I’ve got a soft spot for fall weddings. The crisp air, people excited to be at weddings again, and all lush greens and colours! Alicia + David had a small, intimate ceremony in September that stole my heart. In a small home that was transformed into a wedding venue tucked in the forest in BC, they gathered their beautiful blended family to celebrate love.
Gabrio and Jenny rolled up in the car with Jenny’s dress piled into her lap and a huge mirror propped up in the trunk. They were ready to take on Caufeild Park and we immediately ran out to the rocks. After rescheduling because of rain, the weather was more perfect than any of us could have asked for (other than some signature Vancouver August smoke) and jumped right into it. Though Gabrio and Jenny had never been photographed before, they were so natural and lovely in front of the camera. I love how the danced together in the water and shared stories of how they met.
If you know me, you know I cry - a lot. It's the only way my body knows how to process any emotion I may be feeling too strongly. I cry when I'm too happy, too sad, very angry, overwhelmed, and a whole smorgasbord in between.
Everything about this set has made me cry - a lot. I cried when they called and asked me to capture their wedding. I cried the night before the big day. I cried moments before the first look and teared up during the ceremony. I cried (twice) while editing their set, and I'm crying right now. These tears are a testament to these incredible humans, to the love I see in the photos of this day and to the love I feel for them.
Meet Paolo and Jess.
Paolo is one of the many cousins I have on my dad's side of the family. He is a person who knows how to make me laugh and has always checked in on my life over the years. Evidently, I met Jess through Paolo, but I knew right away it was going to work because she sholuldered the Josue jokes like a champ. Together, they make Jesslo, and they are a god damn beauty!
Paolo and Jess got married on the beaches of Mexico - a beautiful location and a throwback to how they first met. It's no surprise to me that over 50 people showed up to their destination wedding and the week was filled with some of the craziest stories, too many fish tacos, and a few sun burns. The day started with champagne in both rooms and both groomsmen and bridesmaids full of energy and raring to go!
The first look happened just outside of the bride's room and was filled with emotional and excitement. Out of it came one of my favourites sets of photos as Paolo and Jess turned around to a balcony exploding with elations with their closes friends and family.
We braved the incredible heat and ventured throughout the resort and the beaches to capture the fun of this bridal party before the ceremony and reception on the beach.
Officiated by our cousin, Eve, Paolo and Jess were married on the sand, by the water, and under the beautiful sun. Their ceremony was personal, sweet, and filled with love.
The day capped off with hilarious speeches, sweet sentiments, and so. much. dancing.
Capturing Paolo and Jess' wedding will definitely stand out in my mind as a highlight of 2018. It meant so much to be a part of their day and to safeguard their memories. The photos say it all - they're filled with love, laughter, and so much fun.
Part of jumping into freelancing was opening myself up to saying "YES!" to new opportunities and jumping into unknowns. That's how I felt as I stepped into shooting the promotion shoot for the Vancouver Bridal Fashion Week in Vancouver. The experience was unique and exciting - so many collaborators coming together with the common goal of creating something beautiful and memorable. It was a non-stop afternoon, but worth every minute and I walked away with a new experience under my belt and some of my favourite shots of the year so far!
There was an incredible team behind all of this magic. Check 'em out!
fashion : @shophannahtikkanen @littlepinkdressdesign
hair + makeup : @bluerubyartistry
styled by : @bridalfashionweekcanada⠀⠀
models : @mayapiscopo @brookegrisewood @joi_csi_modelling @tomichelleski @nevekelly_ @shabnamolga @sarahsemeniuk⠀
Katelyn and I met in the ol' EC days, when we would stand behind a desk, wipe down counters, and chat all day. It feels like a lifetime ago, but those days are still vivid in my mind as some of the most hilarious days at work! Last year, I was just a baby freelance photographer, taking the summer to recharge and imagine life living out my dream. When Katelyn reached out, I was elated and excited to be asked to capture her wedding day!
Katelyn planned a small, intimate celebration for her and Ben. It started with the girls getting ready downtown and features one of my favourite moments of getting ready so far: a bridesmaid feeding a McDonalds hashbrown while the bride gets her make-up done. This has become the golden standard in my mind and often ask if my bridesmaids will do the same for me!
The ceremony took place in a tucked away area at Queen Elizabeth Park amongst Katelyn and Ben's family. It was sweet, quaint, and personal. We escaped the heat by hiding in the shade and taking photos in the beautiful garden.
The party moved to one of Katelyn and Ben's favourite neighbourhood bars: The Regal Beagle. Decked out in purple and white, the entire bar was closed down to hold all of their family and closest friends. The night was filled with endless laughs, exotic candies, and a polaroid keepsake manned by yours truly! There, Katelyn's brother officiated a second ceremony for people to witness and enjoy.
I've said it once, and I'll say it again and again and again. I will never tire of being a part of people's big days and it means so much more when it is someone I care about so deeply. Being a part of this day was magical and I love seeing such intimate weddings pack such a giant punch!
I hope I don't ever get over the honour of being chosen to photograph someone's wedding. As I start to plan my own wedding, I realize more and more the weight of this job and the true honour it is to capture such a day. No doubt, my family are my greatest supporters, so when Ryan and Sonya asked me to shoot their wedding, I was speechless. Every ounce of self-doubt seeped into my mind, but their faith in me was overwhelming.
Their wedding day came near the end of a week-long adventure in Mexico. We got to know their friends and their wedding parties with their wedding being the pinnacle of all the fun and adventures! The day started with a sweet surprise for Sonya in the morning, and then we were off to the races!
The ceremony was beautifully intimate as the couple shared their vows in front of their family and friends with the bluest sky above.
Much love to this beautiful couple, for taking a chance on me and believing in me before I really could. I credit their faith in my art as part of the genesis of my journey into freelance photography. That day solidified that I love capturing moments and that it fills me with a fulfillment that gives me life.
I've booked a few weddings for the 2018 season already, and I feel the same incredible appreciation and honour as I did the day they asked me to photograph their wedding, but I believe in myself so much more because of their faith in me.