It is always a reason to high five when a family member of a past bride or groom calls you to book their wedding. I had the pleasure of photographing Erin and James’ wedding, who I first met and enjoyed on Hornby Island, as we gathered for Erin’s brother’s wedding on Hornby Island which you can see here.
From our first communication, I knew it was my kind of celebration. Here are just a few of the things I loved about this day:
– While Erin was getting ready her face probably hurt from smiling so much, except that one moment where she almost broke down (which I also loved.)
– Erin and James chose to see each other before the wedding. This “first look” is not something I push on clients, but when they suggest it I always do a happy dance. Many couples choose to have a first look in order to have photos before and not be away from their guests for long. While this makes good sense, it is how it impacts couples’ energy that excites me more. It is grounding, the couple are able to take each other in, actually talk to each other, which leaves them more relaxed connected at their ceremony. When Erin walked down to the beach towards James, she was giddy, he was fidgeting but the moment he saw her he started beaming and you could feel his deep breath. We played on the beach with just the two of them before the wedding party joined us. It was so relaxed and festive – honestly, more so than I have experienced in some time.
– The ceremony was at another beach, just close by, and chosen so that grandma could watch easily.
– They must have cherry-picked their guests, because each one of them was there with so much enthusiasm and heart.
– Together this couple is so, so much. They are risk takers, romantics, steady when they need to be, full of heart, and so very kind.
– Another small thing, throughout our time together they kept telling me how much fun they were having…I can’t help but love that part of this day.
Thank you Erin and James for being so awesome, for sharing my dislike of gazebos, and truly, for trusting me (and also for being related to Cory and Rhiana so I could laugh with them again).
Cake: A Traditional Norwegian Cake called “Kransakake” made by the bride’s Far Far (Grandfather in Norwegian)
Chocolate Cake with Buttercream icing and live succulent toppers- Mother of the Bride, Brenda and Family Friend Beth
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bliss Bridal, Kelowna
Hair and Makeup: Tigh Na Mara Spa, Anelia and Chloe respectively
Commissioner: Joanne Pitzel
Florist: Lilo at Fresh N Fabulous, Qualicum Beach