Sue & Anand // Gorge Japanese Garden Wedding // Victoria Wedding Photographer

I was looking forward to this wedding ALL DAMN YEAR!  And gosh darnit was it worth the wait.  I know Anand and Sue through my husband (you can read more about that here as well as see their engagement photos in case you missed it). Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict my husband couldn’t make their wedding but I was still happy to do double duty as a photographer  for the daytime portion and a bit into the evening and then enjoy the evening as a guest.  

Anand & Sue were married at the Japanese Garden at the Gorge which is a super stunning venue. It has lots of greenery and of course the most quaint Japanese gardens and ponds.  When Sue walked down the aisle you could hear collective gasps as she was drop dead gorgeous in a gown that was definitely meant for her. What a beauty, inside and out.  In the speeches later Anand told everyone that it was as if he was seeing her for the first time walking toward him to exchange their vows. I mean….COME ON YOU GUYS!!  Romantic level 11/10.   There were so many special moments & fun times at this wedding but I’m going to let the photos do the talking. Here are a few from their special day in August!

Side note: The food was the best I’ve ever had at a wedding and there was just so much of it!  If you haven’t been to Northern Quarter you should definitely go – it’s a super funky little venue with the most delicious food & drinks.

Wedding ceremony venue: Japanese Gardens at Gorge Park

Wedding reception venue: Northern Quarter Restaurant

Decorator: Alexandra Vlaszaty 

Hair & Makeup: Kazen Hair

Wedding Dress: Nuvon’s Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Moore’s Clothing for Men

Best of 2017

I feel like someone should give me a huge pat on the back for only being a week into 2018 and actually managing to publish this blog!  I finish every year with the best intentions of getting my "best of" blog up and posted before the year end but it just never happens. Plus, toddlers. 

2017 was good to me. I know it was a hard one for a lot of people but I have no complaints. I mean, it definitely had it's challenges but what year doesn't?! Overall though I can't even complain. I photographed a ton of amazing people and was busier than ever despite it being my first year back after being on maternity leave. And for that I say THANK YOU. Seriously, thank you all.  For trusting me.  For having me be a part of your life's most special moments. For letting me in.  Seriously, I cannot thank you enough or convey what this means to me. For me to actually get paid for what I love to do.  It was so hard for me to pick just a handful of photos from this year but I managed to do it finally (thank you Pinot Noir) and I hope you enjoy.  Peace out 2017 and cheers to 2018 being the best one yet. 

Tim & Vanessa // The Beach House // Victoria Wedding Photographer

These two!  They are everything together. Sweet and loving, fun and playful.  I find them so easy to photograph (if you missed their engagement session you can see it here) because their chemistry is spot on.  Their wedding day was nothing short of stunning.   Vanessa got ready with her girls at the ever stunning Villa Marco Polo and her and Tim had their first look in the gardens behind the Villa.  Afterwards we had a few minutes to take photos in the gardens before the limo came to whisk them away to the ceremony.   Even though we were in the midst of the raging wildfires in BC and it was quite smoggy, this played to our favor for the photos as it actually made for some gorgeous diffused light for the beach photos.  The Beach House is always a great venue for a wedding and the view is just unbeatable.  After a tear and laughter filled ceremony there was great food, more tears & laughs during the speeches and a perfectly choreographed dance by the newlyweds.  I’m so happy to have been there to witness such an amazing day.

Vanessa & Tim – I wish you all the very best for your life together! Cheers to health, happiness and joy for the years to come.   

Vendors:

Getting ready: Villa Marco Polo Inn

Reception & Ceremony: The Beach House

Florals: Thrifty Foods Broadmead

Hair & Makeup: Erin Bradley

Mark & Kristel // Intimate Victoria Wedding Photography

I learned two facts about these two on their wedding day - Mark has an affinity for shoes and Kristel is really friggin good at decorating gazebos!  I swear I wish I had kept a picture of this gazebo that I took while location scouting for these two (they live on the mainland) because it’s unrecognizable. It had graffiti and trash everywhere and although the view is top notch the gazebo itself left something to be desired. On the wedding day Kristel and her family completely transformed it into such a beautiful spot to be married. 

We did things a little backwards on this wedding day, which in my opinion is the best way to do things (eg dessert before dinner, duh). We all met at Hatley Castle for some family and bride and groom portraits to start. Next we traveled to the Songhees gazebo where Mark & Kristel had the most lovely sunset ceremony in the transformed-in-record-time gazebo. Lastly we booked it downtown so the newlyweds could grab a horse and carriage ride before it was too dark and I could run down the street like a crazy person trying to get a half decent shot of them.  I basically looked like a lunatic running down one of the busiest streets in Victoria with all of my camera gear (have you ever tried to run as fast as a horse walks AND take photos that aren’t blurry?), meeting them at the Empress a sweaty mess.  Totally worth it for the shots though!  

Mark & Kristel – you two are such a beautiful and unique couple and I was so honored to have met your families and been a part of your intimate wedding. I wish you all the very best for the years to come!

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The Avelino family // Victoria Family Portrait Photography

I don’t photograph much else besides weddings in the summer unless it’s a family that I absolutely feel like I have to connect with – which is where this amazing family fits in!  They were looking to have a family session done before they moved to Alberta.  Somehow in the craziness that is summer we made it happen and I’m so glad that our paths crossed.   I mean little Isabella couldn’t be any cuter – look at that munchkin face!  For this family session we wandered around Hatley gardens and then finished off at Fort Rodd Hill exploring the bunkers and lighthouse.   

Enjoy some pictures of the nicest, most gorgeous fam jam to ever have existed! 

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