The aisle for outdoor ceremonies can be quite a bit longer and more difficult to navigate than one that you would encounter in say a church (a large cathedral in a bigger city might be a different story of course!). But here is the good news, everyone will be happy to wait!
Like in this image of a bride walking down the start of the aisle at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. We can't even see the main ceremony site yet, but on the plus side it heightens the intrigue as the groom and wedding guests only get to capture brief glimpses as the bride makes her way down. After turning the corner there is still a short stone walkway to some stairs and then another stone walkway to the ceremony. The other big plus to longer aisles is it gives us, as the photographers, more time to capture the building emotions of the couple and a bigger variety of images.
We always love to incorporate an important personal history into our wedding coverage and for this Kamloops wedding we had this stunning location to work with. After the ceremony and family portraits in town we headed just out of town to Barnhartvale to the family farm. In the middle of a field on the farm stood this massive boulder, know affectionately as "the rock", that the bride and groom were brave enough to climb in their wedding clothes.
We love how the clouds and lighting lend such a dramatic feel to this image. And if you look just to the right of the bride and groom you can see the family farmhouse in the distance, that just ties everything together: the past, present and future all in a single frame.
Here is another image from this stunning Historic O-Keefe Ranch wedding in Vernon, BC. While we are based in Kelowna / Lake Country we travel anywhere in the Okanagan, which is included in our packages. We have photographed weddings in Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon, Penticton, Keremeos, Salmon Arm and outside the Okanagan in Kamloops, Vancouver & Revelstoke to name a few.
While this image was a "posed" shot, we still try to keep the direction light and open-ended. For this it was quite simple "put your veil over your heads" and they did the rest! (I know, a couple kissing on their wedding day sounds crazy, but it happens!).
The colour version was great, but nothing compares to the emotional impact of black & white images. Without the distraction of colour a black & white photograph forces you to focus on content of the frame, on the story of the image.
Detail shots like this one are a photographer's way to "stop and smell the roses" as it were. We love to record all the little details that the couple has spent in most cases the past year focusing on, so we like to focus our lenses on them as well.
After photographing the family & wedding party portions of the day outside of Benvoulin Heritage Church where the wedding ceremony had taken place, we spend some time with the bride and groom before heading off to the reception. As we like to do we each spend some alone time with the bride and groom and record their wedding outfit details. This can range from jewelry, to wedding attire, to something borrowed, or something blue (aka the "de facto" wedding attire traditions list), shoes, and of course ties & vests.
Though the wedding dress always takes the show, we like to give a little attention to the groom's suit, tie, vest, cuff links, watch, ect...
We always watch for those candid moments that happen while moving between locations or in between the more formal setups. Like this stunning image that was taken just before the bride and groom's portraits at The Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna.
The bride was waiting for the groom to meet her at our first location and was looking down at the train of her dress when we captured this fleeting glance. We love how it shows off the intricacies of her lovely hair and how her veil frames the image. It helps that the light was fantastic! You might not want a cloudy wedding day, but it works wonders for soft skin tones.
This also ties into our philosophy that we aim to capture the entire story of the wedding day, and not just the formal events.