"Hey, what are you doing in Denmark? Want to come to Iceland instead?"
That was the text Cole Roberts from Nordica Photography sent me just two weeks before this incredible wedding…
Vows don’t make me cry. I attend at least 20 weddings every year, and years of exposure therapy have left me immune to all of your attempts to tug at my heart strings. It’s fine, they aren’t about me.
But Jesse’s vows got me.
Jesse and Ashley have been through tough times. They’ve battled illness together that no one should have to go through, while making it through school and those tumultuous early years of getting your life together. You’re mostly here for the pictures, so I’ll just say that in short, they’ve fought through more trouble than most couples ever go through, and they aren’t even old enough to claim they’re in their mid-twenties.
Mallory and Dylan jumped into my car when I first met them. We were heading to shoot their engagement photos around Seymour. Both of them are avid outdoors people, and their energy is always so up beat. We hiked across mountain biking trails and through snow for the perfect light overlooking Vancouver, where Mallory had finally moved to just weeks beforehand...
Traveling anywhere for a destination wedding is always exciting. New places have always inspired my shooting—a fresh slice of the world to explore. Keegan contacted me last year to be their wedding photographer—he spent several years as the Canadian Embassy’s official photographer in Washington DC and met Kristin while living there. It’s always an honour to shoot for a fellow artist. Still, Philadelphia in January doesn’t ring off the tongue like a beach further south might in the winter months.
I’m so glad I was wrong.
Katie and Shad knew exactly where they wanted to have their wedding. When I sat down with them at a cafe in Coal Harbour, they knew that their hearts lived in the neighbourhood. They worked nearby, they had their first date at Top of Vancouver, a beautiful landmark in Vancouver, and their sailboat lived at a nearby pier. I love sailing, I grew up on small boats and was an instructor in my teens, and what I knew was that these two were a perfect match for me.
So I wanted to expand that from my work, to my neighbourhood. Vancouver can be an insular place—a place where you might not really now your neighbours. I believe anything you can do to break those barriers down is good, and so I set up my portrait station on my front lawn.