Laura and Helen are Married

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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Joey and Eric are Married

Joey e-mailed me about a month before their wedding, seriously excited – and I mean seriously. I knew from his attitude that I had to photograph this wedding. Joey and Eric travelled from the US with their families to Sooke Harbour House, which provided a beautiful setting for a sweet, intimate ceremony. The guys and their families were so friendly and cheerful, everyone involved in the wedding fell in love with them, including me and Brenda, the officiant.

They did a little pre-wedding dancing, tried some weird and wonderful West Coast food, toasted with some wine, and struggled with the boutonnieres, before starting the ceremony. The original plan was to have the ceremony outside, but with rain coming off and on, they had it inside the hotel instead. We managed to get outside for some portraits, which we were all happy about. I love how sweet and playful Joey and Eric are together.


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John and Barry are Married

John and Barry came from Mississippi to get married at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. Barry’s children and their kids came along to share in the celebration. It was a beautiful sunny day in a week full of rain and they got married in the gorgeous library with light streaming through the windows during the ceremony and dinner.  John plans big fancy weddings and I think even he was impressed by the dinner decor the Empress put out. The selection of food and drinks at the cocktail reception in their suite and at the dinner was also fantastic. I’ve never photographed a wedding larger than this one at The Empress, but I would really love to.

The best part of the day was seeing how emotional the grooms got during the ceremony, especially during their vows. I think Barry’s children teared up a bit too, despite the bathroom/water break in the middle of the ceremony (oh the joys of having young kids at a wedding). The young kids were so energetic after the ceremony, running around the hallways of the Empress and making everyone laugh. I was grateful that I brought Georgie along to second shoot and help manage the kids, because she did such a great job of photographing them.

Here are some of my favourite photos I took that day. I love how there’s so much life in them. I hope you had a wonderful visit to Victoria, John, Barry, and family. We were so happy to be a part of your wedding.

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