Natalie and Meagan connect with others the moment they meet. They biked across Canada together in 2016, and if that isn’t a test for a relationship, I don’t know what is.
Every once and a while, I get a message from Cole at Nordica Photography that goes something like “What are you doing on June 24?”
I love these messages, because they almost always are followed some version of “Want to come shoot this cool wedding with me that day?”
Anna and Wade certainly fit the definition of “cool”. Hailing from Squamish, land of adventure, they exude every aspect of mountain culture. Choosing a venue like Bodega Ridge for their wedding, perched on the northern edge of Galiano Island, was a perfect fit for the two of them.
Here is my perspective on the shenanigans that went down.
“Come to our rehearsal dinner.”
This is always an invitation I enjoy. Meeting family and friends, those closest the bride and groom, in a relaxed environment allows me to connect with each person without the pressures and distractions of a wedding. It was the start of a wedding weekend that put the emphasis on family.
Alex and Christine told me they didn’t know where they were getting married. It was the summer before. Details, really. But they knew they wanted to seal the deal with just their closest family beside them. They knew that it would be a small moment with momentous meaning, and wanted to remove the gigantic expectations from the ceremony. They said they might get married in their living room.
"How many guests are you having?"
When people tell me their having an intimate wedding, I typically think third or forty guests. So when Aly and Denis told me that they would be just twelve, including themselves, I was beyond incredibly excited to join such a close circle of family at their wedding.
I grew up in the Okanagan. The land of vines and rolling hills, carved out of the mountains by glaciers. It’s a beautiful place, whether skiing in the winter, overlooking the valleys wrapped in clouds, or cruising down the lake on a hot summer’s day.
That’s why I love going back to photograph Okanagan weddings. It’s beauty is so certain, and so different from anywhere else I’ve ever been. Wedding photography in the Okanagan takes on a certain look and feel of the valley. The hillsides glow gold while trees and vines surround the blue water. So I was an honour to be invited to photograph Erik and Catherine’s wedding at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards.
I hope to be back soon, because the sunsets are as epic as the wine. Enjoy the photos. I will let Catherine tell the rest of the story.