September 7, 2009 In photography, weddings

Performance Works Wedding : Laura and Darren

Despite a week of feeling sick and icky, nothing could damper my excitement for Laura & Darren’s day on Friday, September 4th. I had been looking forward to being a part of this day since I first met Laura & Darren in early January at their apartment. I loved their style, I loved their energy, I loved their Goldendoodle, I loved their love. I celebrated alongside Laura and her fiance, with thirty of their closest friends for her thirtieth birthday party. A few weeks later, Laura and I met for Americanos, and we laughed as we chatted about more of the fabulous details she was planning for their September wedding.

Then came their engagement session, which turned out to be one of my favourites of the season. As Laura and Darren and I exchanged more emails throughout the months leading up to this day, I truly felt like a friend who could not wait to see these two united as man and wife. When I walked into the penthouse suite at the Granville Island Hotel, I found Laura calmly having her makeup done in the bathroom. A few moments into our conversation, Laura looked up at me with her incredible big green eyes and said softly, “Jamie. This week… It’s just… It’s just been magic. Magical. Every moment. From my bachelorette party last Saturday, to… just every day. Magic. This morning. Last night. Today… Magic.” I smiled and thanked Jesus for these two beautiful people He had brought together in His timing.

Laura and Darren, your day was a joy. An absolute joy. Laura, your green eyes that I am oh-so-jealous of, SHONE all day long. I loved your giddy little laugh during the vows. I loved how you practically shook with excitement before Pastor Dave pronounced you husband and wife. Darren, I have to say it again, I loved your gray converse. Pretty much made my day. I loved your smile that never left your face: all. day. long. From the morning to the final goodbyes, you were one happy man: and rightly so. I’m so excited to see you both continue to walk with your Lord in the coming years. Love, ME!

P.S. A big thanks to my beautiful friend Melissa Jill who second-shot this with me! Some of the photos in the slideshow are from her.

Juuuuust about died when I saw these shoes. Gray is one of my favourite colours. And these are stunning.



Some of Laura’s accessories. [Update] Laura sent along the name of the fabulous Etsy store who designed her feather hairpiece, A Farmer’s Daughter.


What a cute little getting-ready outfit Laura had on. SO cute. Her beautiful makeup was thanks to Denise Elliot. (



This was right after they said, “HI!” excitedly once they got close to each other.


The ceremony took place in a park, right near the Vancouver harbour. After they had their first kiss, a few of the boats honked their horns and this was Laura and Darren’s reactions. Priceless.



Loved the gray bridesmaids dresses: I had never seen that before.


When the guys went and got their matching gray converse shoes, I was loving it. I have a thing for converse. And fun bridal parties. Both met at this wedding.



Couldn’t resist another shoe shot.


I rarely do guy’s shoe shots, but these were callin’ for one.

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Mmm, love it.








Can they BE more adorable? Seriously. Folks.



Some great details inside Performance Works. Laura and her bridesmaids individually strung over 1000 butterflies from the ceilling. That’s dedication.







To see more of Laura & Darren’s Performance Works Wedding CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  • I love how you captured this wedding! awesome :) and those butterfly details amazing!

  • Great site…keep up the good work.

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with these! Such awesome details and swanky urban colours. (do you like my use of Canadian spelling?) ahahahaha. For you.

  • Okay, first of all, that bride is SO crazy adorable. I don’t think I’ve seen a perma-grin on a bride like that ever.


    Third, so jealous you had MJ there to help you second shoot. How fun!!!

    Nice work Jamie!

  • Love them Jamie!! You did amazing. The colors are fabulous!! And I can only imagine how cute you and Melissa Jill were working together the whole day!! :)

  • Absolutely gorgeous! I love her style, the shoes, the colors, and her hair piece is to die for! I can see why you were looking forward to it, Jamie!

  • Stunning work as usual! Love the groom shoe shot!

  • Love all of the great colors you used as backdrops. Great work Jamie!

  • Yep, love those shoe shots…both of them!

  • Jamie- as usual you work is beautiful. What a gorgeous couple.

  • Awesome job friend! So fun 2nd shooting with you!!

  • Great color in all of these! You keep on rocking it all the time!

  • Awesome photos Jamie!! :) Love the love captured in these images… and you’re right–grey looks awesome!!! :) What a beautiful couple. :)

  • They look great! Amazing job!

  • Mmmm I’m LOVING those walls you found for the bride & groom shots! And that feather hair piece? To die for! Awesome work:)

  • Jamie these are bang’in…yes I said bang’in

  • Oh I absolutely LOVE these captures!!! I am going to link this on my FB to share with friends! Beautiful & fun!!

  • really…you found orange stairs?! u luck out big time!!! :) Love them all! I’m insanely jealous that you’re free to do this full time! … I think I need to stop stalking you because It makes me want to quite school! ha! You’re awesome and I don’t know you but I’m proud of you! haha You set a high standard and really show off what the life of a young photographer can look like! keep up the awesome work and lovin the Lord;)

  • Love them all! Another superb job.

  • They are the cutest. I love that last shoe shot! Awesome, Jamie!

  • adore these! never disappointed :)

  • Wow! I don’t even know these two and I’m rooting for them!!! Congratulations to the happy couple and cheers to the brilliant photographer!

  • I saw Mellisa’s photographs from this Wedding. You girls did a wonderful work! Beautiful couple! They should be very lucky to have you as a photographers!!!!

  • I came from MJ’s blog too…y’all are a great team! The images are incredible!

  • AHH! This is like gray heaven & that last wedding from you was totally white heaven!! LOVE it. :))))

  • love the detail shots as usual!! also love the reception lighting! i gotta learn more about off camera flash b/c clearly the results are FAB

  • Awesome work Jamie. Beautiful images, each and every one of them. And what a treat to actually hear about the wedding from you personally before seeing the photos on your blog. It was wonderful meeting you last night… thanks again!!

  • Slammed dunked another one girl! Couldn’t be more proud of you if I tried. Every shot is outstanding. I see that I need to start calling Melissa … MJ – didn’t know that til now! So … you and MJ did a fab job, you are an awesome team!

  • Jamie! These are just so lovely. I like the shoes so very much! Great shots.

  • Excellent site, keep up the good work

  • wow! the color of these are unbeli. i am in love with the color and style of these photos. absolutely your own. thanks for sharing!

  • a) these rock b)lucky you to have melissa jill to hang with c)i can’t believe you have already posted these– makes me feel like a slacker! d)thanks again for the breakfast.

  • So classic and classy. Love love love it! You did such a fabulous job (as usual!)

  • Found you today through Melissa Jill. LOVE your work – it is BEAUTIFUL!!

  • i agree! the grey converse are fab…and her shoes — SMOKIN’!!!

  • The photos are absolutely stunning Jamie!! What a beautiful couple…Everything looks amazing. Great day and so many wonderful people to be around! You are one creative girlie I must say :) It was nice to work with you! Hopefully we may work together again in the near future.

  • Truly beautiful work Jamie! The bride and groom are gorgeous!

  • These are awesome! Love the pops of orange!!

  • i love the light in all of these!! the shot of them walking down the aisle together is so perfect!

  • One word for you, Jamie: WOW!!!!! You are really amazing!! A photographer i know told me about you and I’m glad she did. Because your pictures are inspiring and seriously GREAT!!!! :]

    P.S. I’m kind of like you. I’m almost 17 and I have my first paid gig in October. It’s nice to get started early. :]

  • You captured some amazing details. That yellow/mustard wall is delicious. Great fabulous work as always.