We loved Joyce and Antonio’s wedding – loved it. It was the perfect wedding to end the summer season. Joyce and Antonio weren’t quite sure of all that entailed a wedding in Canada as most of their wedding experience was learned in the two wedding parties thrown for them in their homes in Taiwan and Macau. Yes you read that correctly – two! We loved our one wedding but having a total of three parties would have been fantastic! By the time we arrived at the Greater Victoria Art Gallery no one would ever have known this was their first Canadian wedding experience – everything was perfect. We arrived to find by fortunate coincidence that our sweet friend Lucy was their mc for the day and she did an amazing job. The ceremony was in the gallery’s terraced garden surrounded by bonsai, bamboo, and oaks. Joyce looked so beautiful and her friend Megumi, from the Ginger Group did an amazing job on her hair – we loved her long romantic curls. We wanted to combine some of the city in Joyce and Antonio’s images so I had spotted a quiet downtown building and knew for months that it was theirs. The bus was a quick splurge – like it was waiting there empty just for us. We had such a lovely afternoon out with them, traipsing through the tall blanched september grasses. We were happy to capture some of their silly side when Aaron caught their little inside jokes against the art installation by Miss Conception. The evening ended with quite possibly the most fun we witnessed this summer when their friend and DJ Roman Yue played “A Little Bit of Monica” while Antonio’s sister led everyone in a group line dance – so priceless! Thanks so much to Joyce and Antonio for bringing us along on your day – it was sweet and lovely – just like the both of you.
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On a perfectly sunny day at a private home near Elk Lake Danielle and Brett got married! Kind family friends let them use their gorgeous property overlooking the lake which made for a beautiful summer evening. Danielle and her mom worked really hard on all the details of this day with apple candle holders, buckets of dahlias, handmade luggage tags, and a garden seating chart. The very sweet traditional cake was made by Danielle’s Grandma. There were a lot of kids at this wedding which is always fun but these little guys nearly stole the show from the super sweet flower girl to the mini beat boys on the dance floor. Thanks so much to Danielle and Brett for sharing your beautiful day with us!
A little while ago on one of our first warm summer evenings we met up with James and his Grandma Helga in the park for a mini session. Helga also brought her very sweet pup named Sophie to join in with us. Knowing that we would be shooting a Grandma and Grandson it got us thinking about grandparents. My Grandpa was a pilot when he was young and is in love with airplanes. There are photographs of him as a child with his balsa gliders and when I was a child there are photographs of him and I, at the little airstrip near their summer home in Beachburg Ont., with his remote control airplanes and balsa gliders. Aaron has taken to these little gliders and at one point I had to reclaim the china cabinet, to make room for actual china, as he had turned it into a hanger for balsa gliders, bi-planes, elastic wind-up prop planes and more. Sitting to have your photograph taken may not be the thrill of a second grader’s evening so we thought we would make it more fun by bringing along a little memory of mine and a new hobby of Aaron’s. Helga and James have a special little bond that you can just feel when you are around them. Helga moved out here when James was wee to be able to be a bigger part of his life. Along with her came James’ little sidekick Sophie. We followed them around the grassy oak meadow as they tossed the glider, played in the grass, and laughed with each other. Their little ways of being together were so sweet to watch and we had such a great time chasing around behind them with our cameras. Thank you so much James and Helga for sharing your sunny afternoon of new memories with us.
With the arrival of spring (sort of, it snowed last Sunday) and a new macro lens from Richard and Amy of Red Leaf, it was time to start in on what I look forward to every year, taking photos of backlit leaves. I would have to say my favorite is the Indian-Plum or Oemleria cerasiformis. Below this is the one with the small oval leaves growing upright off a branch. Emmy often questions if we need so many photos of leaves, perhaps because they fill a large portion of our hard drive. To this I say you can never have too many photos of Oemleria cerasiformis. The photos below have been shot over the last month both in our yard and around Victoria. Enjoy!
So this is the time of year when I guess everyone is looking back on 09. I recently went to a great party where everyone who came had to bring the 10 favourite photos from 2009. Each person showed their images and then told the story behind it. There were a lot of us who didn’t know each other and even those who did learned some fascinating things about their friends that they never knew – if not for that photo. Picking my list was hard because as a photographer there are so many favourites for many different reasons. It has inspired me to put together two top ten lists to share with you on the blog. One list of our personal work and another from our professional work. Might take us a little while so I thought I would get a jump on Aaron and post a couple that I found while making my list for the party. I had a border collie named Bandit and a coop full of chickens when I was a kid. Bandits favourite thing was herding us around when we played outside. Last September when I did the Red Leaf workshop on a tour of the Saltspring Cheese Company.There were three dogs that were just loving moving these chickens back and forth. We were there to take photos of cheese but a few of us spent most of the time tracking the dogs. The morning sun and the look of sheer pleasure on this dog and the attempting-to-be-stealthy chickens just make me love it.
Come back soon to see our favs from 2009 – E
Oh you can definitely feel the love between these two!! Aaron and Danya said their “I-do’s” on the last hot day of the summer in Kelowna and it was a love fest. You might recognize these two as they were both members of the wedding party of Pam and Dave’s Hot Hot Wedding and these four must be wedding pro’s by now as Pam and Dave returned the favour by standing up with Aaron and Danya on their big day. Danya and Aaron have known each other for years as they grew up together when they were kids. They spent a few years apart, when Aaron moved to Texas, but he made his way back to Kelowna and they found out they liked each other a bit too much to just be friends. It was evident to us that their families, who have long been friends, could not be happier with their new in-laws. This was a great day with many many laughs which started with a groomsmen prank on Aaron, when they produced tux pants many sizes too small, and ended with one of the most entertaining receptions we have ever witnessed. We are sure you two will have much more laughter and love in your future – congrats!!
Kas and Jen are from Toronto Ontario but came out to our beautiful home town of Victoria British Columbia for their wedding. When we met them for coffee the day before the big day to go over the shoot we had so much fun chatting we felt like we were hanging out with good friends. These two are definitely a Rock ‘n Roll couple. Kas if half of the electronic music duo Tetris Hold’em. He uses software to play music on gameboys – how cool is that! Jen designs handbags inspired by retro images, photo belt buckle, chic aprons, and much more under the name Bennie and Olive. She named her business after her Grandparents as they were the ones who taught her the skills she now uses as a designer. Jen’s gorgeous dress and coat were made by her friends and fellow Toronto designers Comrags. Her shoes are Ceylon by John Fluvog and were named after tea because the heels look like teapot spouts. Jen crocheted the guys’ bow ties which I have to say are the best bowties I have ever seen and it was so cute because Kas was so proud to be wearing it. The shot of her brother was nabbed as we left the shoot – her dad was unable to make it to the wedding but he sent his cowboy boots and hat for her brother to wear in his absence.
The garden photos and ceremony was held at Abkhazi Gardens which is now a protected property as it was originally the home and gardens of Prince and Princess Abkhazi descendants of Russian Royalty and is now a protected property managed by The Land Conservancy
These two have the best story as they both grew up on the prairies and later found themselves living in Toronto. They were flying home and Kas spotted Jen in the airport while waiting for his flight and was more than happy to find that not only was Jen on the same flight but that his seat was next to her when they boarded the plane. By the end of the flight Jen said she arrived home beaming and quite smitten. Jen told us she had never thought she would be the marrying kind until she met Kas. They are such genuine, sweet, and creative people and we are looking forward to hanging out with them when we head to Toronto this week. These two have so much love and they really brought it to the shoot which made our job so easy!! Congrats to Kas and Jen!!
Also this shoot has been featured on Rock ‘n Roll Bride!!! For more images you can visit at http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2009/10/escape/
Recently we had the great pleasure of capturing Eileen and Kevin’s big day. They are the last couple to have their ceremony on the deck of The Ward Room at CFB Esquimalt. There is a history of proud service in the family and that was definitely represented in those who attended. We had a great day with Eileen and Kevin; they are a very sweet couple and we wish them all the best! Here are some highlights from their day.