Soyon and I have been acquaintances for many years through my work at UBC. When she first caught wind of me being a wedding photographer, she approached me and lightly enquired about my services for a possible wedding later down the road. She seemed a bit nonchalant about it so I didn’t think much of it at the time. Fast forward a few months and I receive a phone call from Soyon asking if I’m available this winter to photograph her wedding. I was ecstatic by the good news and couldn’t wait to meet her and Kevin!
When I met with Soyon, she told me all about how she and Kevin happened to meet in Korea and instantly hit it off. Within a few months of knowing each other, they knew they were right for each other and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Kevin had to stay in Korea due to work so that left Soyon here in Vancouver to plan the wedding all on her own.
Soyon decided to hold the wedding at Cecil Green Park on campus at The University of British Columbia. I was afraid that the rain may take over the day since this was a January wedding, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. I never get a chance to come to this venue during the winter months, so it was a very nice surprise when I was able to get a view of the water and mountains in the distance which would normally be blocked by all the foliage.
Organization of the day had been entrusted to one of Soyon’s friends. I could tell she was a seasoned pro and she did a fantastic job of making sure everything was carried out smoothly. Our day started off with capturing some moments of the bride and groom putting on the finishing touches of what they’d wear for the day. I set Kevin upstairs above the foyer to get him ready for the first look before going back downstairs to fetch his bride. Soyon crept up the stairs as I awaited in the distance to capture Kevin’s look of astonishment as he first set his eyes on his bride in her wedding dress.
It was such a gorgeous day so we decided to start our portrait session off outside on the balcony. The sun was hidden behind a thin layer of clouds and cast such a beautiful soft light on this couple – I couldn’t have asked for a better day! We finished off our portrait session inside trying our best to keep the couple out of view from arriving guests.
Sounds of the string quartet indicated that the ceremony was about to commence. As guests started to trickle in, Kevin made his rounds to welcome them to their wedding. Soyon and Kevin were married by Kevin’s brother. He gave a wonderful service and cracked jokes at Kevin any opportunity he could.
Following the ceremony was a beautiful reception just across the hall. The evening kicked off with some kind words and hilarious stories about the bride and groom, then we all sat down for a delicious dinner provided by Wescadia Catering. The night finished off with some mingling of new friends and lots and lots of dancing.
Soyon and Kevin, it was such an honour to photograph your wedding and such a joy to meet the two of you. All the best!