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

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
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

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