when it happened to be a good surf day :)

I had such a good time photographing their maternity shoot, full of laughs and giggles, I felt so blessed that this is what I do for a job. They are expecting to have their little one (named Felix, if doctors guessed correctly) in May. I can’t wait to see what an amazing individual this little person becomes with such wonderful, well-rounded parents.

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