Andrea + Kenton — East Vancouver Wedding

You have traversed tributaries and trials, you have surveyed and found, that now you are ready to discover what you are more or less certain of is already there, you are ready for the country of marriage. — from 'The Country of Marriage' by Lance Odegard

Andrea and Kenton share so many loves in life, but it took them a little while to realize that they also were loves for life. They are both incredibly talented musicians (I've actually known Kenton for several years through overlapping music circles) and Andrea teaches music and is also a music therapist. They share a love for East Van, for good food, for soul-giving conversations and as you'll see in these images, they share a love for so very many dear people. Their wedding was unconventional — a weekend of festivities starting with the reception at East Van mainstay, the Wise Hall on Friday night before the ceremony on Saturday. Andrea is clearly a dear friend to so many, that she included a large collection of them as her 'ladies in waiting' along with her sisters for bridesmaids. I loved their floral crowns, flowing dresses and bohemian spirits and finding ways to tell their stories throughout the two days of celebration. Those of you in music in Vancouver might recognize a few familiar faces in the crowd. You might also catch the family connections, the prairie roots and the memory of a dear father who was remembered in spirit. It was a privilege to celebrate and document their wedding days with such a warm community of friends and family. 

Special thanks to Jessica Brodeur, my photography assistant all weekend.

The previous evening...

Wedding Reception: The Wise Hall (East Vancouver)

Bride's dress: custom made

Groom and Groomman bowties: Bellvedere 


Braden + Jayme — Vancouver Engagement Portraits

One can have a dream, baby / Two can make that dream so real / One can talk about bein' in love / Two can say how it really feels / One can wish upon a star / Two can make that wish come true, yeah / One can stand alone in the dark / Two can make the light shine through Marvin Gaye (continue through post to understand the Marvin Gaye reference).

Sometimes you find love when you are least expecting it. Braden and Jayme meet through mutual friends, and with a little time realized there was love in friendship. She works in theatre costuming and he in music, so we spent a sunny fall afternoon walking through Gastown, exploring a record store and finding a few gems on vinyl before heading to the shoreline with the city of Vancouver as our backdrop. I can't wait to see how their personalities and interests will be reflected in their wedding celebration with many of their dear friends in Vancouver next month.

Special thanks to Vinyl Records on Hastings Street. 


Cousins - Family Portraits

Carly and her cousins wanted to give her grandmother a unique and personal gift for Christmas last month—a series of portraits of the four of them together! For our session last month, we met up for some beach exploring on a misty morning (December in Vancouver is pretty tame by Canadian standards), and the sun came out at just the right moments to keep everyone's faces warm. I love being able to make photographing families fun, discovering new places together, while documenting the adventure and making classic portraits that parents (and grandparents!) will love. 


Catherine + Stefan | VanDusen Gardens Wedding

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.  — Thomas Merton

The moment I meet Catherine and Stefan, you could see the love, thoughtfulness, and mindfulness they had for one another and those around them. Their wedding day was a beautiful expression of who they are, a true celebration along with the family and friends with whom they share life. We began the day of photography together as Catherine gave each of her bridesmaids gifts between preparations and many tributes to friendship. The stunning VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver provided the backdrop for their ceremony under a giant willow tree near the central pond. This ceremony was filled with laughter, tears of joy, and many meaningful words spoken between and over these two as they pledged their love to one another. After taking portraits in various locations around the garden grounds, we returned to the to the 'living hall' — an architectural centre piece at the heart of the gardens, for the reception. Cold pressed juices and locally sourced food (a few of Catherine and Stefan's favorite things) revived those weary from the mid-day sun, before glasses of wine and many heartwarming stories gave way to an evening of dancing. When a couple each feels they've been given the finest gift in the other, it's hard not to feel so incredibly grateful to have been invited along to photograph the celebration. Congratulations, Catherine and Stefan!

Venue: VanDusen Botanical Gardens  

Cake: Sweet Naturally (Darcy's Cafe) 

Catering: Truffles Fine Foods

Flowers: Kits Market

Bride's Dress: Lisa's Bridal 

Bridesmaids dresses: Frocks


Kenton & Andrea Preview

I've been working away behind the scenes getting the last weddings of the year off to clients along with prints, family shoots and other projects in between. This month is one of my favorites of the year with so many moments to celebrate the Christmas season with dear ones, even though it can feel hectic at times. Here is one frame from Andrea & Kenton's beautiful wedding day. Much more to come with flower crowns, ladies in waiting, dancing and singing and a lot of music...