If you know Danielle and Kurtis at all, you’d know that this was one wedding at which there would be So. Much. Fun. And it certainly was! These two have the most unique and wonderful circle of friends and family who have supported and encouraged them in their relationship and who were only too delighted to celebrate their special day with them.

While Kurtis and the gents got ready and his and Danielle’s place, the Bride and her lovely ladies got ready at her family home. It was sweet to see these beauties, including both Danielle’s mom Josie and Kurtis’s mom Kim, getting all glammed up together. And all of the ladies were so excited to see Danielle in her stunning gown.

A few times, Danielle’s mom Josie teared up a wee bit as the second of her two lovely daughters got ready to say I Do. We had a brief hiccup when it was discovered that the tulle straps on Danielle’s gown has stretched a bit, but Josie and I each grabbed a needle and thread and stitched up the straps – and soon the Bride was ready to see her Groom!

The bridal party met up on Burnaby Mountain for the First Look and portraits and though it looked like it might rain, we never did need those clear umbrellas (whew!). Both Danielle and Kurtis had written love letters for one another, which they each read and which made Danielle shed a few happy tears. So touching.

Then we were off to New Westminster’s Glenbrook Amenities Centre for the ceremony and reception, which were among the most fun-filled ceremonies and receptions I think I’ve ever attended! The officiant was amazing…he had everyone laughing almost the whole time and yet the ceremony was still very meaningful and heartfelt. And right from the moment the reception began, everyone was ready to kick up their heels and celebrate the newlyweds.

Kurt and Danielle, it was an absolute joy to share your day with you!

The bride’s stunning sister Gina…

This is one of my faves from the day…so gorgeous.

Danielle and her dad Don had a little something up their sleeves for the Father-Daughter dance.

Bride’s gown: Frocks Modern Brides | Bridesmaids gowns: Lulu’s | Hair: Micaela Paton (Instagram @hairbymicaelajade) | Makeup: Shayla Rose Makeup Services (Instagram @shaylarosemua) | Venue: Glenbrook Amenities Centre | Macarons: Gourmand Macaron | Flowers: Josie Bradley & Gina Lis (Bride’s mom & sister) | Second photographer: the always amazing Christine Pienaar

This wedding was so so so special for oh-so-many reasons. First of all, Jessica and Jeremiah are two of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. And Jessica’s matron of honour Carmen is a bride from two summers ago, which made the day just that much more delightful.

The morning started with the ladies getting ready at Carmen’s home, then it was time for Jess to meet up with her groom for their first look. Mt. Lehman Winery provided the perfect backdrop for their portraits, and for Jessica and Jeremiah to read letters to one another beneath a canopy of trees.

A lot of thought and effort went into the lovely details, from the DIY bouquets to the jewelry Jessica wore in honour of her late mom, who passed away a few years ago. This wedding was all about the importance of friends and family and remembering loved ones lost, even as they celebrated. After a beautiful ceremony, guests gathered for a delicious meal, served family-style at intimate tables.

During golden hour, I snuck Jess and Jeremiah away for a few more portraits…then everyone hit the dance floor to close the night out. What a lovely day, from beginning to end. I’m so blessed to have been able to capture the special moments for them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you two, for having me along!

It’s not too often that I’m on the other side of the camera during the reception (that’s me, centre right)…but Jess’s aunts and uncles roped me into a sing-a-long for the bride and groom.

This is Sarah, Jess’s adorable, amazing, cake-making sister!

That light! That cake! So gorgeous!!!

Best dancer award, hands down, goes to Jeremiah’s niece Tama, who tore. it. up.

Venue/caterer: Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro | Cake: the Bride’s amazing sister, Sarah Kleingeltink | Bouquets & boutinieres: DIY | Second shooter extraordinaire: the amazing and wonderful Christine Pienaar Photography

One of the things I love most about photography are the connections I’m privileged to make with people…like Puneet and Kamal, whom I met through Connie, whom I met at George & Barry’s wedding in May. (Yay connections!) Connie works with Puneet and when she heard that Puneet was interested in doing a portrait session to mark her and her husband Kamal’s first anniversary, Connie sent her my way.

Puneet and Kamal are two of the happiest newlyweds I think I’ve ever met, and no, I’m not exaggerating in the least. These two are not only stunning, they are kind and gracious and all kinds of fun! Not only was it a delight to capture these images for them, I also loved going back to Minoru Park (where my own wedding photos were taken almost 20 years ago!) and Iona Beach in my old hometown of Richmond. The light was absolutely perfect.

Puneet and Kamal, thank you so much for sharing this special time with me. May you be blessed with many more happy years together! (And yes, let’s make this an annual celebration!)

And Connie, thank you again for introducing me to these two lovelies! I can’t wait to shoot your and Brian’s engagement and wedding photos!

 

Oh. my. word.

I met Juliesa and Justin through my friend (whom I haven’t actually met yet, but that’s beside the point) and fellow photographer the amazing Sara Manning. Sara, who is Justin’s sister, didn’t want to work on her brother’s wedding day, she wanted to enjoy it. So she suggested to these two that I might be a good fit for them for their wedding photography needs, and after we met, that was that.

Although Sara did the most amazing engagement session with this gorgeous-inside-and-out couple, I thought it would be a good idea to get them in front of my camera ahead of their September wedding. So we met up at Whytecliff Park on a pretty spectacular day, at a pretty spectacular time, and (I think you know where I’m going with this) got some pretty spectacular images.

Sara says these two bring out the best in one another and I think she’s right. There’s so much love between them that it’s hard not to catch the sparkly moments they share. Here are a few of my favourites from our session:

 

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.

  • Karen - June 27, 2016 - 12:02 am

    So perfect, darlingk! You did another fantastic job of shooting this wedding. Thank you for living up to my raving recommendation!
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    • Wendy Lees - June 27, 2016 - 6:34 am

      Oh my goodness, Dahlingk, thank YOU for introducing me to these wonderful friends…what a joy!ReplyCancel