For this engagement session we met up with Linda & Steve at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, walked over to the boardwalk in Waterfront Park, and then finally headed up to Knox Mountain for some lovely views and to get caught in the rain! Luckily the rain was short lived and that we were right beside the covered lookout point. Can't wait to photograph their wedding next month at Summerhill Winery!
Love knows no bounds, this is definitely true for this lovely couple. They first met online and quickly grew close and starting talking often over skype. The bride lived in California and the groom in Vancouver so she came up an visited for a few weeks, then later found a job in Vancouver and the rest is history. We have been honoured to tell the story of our friends weddings through the years and this one was incredibly special to us. The wedding was held in a friend's backyard in Vancouver and it was very intimate and special memory for all in attendance.
We snuck away with the bride and groom to the close by Queen Elizabeth Park and got to capture them having a quite moment alone (ok so we were there... so "mostly alone"). Typically this is the first time that a couple has a few moments available to reflect on the fact that they are now officially a married couple.
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.