cowichan bay wedding: erika+malcolm II

now that the bride has gotten ready and the couple has had their “first look,” let’s see ’em get married! erika & malcolm’s wedding in bird’s eye cove… part II. here goes! the wedding ceremony took place at four o’ clock in the afternoon out on the lawn just steps down from the farmhouse. erika’s cousin recited “i carry your heart with me” by e.e. cummings before the processional began. the wedding party walked down the aisle arm in arm to matthew barber’s “and you give.” (& we all know how much i love that song.) i pretty much died with happiness when it began. brilliant.

their ceremony was full of beautiful vows and prayer as the summer sun beat down upon all of our sweaty backs. ;) the walking back down the aisle together as husband and wife moment was probably my favourite. as you can see in the photos below, they kinda stopped, then started again, waiting for the music… and it was cute and funny. after the ceremony erika started hugging all her girlfriends and saying hello to all her guests and she couldn’t stop the tears. no tears during the ceremony but it was free-flowin’ afterwards. loved it.

the wonderful thing about doing a first look and all the bridal party + couples portraits beforehand is that after the ceremony we probably spent five minutes taking family photos and then it was onto the party. erika & malcolm had a full hour to mingle with guests before their dinner was served. & i had time to visit detail heaven, photographing the reception area as well as the barn for the dance party. the reception speeches were full of laughter and fun… but i never expected anything less of erika & malcolm’s friends and family. ;) fun people tend to attract fun people.

final little note i have to include before i sign off on this post. when i got erika’s email telling me that malcolm had proposed and they were planning a summer 2010 wedding she asked me my availability. i had made it fairly known on my blog that i was fully, fully booked for summer 2010. she told me all about her plans and i knew i needed to be there. i emailed back and said that i literally had ONE date the ENTIRE summer months (may to september) that i could shoot her wedding. august 14th. she emailed back, “guess we’re gettin’ married on august 14!” — now that’s dedication. for that, erika & malcolm, i thank you, i thank you SO much. so glad the Lord brought you two into my life. blessings on youuuu!

florals: polka dot door
hairpiece: dovetree on etsy
bridesmaids dresses: j.crew
graphic design: emily kelly of unsceneic
caterer: just jakes
groomsmen’s suits: black & lee

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  1. I\'m Kristen says:

    Def one of my fave’s ever of yours. (that was a whole heck of a lot of good grammar. And so was that.)Anywho, beautiful job!

  2. Faith says:

    Jamie… you’re amazing! :) These are great… it looks like such a fun wedding!

  3. Hannah says:

    Awwww….these pictures made me smile. Lovely and amazing and gorgeous as always. <3

  4. Some of your best work Jamie! I LOVE all the lighting and how you captured the feeling of their "Urban Cowboy-ness". Honestly breathtaking!!!!! My fav was how they came dancing through the barn door in the B

  5. Ohhhhh, this is lovely!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Trude says:

    Looks like a fantastic family and an amazing party. Just gorgeous! All that attention to detail!

  7. Rachel Clarke says:

    SUCH a cool wedding. Love the one of the man on the swing, and her dancing in the cow field. Wonderful!!

  8. Dorothy says:

    all the deets in this wedding are ridiculous. looked like a blast to photography. props jamie!

  9. s h e r r y says:

    Gorgeous images. Love the ring shot in the blueberries!

  10. Tori says:

    How unbelievably privileged were you to shoot this amazing couple!?! They look like the happiest couple in the universe. period. You captured the most amazing images. Felt like I was there. So beautiful :)

  11. Lyles says:

    What a gorgeous wedding! i love their style – so cute! All the signs are so cute

  12. bride says:

    Jamie, I THANK YOU for squeeezing us in this summer. For trusting me as I painted an imaginary picture for you via email and running with me on this one. You are such a talented photographer and I knew you would be the right fit for us to capture our perfect day! What a privledge to have you celebrate with us and we LOVED every single second of it!! Gods richest blessing to you JD, thank you ever so much! love love m

  13. Lydia says:

    All the yummy details made my hungry! Love the pretty decorations with the rusticness!

  14. Melissa says:

    LOVE the picture of Erika and Malcolm sitting in the grass.

  15. pam dobbs says:

    I am a local photographer to the cowichan valley. LOVE LOVE this venue! you have done an incredible job on this shoot. just beautiful! really beautiful!

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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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