We are so so excited to share this wedding with you. This fall we were so lucky to get to shoot at our new favourite wedding location twice in the same month! Nina and Darren were married at Craidelonna Lodge, just a little past Sooke overlooking the ocean from a gorgeous lodge with a trail to a stunning beach. These two had a really complete vision for their day – so much so that the decor and details were simply amazing!! Darren made so much of their decor by hand and Nina made the appetizers all herself using as many local ingrediants, especially from their garden, as possible. So all of this deatail has resulted in way too many photos for just one post. So this first post will focus on their preparationsa and portraits and the next post will share all of their lovely details, ceremony and candids. Nina and Darren received some really special gifts on their day. Nina’s best friend – who really could give up her day job as a scientist and take up illustrations – made them a really meaningful illustrated book of the story of their lives together. Nina is pretty sentimental and loves photographs and so she made Darren a photo album from images of their lives together. It was really moving to see them so happy and with so much love between and around them. We split their portrait session into two sections – one session before the wedding, with a little break in between when Nina gave Darren his album, and the rest on the beach after the ceremony. They are both really into living life outside and do a lot of camping and so we used this inspiration for a little themed shoot. I got to be creative and built them a little tent to share a few quiet moments. We loved this wedding and this couple so here is part one and stay tuned next week for part 2!