Adrian and Wendy's Wedding at Brix & Mortar in Yaletown Vancouver - Seconding for John Bello

Approaching a wedding in a documentary fashion is actually quite difficult. As I'm not directing people to pose or to do certain things, I have to be able to react and anticipate moments as they happen. There's no "OK, can you look at Mom and laugh now?". I'm there to document it as how it truly unfolded. Why would I approach things this way? To me, there's something absolutely magical about creating beautiful photographs of real and authentic moments. It's telling your story as the way it happened and not how I as a photographer directed it to be. 

Adrian and Wendy had a late winter wedding, which meant that it was a bit colder and also day light disappeared quite quickly. However, their passion in dance and for each other soon heated up the place. As usual, I'll let the photographs tell the story from there.

Thanks to John Bello for giving me the opportunity to second shoot for him!

 The groom keeps an eye out for guests.

The groom keeps an eye out for guests.

 Winter time meant that the daylight was gone by the time the evening reception rolled around, which meant that the night lights and the evening ambiance took over.

Winter time meant that the daylight was gone by the time the evening reception rolled around, which meant that the night lights and the evening ambiance took over.

 Uhhh.... OK. No words for this one other than "wedding party games".

Uhhh.... OK. No words for this one other than "wedding party games".

 The passion as these two danced was incredible to watch as it was to photograph. 

The passion as these two danced was incredible to watch as it was to photograph. 

 And then the crowd comes in to dance with you.

And then the crowd comes in to dance with you.

Pete and Christine's Wedding at Brix & Mortar in Yaletown - Seconding for John Bello

If it isn't already apparent in my blog posts, I truly enjoy photographing at Brix and Mortar in Yaletown. It's a nice and small and intimate space with a unique ceremony space but the people there are also really cool. 

As per usual, I'll let the photographs and the little bits of commentary do the narrating of this wedding. Just a quick note: That amazing red British car was an awesome sight to see.

Thanks to John Bello Photography for taking me on as a second shooter for this one.

 The groom and his groomsmen spent a bit of time hanging out at the pub next door to Brix and Mortar.

The groom and his groomsmen spent a bit of time hanging out at the pub next door to Brix and Mortar.

 While moments like these can be posed, I love creating them in the midst of the wedding day. It's really tough as everything has to line up just right... but when it does, it becomes something amazing. 

While moments like these can be posed, I love creating them in the midst of the wedding day. It's really tough as everything has to line up just right... but when it does, it becomes something amazing. 

 That First Dance moment in the Brix and Mortar courtyard :)

That First Dance moment in the Brix and Mortar courtyard :)


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Welid and Savannah's Backyard Wedding - Seconding for Stefanie Cepeda

Welid and Savannah's wedding was one of the first backyard weddings I had photographed. While I thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere and the revelry of larger weddings, I also love the intimacy that comes with small weddings as well. It was a bright sunny day and lended itself to a great day followed by a reception in a hall in the evening.

Photographs taken while seconding for Stefanie Cepeda.

 Candid moments like these aren't taken at random. I'm constantly on the lookout for these moments as they happen!

Candid moments like these aren't taken at random. I'm constantly on the lookout for these moments as they happen!

 I can't recall why this chair was needed? Probably for a place to sit while the couple signs the wedding papers.

I can't recall why this chair was needed? Probably for a place to sit while the couple signs the wedding papers.

 I loved how this wedding was so very small but very intimate and personal. It took place in a backyard! That's Stefanie Cepeda in the background with the camera.

I loved how this wedding was so very small but very intimate and personal. It took place in a backyard! That's Stefanie Cepeda in the background with the camera.


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Michael and Shannon Vancouver Wedding at Brookhouse and Victoria Chinese Restaurant - Seconding for Jody Wiger

As per before, I won't say much in the ways of an introduction. I do think that the images speak for themselves (yes, including the mirror selfie with the bride's dress...). Michael and Shannon were married at Brockhouse in Vancouver followed by a reception at Victoria Chinese Restaurant. The night capped off with a dance rendition of "I Had The Time Of My Life" and it was kind of awesome. OK enough words. Photographs below :)

Thanks to Jody Wiger for the opportunity to second shoot.

 The groom looks into a mirror to check his shirt.

The groom looks into a mirror to check his shirt.

 Moments after signing the wedding certificate.

Moments after signing the wedding certificate.

 That time I ran around with the bride's dress... yes, I was looking for a place to hang it for primary photog Jody Wiger.

That time I ran around with the bride's dress... yes, I was looking for a place to hang it for primary photog Jody Wiger.

 No words. Just film.

No words. Just film.


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Jonathan and Clara's Wedding at Stanley Park - Seconding for Stefanie Cepeda

I really don't have any words for this wedding so I will let the photographs tell the story.

 That moment when the Father gives his bride away. I'm usually in the front but this time I took the back angle.

That moment when the Father gives his bride away. I'm usually in the front but this time I took the back angle.

 Moments after tying the knot. :)

Moments after tying the knot. :)

 That moment that Jonathan surprised Clara with a song.

That moment that Jonathan surprised Clara with a song.

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