Liliya and Horace: Burnaby Village Museum Wedding

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Liliya and Horace’s wedding was so much fun to photograph. It began with the tea ceremony in traditional Chinese clothing, moved on to the wedding ceremony in the cute little chapel in Burnaby Village Museum, and closed out the night at the Dockside restaurant at Granville Island. Naturally, the vintage 1912 carousel at the village was part of the photography, as was the old electric tram car.

The fun times, laughter, tears of joy, poignant speeches, hilarious costumes, beautiful bride, and dancing definitely exemplified a great wedding celebration. Liliya’s parents made the journey from the Ukraine to attend her wedding, but to also meet their other daughter’s toddler son for the first time, so what an incredible visit it would have been for them.

This being a Ukrainian-Chinese wedding gave a me a chance to try out the Russian I learned years ago in university, and my Cantonese as well – it is quite the challenge trying to think in three languages at once!

Congratulations to Liliya and Horace!

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Wedding: The chapel at Burnaby Village Museum

Reception: Dockside Restaurant at Granville Island Hotel

Freya and Philip: Painted Boat Resort Wedding

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Freya and Philip had a wonderful, touching, small ceremony with their close friends and relatives. I was very glad to be a part of it, and just like on the engagement shoot a few weeks earlier, it was great fun too! They invited their family and friends to stay at the Painted Boat resort for a few days, and when I arrived, they were in the middle of a game of ultimate frisbee. They were sure lucky with the weather as even the aptly-named Sunshine Coast was hit by heavy rains earlier that day, but the skies cleared in time for them. I also had a chance to take my daughter Isabelle along to shoot some bonus audio and video behind-the-scenes and regular footage. 

 

Venue: Painted Boat Resort, Madeira Beach, Sunshine Coast, BC

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Freya and her gorgeous dress, made by one of her relatives.

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Philip playing a little Ultimate Frisbee before it’s time to get changed

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Philip’s first look at Freya

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I was taking this picture of Freya when Philip decided to become a bigger part of the background…

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A little [very careful!] fun around the water; quiet moment rehearsing one’s speech

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Philip’s sister wasn’t able to attend in person, but was able to from the UK via Skype

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Each table was decorated with a painting of one of their favourite activities

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Helena and Michael: West Vancouver Wedding

Saturday, 20 March 2010

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  Such a busy, yet wonderful festive time to be in Vancouver.  In between attending some of the Olympic events, Helena and Michael held a small and intimate wedding celebration at his parents' house near Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver with about 18 of their closest friends and family in attendance.

And what a beautiful setting it was!  The house is built into the side of the cliff and amidst the multiple levels of balconies and access to the waterfront we had a most memorable and enjoyable celebration.  The couple live in Geneva, and held the wedding back in Vancouver for the benefit of the friends and family that couldn't make it out to Ravello, Italy, where their white-dress wedding is going to be held.  So this was also a reunion of sorts for friends and family.

In a show of perfect timing, the sun decided to burn off the February rain and fog that day and gave everything a nice summery feel.  What I really liked about the wedding was the relaxed pace.  It wasn't rushed, and they took the time to enjoy the whole experience and catch up with friends and family.  Oh, plus the Thomas Haas (one of Vancouver's premier chocolatiers) chocolate cake as well -- a beautiful piece of work that was, and a different take on a wedding cake – delicious!

They're now back in their home in Geneva planning their Italian wedding for June -- too bad I already had a prior commitment for that date...arrgh! :(  All the best, guys!

 


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Michael popped in during the makeup to steal a quick kiss:

Helena had to make a tough choice on what to wear as her wedding dress wasn't going to be ready in time for Vancouver, but she made a great choice!

Gorgeous setting overlooking the water.  Shades in February?  Only in Vancouver of course!

A shot showing the house:

Yet another different balcony: