November 12, 2009 In photography, weddings

Stanley Park Pavilion Wedding: Jennifer + Mike

Jennifer & Mike were my last inquiry for a 2009 wedding, my last client meeting for a 2009 wedding, and my last wedding of the year 2009. Funny how that works. I love the challenge of shooting Fall or Winter weddings in Vancouver. The unpredictable rain, or wind, or cold: and it’s so rare that I’m allowed the opportunity to shoot weddings outside of May – September. I couldn’t be more pleased when an incredibly sweet email from Mike and Jenn popped into my inbox at the beginning of September.

This couple = my ideal kind of client. Mike and Jenn both are involved in worship leading at Coastal Church, Jenn also does graphic design and Mike is interested in filmmaking. Creative couples have my heart! One of the things I remember most about their first meeting is how much we talked about personal style: Jenn is attracted more to the French Victorian and elaborate home decor while Mike favors clean lines and minimalism. I hear their apartment is attempting to be a marriage of both! Compromise, right?

Onto the wedding day… I truly have too much to say about this day. As well as knowing Jenn + Mike after our initial meeting, I also knew “of” Jenn and her siblings as they all went to the same high school as me. Jenn’s father is Pastor Dave of Coastal Church and I recognized at least twenty of the guests, either from high school or church circles. To boot, Jenn’s family lived on the same street as my family for about eight years–but we never knew them! Connections, connections, everywhere. I’ve also photographed a wedding previously that Pastor Dave officiated and had met his wife Pastor Cheryl before as well… Okay, rather than typing everything I want to say about the wedding up here, scroll down to hear a few more details.

I loved Jenn’s dress choice and could definitely see a little bit of elaborate-French-Victorian-esque influence.

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

The day was started at Jenn’s parents incredible, incredible penthouse suite in downtown Vancouver. Think 360 degree views of the entire downtown and harbour. Jenn was probably one of the most excited brides ever. As every bride should be on her wedding morning. She could not stop talking about seeing Mike and telling her bridesmaids how hot he looks in his suit. She was ready to see him!

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

My second shooter Laura Marchbanks caught this image of the groomsmen praying with Mike pre-ceremony at Coastal Church.

stanley park pavilion wedding

As the guests mingled before the ceremony, worship music played throughout the chapel and my soul just began to be stirred and excited for what was about to happen. Two people that God had brought together in His timing were about to become one. Jenn walked in to “I Don’t Want To Go Somewhere” by Avalon and the words are incredibly meaningful. I got chills up and down my spine and the only way I could keep from crying was to smile like a fool. So I did! Such a happy moment, I’m smiling writing about it!

There were multiple things that made this ceremony incredibly unique. First off, Jenn’s Dad walked her down the aisle but also officiated the ceremony, so before giving her away stopped at the end of the aisle and talked about his daughter. About her growing up, and her commitment to wait for a man perfect for her, and commended Mike on choosing well.

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The vows were incredibly meaningful, and included promises to be each other’s prayer partner in life through the ups and downs.

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

This blog post would be too long if I included every event of the ceremony, but Mike + Jenn also took a few minutes to pray quietly together on stage after their vows. I loved that. Starting off their first moments of marriage by praying together. Her parents also came up and prayed over the newly married couple. Dave and Cheryl Koop also prophecied over their future exploits together as husband and wife. Jenn and Mike met when Mike began to be involved in the worship team at Coastal Church, and they finished the wedding ceremony by leading worship together. Loved it.

stanley park pavilion wedding

After family photos back at Jenn’s parents apartment, Jenn and Mike and myself headed up to their private rooftop (once again with incredible views of the city!) for some quick bride and groom portraits. It was very cold: poor Jenn. She did a great job looking warm.

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

When I was culling through images I found this and fell in love with it. Laura, you’re great.

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stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

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stanley park pavilion wedding

Although it rained all morning, when we needed the rain clouds to part, they did and the sun even poked out. Jesus had His hand on this day.

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

We had to get some of the fast-fading Fall colours in, of course!

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

Makes me smile.

stanley park pavilion wedding

The whole bridal party headed on over to Stanley Park for more photos, which was near the Stanley Park Pavilion where the reception was held.

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

How beautiful is she?

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

The ballroom at the Stanley Park Pavilion was done-up right. I love this venue.

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding

stanley park pavilion wedding


stanley park pavilion wedding

To see more photos of Jennifer & Mike’s Stanley Park Pavilion Wedding CLICK HERE for a slideshow.

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  • {img}500_61{/img} SERIOUSLY LOVE THAT THEY LEAD WORSHIP TOGETHER!!!!

  • So beautiful Jamie! Love the shot of their feet on the grass. So cute. :)

  • Your pictures never cease to amaze. they are always beautiful and every time i think you can’t top yourself, you do. :) what a beautiful couple, God has truly blessed them both!

  • What a beautiful post Jamie! I love the reception photos. I love seeing how other photographers use lighting in the receptions they photograph. Great job!

  • These are absolutely stunning!! Such a beautiful couple and beautiful wedding. During the dance, do you only use the one light in your setup?

  • these are beautiful Jamie! Gorgeous couple and location! :]

  • Her dress is DIVINE!!!!!

  • The image of the little ones with the cameras is so totally perfect! It gets my vote for best ever “kids at a wedding” image. Love it!

  • I agree with Cristi! L.o.v.e. the photo of the kids comparing photos :)

  • {img}500_222{/img} love this!

  • Beautiful photos!!

  • Jamie, these photos are beautiful!! Love the shot of their feet, the one your second shooter took is UH-MAZING!! I love looking at your blog, you’re amazing.

  • Jamie Delaine

    @Christine – I use two lights. One off-camera, one on!

  • Jamie dearie, these are BEAUTIFUL. So very beautiful. Lovely, crisp, colorful, sharp, STUNNING. :)

  • gorgeous-gorgeous wedding!!
    great job as always!

  • Amazing Jamie!

  • Ok, I LOVE the shot of their shoes together, the one of them on the bridge, and the one right after it. Love, LOVE them!!

  • Gorgeous photos! <3 I love the one of the kids looking at the photos they took. (Kids + cameras = <3 . Everytime)

  • Beautiful beautiful beautiful – Great Job Jamie!

  • Love ’em Jamie! I was totally thinking ‘it would be so cute if he gave her his jacket and you took a picture’ and bam! there it was! the kids are to cute! Great photos! =)

  • Beautiful images Jamie!! You’re a complete rockstar. I especially love your storytelling. What a lucky couple to have such gorgeous memories of their wedding day!

  • Great images Jamie!!! :-) I love your work. It was awesome meeting you at Partner Con

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    This pictures is PRECIOUS!! I love it to death. You can tell their love for Christ, its just so evident. :)

  • hahah ok, i’m an idiot. I saw your sneak peek of the wedding and didn’t read it all, just saw that you were in Hawaii. So of course I got jealous and thought to myself “Dang it Jamie Delaine, you have a destination in HAWAII??!” ….. yea that wedding definitely wasn’t i Hawaii. I was so confused! haha but not disappointed! BEAUTIFUL job!

  • beautiful!!

  • gorgeous!

  • Love the one of the kids looking at their pictures…NICE!

  • These photos are incredible! Beautiful work!

  • {img}500_33{/img} OH EM GEE!
    How wonderful and breathtaking!
    Way to capture the moment!

  • Man you are talented! You should be so proud of what you have accomplished (and Im sure you are), this blog and all of your photos and personal notes are amazing! I have definitly become a huge fan today :)
    xo Sarah

  • Love the photos of them snuggling up on the balcony!!!

  • Oh wow! They BOTH lead worship at their wedding! How fab!

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