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September 24, 2009 In photography, weddings

Stanley Park Teahouse Wedding : Tehra + McKenzie

I walked away from Tehra & McKenzie’s wedding day with a new passion for weddings. That’s not something every wedding photographer can say at the end of the summer wedding season: the last one refreshed them. I saw a wedding through my camera, not necessarily as a photographer, but as a cousin. A family member. Who loved and personally knew that Grandma I was snapping photos of during the touching speeches, the aunt and uncle I was watching as their son spoke his thank-you’s, the beautiful bride (and my soon-to-be cousin) who was vowing to love and respect her new husband for the rest of their lives.

It mattered. It was personal to me. And I loved it. I have a new respect for the photojournalism side of wedding photography. I’ve always been a semi-photo journalist. I’ve taken photos of real moments, real laughs, real reactions: I love when I capture people as they are.When that grandpa, aunt, uncle, individual means something to you–you know them: that photo becomes ten times more important. I get it. So much more now. And that fills me with more of a passion for what I do. I remember my cousin Kristy’s wedding day, about five years ago. The photographer captured a photograph of my Grandpa listening to the speeches. It’s probably my favourite photo of him to date, and when he passed on, it doubled in value to me.

Rambling aside, Tehra & McKenzie’s day was so blessed. It was incredible to see Tehra and her two children be united to McKenzie as one, complete family unit. I’m so happy I got to photograph it. Not one moment of the day felt like work. Everything was perfect!

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

Tehra and McKenzie chose not to have a bridal party, but Tehra’s best friend Kate was there through the whole day, cheering her on as her maid-of-honour, but not really, officially. ;) They’re so cute.

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

Right before the ceremony, I checked the Bride’s Room to see if Tehra was ready and found Tehra and her mom praying before she walked down the aisle, along with Tehra’s daughter Edyn. Absolutely precious. Amazing prayer.

stanley park teahouse wedding

This moment melts my heart. McKenzie and Nate, Tehra’s (and now McKenzie’s!) son holding hands before his mom came down the aisle.

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

The details at the Sequoia Grill (Teahouse) in Stanley Park were oh-so-elegant.

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

And the food was delish. ;)

stanley park teahouse wedding

My Uncle Brian giving a toast.

stanley park teahouse wedding

How CUTE.

stanley park teahouse wedding

One of my favourites from the day.

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stanley park teahouse wedding

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These kids. So cute. I can’t even get over it.

stanley park teahouse wedding

Beautiful Edyn.

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

After the lunch reception, McKenzie and Tehra and I went out into Stanley Park for a half hour of photos are so. Love how peaceful Tehra looks in this shot.

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

stanley park teahouse wedding

 

  • I just LOVE the fact that they are a blended family coming together as one. So precious. Great shots :)

  • Beautiful photos Jamie!!!!!!!! And beautiful words.

  • Absolutely marvelous, Jamie! You’ve simply out-done yourself again! McKenzie is just going to love these, too. Thank you so much!!! <3

  • I must say, too, you’ve got my kids looking like little angels!!!

  • Beautiful as always! That picture of Edyn, though, is amazing! The rim of light and her expression speaks more than a thousand words!

  • Jamie i love it !!!!!!!!!! Fabulous !! Kisses of France…

  • These are awesome! I can imagine how nice it must have been to be shooting for someone in your own family :) :) Glad you had that experience :) Great work!!

  • Beautiful work Jamie!

  • Hey, great blog…but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please :)

  • Awesome, Jamie! What a great couple!

  • Great job Jamie! Love the images and the moments you captured..I have 5 sisters and 1 brother and 4 of my siblings have gotten married in the last 3 years and I got to shoot their weddings so this was a great refresher for me of how special those fleeting moments are throughout the day…I can’t believe I lost sight of that. :S

  • LOVE IT! and i loooveee tehra’s tattoo! what does it say, (if you dont mind!)

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    Stunning Image! Fabulous job {surprise}! Ha Ha – Hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

  • Sooo good!! love the mom hug one as well!! and what a great deal to have a lunch reception! :) love!

  • {img}453_82{/img} — I’m with Kelsey, her tattoo is beautiful, what does it say?! Great job as always!

  • @Deborah and @Kelsey: I asked Tehra and it says “Nosce te ipsum” which means “Know Thyself” in Latin. It IS beautiful, I love it.

  • {img}453_33{/img} Brought tears to my eyes…

  • Linda Tracey

    Beautiful bride, beautiful family all captured in such beautiful pictures!