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.

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Ceremony Venue: Mount Tolmie
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

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Elyse and Tasem (rhymes with “awesome”) got married on a dock in a Prospect Lake backyard in early August. It was an intimate wedding with only family and friends-like-family. Elyse and Tasem did a first look before the ceremony and Tasem had the best expressions awaiting her arrival and once he saw her. I love the photo of them hugging. Barbara Densmore officiated and helped the couple create a unique ceremony that involved stones to remember those that couldn’t be there and writing messages on stones for the couple to keep. Their son was quite possibly the most stylish (and cutest) kid in a suit ever.

They had a small reception at Bear Mountain with beautiful flowers and delicious appetizers. The kids ran around, like at the ceremony, and everyone chatted and celebrated. Elyse’s parents gave some sweet and funny toasts and then the couple figured out how to cut the cake without causing a collapse. The stunning mountain view from the patio made for a great setting to wrap up a beautiful day.

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Reception Venue and Caterer: The Westin Bear Mountain Resort
Ceremony Music: Allegro Con Trio
Florist: Elephant Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Jamie Poll at Haven Spa at The Pier Hotel in Sidney
Cake: Cakes Galore
Officiant: Barbara Densmore
Dress: Luz Bridal Boutique
Suit: Banana Republic
Chair and umbrella rental: Scene About Town

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Laura and Helen got married in a small ceremony at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. The ceremony was attended by a small number of family members, but more of their friends and family joined them for a reception at the always gorgeous Hastings House on Salt Spring Island a few days later.

It was really sweet to see Laura and Helen celebrate their wedding after being together for a really long time. There was definitely some major emotions happening during the ceremony (always a photographer’s dream). Their friends and family were a lot of fun and didn’t mind posing for lots of group photos. As an added bonus, the wedding was full of engineers – if only I hadn’t lost my old iron ring. I’m not sure they believed I went to engineering school.

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