Engagement Session

stanley park engagement: magda&austen

Magdalena grew up in Illinois, while Austen was raised in North Vancouver. After graduation from university in BC and then medical school in another part of the country, Austen moved to Illinois for his medicine residency. It was in 2009, during his first shift as ER doctor in small-town Quincy, IL that these two met. Magda was working at the same hospital and she remembers Austen’s charm and easy-to-talk to demeanour. From Austen’s side of the story, he was nervous. It was his first shift, after all, and now he had met this beautiful girl. “I wanted to get to know her, but I was trying to do my work and have a memorable conversation with her.”  Haha! Magda and Austen started a friendship after that evening and a few months later, their romantic feelings were mutual — they made it official.

Magda and Austen recently accepted positions at the same hospital across the country [and now closer to Austen’s side of the family!] in Moses Lake, Washington. Despite their Illinois beginnings, they decided beautiful Vancouver was the ideal spot for their summer wedding. Due to some work visa issues, Austen was unable to cross the border until this last week. We rescheduled our engagement session to the week of the wedding as he waited on his US work visa papers to be approved. Thankfully it all worked out. Magda and Austen were able to spend the last 10 days before their wedding here with family. This couple got married yesterday, Saturday, August 18th. I loved meeting them for the first time on Monday in Stanley Park for their shoot. These two are effortless together. I had an easy job. And I can’t wait to show you their wedding photos!

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I’m Jamie! I capture joyful wedding and portrait photos that feel like you—through easy, natural posing. Since 2008,  I've photographed over 270 weddings and nearly 300 family sessions and it’s a joy to spend my career capturing natural, joyful images!

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