It’s spring and wedding season is almost here so now is the time for a Vancouver Island engagement session! Here is just one image from a recent session on the beach. Engagement sessions don’t need to be posed or over styled. My favourite couple’s sessions are simple and real with two people who are so into each other they forget that we are even there. They are also a great way to get to know your wedding photographer before the wedding day. We include engagement sessions in some of our packages and offer discounts on them if couple’s want to add them to other wedding photography packages. If you are looking for a wedding photographer either on Vancouver Island or elsewhere we still have some spring and fall dates available and we are currently meeting with couples for 2018 dates. If you are getting married somewhere else and already have your wedding photographer at your location booked but are planning a trip to the west coast we would love to do a holiday engagement session with you. We are Vancouver Island wedding photographers based out of the Cowichan Valley but we also love to travel and photograph new places and wedding venue so please get in touch if you would like to book a Vancouver Island engagement session or wedding photography coverage wherever you are. This sweet shot was captured at Esquimalt Lagoon near Royal Road’s Hatley Castle. Special mention must be made to the very cooperative sea gulls and thanks ever so much for not pooping on us! Happy Spring!
So excited to share this lovely Merridale Ciderworks wedding! It is especially nice that our relocation to Shawnigan Lake means that this place is now practically in our backyard! Merridale Ciderworks is a really fantastic wedding ceremony and reception venue. For couples looking for a farm feel with all of the amenities this is an easy choice. Beautiful grounds with orchards, forest and water features as well as an indoor/outdoor feel to the reception area brings a lot of nature to your day without having to leave the venue. Dara and Jin wanted to keep their day fuss free and focus on all their most loved people and this location meant just that. Dara works in a bookshop and books are one of her great loves in life. So rather than carry a bouquet, Dara carried some favourite books that they both read from during the ceremony. After the ceremony close family and friends participated in a Chinese tea ceremony and Dara changed into a red embroidered gown in honour of Jin’s heritage. These two didn’t want to spend a long time away from their guests so we did a short walk around the grounds to capture some images before joining the reception. I can honestly say the food at Merridale is really really good! We eat a lot of wedding suppers and this was incredible – oh and the cider is pretty skookum as well! So if good food and drink is high on your list this venue is definitely worth considering. These two have some talented friend’s and the local band West My Friend was a fantastic way to cap off the day with live tunes into the evening. This wedding was simple and so sweet to be a part of. We had a great day and foresee Dara and Jin having a lifetime of chats over good books in their future! If you are looking for a Vancouver Island wedding or reception venue that has everything for your day in one location, with great food, beautiful surroundings and a farm feel, then a Merridale Ciderworks wedding may be perfect for you. Oh and please get in touch as we would love to photograph it! For a complete list of all the talented Vancouver Island wedding vendors involved in this day scroll to the end of the post.
So here it is – Dar and Jin’s Merridale Ciderworks Wedding
Venue: Merridale Ciderworks | Style: Vancouver Island Orchard Wedding and Victoria Farm Wedding | Bride’s Apparel: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Apparel: Outlook’s for Men | Decor: DIY | Flowers: Poppies Floral Art | Hair Stylist: The Hive | Cake: Merridale Ciderworks | Musicians: West My Friend