I had the pleasure of being among a small group of friends and family gathered around Victoria & Ross on their wedding day in Stanley Park held at the Stanley Park Tea House. I loved so many things about this wedding day, so let me try to narrow in a on a few here. First off, it was the smallest, most intimate wedding I have ever photographed. There were about thirty guests in attendance. I felt so humbled & so appreciative for my job… like I was truly getting a glimpse into their lives and the people of the utmost importance to them. Secondly, Victoria & Ross managed to put together the least stressful, most relaxed wedding day! A few things contributed to that, like the fact that they wanted to have a “First Look” before the ceremony.
I love the idea of a “First Look” and I’m always so excited when couples are interested in breaking tradition. ;) It’s definitely something I believe in and want to do someday on my own wedding day. Basically, we set up the “coming down the aisle” moment but without all the guests. Just the couple, and a photographer capturing it all. The emotions are always so beautiful. After Ross & Victoria’s First Look at the Westin Bayshore we had a full hour to photograph them around the hotel and then into Stanley Park. It was sprinkling rain the whole time we were taking photos but Victoria & Ross were SO full of smiles and nothing bothered them. They made me happy by watching them, by being around them. Victoria’s smile was electric & that’s pretty evident in these photos below. ;) Thirdly, their ceremony was the cutest thing. After they were pronounced husband and wife they kissed and then they wrapped into a hug and looked out at their family and friends. Just so happy.
For the reception, we made our way from the front lawn at Ferguson Point where the ceremony was held and into the Stanley Park Tea House. The Drawing Room was decorated oh-so-elegantly. Victoria & Ross wanted their wedding day to be all about their guests and really having time to enjoy every moment. There was over an hour in between the ceremony and the start of dinner where guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers and music by an awesome DJ. I have to get Casey’s website and I’ll link to it when I do! Also wanted to say a thank you to Karina Aiello for co-ordinating the day so wonderfully. Finally, a thank-you to my second shooter Kristel Wyman. Enjoy!