Jenna and I are very excited to announce we will be participating in Victoria’s only high-end wedding event, inn love. If you are in town drop by to say hello and browse through the other vendors. We would love to see you there! Here is… Read more
The thing about friendships that is both exhilarating and frustrating is that there is no golden rule that disallows you to love people outside of your city or province.
I know this is obviously a good thing. But it can be hard when you realize there are people out there that you could spend days on end with and they don’t live anywhere near you. Kate and Jay are two of those people for us. Back in the summer we drove up north in Ontario to meet them for a pregnancy and bridal session. Kate and I had never met but instead we connected through her sister initially over our shared love of photography. Finally getting to spend some time with her was wonderful and overdue. We started out by photographing in her backyard, a beautiful forest. The funny thing is, even though Kate remembers feeling very pregnant at the time she barely looked it. The second portion of our time together in the summer was a bridal session with her husband Jay. We spent the duration of the cloudy sunset at their cottage beach, making poor Jay colder and colder. He did as great of a job bearing the temperature as Kate did hiding her growing baby under her wedding dress. The rest of our evening was spent chatting over homemade pizza with her sister Emily and nephew Jack while being entertained by stories of Jay’s childhood. We were reluctant to leave the next day, wishing that our cottages were next door to each other. It seems now that our families hanging out over homemade pizza might become a bit of a tradition, and we’re happy to have them (Emily and Jack included) in our lives, living close to us or not.
Carrying on the theme of quaint country weddings was my wonderful friend Deb and her husband Sam, who held their second wedding at Raystown Resort in Pennsylvania this summer. Their first wedding was even smaller, in a tiny chapel two years ago where Deb’s dad got to walk her down the isle. Tristan and I were photographing another wedding on the day of their first, so we had really been looking forward to their second celebration.
There is nothing quite like photographing your best friends wedding.
I loved being able to be with Deb throughout the important moments of the day, moments that as a bridesmaid you sometimes aren’t even apart of. Because of that I will always remember this wedding so fondly. These are the kind of days that remind you of why you became a photographer in the first place.. to capture what’s at the heart of your loved ones. ~Jenna
It took probably 2 seconds for us to fall in love with Andrew and Cecily.
These adorable med students married last summer at our favourite wedding location, Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island. For us it was like spending the day with old friends, and every new thing we learnt about them and every person we met through them made us love them even more. After their honeymoon Andrew left for school in Ontario, separating them for at least a couple of years. At the end of the night we watched as they held one another in an intense and loving embrace. During the speeches their best friend talked about how lucky he was to watch them cradle each other after a long day, and by the end of the night we understood. Being witness to relationships like these are why we became photographers in the first place. Click here to see Andrew and Cecily’s slideshow.
The results of the ISPWP’s fall contest came out recently, and Tristan and I were so thrilled to have placed with 5 of our photos! Head over to the contest galleries to see the other super talented winners, which include a lot people we are proud to call our friends! Here are our awards from the various categories.
Meagan and I have talked about her wedding for a long time. She has put so much thought over the years into what she wanted, and appropriately so as she made pretty much everything herself. She and her mother made her beautiful dress, she sewed all the table linens, made the invitations, the favours, the floral ribbons, the ceremony flowers the cake etc. etc. I could go on. The wedding was even held at her family’s house in Kelowna. We were in awe of her talent and dedication to the perfect handmade wedding. But what made this wedding perfect wasn’t the tiny details or the location as great as they were. It was the relationship between Meagan and Dave. Their minister mentioned during the ceremony that none of his couples have done so well in their marriage class as these two. That they had all the right ideals and tools to grow with their marriage and one another. I think this is pretty obvious and i’m sure it has been to their family and friends for years. They’ve got a lot of love ahead of them!
In September Jenna and I photographed a fashion show at Outlooks for Men in Victoria. It was a fundraiser for Friends of PATH Spinal Cord Injury Group Society which supports the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular disorders. We thoroughly enjoyed this packed event starting off with a live performance by Diane Pancel and ending with the closing of a very successful silent auction.
I can’t help but smile every time I look at this photo. This is a type of moment I have really started to enjoy at weddings, when the groom gives me a quick glance or a look that acknowledges me as more than just the… Read more
Every now and then when Tristan and I have a weekend off, we get to work with our friends! Earlier this year I went along with Christina Craft on her birthday to help (not that she needed any) photograph Lily & Mark’s wedding in Vancouver. Having never met them, I was grateful to spend the day with such wonderful people! They were incredibly endearing and personable. The reception was especially fun due to the high energy in the room and the fact that I got to spend the night with my great friend! I’m so glad Christina brought me along. To read more about the couple and see Christina’s favourites from the day, head over to the Funkytown Blog.
Tristan and I recently spent some time with Cari and Paul in Yorkville Park, Toronto where Paul proposed. A (soon to be) husband and wife team like us, they run their company Think Unique out of the city. It’s always nice to see other couples that get the chance to work together, as obviously we love it! We are really looking forward to their wedding this fall, especially after getting a chance to hang out with them and their two gorgeous and friendly pit bulls!
At so many weddings people refer to the day as the beginning of a couple’s life together, and this really rung true for Lisa and Iain.
Though they have been together for years, the wedding really did feel like a celebration of the happy memories to come. Full of quiet love and respect for one another, we watched (rewardingly) as Lisa and Iain each married their best friend.
Stephanie was one of my first friends when I moved here to Victoria.
It didn’t take long to build our friendship, instead it formed almost instantly. She was also one of the few photographers in school with me that knew they were going to photograph weddings right from the start. And with Stephanie came Kyle, the most devoted boyfriend of any student at the school. He’d pop by in the middle of class with a bouquet of flowers, and jump under the 4×5 cloth to see what we were learning. Obviously years later we were so happy to photograph their wedding, at the Church and State Vineyard here on the island. The catch is that this time I was a bridesmaid as well! A lot of elements fell into place perfectly for this wedding. Their flowers were done by Verbena Floral Design, our absolute favourite florists in the city, and her dress was made by Alidas Gowns. I knew her dress would be beautiful when she described it.. but I was blown away by the quality and intricate detail of Alida’s work. I shed quite a few tears when Steph put on her dress, not knowing at the time that it was the start to a season full of tears (happy tears I promise).