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Michelle and Ryley were referred to me by another photographer that unfortunately ended up being booked on their date. It’s funny how things sort of fall in your lap. Like they were destined for you. When I first met up with Ryley and Michelle, they were looking to work out some photography coverage on a tight budget. They were willing to compromise on time in order to get quality photography of the most important aspects of their day.

After chatting for .2 seconds, I knew already that we were going to make it work. Michelle came to the table with something I wanted, and needed, for my business. It’s an amazing tradeoff and all of us are going to walk away extremely pleased.

And the more time I spent with these two, the happier I was that this worked out so well. Because they are simply awesome people. Michelle and I get along like old friends. It’s just so EASY to be around both of them. THAT is what I want in a relationship with my clients. I consider myself pretty easy to get along with and work with. I’ve been told this is the case by many of my clients. I love the thought that my clients walk away from their experience with me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

When clients become friends, that’s richness in life.

I took Ryley and Michelle to “THE SPOT”. I discovered it with some other photographer friends when we were having a “just for fun” shoot last year. I keep returning! Maybe you will recognize it. At golden hour, its…golden. LOVE IT.

Feast your eyes!

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I am really behind in blogging, and I have to admit, once I get behind, it’s almost impossible to get my butt to blog again.

It’s kind of like that friend that you keep forgetting to call, or email back. And when you do remember, you almost don’t want to call or email them for reason of reminding them that you’ve neglected them for so long. It’s a build up of guilt!

I’m sorry, blog! I will love you again! I won’t ever leave! I swear!

That and, I’m working with a graphic designer on making you so much prettier, and I kind of want to wait till you are all prettied up to put fresh work out there!

But for real let’s get on task. Adam and Alex are a seriously gorgeous couple who are getting married this August. I am really excited for their wedding, and I think it was a good thing to get out and practice hamming it up for my camera. They are old pros now! By the end of our session they were workin it! I enjoyed my time with them and can’t wait to do it again!

We met up in Fort Langley and goofed around a bit there. Got yelled at by some lady who didn’t want us to use the very last two inches of her driveway to photograph on (I don’t think we were actually on her property but she assured us that she DOES mind if we take photographs there. That’s ok. Mental note not to return there). As the light dipped down we moved towards some more rural areas for grassy romantic golden light shots. We left eachother a couple hours later and starving!

Here’s what we came up with.

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As much as we crossed our fingers, toes, and hairs for no rain, it didn’t work. Nope. It poured on Kevin and Kristena’s wedding day. South Surrey is usually a little better for weather than the rest of the Fraser Valley but it rained rained rained. Luckily, I had scoped out a wicked location in the case that we got this type of weather. I think I checked the forecast at least 100 times in the week leading up to this date.

Last wedding of 2012 for me. Bittersweet! I’m looking forward to a little break, but seriously, you get into this groove and you kind of don’t want to lose it. You stop being sick with nerves before each wedding and start getting a little more confident (especially with the awesome season I had this year!). But I have to take a little break, and enjoy my family!

So this couple, I really enjoy. We shot their engagement session in July and I learned that their company is something I just love. They are so easy to talk to, and funny! Kristena’s smile is so bright and wide, it brought sunshine to our cloudy wedding day. The wedding party were super troopers! When you have six on either side of the bride and groom, it’s imperative that everyone listen during portrait time or we spend a lot of time repeating ourselves, precious minutes, people! But they were awesome and they rocked it. The ladies in a beautiful blue, the men in grey, a little white here and there, it was perfect!

Thank you guys for following my direction so well, and for being ridiculously good looking!

The Chateau Cargill was a welcome warm and dry spot for the ceremony and reception, and they are always so awesome and easy to work with! Love you guys. The reception area was decorated so beautifully, simple and elegant, white with some blue accents. It was just gorgeous, and suited Kevin and Kristena so well!

Another huge thank you to Ashley Burnstad for being my second shooter, she toughed out a flu and still rocked my world with her shots.

Okay I better give you some photos to look at now!

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Tara pursued Josh…she knew it was meant to be. Usually, it’s the other way around. But Tara is a different kind of girl. Ambitious. Driven. Motivated. Intelligent. Accomplished (already). Well, Josh is much the same. She knew they were meant to be! They met on rounds at Children’s Hospital. Tara was in the midst of her Degree in Internal Medicine at UBC. Josh was attending the same University for Pharmacy.
I first met Tara in the early 90’s. She was a classmate of my little sister’s. They spent a lot of time together before Tara moved away before high school. She was so sweet, and I remember thinking oh she’s going to be a beauty when she grows up. (not that I was much older). I was right, and she chose another beautiful creature to marry. When Tara emailed me (out of the blue) and asked me to photograph her wedding in the following year, I was flattered and excited. I couldn’t wait to see her again!
They chose September 29th as their wedding date. We were blessed with amazing weather. It was warm and the fall colours were beginning to show. Normally in Vancouver you brace for rain any time after September 5th. But we have been slammed with a bit of an extended summer weather, and we have experienced nothing but sunshine until 3 days before I write this post. We even had a few clouds, which gave me some awesome opportunity to use the open areas of our first location.
We met at David Lam Park. Everyone was all ready, and I set Josh up in a shady treed area and had Tara sent down to see him for the first time. What a beautiful meeting they had. Tara is so cute, she literally jumps for joy when she is excited (you can see her doing this just after their first kiss at the ceremony). They had a few quiet moments together (well, with me stalking them in the bushes), and we moved on to some portraits. After that, we moved to the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, where we had their ceremony and reception. At the reception, they had these little “interview” pages for their guests to complete, asking how they met the couple, and to draw a photo of them. Everyone drew Josh with huge muscles. I think he’s a workout buff ;). Also, I laughed SO HARD at their “musical chairs scavenger hunt” that they had their guests perform in order to determine the table order for getting their dinners. I included some photos of this at the end of the post, and I’m sure some you will be laughing at the expressions on the guests faces as they set out on their race to find the determined article and rush back to their chair, hoping not to be the last one back with no chair to sit on.
I’ll be suggesting this game to everyone. It was hilarious.
I chose a lot of photos for this wedding. I don’t know, they are just so cute together, I couldn’t help myself. So enjoy, and leave them some well wishes in the comments section at the end.

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I’m going to go ahead and sound like a broken record here and say I’ve been looking forward to this wedding all year. The reason for this one is that I had spent some time with Candice and Sean first when we had our meeting to get to know each other, second with Candice when they put their deposit down, and third at their engagement session. Over these three meetings, I more or less fell in love with this incredible couple. I think I already gushed about them in their engagement session post. Their wedding day was no disappointment, I loved meeting their friends and family, and spending the entire day with them. What a beautiful wedding it was, these two are definitely meant to be together, and a perfect match on all levels.
Their wedding was held at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, and we scooted over (via Aquabus) to Granville Island in between ceremony and reception for the portraits. Turk, their beloved pup, even managed to meet us on Granville Island for some portraits. If you’re wondering why it looks like Candice and Sean got married twice, you’re not seeing things. Their commissioner was late for the ceremony, so Candice’s uncle stepped in to perform, however, the commissioner wanted to be sure that all legalities were covered, and performed another shorter ceremony at the beginning of their reception. This way we were SURE that their marriage was legal. Definitely a story to tell for many years to come. It all worked out in the end and it was a perfect day.
Special thanks go out to my second shooter for the day, Ashley Burnstad, who handled all the guys getting ready shots (check out Sean’s propeller cufflinks!), and really blew me away with her natural talent. Can’t wait to work with you again Ashley!

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