I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the amount of times I was asked over the course of our engagement, “Are you going to shoot your own wedding with the self-timer?” and “What wedding photographer does ‘the wedding photographer’ choose?!”
My answer was simple, really. Pretty much since I met Lydia through Kristen a handful of years ago, I knew I loved her work. Lydia’s work was and is the right amount of quirky…. without being too much. The right amount of fun… without it seeming forced. The right amount of posing to capture both stylized and natural images. The right processing to make her subjects shine. Plus, she’s pretty, fun, has gorgeous long red hair, is a sweet friend of mine and was willing to fly across the continent with one of our “shared” best friends (and my maid of honour) Kristen to attend our wedding. I truly never considered anyone else. Lydia’s work speaks for itself. Browse her blog and facebook page and see if you disagree with me. ;)
We’ve been so excited to see her blog post of our wedding and now it’s finally up! As mentioned in a previous post, I will be blogging a more complete picture of our day (in images and words) in weeks to come – but for now, enjoy these photos and even more from Lydia’s blog!
Oh, it feels so good to be back to work! Esther and Silas’ April 13th wedding at Westwood Plateau was officially the first wedding of the season. (…If we don’t count mine, a couple weeks before, hah!) I was a liiiitle bit nervous shooting a wedding for the first time in six months but Esther and Silas, along with their bridal party and families, made it a breeze. We were blessed with a beautiful Vancouver spring day – the blossoms were out in full force and the sun was shining!
Esther prepared for her wedding day in a hotel suite with her three bridesmaids and her immediate family. The view from the room was perfect. Everything was very calm and fun and laughter was frequent! One of my favourite moments of the morning was Esther’s Dad fastening a pearl necklace around his daughter’s neck. Esther’s Mom watched on, quietly, before coming for a hug. Soon, her brother did the same. Just a very sweet, intimate last moment before the flurry of the day’s activities.
Esther and Silas’ First Look (I love First Looks – I had one at my own!) was adorable. Photo evidence above. So, so much joy, overflowing. Excitement radiated from these two’s faces all day. Before we knew it (weddings days fly by…) it was off to Grace Vancouver to wed. Esther and Silas had a long ceremony, full of carefully planned elements unique to them. First, there was a scripture reading, next two worship hymns, led by Silas himself (I thought that was really neat!) and then a short sermon, vows, exchange of rings, communion and presentation of flowers to both mothers. Oh, let’s not forget when the register was walked down the aisle mid-ceremony to sign on a clipboard. Hahah. Everybody loved that part.
We snuck in a few cherry blossom pictures right outside of Westwood Plateau before the dinner reception. I loved all of Esther’s springy details, the floral arrangements were gorgeous and the wooden rounds for the table centres complimented Westwood’s rustic feel. When I first entered the hall to start taking detail photos I noticed a table off to the left. I assumed it was a candy buffet – but NO! A TEA buffet. This was the best thing. Esther and Silas invited guests to take one small tin and one large tin full of whatever loose leaf tea they liked – all flown in from China. You betcha I filled my tins with green tea.
Esther and Silas, gorgeous, gorgeous day. All the best to you both! Enjoy island-hopping in Hawaii, we are jealous of you! We wanna go back!
Hair Stylist: Rhianna Reddekopp from Terra Casa Make-Up Artist: Alyssha Chiang Bride’s Shoes: Fluevog Event Designer/Florist: Rebecca Thongkham from Lavender’s Blue Designs