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Courtney & James ~ Victoria Garden Wedding

We were blessed this year with a wonferfully warm autumn that gave Courtney & James the most perfect day for a September wedding ~ that really felt more like July. Glendale Gardens is a lovely wedding location with large grounds of native plants, flowers, and a ceremony site that overlooks a little valley with a pond. It was the perfect spot for this very pretty afternoon wedding. You may remember from their engagement session that Jane Austen and many things English inspire these two and this wedding was a perfect tribute to an English country garden party right down to the cucumber sandwiches and fancy tea sets. The embroidered linens from Victoria Vintage China Rentals and bud vases with pale pink and yellow blooms, arranged by our friends at Rook & Rose, created such a pretty setting. We were happy to see the guests had been inspired by the Royal Wedding style and arrived donned in fancy hats and fascinators! Courtney & James had a little old-timey folk duo headed by Miriam Sontenes playing old love songs on fiddles and banjos and a couple of times they shared a dance – just the two of them as friends and family sipped champagne and ate little strawberry tarts. I think their cake has to be one of the most gorgeous cakes I have seen in some time, with the pale roses and icing sugar doily pattern and it perfectly fit the whole style of their day.  In the late afternoo, as the reception wound down, we headed out to shoot their portraits. When they arrived at their car they found that their bridesmaid Nicola had handmade some really cute custom decor for their car!  We carried it with us on our shoot as we enjoyed the perfect evening light in forest and field. Thank-you so so much to Courtney and James for not only choosing us for your special day, picking the absolute perfect time of day for these gorgeous sunsoaked field photos (huge treat as we rarely get to shoot wedding portraits at that time of day!!), but also for being such enthusiastic and supportive clients. You made our job pretty easy and we have such great memories from your day – even when I thought there was a cougar in the bush! We already know how happy you are together and we hope it only gets even better from here!


Venue: Glendale Gardens | Bride: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Make Up: Sharon Clarke | Groom: Outlooks for Men | Linens & China: Victoria Vintage China Rentals | Floral Design: Rook and Rose | Cake: Murchies | Music: Miriam Sonstenes


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Yvonne - November 6, 2011 - 12:35 pm

What a beautiful wedding. Love the images of the couple hugging. So sweet.

Yvonne - November 6, 2011 - 12:34 pm

What a beautiful wedding. I adore the images of the couple hugging. So sweet.

Tib - October 25, 2011 - 5:52 pm

Congratulations James and Courtney! You two look absolutely gorgeous; these photos bring back lovely memories of the perfect wedding.

Amy - October 25, 2011 - 3:59 am

Ah-maz-ing! So Pretty you guys!

Gracie - October 25, 2011 - 1:22 am

Simply beautiful. It radiates your love for each other. The photographers really did a great job! ♥

Courtney - October 24, 2011 - 11:29 pm

Emmy and Aaron,

Thank you so much for making our day and our photos so incredibly perfect! We could not have asked for more and we are incredibly thankful for your creativity and artistry.

Thank you!

Nicola - October 24, 2011 - 11:18 pm

Gorgeous!!! I love them and I’m so honoured that you took one with the heart :) Xoxox

Susan & Robin

We were so excited when we heard about the details of Susan and Robin’s September wedding. We had yet to shoot in downtown Vancouver and this was the perfect wedding to start on. There were so many great moments to this day but I guess I will start at the beginning which was arriving at their gorgeous (and massive) suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. I had heard about this hotel but really you have to see it to believe it – such a gorgeous place to get ready for such a big day. There were lots of friends and family stopping by to watch the small toes to be painted, bow-ties to be tied, and the all important first look at the bride.  Susan’s dad’s entrance is one of the sweetest I have witnessed. He was so full of love for his daughter and you could just see how happy he was for her. Robin’s two children were also about and were as involved in the getting ready as Susan and Robin. The ceremony was held at the iconic Brockton Point in Stanley park under a perfect tree with the bridge in the background. The trolley carried them all to the reception at Boneta in Gastown which is a bit of a story in itself – in that the restaurant, which is their favourite, was moving locations the very day of the wedding. We visited the site in the morning and I had that awful feeling of whether or not to call them and tell them that their reception site was still a construction zone!  There was no need though as Robin had visited himself and was surprisingly relaxed about it as he knew it would all come together. You will see in an image below a photograph, that Robin printed to show guests, of the site just hours before guests arrived.  The staff of Boneta worked tirelessly to make sure Susan and Robin had a beautiful evening with incredible food and so hats off to them!! Boneta also introduced us to our favourite new drink – the Gin Gin Mule – if you don’t know what this is try it and you will be hooked!! These two didn’t want to miss a moment with their guests so rather than a full portrait session we just took a little candid walk around Gastown before heading into the reception and this is when the best part happened… Robin stopped to kiss Susan in the middle of the street and as he did a street busker began playing Oasis’ song Wonderwall – he followed us as we walked down the street with Susan and Robin belting out the chorus (you can tell which image this is below!). It was like having their own movie soundtrack to such a great moment. I will always remember this as one of the most real, spontaneous, and moving moments while working a wedding. So for Susan and Robin “I said maybe your gonna be the one that saves me. And after all your my wonderwall.”

Getting Ready: The Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver | Ceremony: Brockton Point Stanley Park | Reception: Boneta | Dress: Nicole Miller from Blush Occasions | His Shoes: Frye | His Bow-tie: The Cordial Churchman | Cake and Flowers: Whole Foods | Ceremony Music: David Ward and Rosemary Stevens

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Jaidean - October 24, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Gorgeous! Love all the details and love the shots downtown – so fun! Beautiful work!

Adrian Munaweera - October 20, 2011 - 5:01 am

Marvelous photos. They make me feel like I was there!! Oh wait…I was. Incredible job on capturing this special event in its many faceted ways.

Deniel - October 19, 2011 - 3:19 am

As usual Beautifully done!!

Nicole Bozak - October 19, 2011 - 1:03 am

What beautiful pics Emmy!!

Vanessa - October 18, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Emmy! What a beautiful wedding and you guys are incredible!