Bookstore Engagement Session - Jesse and Patricia

Jesse is a good friend of mine and we go back a while. I remember we were at a camp once (around the time I was in University) and he brought in these two foam sticks covered in duct tape that we used to practice self defense… on one another. They were aptly named “beating sticks”. Oh, Jesse. And no, my self defense has not improved at all.

When he asked me to photograph his wedding, I was extremely excited for the opportunity. You see, Jesse gave me a one-liner that has stuck in me since he said it a few years ago: “You have such a passion for wedding photography that if anyone should be doing it, it should be you." Jesse usually has some really funny one-liners but he also speaks from the heart :) Thanks, Jesse.

I had recently met Patricia as Jesse would bring her to improv shows and meals with friends (East is East…mmm…) and dinners at his place. Patricia has a love for books and the arts and Jesse has consistently considered her as the “good-looking librarian”. 

After I documented Jesse proposing to Patricia at a Mediterranean restaurant, brainstorms occurred and months later we soon found ourselves at Lawrence Books on West 41st in Vancouver taking engagement photos among the various paperbacks and hardcover books. I had Jesse and Patricia hide notes for each other and they had to find the notes amongst the books. Thankfully we were able to find them all, lest we leave a mysterious love note for some future book purchaser to find!

Being able to see their love, friendship and humor with one another brought a smile to my face. Friendship is the true base expression of love.

A HUGE thanks to Anne at Lawrence Books for letting us take over her store for a good hour or so!! Cafe Crepe is where we had the coffee session after.