A + H were married on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion in a ceremony that celebrated the bringing together not only of two people—but also two cultures.

These dear ones met in 2017 in Turkey, where they were both serving in full-time ministry. A mutual friend introduced them and it wasn’t long before they began to see the Lord’s hand in how they’d been brought together. With the blessing of both sets of parents, A (who is American) and H (who is Persian) pursued a dating relationship with the knowledge and hope that marriage would follow.

When H asked A’s dad for her hand in marriage, A’s dad said yes with one caveat: that H ask for her hand with an engagement ring, as is the North American custom. To honour his future father-in-law’s request, H took an extra job as a security guard to be able to save up for a ring.

Once he had purchased the ring for his beloved, H waited for the right time to ask A to marry him. The right time, it turned out, was during a baptism ceremony their church was holding. After the baptisms, in front of the congregation, H announced that he had something to ask A. There was a lot of excitement, since most people had figured out this day was coming. To a chorus of cheers and dancing, A said YES. (You should see the video…such a sweet, sweet moment!)

Ahead of the ceremony, the couple—who now call Vancouver home—kicked off their day with a first look and portraits. Though the weatherman had been calling for rain in the week ahead of their wedding day, the sun came out instead! So perfect! Then it was time to head to the ceremony, which was conducted in English and Farsi, thanks to Pastor Steve and Pastor Hormoz.

As A + H were pronounced husband and wife, the guests let out cheers of joy! Lots of love in the room…lots of love. Their reception kicked off with the cake cutting and Father/Daughter Mother/Son dances, then after dinner we snuck A + H out for a few golden hour photos. Right after the First Dance, it was time to get the party started and the dance floor was full, full, full of guests dancing to a mix of Persian music and Top-40 songs. As I said, the merging of two cultures!

A + H, it was my absolute JOY to capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for having me along. And thank you to our second photographer, Jacey Sharp, for the referral! Blessings to you both…can’t wait to see where God will lead you next!

Vendor team:

Photographer: Wendy Lees Photo | Bride’s dress: Vatana Watters, sold by Brides for a Cause | Bride’s shoes – Naturalizer | Groom’s attire – Moore’s, Steve Madden | Flowers – Najoua Jebari (a lady of many talents!) | Caterer – Titi Homemade Foods | Cake – Minoo Bakery | Rings – Roberto Bravo and Arctic Fame

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Jordyn + Eric met as first year students at Trinity Western University, where both are Spartans athletes: Jordyn in track and field and Eric plays basketball. Not far into that first semester, they began dating and have been together since, supporting and encouraging one another in sport and in life.

While these education (Jordyn) and sciences (Eric) majors work toward graduation next spring, they’re also making plans their future. This summer, Eric proposed to Jordyn and the two are planning their June 2019 wedding!

I had the privilege of capturing their engagement session a couple of weeks back and what a treat it was to meet this dynamic, fun-loving pair. Jordyn + Eric, thank you for having me along!

Here are a few of my favourites:

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A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at Swaneset Bay.

Amy + Dominic are all about family, so it was fitting that they got ready at their parents’ homes – and included their siblings, siblings’ spouses, and two of their nieces in their gorgeous wedding party! When I first met these lovelies last year for their engagement session, I instantly felt like I’d gained a couple of friends.

They’re the kind of people who truly care more for others than for themselves; even on their wedding day, Amy + Dominic made sure their friends and family (and photographers) were well looked after.

After a relaxing morning of getting ready, Amy and her ladies made their way over to Dominic’s parents’ home, where Amy + Dominic had their first look and a few pics with Nico (their best dog). Then the bridal party and their parents hopped on the party bus to the venue. The bubbly (served by Dominic) and music flowed on the fun ride to Swan-e-set Bay, one of the most stunning wedding venues around and the perfect setting for Amy + Dominic’s unique red and black Italian-inspired wedding.

The amazing tree-lined drive at Swan-e-set was the perfect backdrop for wedding party photos. Against the crisp fall foliage, the bridesmaids’ flowing crimson dresses and the groom and groomsmen’s sharp black suits with red vests made quite a statement. Even Amy’s stunning gown featured a touch of red, with a ribbon trim cascading down the back.

Following their short-but-sweet outdoor ceremony and family photos, Amy + Dominic made the grandest of grand entrances accompanied by fireworks! In a twist on the Shoe Game, Amy + Dominic were joined by their parents, Debora + Bruno and Edy + Mike. So fun!

The sweetest young lady caught Amy’s gorgeous bouquet, then the bridal party played a bit of a trick on Dominic before the garter toss. Finally, it was time for everyone to dance the night away!

Amy + Dominic, it was a dream to capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for having me along!

Vendors:

Bride’s and bridesmaids’ gowns: David’s Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Moores | Groom’s belt: Gianni Versace | Venue: Swan-e-set Bay | Photographer: Ciao Bella Photography | Cake: Hansel & Gretel Bakery | DJ: Painted Frog Entertainment

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This past Saturday, Maddy + Austin exchanged marriage vows in a God-honouring ceremony under a beautiful arbor in the garden of Austin’s family home.

Some people might say this wedding was a long time coming, since Austin + Maddy have been together for 11 years. But the timing of this next step was exactly right for these two, who have built their relationship on the solid foundation of their longstanding friendship and their deep faith.

Everyone who played a role in their wedding day, from their attendants (their nearest and dearest friends), to the officiant (Austin’s mom Gwen’s long-time friend Kathy), to the florist (Gwen’s friend Barb), to the special music (courtesy Austin’s brother Zac’s partner Casey), was connected to the couple or their parents. This was a celebration not just of the love between Austin + Maddy, but of the love they and all those around them share.

As Casey played and sang, Maddy walked down a beautiful gravel path lined with lavender and buckets of baby’s breath on the arm of her dad Colin. In Celtic tradition, Kathy tied a cord of three strands around their hands, symbolizing the binding together of their lives. The three cords, she said, represent Maddy, Austin, and Jesus Christ.

After family and bridal party portraits on Peter + Gwen’s stunning property, it was time to celebrate! During the speeches, Maddy + Austin were surprised when Gwen read a note from Maddy to Austin, written years ago, which Gwen found in Austin’s pants pocket and had the foresight to tuck away. It read, in part, “Hi, Austin, do you like me? LOL.” A definite highlight of the day!

Maddy + Austin, it was an absolute blessing to capture these memories for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me along! Here are a few favourites from your day…

Vendors:

Bride’s gown + shoes: BHLDN | Groom’s bespoke suit: Cardero Clothing | Wedding planner: Gwen Legg (groom’s mom) | Day-of Coordinator: Bryanna Efird | Officiant: Kathy Zelman | Flowers: Barbara McIntosh | Bridesmaids gowns: David’s Bridal | Groomsmen + Bridesman attire: H&M | Hair + makeup: Emily | Cake: Joconde Patiserie | Caterer: White Spot Triple O’s

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Kateryna + Brooklyn’s wedding day was filled to overflowing with love, joy and tradition…including more than a few nods to her Russian heritage. Brooklyn and the guys arrived to Kateryna’s mom’s home, where friends had gathered to witness him  “buy” his bride. After his successful purchase (and a champagne toast) it was off to Holy Rosary Cathedral for their beautiful Catholic ceremony.

After bridal party photos at Stanley Park, it was time for their reception at Vancouver’s gorgeous Sutton Place Hotel! Of course, the room and gorgeous decor paled in comparison to the stunning bride and her groom!

I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a livelier reception, with games, couple trivia, vodka toasts, and the traditional giving of bread and salt to the couple by the mother of the bride. And then there was the dancing…oh my goodness! At just five years old, Kateryna’s daughter Sofia is already a pro on the dance floor! I could learn a thing or two from her for sure.

Kateryna + Brooklyn, it was a delight to capture your wedding day memories for you…thank you for having me along! Here are just a few of my favourites from the day…

Vendors:

Bride’s gown: Sophia Tolli | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride’s + bridesmaids hair: Ego Hair Salon | Makeup: Nilou Makeup | Flowers: Tala Florist | Bridesmaids gowns: David’s Bridal | Groom + Groomsmen suits: Moores Clothing | Venue: Sutton Place Hotel | Cake: The Cake + Giraffe | Second photographer: Nelson Bergen | Videographer: Erik BaldwinsonView full post »