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!
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.
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.
This moment melts my heart. McKenzie and Nate, Tehra’s (and now McKenzie’s!) son holding hands before his mom came down the aisle.
The details at the Sequoia Grill (Teahouse) in Stanley Park were oh-so-elegant.
And the food was delish. ;)
My Uncle Brian giving a toast.
One of my favourites from the day.
These kids. So cute. I can’t even get over it.
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.