Sophia and Deryck are Married

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.

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

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Bryn and Dan are Married

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Bryn and Dan got married on Pender Island on Thanksgiving weekend. I was so excited for this wedding because these two are super fun and have great style (check out their adorable engagement shoot).  The wedding ended up being even more emotionally charged due to a family tragedy shortly before the event.  I’m so happy that everyone managed to still come together and celebrate their love.  Bryn and Dan are such a sweet couple and lucky to have found each other. I think the family definitely needed a bit of joy, and this wedding was certainly full of joy – best demonstrated by the look on Bryn’s face during the ceremony.

The couple and friends arrived the day before and started putting all the little DIY details into place. I love it when couples put so much of themselves into their weddings, and this wedding definitely was their style. They had mismatched tablecloths and napkins (and handkerchiefs in case you felt the need to cry during the ceremony, which I know people did), they put together the bouquets themselves, made poms to decorate the ceiling (in my favourite colours, pink and orange), had woodland creature masks for the kids to wear (by the end of the night, everyone had one on their head, if not their face), personalized signs, and plenty more. My favourite was the best bridesmaids dresses ever, which were a surprise to the groom, along with the bride’s reception dress. Oh, and the bride and groom’s matching shoes. They also had a cask of extra special beer brewed for them by their friends at Salt Spring Island Ales.The reception was full of great music, dancing, and even karaoke. So much fun, sweetness, and emotion. I loved this wedding and I really hope these photos can do it some justice.

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Venue: Pender Islands Community Hall
Officiant: Dan’s father
Hair Stylist: Nicole Payer from Hope Bay Hair Salon
DJ: Johnny Pollard
Dress: Blush
Flowers: Red Barn Market
Shoes: Converse
Caterer: Fat Daddies (really yummy home-style and barbecue food)
Cakes: farmers’ market
Beer: Saltspring Island Ales

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Laura and Gary are Married

I managed to fight off a really bad cold and took the ferry over to Pender Island for Laura and Gary’s wedding.  It was completely worth it.  My second shooter Louise and I had a great time with them and their family and friends on beautiful Pender Island.  I didn’t get to meet them before the wedding because they live on the mainland, which always makes me a little nervous, but I think we all got along really well and they were great at posing (and not posing) for the camera.

We met the couple and their bridal party (and a bunch of other guests) at stunning Poet’s Cove before the wedding.  Louise took the next two scene-setting shots.  It started out as a dreary, rainy day (my first rainy wedding).

Louise took some great shots of the guys while I photographed the girls getting ready.

Louise took the following fabulous shot.

Louise took this shot of the church after the ceremony.  Such an adorable building.

We went to Gary’s family’s oceanfront property to take some portraits.  It was a great time, except when Laura slipped on the wooden stairs down to the beach (their idea,  not mine).  Gary caught her, but the bouquet went flying over the edge into the trees below.  She had a great attitude about it all.

Florist: Jan from House on Pender
Hair: Nicole Payer from Hope Bay Hair Salon
Caterer: Pender Island Bakery
DJ: Colin Watson

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