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.
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Finally catching up on some blogging with Courtenay and Patrick’s gorgeous backyard wedding in Gordon Head. Remember them from their rainy day engagement back in March? Courtenay’s gorgeous smile was even bigger on her wedding day. She started the day off at Shampoo Hair Bar with her sister and best girl friends. I loved the colourful look and laid-back atmosphere of the salon. It was sweet watching the interactions between the girls, which foreshadowed the affectionate and loving mood of the rest of the wedding.
Courtenay and Patrick did a first look in her parents backyard with their best friends and families watching from the balcony. Then we headed to a nearby beach for some portraits and a few couple portraits at the yacht club. The excitement was building as we arrived at her aunt’s house in Gordon Head where the guests eagerly awaited. The ceremony was adorable and contained some little rituals to involve their family and friends (sand ceremony and little glass pieces to add to the sand jar).
Everything was just gorgeous from the wedding arch built by the groom and others to the ocean view and the fresh-picked flowers to the amazing dessert table. After some heart-felt speeches by family and friends, a cute rendition of the shoe game, and the cake cutting, most of the guests headed to the tea house to dance the night away, where the floor was literally bouncing with the energy.
Wedding day-of Coordinator: Tammy from Blue Lily Event Planning
Band: Werewolves of Creston
Ceremony music: Emily Carr String Quartet
Caterer and Cake: De’lish Fine Foods and Catering
Florist: Courtenay’s mom, aunts, and family friends Marina Powell and Leslie Lord
Hair: Alisha St. Cyr at Shampoo Hair Bar
Make-up: Shakti Keyes at Shampoo Hair Bar
Officiant: Mark Munn
Bride’s dress: Ivy and Aster from Frocks Modern Bridesmaids in Vancouver
Maid of Honour’s dress: Jenny Yoo from Frocks Modern Bridesmaids
Groom and best men suits: Indochino