Every relationship, every marriage has a story. It could begin with a shared glance across a room at a noisy party. A chance encounter at a cafe. An awkward introduction by mutual friends. Or, a seemingly unrequited high school crush that then turns into a courtship that literally spans the globe.
After several years and thousands of air miles later, Jocelyn and Handry have found their happy ending, finally in the same city ready to start their life together. An emotional start to their wedding ceremony gave way to a celebratory evening with guests who had travelled from all over at the Fairmont Waterfront in beautiful downtown Vancouver. Tim and I had such a great time photographing their wedding – we’re not out west very often, and addition to our excitement of photographing in a vastly different landscape, it was great fun spending the day with Jocelyn and Handry. Jocelyn is an avid foodie like ourselves, Handry keep us constantly entertained with his deadpan sense of humour, and the two of them are kindhearted, generous people who are deeply in love with each other. Here are some of our favorite images from their big day.
Traditions are important. They tell of our roots, bring symbolism and meaning to rites and allow us to share in the history of those who have come before us. It is especially beautiful when tradition is mixed with modern and with things that are deeply personal. So “because its always done this way” becomes “because it matters to me.” I loved so many aspect of Harry andFotini’s wedding – her vintage inspired look with her hair and makeup and dress; her bouquet made of brooches that had in it a picture of her grandmother – in loving memory. A traditional Greek send-off for the bride followed by an intimate and private first look between Fotini and Harry. The wedding ceremony that took place in an Orthodox church, officiated almost entirely in Greek – by the very same priest who had baptized Fotini as a baby. At the reception, traditional Greek music was played at full volume – by members of Harry’s band, with several cameo appearances by his mother. Even the hall, a modern reception space was transformed into a veritable garden. There was so much of Harry and Fotini’s personalities injected into the day that truly made it a different kind of Greek wedding. And the emotions they had! Capturing such immense joy is what Tim and I are all about and we were so happy to be a part of their day.
When we met with Laura and Adam for the first time in our home last year, we got along so well, it felt like we were chatting with old friends. They’re interesting and have a sharp sense of humor, and cared deeply about details for their wedding but didn’t get hung up over them either. So Tim and I were so excited to shoot their wedding, because it sounded like it was going to be pretty epic by how they described it. And well…it was. As people who are not only a whole lot of fun, but really invested in the people around them and in the things they do, we just knew that their big day was going to be something special. A traditional Jewish ceremony held at the beautiful Windsor followed by an all-out raging party, anchored by eloquent, insightful and very funny speeches made for a fantastic wedding. Thanks Laura and Adam for having us photograph your day!
They say people can be measured by the company they keep. Well, Tim and I were plenty entertained, amused and made to feel like such a part of Joanna and Stefan’s big day in part by their incredibly friendly and warm family and friends and of course by the newlyweds themselves, who were nothing short of gracious. They planned an elegant, intimate wedding at the Place D’Armes Hotel where you had a true east-meets-west (that is, French Montreal joined by a contingent of Calgonians) and were married at the beautiful chapel at the Notre Dame Basilica. Thank you Joanna and Stefan for letting us into your lives for the day and capturing all the fun!