I'm a wedding and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, BC with my husband Randy. I photographed my first wedding when I was only 17 years old - and I've photographed over 200 weddings since! I am an avid bookworm, lover of green tea, pretty nail polish & my Labradoodle Harley. Thanks for visiting!
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Our Love Story
Welcome back to Brandon & Jen’s wedding! If you’ve missed Part One, be sure to check out yesterday’s post before continuing. We’ll start right where we left off – on our way to the ceremony. From the initial stages of their wedding planning, Brandon and Jen’s number one venue choice was Roundhouse Community Centre. Miraculously enough, only three months before their wedding day, a Saturday in September was available! And the only Saturday and/or weekend I wasn’t booked between August and October. What are the chances? God had his hand over all of their wedding plans. We were so happy!
Brandon and Jen’s vision for their wedding was a warm, candlelit evening – with a gold and creme and neutral colour scheme – and of course, lots of greenery and white flowers to complete the look! Classy and romantic at it’s finest. The beautiful cement floors and wood beams and “blank space” feel of the Roundhouse Community Centre was the perfect backdrop. To minimize tear-down and set-up time in between the ceremony and reception (which was all held in the same room) Brandon and Jen chose a unique format. They had four long tables for guests to dine at during the dinner… but guests also sat in these chairs during the ceremony.
Our friend Jason Ballard did a great job officiating the wedding ceremony. It’s special when an officiant really knows the couple and is then able to incorporate their friendship into the ceremony. My favourite line was definitely Jason’s precursor to 1 Corinthians 13. “You may know this chapter, made famous in the 2002 adaptation of the 1999 Nicholas Sparks book: A Walk to Remember.” I laughed. Brandon and Jen wrote their own vows and to hear a little snippet of them, you’re gonna have to check out the wedding video at the bottom of this post. Jen requested to go first in rehearsal… for a better chance of controlling her emotions. ;)
After Brandon and Jen were pronounced husband and wife, shared their “First Kiss” and signed the register, all of the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom gathered around them. In the background, our friend Shelby sang “Broken Vessels” as we prayed. I loved the symbolism of this moment and the words being sung over top of our voices.
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind but now I see”
“Oh I can see it now
Oh I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying Yourself down
Raising up the broken to life”
“You take our failure
You take our weakness
You set Your treasure
In jars of clay
So take this heart Lord
I’ll be your vessel
The world to see
Your life in me”
This picture cracks me up – once again thank you to Wendy Lees for all of the ceremony images! (And any image with me in it!!)
A quick turnover on the stage – and after a half hour for family photos – we were ready for the reception!
The greenery and florals were amazing!
This detail amazed me – and so many of the guests in attendance that day! Brandon and Jen had customized programs for every guest on their plate. Their name was at the top (serving as a place card) but also a note personally thanking them for attending. It was written individually to every guest! On the reverse – an outline of the reception program.
Roundhouse Community Centre is a big, big space and one of the “problems” while planning was – what do we do with all this? Thankfully, they had the idea to use floating walls angled in towards the tables to close off the room. They printed out huge prints to decorate as a kind of “photo gallery.” This was in addition to the slideshow of childhood/teenagehood/current photos that cycled through on the back wall during the dinner hour.
Jen’s family is German… and this table was FULL of German sweets. The line for guests to get their hands on some of these was lengthy! And it stayed lengthy until they were all gone. Apparently the cheesecake was “to die for?” ;)
(Above photos are mine, below are Wendy’s.)
When I sit down to write a blog post, I try my darnedest to capture the day as best as I can through formatting photographs and adding my own words. However, I know I’ll never be able to make it seem like “it was that day.” I can’t remember every word, I can’t remember every touching moment and I certainly can’t adequately express how amazing my cousin Michael’s best man speech was. One of Jen’s bridesmaids Lindsay leaned over to me at the head table after Michael finished and said, “That was a roller coaster.” And it was – in a good way. Michael poked fun at Brandon until everyone was in laughter and then would transition into a heartfelt comment about Brandon’s character in the next sentence. And back again. Tears to laughter to tears to laughter. I know I’ll remember that speech for years to come. (…And I’ve heard 170 of them. So good on you, Best Man.)
Michelle, Jen’s older sister, also pleased the crowd. Haha! She gave a hilarious but equally heartwarming speech about growing up with Jen and how different the two daughters were. Just when we thought she was finished, the music was cued and she rapped the last half of her speech! It was adorable and unexpected and courageous. She got a standing ovation.
(All photos following are mine.)
Brandon and Jen, hope you enjoyed reading these posts! I love you guys. See you next week when you’re home from Hawaiiiiii. And to everyone else, be sure to watch the video below by Us to You Wedding Films. You’ll love it.
Lead Photographer: Jamie Delaine
Second Photographer: Wendy Lees
Bride’s Dress: Provinas from Ivory Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: French Connection
Bride’s Earrings: The Bay
Bride’s Bracelet: Bowring
Bridesmaid Dresses: Le Chateau, The Bay, ASOS
Makeup Artist: Brittany Newton
Hair Stylist: Kristel Poppema
Florist: Granville Island Florist
Co-Ordinator: Pam Russell
Event Rentals: Salmons
Cake: Fresh Street Farms
Catering: Catering Visions
Grooms/Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic & The Bay
Custom Engraved Tie Clips: Etsy
Videography: Us to You
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Roundhouse Community Centre