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).