A few weeks ago, I photographed Holly and Darren’s elopement at Abigail’s Hotel. It was a rainy Sunday, so were stayed indoors for the ceremony and portraits. The honeymoon room there is gorgeous though, so I was happy to take some photos there. I loved Holly’s non-traditional dress and her dedication to getting her earrings on even though one of the holes had closed up. What’s a little blood when it comes to looking gorgeous for your wedding? Holly and Darren were all smiles, despite the rain, making for a sweet and fun day.
Erin called me about a last minute elopement in August. She said she wanted to go into the ocean in her dress, which set my mind whirring with ideas. I finally got to meet her just before the wedding at Abigail’s Hotel and she was adorable and fun, as expected. Then I met Bob and saw how perfect they were together, especially at the portrait session where neither of them could stop laughing. After a few photos at Government House, we headed to a mostly-secluded beach to get some ocean shots. This was when I realized that I’d never been in the ocean with my bare feet. It was one of the hottest days of the year, but the water was freezing. And the rocks at this beach were very sharp. Alternating between laughing and wincing made for some fun photos, including them laughing at me and my sore feet. I had an awesome time.
I was hoping to blog one more engagement session before this wedding, but I just couldn’t resist any longer. Alexandria and Jonathan travelled from the Northwest Territories for an intimate wedding with 18 of their closest family and friends. They had a ceremony and mini-reception at Abigail’s Hotel, which were both full of laughter and silly sweetness. Then we headed to the ocean and Fan Tan Alley for some portraits.
I love their classic movie star style and couldn’t resist editing many of the portraits in black and white. Short dresses are perfect for taking lots of portraits and for being able to move around, like Alex showing off her mad ballet skills. When you save money by having a smaller wedding, it’s a great excuse to buy some killer shoes – she chose Jimmy Choo’s (my first time even touching some). A custom cape, jewelled hair-piece, and birdcage veil topped off her vintage style. Jonathan also has that 40s movie star look: kind of a blend between Fred Astaire (my favourite) and Cary Grant. Add in Alex’s natural grace (and their resistance to cold weather) and you get some stunning winter portraits. It was such a great prelude to the spring season for me.
Venue: Abigail’s Hotel
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal Debut (Edmonton)
Groom’s Tux: Perry Ellis from Capital City Tuxedo
Cake: Cakes Etc.
Flowers: Petals Plus
Officiant: Joan Hoffman
Hair: Fish Hair Salon
Make-Up: Pearl Spa at Abigail’s
More info on having a small wedding in Victoria, BC.