July 8, 2011 In photography, weddings

spirit ridge wedding: vanessa&craig

you could say, vanessa and craig became “vanessa and craig” because of osoyoos. they went to the same high school together [as did i, with them!] but craig is four years older than vanessa — and that’s a lot of “grades” apart when you’re fourteen. vanessa and i were both friends with morgan, craig’s younger sister and the last few years of high school their families started to become friends. they’d spent a couple weekends a summer in osoyoos together. one trip in particular, craig and vanessa both needed to leave after the rest of their families. he offered vanessa a ride and on the four hour drive, they realized the other was pretty great.

it only makes sense that three years later, vanessa & craig would become husband and wife in the very town that means so much to them and their families. i was honoured to drive up for her thursday wedding this week–it was a thirty-six hour trip for me, but i would not have wanted to miss celebrating this day with her. craig has been in australia for the last six years [yes they’ve been long-distance the whole time, except for a few months a year!] studying to become a doctor. he graduates in a few months. vanessa will be moving to australia in a few days with him for the next two to three years as he finishes his residency after his doctorate. i will miss our coffee dates but i know vanessa + craig have wonderful things in store for them in australia together.

their wedding ceremony + reception all took place at the beautiful spirit ridge resort & winery way up on the hill in osoyoos. it was an insanely windy day. we drove all over for a couple hours taking photos of their huge bridal party [love it. love lots of friends everywhere! hah!] — and were almost blown to pieces a few times, specifically in the photos of vanessa+craig on the mountaintop. woah. during their rooftop ceremony, we could literally see swirls of dust down below as the weather changed from sunny to overcast to sunny to overcast. the aisle runner, the arch, the registry table — all had people in charge of holding them down to beat the wind! nothing could have ruined yesterday — and all worked out beautifully.

  • so so beautiful. loving the new feel to your images jamie :)

  • One of your best yet! LOve it!

  • Bethany B

    Jamie, you’re pictures are always so BEAUTIFUL! I enjoy reading your blogs and seeing the creative and stunning shots you take. You’re definitely one of my inspirations when it comes to photography. Gives me something to aim high for. Keep up the incredible work and thanks for sharing all the wonderful adventures that photography takes you on!

  • These are absolutely breathtaking… I love the light and the tone to the images, so soft and beautiful.

  • Kim

    Beatiful photos as always Jamie. Third from last made me chuckle, is the groom trying to lick the bouquet?! xx

  • Such a beautiful wedding! I love those bouquets and the location is to die for! Simply gorgeous!

  • There are .seriously. beautiful! :)

  • (I meant to say “these” are seriously beautiful…)

  • Love so many things about this wedding! The locations, colors, composition, everything is beautiful!

  • Beautiful images Jamie! I especially love the ones of the bride getting ready :)

  • Dang girl… you are quick~! These are so fun :) Love that last BW image of the bride and groom. So funny :)

  • bella

    wow i really enjoyed all of these. def one of my fav weddings this year from you. the couple has tons of personality :)

  • the wind-blown look looks good on them! :)

  • Totally one of your best yet! I love these! What a beautiful couple too!

  • Beautiful, amazing place to get married. Love the 2nd to last picture!!

  • Steven Barks

    Wow. This is bizaare. She’s married now. Having known Vanessa since we were both 5, this is one of my favourite blogs you’ve put up probably this year Jamie! Exciting that more of our mutual friends are getting to that point in the next few years!!!

  • Wow, what a story. And what a beautiful way that it is captured.

  • I wish you had been my wedding photographer! these are so amazing! I loved the location and the colors. So beautiful :) I love weddings! :)

  • What an awesome couple! The bride looks amazing and the groom seems like a fun dude, totally loving all the photos from this wedding!

  • Kim

    Beautiful Jamie! Esp for the wind, great job!