Blackie Spit Crescent Beach Engagement Session // Carley & Greg

The time that I spent with this couple at Crescent Beach was full of so many things I love. One…Blackie Spit…beautiful locations with weather and light. Then add a couple that is so comfortable just being with each other and laughing. A guy with a bit of mischievousness. A relaxed evening walking, chatting, watching the sun set, and then a surprise. The surprise you might ask? Well…I often ask my couples to snuggle…I don’t know…I like the word. At the end of the night when I got my selfie with them, let’s just say I was surprised!!! You’ll have to wait and see:)

Carley & Greg…you two are wonderful…thank you for such a great evening. Enjoy the photos!!!

diane - September 27, 2014 - 6:46 am

Love the Sunset Photos..

Sue Contant - September 5, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Too much fun! The lighting is stunning in these photos.

English Bay Engagement Session // Tobe & Kate

What a wonderful evening I spent wandering around the streets just out of English Bay. We walked, explored, watched the sunset and ended the evening with our last photos in the parking garage…thank you for walking me to my car!! Kate and Tobe were so adorable and I think natural in front of the camera…despite thinking they weren’t photogenic…you two have oodles of photos together now:)

I am so looking forward to seeing their faces again in just over a week…yeah for their Stanley Park wedding!!!

Big hugs you two:)

1 Year Anniversary Session // Caitlyn & Tim

Tim surprised Caitlyn with a one year anniversary session…and it truly was a surprise!!! She had no idea until they pulled up to the park and then got just a touch mad that she didn’t know to do her hair and makeup:) But she looked gorgeous and I love how these images truly translate to who these two are. They love and care for each other in such an accepting way…it is beautiful.

Last year I photographed their engagement session and wedding…and so was so happy to get to spend more time with them this day.

Enjoy you two:)

Love you guys…thank you for being such a blessing in my life…love getting to hand out.

South Bonson Community Centre Wedding // Alex & Meghan

Love is Valuable and Vulnerable. It is worth more than $100, more than a fancy pair of shoes, more than a clean home…when trouble arises perspective is needed to make sure this value is seen…a relationship is worth more than all little troubles. Your love and relationship with your spouse is also vulnerable to many things in our lives…like a $100 bill that has worth and yet with a bit of fire is gone…so it needs to be protected.

A few weeks ago I had the honour of being a part of Alex and Meghan’s wedding day at South Bonson Community Centre in Maple Ridge…and the words above (definitely paraphrased) were spoken by their minister as they looked over the Fraser River. Now…it is not often that I remember what a minister says…I go to a lot of weddings:) But these words stuck with me and definitely blessed me and reminded me to focus on what is worth my worry. I think of his words often.

Alex and Meghan cherish one another and their high school romance has seen lots of laughter (they are FUN!!!), some distance with jobs and an excitement for the next steps to come in life. I first met Meghan when she was in high school…I helped coach her basketball…she is awesome:) So when getting ready for this day I was soooooooo excited to celebrate and their day was so wonderful. Vows overlooking the river, a beautiful reception hall, lots of details and gorgeous table settings and table cloths, the funnest families EVER…I loved it all.

Ok…super excited to share the images with you!!!! This post has been waiting a long time to come.

Meghan got ready at her family home in Mission…I love Mission…it is so great! Her family, sisters, sister to be, friends and grandmother were all there to watch her get ready.

I love when Dads see their daughters for the first time.

We met up with the groom at South Bonson in Maple Ridge as he was finishing details at the reception hall and getting ready. He was so cute. Such a mix of excitement and nervousness…GOOD nervousness!! It was adorable.

Meghan does wedding planning at the Ramada and so details were on her mind!! She thought of everything: cute markers on the ground to know where to walk, a chalkboard sign, adorable program fans, water bottles for people…even water at the front of the aisle for the wedding party.

They also had an unplugged wedding! What is that you ask? Well…they asked their guests to enjoy the day and to keep their cameras away during the ceremony. It allowed everything to enjoy the moment and was wonderful!

Your relationship is more valuable than this $100 bill…this is where the speech came in:)

I LOVE this photo!! You know when I said their family were fabulous…well this shows it all. This is Meghan’s reaction to seeing her sisters right after walking down the aisle…it was spectacular. They adore each other and adore celebrating all parts of life together.

Yeah…she has super powers:)

This is Meghan’s sisters giving their speech to her…it was so sweet and funny…as you can tell! Her sisters, a few years older than Meghan, adore her and in one of the speeches even mentioned how their family became complete when Meghan joined them. She is the glue that brings them all together and organizes and plans for them all. It was so sweet.

Around sunset we went outside to do more photos when the light is perfect. It was a lot of fun.

See the height they are getting?

Meghan - August 21, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Thank you so much Damara! These are so amazing! So much fun to look back on the day again :)

Fort Langley Wedding // Steve & Cory

This wedding in Fort Langley was a new adventure for me. First off…it was in the Fort Langley National Historic Site…fun!! I love photographing weddings in Fort Langley and so this was just so great. Not only is the venue interesting with lots to see for guests when they are milling around before and after…but the food was amazing! What a neat thing to do for your guests.

Secondly…and most importantly…this was a culturally new wedding for me. I have photographed a German wedding, a French wedding but this was my first deaf wedding. When meeting with Steve and Cory prior to the wedding they filled me in on some of the cultural differences and it was so interesting. For instance, at the reception you need round tables as rectangular are hard to see people. If you want the couple to kiss you wave a napkin in the air. For the dance speakers are put on the ground so that the beat it felt. So interesting and such an amazing experience.

Steve and Cory are this beautiful couple completely in love. He first saw her through friends but when meeting a while later it was Cory who approached him. It has been love since. Their wedding day was filled with amazing friends and family who were so excited to celebrate with them…and I was happy to be one of them. As well…a big thank you to Teryn for coming along for the day!! You are amazing:)

Cory started by getting ready at the Essential Day Spa & Salon in Cloverdale. Her maid-of-honour, Vicki, joined her there…and I fell in love with Vicki! As you will see she radiates joy.

The ceremony took place behind the Big House in the Fort…Cory being walked down the aisle by her father.

LOVED this wedding party. They love their friends so much.

Gary and Janice from the Fort took care of all the food and beverages…yum!!! Pasta salad was incredible!

Let’s get the couple to kiss!!

Steve and Cory left the reception to a bubble exit…so fun! It made for a great goodbye and we went and did their couples portraits after that! I love that they decided to do portraits after their lunch wedding…the light was better and they also didn’t have a big time gap in between the ceremony and reception.

This moment touched me…as they were leaving Steve’s father Jack came running up to say goodbye to his son and daughter-in-law. OH man…these are the moments that make me tear up at a wedding.

Kimi MacMillan - July 31, 2014 - 10:35 am

I love the way the photographer shot those pictures. She’s excellent doing that. The wedding is so beautiful and I enjoyed browsing them and now I have tears of joy.. oh dear…ha!

Carla Y - July 31, 2014 - 10:22 am

Wow A beautiful Wedding pictures. Congratulation on your wedding day. Lucky it is a very lovely sunshine outside. Love it see . Be proud of it. the Photography doing a great job. Big Hand Waves….

Mark - July 30, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Loves that photo of her creative so stunning! and so amazing!
SS and Coreena was very lucky to have an amazing photographer and her assistance.
They are very nice and friendly and tireless of their time do the shootings from the beginning till the end!
Really amazing! Thumbs up
Cheers
Mark T

Leonor J - July 30, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Wow .. these are really lovely wedding pictures!

Birgit - July 30, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Wow! Amazing pictures!!!

Vicki Backs - July 30, 2014 - 9:08 pm

WOW !! Absolutely beautiful pictures ! I love it – Great job !

Nathalie - July 30, 2014 - 8:51 pm

FABULOUS!!!

Sarah - July 29, 2014 - 10:38 pm

These are all so beautiful. Great job Damara. This couple will be thrilled!!