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A couple of weeks ago I got to photograph this beautiful Merridale Cider wedding for an adorable couple, Shauna and Dan. Shauna e-mailed me about photographing their wedding without realizing that Dan is actually my friend’s brother, and I’ve met Dan and his family several times. It was fun getting to meet Shauna and her family and see Dan’s family again. Shauna looked gorgeous and they were very sweet together.

My favourite part of this wedding was when Dan’s father told them that they’d have to take part in a German/family tradition of doing a task after the ceremony to prove that they could work together in marriage. Turns out that task was sawing a log in half – quite the feat in a big white dress! But they did eventually get that log sawed, even if they needed to trade in for a better saw.

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Remember Sophia and Deryck’s documentary engagement session, which told the story of her visiting him on weekends? A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get to photograph their intimate wedding on Pender Island. Getting to know these two over the last few months has been a wonderful experience for me. You don’t have to watch them for long to understand what love should look like.

It felt like the first day of summer at Poet’s Cove that day, with the bright sun shining from the moment we arrived, even though it had been pouring rain the day before – clearly an auspicious sign for this marriage.

The family got crafty with Sophia’s mother making her unique green wedding dress and gorgeous shawl. Handmade details were numerous, including several other handmade shawls. Sophia demonstrated that she has sneakers for every occasion with green All Stars for the wedding and orange ones for the reception to go with her orange dress. Deryck looked sophisticated in his dress uniform, but that didn’t keep him from laughing big and snuggling Sophia all day.

Thanks for having me there to capture your day, Sophia and Deryck. It was an amazing start to the wedding season. Hopefully soon, you won’t have to say goodbye at the end of the weekend anymore.

Pender Island Wedding Photography

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Poet's Cove wedding photography

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Venue: Poet’s Cove Resort & Spa
Hair: Nicole from Hope Bay Hair Salon




Leanne and Arun got married at St. Ann’s chapel in early January. Before the wedding, they met for a first look at Beacon Hill Park, overlooking the ocean. The day was surprisingly sunny, and Arun (who lives in England) was really excited to get his photo taken wearing sunglasses in January. That’s Victoria weather for you – totally unpredictable. We wandered around the park a bit with Leanne’s parents and the wedding party, being stalked by peacocks and getting a little silly (and sometimes snuggly). Arun has one of those big laughs that the camera just loves, and the couple looked very sophisticated and lovely in their wedding finery. It was a sweet wedding full of happy smiles and a great way to start off the 2014 wedding season.

Ceremony venue: St. Ann’s chapel
Hair and makeup: Erin Bradley