Quite a few people ask us why we love photographing weddings, or what we love most about it.
I’m sure this is a question asked to a lot of photographers. In response, Tristan and I always comment on how we love to watch families and their interactions with one another, regardless of how subtle or obvious. More often than not I refer back to Joey and Alex’s wedding as an example. This wedding was held on their family’s island last summer, in the gulf islands. They already have two beautiful children and have been together for years, so their wedding was symbolic of the relationship that they already have and the life they’ve already built. Tristan and I hadn’t actually met either Joey or Alex until the day before the wedding at their rehearsal dinner. Through a rather large group of people I could tell almost right away who they were once i’d found them, by their beaming smiles. Not only did we find that they were so in love with one another (which lets face it we hope is obvious with all our couples) but with every guest at the wedding. Constantly we’d see people hugging, crying, and kissing. The wedding day was no different, and really a photographers dream. The location, decor, and all the planning that went into this wedding was incredible. For example they had circ dancers at their cocktail hour and an Abba cover band at the reception. Alex even purchased her beautiful dress from Kleinfelds in New York. But what we walked away with the most from this wedding was a strong sense of family love, and so this wedding will be held close in our memories for a long time to come. ~Jenna
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
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!
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.
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).