DIY DIY and more DIY. That was the theme of the day for Claudia and Lawrence’s west coast inspired wedding at The Brix & Mortar in Downtown Vancouver’s young and hip Yaletown neighbourhood. When I first met with Claudia and Lawrence two years ago, we sat in my living room chatting about art, decor and our mutual love of photography. We parted ways and I left the meeting feeling inspired and extremely excited to photograph their wedding.
Claudia and Lawrence got married on a beautiful sunny and balmy Thanksgiving day. Our day together began at an Airbnb flat right in the middle of Yaletown where Claudia spent the night. I was immediately greeted with a room full of hand painted calligraphy signs and bundles of cedar and eucalyptus. Claudia spent the night making her own flower arrangements, centre pieces and boutonnieres. She was still at the salon getting her hair done so I got started with photographing the details. As you can see from the photos, Claudia’s choice of decor fit right in with the rustic and west coast decor of the apartment (and my Instagram feed).
Meanwhile, Ryan was over with the guys at a hotel down the street eating poutine… I mean getting photos of them getting ready. After some quick portraits at the hotel, Ryan set Lawrence up at Yaletown park for the first look. Once the girls were done, we walked through a seemingly empty downtown to meet up with the guys and for Lawrence to get a peek at Claudia in her wedding gown.
The wedding ceremony was scheduled for later in the day which made it possible for to photograph the wedding party while the sun was still gleaming down on us. We went from Yaletown Park to The Vancouver Public Library, then to Robson Square. These places are usually completely littered with people, but being that it was Thanksgiving day and most businesses closed, it was like a ghost town.
We walked back to Yaledown to Brix to prepare for the ceremony. It was my first time seeing everything all assembled and decorated and I was astonished by how well everything turned out. Claudia and Lawrence had already taken care of the official nuptials the day before, as well as the asian tea ceremony, so on this day they had a family friend perform the ceremony.
Cocktails and canapés were passed around as we stayed in the courtyard taking photos with friends and family. Guests found their ways to their seats on the hand painted signs and calligraphy place settings. The guests enjoyed their meals while toasts to the bride and groom were made by the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The Lemon Lavender and Chocolate Earl Grey wedding cakes were deliciously crafted by Trafiq Bakery and Café on Main Street and were TO DIE FOR.
The happy couple shared their first dance before opening up the floor to celebrate with the rest of their friends and family.
Claudia and Lawrence, thank you again for trusting me to capture your date! I hope for our paths to cross again in the future!