I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding pho-tographer based in Southwestern Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life. I have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about me and my story...
I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding pho-tographer based in South-
western Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life. I have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a great glass of wine, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately. Go see what there is to know about this amazing DVI community. If you want to learn more about me and my story...
A beautiful Norfolk County engagement session at this award-winning botanical gardens. The autumn leaves were the perfect addition as Christian and Nadia explored the French Garden, the gorgeous gazebo, and of course the gorgeous pond area.
As the wind picked up slightly, the sprinkling of yellow, red, and orange leaves became a little thicker. The path between the trees was already covered with the gorgeous fall colours. As Christian looked down at his stunning bride-to-be Nadia, it felt like time stood still. Right here, in the middle of this gorgeous Norfolk County jewel, all was right with the world. These two lovebirds were so excited to spend a weekend together in Ontario, and this Norfolk County engagement session was a highlight of their weekend.
Even though Whistling Gardens is closed to the public at this time of year, we were able to make an appointment. We spent almost two hours strolling this beautiful venue. It never disappoints! And the real fun part is that we find something new every time I’m there! I had no idea that they have a small bird sanctuary, and I was amazed to see some stunning birds there. The peacock is of course a favouite, the gorgeous colours are such a testament to God’s beautiful creation. It’s no wonder that when I was finished my work, Christian and Nadia stayed for a while to enjoy it on their own.
Christian and Nadia have conflicting stories of how they met. Christian met Nadia at a concert. She does not remember this, and as he remembers himself having a bad day, he’s not too disappointed. She remembers meeting him for the first time at the Toronto airport, as they started a group trip to Israel. They got to know each other very well during this trip, and the rest is history, they say!
We met Christian at last year’s beautiful, but rainy Vancouver wedding, when Emily and Mark became husband and wife. He was the best man, and his speech was one of the best we’ve heard, to be truthful. At their consultation, it became obvious that these two are so excited to spend the rest of their lives together. Even though they first have to spend some time apart; Christian is studying in Toronto, and Nadia is still working for the RCMP in Vancouver. Christian was just over the moon when Nadia told him that she’d be joining him for her birthday weekend in Ontario. I’m thankful they were willing to work around my schedule to get in some fun practice for their wedding day.
Nadia’s sparkler of an engagement ring was a joy to photograph. I always use the available nature around to best showcase it. A few weeks each year that means that I get to use the beautiful colourful leaves, and I love it! It’s no surprise that fall is such a popular season for engagement sessions; and as I love all the colour you will not hear me complaining!
Nadia and Christian, spending last Friday morning with you was such a highlight of my weekend, and I’m just so grateful for clients like you. I still need to pinch myself once in a while to believe that it’s us to get to capture your Vancouver wedding next year. And the fact that it’s on our own 12th anniversary makes it even better! Wishing you all the best as you continue to plan your big day together, even though there are currently so many miles separating you. My fingers are crossed for a gorgeous Greece honeymoon for you!
The best man and maid of honour waited at the back of the church. They stood in front of the closed tall wooden doors until the processional music started. The moment they were halfway down the aisle, the doors opened slowly; revealing the most gorgeous and regal DVI couple of 2020 at their Old Mill Toronto wedding.
As Scott elegantly escorted his bride up the aisle, his face was still filled with the enormity of the moment. Oriyana was glowing with excitement and happiness that not even her veil could hide. It brought us right back to watching the most beautiful royal wedding back in April 2011; the one of Catherine to William, Prince of Wales. It was not the only moment that I experienced hints (big ones) of similarity between both stunning occasions. That walk down the aisle would be our favourite moment we captured of the entire day; and that is saying a lot.
This Old Mill Toronto wedding day started off a little hectic with us missing an exit on the 401 in the middle of Toronto. Anyone who lives anywhere near the GTA can only imagine how frustrating that was. Especially on Saturdays, now that they shut Lakeshore down for social distanced exercise, which only added to the congestion. This is when it’s so awesome to realize that we’re with you as long as you want us, and we plan on being at the bride’s getting ready location with plenty of time to spare, giving us a much more relaxed start.
That being said, we were super grateful to finally see the Old Mill of Toronto appear; an absolutely gorgeous location that reminds me a lot of Germany and Belgium. An impeccably maintained grounds with the little touches that just pull it over the top. It suited the image that I had in my head for Scott and Oriyana’s wedding to perfection.
Their stunning engagement session in Stratford was just over a month ago, it was so nice to see them so soon again. Oriyana was one of the most chill brides, and for her knowing that the love of her life would be her husband at the end of the day made her so confident. One of our most graceful brides, the chignon she’d requested suited her perfectly. She had always wanted satin and lace in her wedding dress, and this gorgeous Rita Vinieris creation suited her to perfection.
When I walked into the bridal suite, Oriyana was lounging on the chair. Her maid of honour’s makeup was getting the final touches. She is always the epitome of grace, but today she was especially relaxed and elegant. Her hair was finished, and seeing her dress hanging there, I could only imagine how amazing she was going to look. I told her that I got a “Princess Kate” vibe, especially when I saw her very minimal, but gorgeous, bouquet. Her precise answer to that was, “Well, I can’t say that Catherine’s wedding wasn’t the inspiration for my entire day.” Giggles ensued.
Numerous times throughout this Old Mill Toronto wedding day I really felt like I was photographing royalty. Photographing her details allowed me to get to know a little bit more about her and her maid of honour’s relationship (they are both medical professionals, so whatever happened that day, we knew we were well taken care of, thankfully we didn’t need it).
I found out that Ewa (pronounced Eh-vah) was also at the same pro-life crash course that I was at in 2018. Sadly I can’t remember that. Ewa went to medical school in her home country of Poland. She is now deciding on her speciality, hopefully either paediatrics (I can see why) or family medicine. She’s going to be such an amazing doctor to her patients. In one way I hope I’ll never see her in her official capacity (same with Oriyana, of course). However, if I have to see a doctor or paramedics, seeing either of these amazing women will make the situation better.
Scott was just checking into his suite when we arrived at the hotel, and when we went to his suite later, we could really see that he was taking the gravity of the nuptial mass very serious. In a world where marriage is taken so lightly, it was amazing to see a husband-to-be really dwelling on the fact that this was a really big deal. Scott, your disposition on Saturday really made us look at our job in a different light for the day, and we just want to say thank you. It is nice to get that reminder once in a while. Oriyana is so blessed to have you by her side.
The first look, albeit a bit rushed, was stunning. Scott was so thrown by Oriyana’s beautiful appearance that he didn’t even kiss her right away. That moment it really hit him that this was the beginning of their forever together. It’s quite something if you think about it that way.
We got to join the couple and wedding party in their limo to the church. The church was as beautiful as I remembered, although it was a lot emptier. The setup for the livestream allowed all their Ontario and Manitoba guests to attend virtually in the best way possible. Every moment in this church was amazing to capture. Our favourite happened to be the moment that Scott was going to walk his new wife back up the aisle; when she was surprised to hear one of her favourite pieces of music being sung by the choir (I was told it was a Polish song of congratulations). The way that Oriyana looked up at the handsome man beside her cannot be described. This Old Mill Toronto wedding was just full of special little moments.
We departed with the Limo back to the Old Mill Hotel, where we spent the next few hours in our glory capturing this couple in as many ways we could. The bridal party was so laid back, and up for anything. A blast was had by all, and by the time we got to dinner it was like we were old friends. After partaking of some of the most amazing appetizers we’ve had for a while at the Adega Restaurante, we said our goodbyes. I don’t think we’ve ever spent the entire trip home talking about every single favourite moment of the day, but we did it this time.
Scott & Oriyana, your wedding day just flew by. We know there were things that you’d hoped to have different, but we just want you to know that your wedding day has left us feeling so blessed. Capturing your beautiful love story was a special honour, and getting to know you is something we’ll always cherish. We wish you both God’s blessing as you start this new part of your lives together, but also in your respective occupations. May God be with you through the ups and downs; we know with Him all things are possible.
The Vendor Team
Venue | Old Mill Toronto
Dress | Rita Vinieris
Hair & Makeup | Michele Gomes
Florals | Oleander Floral Design
Tuxes | Moore’s Clothing
Bridesmaid Dress | Petra Van Lagen
Shoes | Naturalizer
Rings | Reesor’s Jewellery
Videography | Ben & Krys Films
Two weeks ago, we hosted the first annual DVI Gala at our home; in the comfort of our lush, green backyard. We sent out many invitations, and were so excited to have 5 couples join us. This party gave us the perfect opportunity to get to know all of our clients without being a wedding vendor, what a change from a traditional wedding or event for us. It is nice to actually be able to take the time to chat without a camera in our hands. We entrusted our great friend Amanda Verhoeve to help capture the details of a very fond memory.
Our ideal couple knows that personal connection is so important when it comes to your Toronto wedding photographer, and they value this opportunity as a way to get to know us better before the wedding and continue to grow it afterwards. After all, we also capture maternity and family sessions!
We’d love to introduce you to our guests; we were thrilled that Hannah and Aaron, our dear friends, could make it. Hannah is our kids’ piano teacher and a recent DVI bride. Katie and Sean are getting married this weekend, but managed to fit our gala into their busy schedule! Katie had the most hilarious experience with our little man, Easton, where he let a fart out (an adult-sized one), and blamed it on the photographer. He was beyond proud, and all the laughs helped break the ice. The natural chemistry in their engagement session still makes me smile every time I see their faces.
We got to meet Hillary and Rodney for the first time; they’ve just recently been married and had another photographer who happened to be busy on their date for their big bash next year. Rodney should have received the Best Dressed Award, which we will be starting next year among others (Best Engagement Story, etc.). Kristen and André are getting married at the Elm Hurst Inn next year as well (we get to shoot there twice next year, lucky us!!!), and they were lucky to have two events in the same teeny tiny town on this date.
We are still in the planning stages of Ryan and Robin’s Toronto Island engagement session, and this event gave us the perfect opportunity to get to know them a little better. My favourite part of the evening was when everyone exchanged proposal stories. From sneaky surprises to canoe rides in a beautiful sunset on lake Simcoe, we loved every single one. However, our own is still my favourite. As a Toronto wedding photographer, the proposal stories we hear are really creative and romantic, and we can’t wait to hear more…
The company of our DVI couples was fabulous, and the food from To Your Door, To Your Plate was phenomenal. Honestly some of the best I’ve had, and we know who’s catering next year’s event! When I sat down at the table, ready to eat (to be honest, I was starving after putting so much work into the evening), I was terribly nervous, but at the same time feeling soooo blessed. I felt extremely honoured that each of these couples took a few hours out of their busy lives to spend with us, and get to know us and our family better. The kids loved being part of the evening, and have been talking about it since. I love the fact that my kids now know who I’m talking about when I mention some of these couples.
We were planning on staying outdoors all night, but it was the first chilly night in late summer, so we ended the evening in our own living room. While there will definitely be some changes for next year as this year was our first and a learning experience, it is amazing to know that we impacted our couples in this way. We’ve gotten more thank you’s than we can share, and we know that DVI couples are just the best.
The DVI experience is about so much more than just your wedding photos. Want to join the next year’s event? Send an inquiry, so we can get you booked on our calendar and start the fun process!
September 2, 1990. Thirty years ago. An early Sunday morning when a young mother gave birth to her and her husband’s first child. A little girl. Dina Dianne (Dutch pronunciation: Dee-na Dee-yah-ne) they named her. Dianne for short. She became a big sister only 367 days later. And had 5 more siblings in the years after that. That little girl is me. And today is my 30th birthday!
Thirty years old! I remember my father being 35 when I was 8 or 9, and really sitting down to think about how old that was. You couldn’t even triple it and it was already over 100. Now I’m only five years away from that. And I have to admit that the last weeks I have been dreading this day. But now that it’s here, I’m filled with gratefulness. There have been so many ups and downs through the last few years. Even this past year has been quite something. And I thought it would only be fitting to get it all on “paper” to really get a picture of what my life has been like.
Even though I’ve had my struggles, I cannot help but be grateful today. God has been there for me through everything. Stella’s pregnancy and NICU journey will always stick out to me when I think of our struggles. And she is a daily reminder of how much God has done for us. I know I forget once in a while, but I make an effort to never take her or anything else in my life for granted. Now that I have all that off my chest, I’m going to get to my big list. I hope you take the time to read through it and celebrate this big day with me!
As her mother put the final adjustments on Victoria’s veil and train, emotions ran high. Jonathan was only a few steps away. Close enough to touch. As we all stepped back to allow these two their moment, Victoria was visibly shaking with excitement. The little squeal as he started turning around to see her made all of our hearts skip a beat. As our cameras clicked and Jonathan’s eyes first landed on Victoria, everything felt right. The air filled with their excited giggles, they hugged, and Jonathan just couldn’t even believe how beautiful she was. His contagious giggle lifted the gravity of the moment for a short moment.
As their faith is so integral to every part of their relationship, it was the perfect spot for their first look. All the details that Victoria so carefully selected, combined for this elegant Toronto wedding into one perfect, beautiful wedding day. The day they became Mr. and Mrs. Lesarge.
Victoria and Jonathan met two years ago when they were both staffers at Queen’s Park. Sparks flew right from the start. Victoria would often use Jonathan’s office for work; she found it was more convenient for her. They got to know each other very well in the time that she spent there. Very early in their relationship, they learned that they shared the importance of their faith, which was an integral piece of what they were each looking for in their forever partner. One of their first dates resulted from Victoria inviting Jonathan to Latin Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Parkdale, Toronto – the church where they would eventually wed. Their engagement session was one for the books, you truly could see the love between the two of them.
The wedding day started at Victoria’s mom’s house. While the hair and makeup artists worked their magic, I got to play with loads of beautiful florals that the florist had provided. If there was ever a florist who made my dreams come true, it was Therese. It’s no wonder she only takes referrals and is very choosy with which weddings to work with. Her work is absolutely astounding!
When Victoria put on her Pronovias gown, I just knew that the wedding day was going to be something I was lucky to witness. She looked absolutely breathtaking! And I told Jonathan that when I first saw him as well. The florals were the absolute icing on the cake.
Victoria & Jonathan were most excited about the portraits which were captured in the church, while catching a break from the Toronto heat. The couple was thrilled to personally welcome each of the grandparents to the ceremony as they entered the church during this time as well.
The kindness of Victoria’s mother extended beyond expectations. She kindly provided lunch for both of us and even brought water to us at the portrait location because of the extreme heat. She was probably the best mother of the bride we’ve ever had the pleasure of being with.
The 1.5 hour ceremony was everything that the couple wished it was. They were still gushing over it hours later. When it’s your own, the wedding happens to mean more than you can ever imagine, and we can say that from experience. Jonathan’s family was so excited to watch him get married. Especially his step-mom has a special place in her heart for him.
At Osgoode Hall, we used the golden light to take more beautiful portraits of Victoria & Jonathan. As the veil floated in the breeze, they went from looking in awe at each other and their rings, to sharing private jokes and giggling uncontrollably. On our walk to and from the portrait location, we even used the traffic and the crosswalks for some epic “Toronto photos”. One TTC driver was very excited to be included in such a special time of their big day, and it made for the perfect background!
The reception at Drake’s Commissary was the perfect end, with delicious food, the perfect ambience, and a very good MC. Activities were limited because of COVID, but the couple had organized a Trivia game including topics about religion and politics, normally very polarizing subjects, but the range of beliefs of the people in the audience made it all the funnier. Jonathan even forgot the last word in the Bible amidst all the fun.
Victoria and Jonathan are excited for their future together, and that is very evident. They planned the most amazing honeymoon (even amidst Covid) in Quebec City, and as they shared little tidbits over this last week about their experiences, I can honestly say that I was jealous. But they deserve it! They are moving to Montreal later this year, and made sure that they could spend their big day with as many of their loved ones as possible before that happened.
Victoria and Jonathan, to say that your wedding day was a highlight in our career so far is an understatement. To watch you pledge your love in front of God and your family, and to lock those memories in on digital files for you was more of an honour than we can ever explain. May God bless you and keep you. May He be your guide through the ups and the downs. We wish you nothing but the best in the future, but we know if there are some less-than-best times, you have the perfect person for you standing right by your side and God in your hearts. -xo
The Vendor Team
Dress | Pronovias at Mona Richie Bride
Shoes | Nine West at The Bay
Tux | Andrew’s Formals
Hair | Uno Jo Bridal Hair
Makeup | Super Fox Makeup
Rings | Tallie Jewelry, Peoples Jewellers and Zen Moissanite
Styling Mat | Thistles & Lavender
Florals | Therese Guidolin
Ceremony | Holy Family Catholic Parish
Reception | Drake Commissionary
Cake | Drake Commissionary
Invitations | Minted
Selfless. Gorgeous. Caring. Always putting others ahead of herself. These were just some of the descriptions given about Virginia during the speeches. What was said about her husband to be, Dave was not much different. Incredibly kind and happier than he’d ever been when Virginia and he started dating. Within the first month of dating, he told his brother, Wade, that he was going to marry her. (Virginia didn’t even know that until the wedding day.)
While the speeches were funny and laughter-inducing, the content meant the world to both bride and groom. These were their parents and best friends telling the story of V & D in their perspective. The friends’ version had a little more mischievousness, (no surprise), and the parents’ version really allowed one to understand how Virginia and Dave are so perfect for each other. They can laugh together, cry together, and are now standing in front of a life that they get to spend together navigating whatever comes their way. Wedding days are not the definition of a marriage, but to start a marriage off the way Dave and Virginia did is the absolute perfect start.
Right away, Dave’s mom had a good feeling about Virginia. Virginia did a pedicure for Dave’s mom three years ago, who then asked her if she was single. Dave reached out via Facebook Messenger to ask her on a date. They grew up in the same town, attended the same school and there were many of their parent’s friends that thought they should be set up many many years ago. Dave proposed at Pillar and Post in Niagara, where they’ll be headed for a short honeymoon as well.
Virginia wanted a simple dress without a train. Finally, after trying on 14 dresses at two different appointments, she found the most gorgeous elaborate dress with a train longer than she knew existed, and couldn’t help falling in love with it.
Virginia has two brothers, Adam and J.D.. J.D. lives in California and did everything that he could to try to get back home for the wedding. He was sorely missed, but “stick J.D.” was a quiet and cooperative stand-in for all the wedding photos. He would likely have been the center of attention if he’d been there.
We were told by Virginia’s mom that as COVID was wrecking all the plans for Dave and Virginia’s dream wedding, her grandfather also passed away. Virginia started questioning whether all of this meant that maybe their nuptials weren’t meant to be. By their own admission, it was more amazing than they could have imagined, and we agree.
Dave has one brother, Wade, who was the best man. He followed Dave everywhere from high school to college, and so on. Wade’s speech was heartfelt and brought tears to Dave’s eyes. Lauren (one of the two in the wedding party, don’t ask, it was a little hilarious at times) was maid of honour and her speech made it clear that she was a teacher. According to Lauren, the definition of “selfless” in the Webster Dictionary is incorrect, it should just say Virginia. We can see that. She has been a trooper throughout all the changes in her plans due to COVID. What was supposed to be a gorgeous and lavish Copetown Woods Golf Course wedding, became the sweetest and most intimate backyard wedding at Dave’s parents’ place.
All the girls met at Virginia’s parent’s house in the morning and had their hair done by Patrick’s Hair. A delicious (ABSOLUTELY AMAZING) lunch was provided by Jones Bakery in Caledonia. The guys met at Dave’s parents’ house just a few minutes away. The stunning Caledonia Countryside wedding ceremony was in Dave’s parent’s backyard after Dave’s mom put a painstaking amount of work into keeping the garden looking happy and well cared for.
As Virginia walked up the aisle to her husband-to-be, that man had trouble keeping himself composed. The tears that we all thought were sure to come didn’t make it at that point, but to be honest he did laugh to the point of tears when he was “rudely” interrupted by the electric speaker that started talking Chinese out of nowhere. It took a few moments before the whole crowd had composed themselves again before he was able to continue.
Nearby, Ron Clark’s gorgeously landscaped property was the perfect backdrop for the wedding party photos and the bridal portraits. The dock was one of our favourite little spots, but the florals in the gardens came a very close second! Portrait time was quite rushed. Thanks to great practice at the engagement session we were still able to get lots of gorgeous captures (see below.) We arrived back to the reception at Dave’s parents’ house and started the evening off with their first dance. Dinner was the perfect continuation of the day, as it also was delicious. Heartwarming speeches were followed by the parent dances and the night finished off with socializing. At this point, the weather was a little more bearable as well, which made all the difference.
Having a huge wedding party with seven friends on each side, there were definitely moments of chaos, but the love and camaraderie between each and every one of them. We’re so lucky to have had the pleasure of capturing Dave and Virginia’s close friend’s elopement earlier this year, and we’re so excited to see them at Ali and Evan’s big party again next year.
Dave and Virg, I hope you had a wonderful mini-moon in Niagara-on-the-Lake (back to the moment where this wedding-planning journey started). We look back on your wedding day with such joy in our hearts, and are so honoured to have gotten to know you. We know that God is looking out for you on your journey through life, and wish you His blessing in the future.
The Vendor Team
Bridal Gown | The Bridal Boutique
Groom & Groomsmen Attire | RW & CO.
Rings | Barry’s Jewellery
Hair & Makeup | Patrick’s Hair and Esthetics
Florals | Jean’s Flower Shop Hamilton
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Wedding Cake | Cravings by Brittany Bakery
Catering | Caledonia Fair Board
Ceremony & Reception | Ron & Patti’s Backyard (Groom’s Parents)
Invitations | Paperless Post
Rentals | Kayware Event Decor & Floral Design
It was a stunning summer day in a gorgeous hidden gem in the middle of the city. The excitement level was high. An intimate ceremony with just the closest of their friends. Ali and Evan spent the morning getting ready for this amazing afternoon event. This stunning Kitchener Mill Ruins elopement was nothing that they’d originally planned but everything they dreamed of!
While friends and family watched via video conferencing software, the officiant, Bryan, did an amazing job explaining true love, and it resonated with everyone in attendance. Ali and Evan’s vows were personal and incredibly romantic. Evan, we are still incredibly proud that you kept it together so well through both of your vows! Flash, the gorgeous Golden you’ll see in the photos, kept things interesting, and I’m sure he’s super excited to have his mommy and daddy married. One of the other exciting parts of this wedding for us was that we actually got to catch up with another sweet DVI couple, Virginia and Dave! They were Ali and Evan’s witnesses, and we were thrilled to hear that!
After some portraits at the ruins, Ali and Evan wished to have some portraits at the Homer Watson House. As they had initially planned to have their wedding at Ruthven Park National Historic Site (where they had THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION), this was something that had the same history and vibe. Ali and Evan have taken everything that has been happening in the last little while in stride and had their fingers crossed for the longest time. As photographers, we couldn’t have been more excited to hear the new plans just a few days before this Kitchener Mill Ruins elopement. It was incredibly humbling to be part of such an intimate event.
Ali and Evan, you two have come to mean so much to us. Your Kitchener Mill Ruins elopement was a dream come true for us. I’m sure not quite as much as it was for you! Being part of your journey is such a privilege, and we are more excited than ever to get to see you again at Ruthven in 2021!
The Vendor Team
I met this sweet and gorgeous couple at Cana & José’s wedding last April, and I was drawn to Emily immediately. She was the beautiful maid of honour at that wedding, and here she is the stunning bride. Much planning went into this wedding, and it was such an honour to get to travel for this Vancouver Granville Island wedding. Emily and Mark had the best vendors, from the stunning location where Primp & Proper took care of the girls to the beautiful bouquets from Floralista. It was an absolute dream to work with such talented people.
Seeing as Mark studies in New York, Emily is in Medical School in Calgary, and their families are located in Vancouver, it’s no wonder that their vendors are all over North America as well. I couldn’t believe that Emily got her stunning dress from Kleinfeld in New York! I mean, we’ve all watched an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” at some point in our lives, right? To know what a journey this beautiful dress has had, made it very important to me to get as many photos of it! And though the Vancouver rain made it difficult, I’m proud of these photos.
I did not realize how rainy Vancouver could be. And Saturday, December 28 was the only rainy day in my whole stay there. Of course! But at the end of the day, I couldn’t be more thankful. If there is anything that this Vancouver Granville Island wedding taught me, it’s that nothing can rain on my parade! And that rain can only push me to learn more. Oh, and that clear umbrellas are cute!!!
Emily and Mark said I do in the gorgeous Holy Family Parish in Vancouver, after which we visited a quiet Trout Lake in the rain for family photos. My favourite part of the day was when we decided to visit Granville Island and used the edge of their parking lot to capture their epic bridal party photos. Loads of fun was had!!! Even though there were so many of them, it couldn’t have gone any faster. So, to the bridal party, a HUGE SHOUTOUT! I absolutely love it when there is so much love on a wedding day because it makes everything that would be miserable under normal circumstance great fun!
Their stunning venue was ready and waiting for them as the sun set beyond the high rise buildings. The speeches were heartwarming. Seeing the city lights through the floor to ceiling windows as Emily and Mark danced their first dance was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And saying goodbye to all these amazing people, knowing that I probably won’t see them again for a long time (if ever), was hard. Emily and Mark, it’s obvious that your family loves you. Oh, so much! And it’s not hard to see why. Emily, you’re going to make an amazing doctor. I’m sure proud to know you! And Mark, for what it’s worth, I’m really glad you didn’t become a priest! (His application was filled out and ready to be sent, but then he met Emily.) You two are absolutely perfect for each other. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who’s excited to see what the future holds for you!
The Vendor Team
Bridal Gown | Kleinfeld, New York
Groom’s Tux | Black and Lee
Bride’s Shoes | Everlane
Rings | Ben Moss
Hair & Makeup | Faye Smith at Primp & Proper
Florals | Floralista
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Limousine Services | North Star Limousine Services
Wedding Cake | A. Elizabeth Cakes
Entertainment | Presto Entertainment
Reception Venue | John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse
Favours | Squish Candy