Lynn and Peter’s wedding day… where do I start? There is so much wonderful stuff to talk about, but let’s start at the very beginning with Lynn getting ready with her bridesmaids and parents at an AirBNB. Lynn and Peter rented out the cutest two-story loft on Seymour Street with floor to ceiling windows, white walls and bright and airy decor. To add to the space even more for their door games and tea ceremony, they decorated with red heart balloons, Chinese words, garlands and more. It was adorable. Lynn’s tea ceremony dress was perfect for her, as well.
Following the first tea ceremony (and when Peter won the right to see his bride after passing the bridesmaids’ challenges!) we drove to Peter’s apartment in Olympic Village for the second tea ceremony. Peter and Lynn served tea to Peter’s father and uncle, then took a quick break to eat some McDonald’s burgers and fries (hahah!) before Lynn changed into her wedding dress.
As the rain started to fall, Peter waited for Lynn outside the apartment building lobby for their First Look. When Lynn walked up to say hello, the two stood a few feet apart smiling and laughing. They each waved, one at a time until I said, “You can kiss each other y’know!” And they laughed even more before going in for a kiss. It was pretty cute. As I mentioned, Peter lives in Olympic Village and it’s one of L+P’s very favourite areas to explore. It was perfect for their wedding portraits!
We photographed all around the Village capturing beautiful Fall leaves and some amazing architecture, too. We balanced a mix of umbrellas and rain jackets and extra pairs of shoes, always a challenge, but Lynn and Peter were pros. The rain was starting to get a bit heavier and I was trying my best to move quickly, have a well executed plan and keep Lynn as dry as possible. I had scouted some locations a block away that would be totally undercover, so I told Lynn the new plan. She said, “Okay, but can we get some more photos here first?” I laughed, “I was only thinking about you! If you don’t mind the rain, let’s keep going!”
Lynn and Peter had the best attitudes! The rain came in drizzles and every few minutes it would stop, only to start again, but Lynn paid no attention to the fact her dress was dripping wet at the bottom. They were simply happy, relaxed and content to be with one another. I loooooved photographing these two together.
The wedding ceremony was held at five thirty in the evening at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. I had no idea what to expect from the space, as it was my first time photographing a ceremony inside. The light was challenging but I loved how the photos turned out. Lynn and Peter stood in the walkway, in the midst of loud parrots and exotic birds and the indoor warm, humid climate, surrounded (very closely!) by sixty guests and exchanged their vows. Finally, their dinner reception was at seven o’clock in a beautiful round room at the Seasons in the Park Restaurant.