Ryan and Chisu had a small ceremony at St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria, with only three guests in attendance, though they were so lively, it felt like more! They set up a tablet to record the ceremony so that Chisu’s family could see it from afar. Chisu was so giggly during the ceremony, I couldn’t tell whether she was laughing or crying most of the time. We wrapped up with a bunch of photos with their family and friends, including an impressive sibling high-low five move, showing how awesome it is to have just the people you love most at your wedding.
I was really looking forward to Cora and Joshua’s wedding, after their fun engagement session at Legends Comics and Books. They added a lot of personal details to their wedding, including some geeky comic book themed touches for Joshua, while still keeping things classy to work with the style of the Empress Hotel.
Like during the engagement, Cora and Joshua were full of smiles, and some people even got a little (or a lot) emotional. I loved how they kept the guest list small, creating a more intimate feel for the wedding and allowing them to actually spend time with their guests.
Cora clearly loves sparkle, as do I, as evidenced by her shoes and the brooch bouquet she made herself (seriously, how awesome is that?) – thanks to Gwen Ewart for the bouquet photos. I also adored Cora’s short-sleeved dress, which couldn’t have been more perfect for her.
The next few photos are the getting ready photos I live for: the bridesmaids fanning Cora with anything they could find (like a tissue box and package of nylons), Cora checking out her brother’s fancy tux, and Cora and her brother swaying gently to calm her down before the ceremony.
Thanks to Gwen Ewart for most of these detail photos (except the cake topper close up). Many of the details were hand made by the bride, including the paper flower centerpieces and comic-themed table markers. I love the Batman and Wonder Woman cake toppers.
Ceremony Venue: St. Ann’s Chapel
Reception venue, cake, and catering: The Empress Hotel
Bridal party bouquets: Kenmar Flower Farm
Hair and/or make-up: Fish Hair Salon
Officiant: Iain Hooey
Bride’s dress: Victoria Bridal Boutique – Moonlight collection
Bridesmaid’s dresses: David’s Bridal
I was so excited to hear from Kristine about her plans to marry Travis in Victoria this past April. I met them both back in March of 2012 when they were in town for Travis’s brother Jonathan’s wedding to Alexandria. Jonathan and Alex were the last people I expected to get a referral from, since they live in the Northwest Territories, so this was an awesome surprise.
Kristine and Travis had their wedding ceremony, following by a brief reception, at St. Ann’s. They added a bit of Scottish flavour with the exchanging of tartans, and one of the guests even wore a kilt. We took a few quick photos in front of the chapel, before a horse and carriage whisked them away.
For the garter retrieval, they blindfolded Travis and led him over to a bench where Kristine sat next to a guest in a kilt. Of course, he went for the exposed, hairy leg first.
And here’s Alex and Jonathan, from their wedding in 2012 (left) and from Kristine and Travis’s wedding (right).
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.
The wedding season has ended and I’m finally caught up on my editing, so it’s time to blog my summer weddings. The summer season kicked off to a great start at the beginning of July with Lauren and Ben’s wedding at St. Ann’s auditorium and the CFB wardroom. You might remember their documentary engagement session from last year.
Ben works in politics (and frankly is a bit obsessed with them) and they met while Lauren was volunteering for an event, so of course, they had to bring a bit of politics into the wedding in the form of campaign button favours. They also had a campaign hashtag, and photos of the buttons were soon all over twitter. I’d say the campaign was a success.
I think my favourite part of the wedding was when Ben saw Lauren walking down the aisle with her dad. He looked really emotional, turned a bit red, and kept repeating “wow” over and over.
These two spent a lot of time socializing with their guests during the reception, rather than spending the night on the dance floor, but they also danced with each other quite a few times throughout the night. There was also some line dancing (video proof from DJ Jeremy Baker) and Ben and the groomsmen sang along to Bruce Springsteen. After hanging out on the patio for a while, Lauren and Ben came running in to dance to “Forever” by Jesse and the Rippers. Yep, these guys are awesome.
Getting ready hotel: Oswego Hotel
Ceremony venue: St. Ann’s auditorium
Reception venue and caterer: CFB Wardroom
Bridesmaids’ robes: Singing Slowly
Ceremony music: Jo Ann C. Dalisay
DJ: Jeremy Baker (Spin the Black Disc)
Florist: Poppies Floral Art
Hair: Shampoo Hair Bar
Makeup: Melanie Baird
Cake: Father of the groom
Officiant: Bill Smith
Bride’s dress: Martina Liana from Blush Bridal Boutique
Fascinator: Blair Nadeau Millinery (Toronto, ON)
Bride’s necklace: Atelier Hg80 (Whitby, ON)
Groom’s suit: Outlooks
Groom’s tie: Banana Republic
Bridesmaids’s dresses: Alfred Sung from Blush Bridal Boutique
Groomsmen’s ties: RW & Co.
Invitations & ‘campaign button’ favour design: Adam at Metropol Printshop
Marla and Scott got married at St. Ann’s Chapel, with a reception at the Union Club, back in May. In her initial e-mail to me, Marla said “The idea is to have a wedding that is elegant but relaxed, with lots of family love and some fun on the dance floor (the can can and cossack dancing are mandatory at [my family’s] weddings).” That was the perfect description, with their sophisticated style and laid back personalities. And yes, dance they did. There was a ton of energy on the dance floor and some impressive moves from the many kids, including some amazing breakdancing.
Gwen and I spent most of the reception being followed around by a little girl with a camera (future wedding photographer?) and sometimes her sister, which you’ll see later in the post. As I was grabbing something from my bag around 11pm, Marla came up and said, “are you still here? Go home and get some rest!” We were having too much fun; the day just flew by.
Venues: St. Ann’s and Union Club
DJ: Tim Horner
Caterer: Union Club of British Columbia
Florist: Flowers on Top
Hair: Elena Roberts
Make-up: Melanie Baird
Cake: Cakes Galore
Dress: With Love Bridal, Ottawa, ON
Organist: Kathleen Edge
I loved this August wedding at St. Ann’s because it was so different and the bride may just be the cutest person on Earth. The entire wedding, from walking down the aisle to the bride and groom’s exit, lasted about four and a half hours. Most wedding days are much longer, so it was refreshing to have a shorter wedding, packed with events and fun, where none of the guests had a chance to get bored or restless. The ceremony happened in St. Ann’s chapel and the reception was in the gardens behind the building, which was a gorgeous location.
The reception included some unique events, including prizes (fancy jam) for the “best reaction to our engagement” and “fastest RSVP”, a dance contest, and songs rewritten to be about the couple and their city. Oh, and after the dance contest, the bride led everyone in the Time Warp. Each event was preceded by an excited explanation by the tiny bride with the biggest smile. After the reception, we took a few night portraits in front of the Empress Hotel and got home with plenty of time to backup all of the images and choose sneak peeks for the couple.
I think this wedding was the perfect lesson for couples who don’t love the traditional long wedding day with the usual wedding events – make your wedding as big or long as you want and do your own thing.
Location: St. Ann’s
DJ: Sound Choice
Florist: Rook and Rose
Hair: Erin Bradley
Makeup: Lindsay Archdekin Hatherly and Jen Clark
Videographer: Publik Productions
Officiant: Cathy Lavoie