Terrain at Styers Wedding | Philadelphia

Terrain at Styers Wedding | Philadelphia

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.

Coal Harbour Wedding | Katie+Shad

Coal Harbour Wedding | Katie+Shad

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. 

Strangers Walking By

Strangers Walking By
  • I love meeting new people. It’s a big part of being a photographer who works in events, and especially weddings—you meet new people every time you are shooting, and it’s much more fun to make friends and connect with those people, rather than treating each wedding as just another job.

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.

Dog Mountain Engagement Photos | Dylan+Mallory

Dog Mountain Engagement Photos | Dylan+Mallory

These two have been going back and forth between Calgary and Vancouver, and have finally settled here on the coast. They love mountain biking and exploring, so for their engagement photos here in Vancouver, we walked up and around some of the trails in Mt Fromme before a short hike through the snow to the lookout at Dog Mountain. It was well worth the miles on our shoes. 

Side One Entertainment's Rob Hamilton on why a wedding band rocks

Side One Entertainment's Rob Hamilton on why a wedding band rocks

Side One Entertainment started small. The band's first performance was at a private residence on the North Shore. They played Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" as their first public performance together, for the couple's first dance.

Of course, nothing ever goes perfectly the first time. A hot sunny day led to an arcane issue: Paul Miyai, Side One's lead pianist, was playing an electronic keyboard, and somehow it had shifted out of tune—a nearly unheard of issue. "Cory [the bassist] and I were looking at each other, as musicians who play instruments that can go out of tune, frantically checking our tuning pedals and we couldn't figure it out. Finally at the end of the song I asked Paul to restart his keyboard, and it booted back into tune." The rest of the party went as most weddings with Side One go: raucous singalongs, wild dancing, and multiple encores.

Filosophi's Erin Bishop on why people love weddings (and other things)

Filosophi's Erin Bishop on why people love weddings (and other things)

Erin Bishop is an award winning wedding planner based in Vancouver, BC. She started Filosophi Weddings in 2010 with a goal: to give every bride a completely stunning, personalized and unique wedding that is anything but stereotypical. Erin is an industry leader, renowned for putting on a show that's a little bit different. I sat down with her and her three-legged pup, Frances, at Filosophi's headquarters in downtown Vancouver.