bridges restaurant wedding: ashley&jon

ashley walked in to a friend’s house party one evening with some friends. as she wandered about the perimeter of the room, her eyes quickly noticed a guy that was very much in the center of the same room. ;) he had energy galore, you could tell he loved a good party… and he was currently shouting into a megaphone. his name was jon & he was italian: ashley took note of their shared heritage. after a few conversations, there was a connection: they started dating that year.  ashley’s maid of honour in her reception speech remarked that after first meeting jon [and hearing ashley was interested] she needed to drive around the block a couple of times to calm herself down. hahaha. but soon enough, ashley’s friends saw jon for the gem he was: one of the most thoughtful, caring men you could be around. [i can certain attest to that. ashley + jon were such a joy to work with.] every guest in attendance this past saturday agreed: ashley and jon are a perfect match. after nine years, they set the relationship in stone and made it for forever.

their wedding was an awesome day for many reasons: first of all, jon is nathan’s brother and i photograph nathan+paula’s wedding in august 2008–over three years ago. it was beautiful to see them again and meet their gorgeous two and a half year old daughter. [ps. when i met ashley at their engagement session i immediately recognized her as the stunning girl i had seen at nathan+paula’s wedding years previous. she is so beautiful.] secondly, it was my first time photographing a wedding at the queen elizabeth celebration pavilion. a great venue with wonderful light and a fabulous staff. thirdly, it was first time photographing a wedding at bridges restaurant on granville island–and the food there is impeccable. but would you expect anything less to be served at an italian wedding?

rather than having a traditional bridal party, ashley + jon chose to have two attendants stand up with them at the ceremony but take photos with all their friends instead. what i loved most about these two on their wedding day is that they were there to enjoy. it wasn’t about timelines and schedules and stress, they really got to spend quality time with their friends and family. it was an honour to be a part of this loud, energetic, affectionate italian day–and i hope i get to see you all again at another family wedding in years to come. ;)


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  1. Megan G. says:

    The different colors that all the friends are wearing in the group shots are awesome! What a fantastic idea!! Love that they don’t match – It brings out all the different personalities. Gorgeous pics!

  2. Lydia says:

    Had to comment just because I love that first picture so much!! And those veggies look delish!

  3. Cecilia says:

    Love the idea of taking photos with friends!
    Love the ceremony venue!

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  5. Laura says:

    These are awesome!! Her dress is beautiful…

  6. these are so great jamie!! love the BW of them

  7. Faith Bowyer says:

    These are stunning, Jamie. I think this is the first wedding I’ve seen on Granville Island! It’s one of my favourite places to go on the weekends (even though it’s a tourist trap) and I love how many possibilites there are for pictures. :)

  8. Cathy Empey says:

    Beautiful Jamie!

  9. Meredith says:

    beautiful shots. I love reading what you have to write. It basically makes me want to be your best friend because we have almost everything in common (I would say *everything in common*, but I just really doubt that. like… do you love nutella, bacon, frozen yogurt and.. okay, those were all foods.. ah! do you like relient k? that is the ultimate test! and traveling! and chocolate flavoring over any other?.. okay, that would solve it.) :)

    gorgeous work!

  10. @Meredith: hahah! thank you so much. ew, actually i don’t like nutella or bacon and i’m allergic to dairy so i can’t eat frozen yogurt and i hate relient k. ;)

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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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