One of the things that humbles me most as a photographer is when my dear friends refer their dear friends my way. That’s how I met Diana, to whom our mutual friend Karen had recommended me. Diana invited me to photograph the intimate wedding of her father-in-law George and his partner Barry – which she also meticulously organized (and for which she created the most amazing armadillo cake, but I digress).
Before the big day, I hadn’t actually met any of this eclectic and wonderful group but from the moment I arrived I was welcomed like a lifelong friend. This is a family full of some very big love – love that extends and expands to include, well, pretty much everyone. Because that’s just who they are.
After toasting the grooms at Diana and her hubby Adam’s home, we headed over to Gudrun Tasting Room in Steveston (which, if you haven’t already checked out, you definitely should), where the wedding and reception were held. Although the officiant got caught in traffic and arrived just a wee bit late, it didn’t matter…guests enjoyed a little pre-wedding wine and conversation as they waited for the ceremony to begin. The happy couple said their vows amidst those closest to them – children, grandchildren, lifelong friends, and their beloved fur baby Dexter.
During the speeches, Barry thanked George’s family for welcoming him so warmly. “I didn’t know whether you would accept me, or whether the cost would be too great,” he said. “But you opened your hearts and your arms to me, to us, and I couldn’t be more honoured to be part of this family.”
Though they were legally married several months earlier, this celebration, they said, made it feel official. And I’m so honoured to have been there to document their special day.
The famous armadillo cake. As delicious as it was adorable.
Did I mention the food? Because it was amazing!
Just two of the gorgeous grandchildren.