I’d been looking forward to photographing Lena and Sunny’s wedding since first working with them on their Grouse Mountain engagement session because they were such wonderful people to photograph. I was especially excited because this wedding was going to be an outdoor wedding and we all know how much I love the outdoors!
When I first met with Lena and Sunny, they’d mentioned that they wanted their portrait session photos outdoors. Their specific instructions were: forest, tall grass, no boardwalks and something unique. I often ride my bicycle down to Iona Beach in Richmond so I knew we’d have a prime location over there for some tall grass. I also had a chance to walk around Stanley Park after attending the ceremony rehearsal and secured a great spot in the forest with some giant trees. The last stipulation was the “something unique”. At the time, I’d been packing up some belongings at my home, getting ready for a big move, and I’d come across and old armchair that had been in my family for as long as I could remember. It was definitely unique and had some really cool features. On the day of the wedding, I’d decided to just throw it in the back of my car and hope Sunny and Lena would be down with using the chair. They were more than glad to include it in their photos and I’m glad they did because the photos came out amazing!
The day began smoothly with the usual hair and makeup early (early) in the morning. There was a sense of nervousness and excitement in the air as I stepped into Lena’s parents’ home. I quickly set up my camera and began shooting while simultaneously providing reassurance to Lena that the day would be absolutely perfect. She was worried that it would rain during the ceremony and we’d have to move everything inside at the Stanley Park Pavilion. I’d checked the forecast earlier the evening before which called for light rain in the morning and a sunny afternoon, which was perfect because that would mean it wouldn’t be as hot during the ceremony. Lena wasn’t convinced until I brought up the fact that her lucky charm, Sunny, would prevail as he always does and would chase the rain clouds away. You see Lena, Sunny and I had two previous engagement sessions together. For the first, they wanted snow and sunshine – we got TONS of both. For the second, all they wanted was for it to stay dry and not rain. Not only did it stay dry – the sun also came out to play, but only for the duration of our shoot. It was then that we concluded that Sunny was our lucky charm for sunshine!
So, just like our prior shoots, the weather had turned out absolutely amazing on wedding day. We’d got all the shots Lena and Sunny had wished for and we had a great time throughout the day. At the end of it all, the three of us were sad that our journey had come to an end, but it was the beginning of something even more amazing that Lena and Sunny would share for the rest of their lives. I want to thank the two of you for having me be a part of your special day!