Jennifer emailed me a month ago inquiring about my availability for a Wednesday wedding in Stanley Park. It wouldn’t be my first Wednesday wedding, but after a phone call with Jennifer, I discovered it would be a different first: the smallest wedding to date. Jennifer and Bruno met through work almost seven years ago in Lake Louise. They’ve been together for five and a half years now, and live together as a family with Bruno’s two beautiful kids in Canmore. A few months ago, on a trip to Vancouver, Bruno took Jennifer on a walk through Stanley Park. He stopped on Third Beach (where these photos were taken!) and asked Jennifer to be his wife. She said yes.
When it came to planning their wedding day, Jennifer and Bruno knew a simple, intimate and meaningful ceremony was of the utmost important. Vancouver holds a special place in their heart – as well as the ocean – an ode to Jennifer’s Melbourne roots. Jennifer’s mother and two nieces flew all the way from Melbourne and Bruno’s mother joined them from Canmore, as well. A bride, a groom, six guests, an officiant and a photographer. I was so honoured to be there and witness such a unique celebration. What a beautiful day!
A horse-drawn carriage picked Jennifer, the two mothers and the three girls up from their hotel. An hour ride around Stanley Park concluded with a drop-off at the ceremony site, Ferguson Point across from the Stanley Park Teahouse. Below the grassy hill, Bruno and his son, Xavier waited the arrival of the ladies.
After exchanging vows, Bruno stopped to honour both mothers as well as his children. It was so sweet. Their relationships are so strong and genuine, especially between this new family. Bruno’s kids are beautiful.
My favourite part about their wedding day was the family feel. It was casual, meaningful, relaxed. There was no “wrong” way to act. The kids were free to be kids, Jennifer and Bruno free to be silly in love and everybody had a good time. We walked from Ferguson Point down to Third Beach for portraits.
The rocks where Bruno proposed.
After portraits, Jennifer, Bruno and family enjoyed dinner at the Stanley Park Tea House.
Congratulations to this beautiful new blended family. I wish you all the best in the years to come together!