I feel a little silly for having CDs and DVDs printed as the sun has about set on that technology, but it sure feels good to have, at last, some business cards etc printed on some beautiful thick paper. Good paper, unlike digital media, will never fall out of favour in my opinion. I hope that some of the design is visible in these photos and on most monitors– white on white was a natural choice for me. I chose constellations for my new graphic embellishment as ‘Lucida’ means ‘light, bright, shining’ in Latin and the origin of light is of course the sun which is of course a star. The patterns of stars in many ancient cultures were thought to contain information about the future, about fate, destiny. One readily thinks of Romeo & Juliet as ‘star crossed lovers’ but I propose that positive romantic allusions are just as common and probable in most canons. I am no astronomy or astrology buff but have always savoured a starry sky when I’ve had the chance. It’s part of what I love about Hawaii–the clarity and seeming proximity to a myriad of tiny lights in the darkness.

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Erinn & Brent

This was my first time to Duncan, BC, to photography Erinn & Brent’s beautiful wedding in the bride’s own back yard. Erinn hopped up on a large black horse in her Vera Wang and rode him to the back of the aisle which she walked with her dad. Family did all the decorating, and florals and even the hand painted dance floor on which later there was square dancing and salsa.

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Tara & Ian

I’ve only ever photographed a couple of weddings with a lunch time reception but I have absolutely loved them. After the reception and a little break to freshen up we headed out with the bridal party to some nearby nature to take portraits at a leisurely pace in the softer afternoon light. The team for this wonderful wedding at Brock House Restaurant was as follows:

Planning: Erin Bishop of Filosophi Events
Makeup & Hair: Emily Cheng
florals & decor: Tahnee of Celsia Florist
rentals: Trove Vintage and Pedersens
Live reception music: Henry Young Trio

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Annie & Kai

I thought it would be a good way to begin the new year by blogging about one of my favourite weddings of last year– August 31st with Annie and Kai. When I first met them they were still looking for the perfect place to bring their closest friends and family from all over the world together to celebrate their union with some excellent food in some spectacular Canadian scenery. There are some venues from which you can view nature and some in which you are really in it. I recommended they take a trip up to Green Water Resort where I had been once before and see how they felt among the mountains and towering cottonwood trees. I was so happy for them– the sun shone as they exchanged vows on the soft sand of the riverbank and they danced beneath a sky full of stars. There was an incredible warmth in the reception tent where everyone, wrapped in blankets after a delicious family style meal, glowed with what was said.

engagement session

Green Water Resort, Pemberton, BC
Alicia Keats Weddings and Events
Emily Cheng Makeup and Hair
Billie’s Flower House
Catering: Bearfoot Bistro

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Christine & Jeffrey

The wonderful Sandy Pandher of Dreamgroup Productions was the mastermind of this incredible wedding. The ceremony was held at Canadian Memorial United Church, many of the portraits at Vandusen Gardens and the luxurious reception was set in the Waterfront Ballroom of the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Florist: Suzanne of Granville Island Florist
Hair: James Valiant
Makeup: Hayley Miller
Decor Colin Upright of Upright Decor
Wedding cake: Thomas Haas
Video: RF Productions