I met Greg and Neda about 10 years ago when I worked as a lab technician for UBC. If you asked me back then, I would never have thought they would end up together, but it happened and that’s just how love works!
Greg and Neda had their wedding at The Cheakamus Centre – a LEED Platinum certified environmental education camp nestled away in the forest in the Squamish Valley. My day began with a very enjoyable drive up the sea to sky from Vancouver. I arrived early and spent some time getting acquainted with the girls. I hadn’t seen Neda for a few months so it was nice to have some time to catch up on each others’ lives. After capturing those key details and getting ready moments, it was time for the ceremony.
The Ceremony took place under the canopy of the temperate rainforest. Greg and Neda would say their vows in front of a beautiful arbour adorned with blush hydrangeas, eucalyptus, and sphagnum moss. Leading up to their arbour were a collection of Persian rugs to incorporate a bit of Neda’s Middle Eastern culture. Greg and Neda had opted for a more traditional first look and didn’t want to see each other prior to the ceremony. Knowing Greg as a super emotional giant teddybear, there were bound to be some waterworks as soon as he saw Neda walking down the aisle with her brother… but I wasn’t expecting ALL the groomsmen to be crying as well! Needless to say, it was a beautiful ceremony. It was such an honour to photograph my two friends tying the knot and it was SO hard to hold the tears back.
Following the ceremony, I whisked the wedding party away for portraits as the guests enjoyed a light cocktail hour and yard games. We had a ton of fun exploring the camp grounds. The sun was shining brightly though the trees, which accentuated the bridesmaids’ gold sequin dresses. We finished our portraits with just the bride and groom down by the river where we found a little meadow that had the most beautiful light.
We made our way back to the Cheakamus Centre where the reception would take place. The evening started off with a presentation of the Sofreh Aghd, a tradition in Persian weddings, by Neda’s brother and mother. The evening was full of amazing speeches and stories about the bride and groom and accompanying them, piles and piles of napkins soaked with tears of joy. I seriously have never witnessed so much crying at a wedding before – it was awesome!
Greg and Neda, thank you so much for having me photograph your big day! It truly means so much to me for the two of you to put so much trust in me to capture the happiest day of your lives (so far).