24Jun '11

Justine and Phil say “I-Do” at Strathcona Park Lodge

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It was the night before their first day of medical school, and their lives were heading in a different direction, more so then they anticipated. Phil walked into the med school social, and noticed a girl with a beautiful smile. He thought she would be out of his league, but he gave it a go, and was sweetly rewarded. 
Together they made their way through medical school, and now in Nova Scotia they are beginning their careers, among small town beauty, with mornings of bacon and eggs and with a mutual vision of a life of adventure and family. 
Justine knew Phil was the one when, while choosing the city for her residency, she couldn’t image being without him. For Phil, his instinct was confirmed when she agreed to and survived a two week bike trip through Spain with him and his family. 
Surrounded by friends and family, who travelled from throughout the province Justine and Phil said I do at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island. The day was a beauty,  Justine walked down the aisle to a backdrop of dramatic clouds, there was a  warm breeze and the occasional wind gust – snow peaked mountains and lush greenery surrounded. 
Afterwards guest mingled and drank champagne at the lake while their fresh salmon cooked on an open fire. The reception was held in a barn style room and quickly became a place full of laughter and warmth. As the family told stories, and gave congrats it became obvious that both their families that both Justine and Phil come from families that are witty, smart, and connected – it was like Grey’s Anatomy characters, without the drama, but with the wit, brains and beauty. 
All day Justine looked stunning and at peace, Phil was handsome in his custom suit and winning smile. The energy was one of togetherness, fun, love and ease. 
A HUGE thank you to Jennifer Dodd Photography for the, as usual, fabulous second shooting and assisting. 

Wedding Location: Strathcona Park Lodge, set the scene for an unforgettable day, took great care of the bride and groom and served an incredible (one of the best I have ever had,) dinner 

Cake: Coastal Cake Company made a cake of beauty that was moist and full of flavour – and there was even an excellent  gluten free options
Flowers: Long Lake Florist  added to the brides vision with their fresh natural florals  
Hair: Andrea Ball from Lavish Hair  created a modern, stunning up-do
Makeup: Crystal Lee Young from Roots the Salon, did her usual magic of bringing out the best in everyone