2013 was a great year for weddings! I photographed some super sweet elopements, a wedding for two very close friends of mine, some receptions with crazy awesome dancing, and lots of love and fun.
Thank you to all of my clients this year, and in years past and future, for trusting me to take your wedding photos and having me as part of your day. You guys are the reason I do this – you make work fun!
Update: The contest is over and the winners are Joan and Marcel!
I’ve decided to take my annual wedding client contest off of Facebook this year and post it here on the blog for ease of sharing. The winner (whoever has the most votes by January 20th) will receive an 11×14 canvas or 16×20 matted and framed print. Anyone getting 50 or more votes gets a $50 print credit.
Another thing that’s a bit different this year is that I’ve included a portrait and a candid photo from each wedding. Typically the contest features mostly portraits, but I do so love wedding photojournalism.
How to Vote
Voting will be by Facebook comments, to ensure that everyone only votes once. Please vote by leaving a comment below with the name of the couple you’re voting for and what you love most about them and/or their photo(s). You can only vote once.
If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still help out the couple by using the sharing buttons above and below to share this post on Twitter or Pinterest, or copying the URL to share by e-mail, and asking your friends to vote.
Voting ends at midnight Pacific Time on January 20th, 2014
Voting ends at midnight on the night of January 20th, 2014. Winners will be announced as soon as votes are validated and counted.
The couple’s names are above their two photos and you can click the link below their second photo to see the full blog post about their wedding.
Irene and Khanh
April 28th, 2013 – The Old Country Inn (Unionville, ON)
Marla and Scott
May 18th, 2013 – St. Ann’s chapel and the Union Club
Becky and Colin
May 22nd, 2013 – Galiano Inn (Galiano Island)
Joey and Eric
May 26th, 2013 – Sooke Harbour House
Lauren and Ben
July 6th, 2013 – St. Ann’s auditorium and CFB Wardroom
Jessica and Edward
July 27th, 2013 – Beacon Hill Park and the Union Club
Sarah and Guillaume
August 2nd, 2013 – Sea Star Cottage (Galiano Island)
Joan and Marcel
August 3rd, 2013 – St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Sooke Prestige Hotel
Elyse and Tasem
August 9th, 2013 – backyard dock and Westin Bear Mountain Resort
Hilary and Calvin
August 10th, 2013 – Mount Tolmie and Prospect Lake Community Hall
Laura and Helen
August 13th, 2013 – Fairmont Empress Hotel and Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)
MaryAnne and Michael
August 23rd, 2013 – Mount Douglas
Nicole and Carlos
September 12th, 2013 – Merridale Estate Cidery
Jeff and Veronica
September 21st, 2013 – Abkhazi Garden
Please vote by leaving a comment below with the name of the couple you’re voting for and what you love most about them and/or their photo(s). You can only vote once.
Joan and Marcel got married in early August. It was a really fun day and everything looked beautiful because of Joan’s impeccable taste. We started out at the Victoria Regent Hotel in a giant suite with great harbour views. The limo broke down on the way to pick up the bride, but she kept her cool and we got to the church just a bit late. I love Joan’s style and her two amazing dresses. Marcel looked pretty good too. Definitely a good looking couple.
The ceremony was at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in downtown Victoria and the reception was at Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke. They made sure everyone was entertained at the reception with trivia, slideshows, and messages from friends who couldn’t attend.
One of the best things about the reception was a game they played with the “bachelors” and “bachelorettes”, which was something I’d never seen before. The girls were all blindfolded and the guys had to limbo until one hit the bar. The losing guy had a bunch of paper hearts stuck all over him and the blindfolded women were led to him to try to grab a heart. It was really interesting to photograph, though some people tried to grab hearts off of me and I had to turn them around. Finally, the groom’s sister ended up as the last girl without a heart and her boyfriend was the limbo loser. He had to put the garter on her and they danced together. I suspect this game may have been rigged, but it was totally adorable.
After the game, parent dances, and Marcel’s toast, the bride and groom danced together. Halfway through, the song changed to Flo Rida “Low” and Joan and Marcel busted out the sunglasses and did an awesome coordinated dance. After that, the party was really on. There was some really amazing dancing, including some line dancing (and Gangnam Style, of course). Check out the link to the video at the bottom of this post to see them in action.
You can check out their awesome wedding video by Paper Heart Films here.
Getting Ready Hotel: Victoria Regent Hotel Planning an awesome wedding in Sooke, BC or Greater Victoria? Check out my wedding portfolio.
Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Reception Venue and Catering: Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke
Decorator: Designer Wedding and Special Occasion Rentals by Linda Payne
DJ: Hi-way Productions (Ron Larson)
Florist: Paulette Brown at Country Grocer
Hair and Make-up: Artistry by Alexa
Videographer: Paper Heart Films
Cake: Dutch Bakery
Hilary and Calvin got married in August on a day that started out cool and cloudy and ended up really hot during the ceremony at the top of Mount Tolmie. The heat was worth enduring for a sweet ceremony in a gorgeous setting. I loved Hilary’s unconventional custom-made dress. Also awesome – a bunch of men in kilts, including an uncle playing the bagpipes. This wedding was a lot of fun, laid back, and full of surprises.
I kept hearing that Calvin loves to dance and was looking forward to seeing some moves at the reception. Hilary and the wedding party stole the show though with a surprise for Calvin: a choreographed dance, which featured a medley of pop songs including the Spice Girls and paper masks featuring Calvin’s face. The Calvin masks made a return later in the reception when everyone wanted to wear them while dancing. And yes, Calvin can dance. And Hilary and their guests weren’t too bad either.
Ceremony Venue: Mount Tolmie Planning an awesome wedding in Victoria, BC? Check out my wedding portfolio.
Reception Venue: Prospect Lake Community Hall
Caterer: Food for Thought
Hair: Nicole and Co
Make-up: Melanie Dawson-Whisker
Officiant: Don Gunn
Bride’s and Bride’s mother’s dress : Tamara K custom dressmaker
Groom’s suit: W & J Wilson