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