the cab driver kept saying that the traffic on georgia was worse than normal today. i felt relieved i had left plenty of time for mishaps and unknowns. i chatted a bit with him, but for the most part kept quiet. re-checked my gear. let the nerves settle in a bit. i always feel nervous.
i got to the hotel on time, early actually. my dad always said growing up: “it’s always better to be early than on time, and never be late.” words of wisdom there. i found stephanie and her mom in the hotel room, taking the day in. it was calm, but happy and excited in that room with the view of stanley park and the water and boats. stephanie had a smile on her face that pretty much never left all day. we gave a hug hello, and i began to shoot.
i remember about four years ago looking at blog post after blog post of wedding after wedding, wishing one day i’d have the chance. the ones that have stuck with me are the ones that told a story, that shared the essence of the day. the honest ones, you know? doesn’t matter whether it was trendy or not, i just wanted to see genuine. with each shoot and each wedding, that’s always my goal. i’m grateful stephanie and kevin gave me a chance to tell their story, as honestly as i could.
we had beautiful cloudy skies, an amazing backdrop of the city and water and seawall and the excitement and laughter of their friends and family to help the story unfold. and, of course, the couple’s love itself. the whole reason for the day. and a genuine love it was.
getting ready location: Westin Bayshore Hotel
ceremony/reception location: Vancouver Rowing Club
videography: Wedding Shoot, Allen Mansurian
florals: Flower Factory, Gloria