Sarah and Abdul: August 24, 2014

Brix Restaurant Wedding

Sarah and Abdul were married on August 24th at Brix Restaurant, a couple weeks over four years ago since they first met. A casual summer evening dinner with mutual friends changed the course of Sarah and Abdul’s lives forever. I loved hearing more about the story of these two scattered throughout their ceremony and reception. Abdul was smitten with Sarah from day one, claiming she was one of the most beautiful, smartest women he had ever encountered. When he worked up the courage to ask for Sarah’s number a week after their first meeting, they shared their first date at Rodney’s Oyster House in Yaletown. (You’ll see portraits from Rodney’s below! It’s only a block away from their venue.)

When Randy and I arrived at the Westin Grand for getting ready photos, Sarah had all of her details organized and laid out clearly for me. It was amazing. Note to future brides: this saves me so much time! I loved photographing her stunning dress (and couldn’t wait to see her in it!), her sparkly Michael Kors heels and all of her jewelry. I loved the added detail of the engraved initials and wedding date on Abdul’s band.

Abdul and Sarah chose to share a First Look in Stanley Park before the ceremony, making the timeline for the wedding day a breeze. I showed Abdul his position and let him know Sarah would be a couple minutes behind me to meet him. His face had so much expectancy on it, it was the sweetest thing to watch. His joy was explosive. Sarah smiled all the way down to her groom and when Abdul saw her, tears filled his eyes. I loved snapping away while they hugged, talked, giggled and got even more excited about the day ahead.

Brix Restaurant was the perfect backdrop for their wedding ceremony. Sarah walked down the aisle on her father’s arm and Abdul didn’t take his eyes off of her, just beaming from the front of the room. They exchanged their own personalized vows and my favourite moment was when Sarah said Abdul was a friend to many. “Almost every time we are out, Abdul runs into somebody he knows. And,” she said, going off script, “I kid you not, even today during our photos at Stanley Park, he saw a friend.” (It’s true.) Everybody was laughing and it was such a fun moment. Sarah and Abdul have big hearts and it’s easy to see why people want to be around them and be their friends.

The reception had lots of fun details. Sarah and Abdul are going to Paris on their honeymoon (they may have left already!) and scattered a few Parisian influences throughout their wedding day. The dessert table was all mini-cupcakes and macarons and Abdul’s gift to Sarah in the morning was a bracelet wrapped in Parisian-themed wrapping paper and an Eiffel Tower notecard. Brix Restaurant had fabulous food, as always, and all of the guests had fun late into the evening.

Sarah and Abdul, all the best to you both! Thank you for having us as your photographers!


Hair Stylist: Stephanie Maxcy
Makeup Artist: Kaily Grist
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Bride’s Jewellery: Elsa Corsi Earrings
Officiant: Tracy Sheppard
Dress Designer/Store: Allure from Lisa’s Bridal
Florist: Queensberry Flowers
Venue: Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
Coordinator: Jillian Turner 
DJ: Mike Smith 
Cake: Sweet Thea
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Favours: Honolulu Cookie Company

Wedding Weekend Adventures

In the midst of complete craziness this August (7 weddings to shoot, moving homes) Randy and I have managed to squeeze in a lot of fun, as well. We knew it would be our “busiest” month on the books and we were determined to make the best of the situation and the crazy double-header wedding weekends. I’m so thankful for a husband who supports my work and loves what I do.

My husband is originally from Vancouver Island (in fact, he’s only been on the Mainland now for 2 years) and we love to go “home” to visit his Mom and friends at least 2-3x a year. We were so excited when a wedding invitation corresponded with both of our crazy work schedules. Seriously, though, what are the chances of shooting seven and being invited to one and actually being able to attend that one? On Friday, we celebrated with our friends Sarah and Kyle in Courtenay. It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony right near the ocean and a backyard reception at a beautiful acreage.

Saturday, we spent some quality time with a handful of friends – it’s always a packed trip of “fit all important people into two days.” We met a friend for Starbucks before a family portrait session. By the way, I was super excited to shoot again in Courtenay. We’re over there fairly often, so don’t hesitate to ask when we’re coming next! I’ll photograph anywhere North Vancouver Island. After a wonderful shoot with the Taylor family, we hung out at Brent and Carlee’s house for the afternoon. In the evening, we were able to rest and relax at Mark and Kim’s house and laugh until late evening.

Sunday morning was the full day! We had a 5:30am wakeup alarm to get packed, showered and ready for a wedding day. We caught an 8:30am ferry to make it back to Vancouver by 11am, have lunch and start coverage of Sarah and Abdul’s wedding by 1pm. It was a beautiful day with a timeline I love (First Look before Ceremony!) and a venue I love: Brix Restaurant.

It was a wonderful, full, weekend. Now it’s back to house cleaning and photo editing and cooking and unpacking and laundry and all that fun “after a trip” stuff. Have a great Monday! I’ll be back this week with a gorgeous wedding to enjoy.

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