Having a winter wedding is always a bit of a gamble in regards to the weather – especially here in Vancouver where it rains (or snows) 99% of the time. For Tim and Yeseul, they completely lucked out and were blessed with an absolutely GORGEOUS, albeit cold, sunny winter wedding.
The day started off at the Westin Wall Centre Hotel in Richmond where Tim and Yeseul got ready. Tim wore a blue three piece suit while the groomsmen contrasted with their own light grey suits. Their looks were brought together with their colour matched ties. When I arrived in Yeseul’s room, her hair was already finished in a simple yet elegant up do. Yeseul’s make up was flawlessly applied by a close friend who flew into town from Edmonton.
Tim and Yeseul planned a first look on the balcony of the hotel. First looks are a great way to sneak in a little intimate moment and calm the nerves before the ceremony. It was super cold out on the shaded balcony, but you wouldn’t be able to tell it from Tim and Yeseul’s excited faces. After the first look, we headed back to the bridal suite to commence the tea ceremony. The tea ceremony can be an emotional time and I always look forward to capturing all the sentimental moments.
Once the tea ceremony was complete, we all made our way to the chapel for the ceremony. Tim and Yeseul chose to get married at the Minoru Chapel – a super cute little white chapel nestled away in Minoru Park in Richmond. It wasn’t long before guests began to arrive and you could feel the excitement in the air for the pending nuptials. One of the things I always look forward to when photographing weddings is the actual wedding ceremony. Like going to church, there’s always a take home message to every wedding. I love listening to the marriage advice and tips given by each and every officiant.
After their beautiful ceremony, we took the whole wedding party outside to take full advantage of the glorious sunshine outside. The little chapel in the woods made for the perfect backdrop for some super fun group photos. The golden sunshine filtering in through the trees was to die for and the little bit of snow on the grass was proof of the super low temps. For our next location, we headed over to Iona Beach right next to YVR. It was the perfect spot to take advantage of the blue bird skies and the seemingly endless golden hour of the winter sun.
The sun was quickly going down and I wanted to finish off with a few portraits at the UBC Boathouse where the reception would take place. Once we finished with the portraits, we went inside to take a look at the beautiful reception set up. Tim and Yeseul opted for a sweetheart head table and a mix of long and round tables for the guests and wedding party. I absolutely LOVE photographing wedding receptions as there’s always just so much going on. My goal when photographing weddings is to really make the viewer feel like they were there attending the wedding and for the couples I photograph to really be able to relive all the wonderful moments.
The evening concluded with the couple’s first dance as husband and wife, then the dance floor opened up and it was time for everyone to let loose!
Tim and Yeseul, thank you so much for trusting in me to photograph your wedding. It was truly and honour to share this special day with you and I had so much fun hanging out with and meeting all your closest friends and family.