On a drizzly afternoon in Vancouver, Chris and Amber stepped out of their limousine, about to start their Brix & Mortar wedding. A step, a simple gesture, leading to one foot after another, and ending at the end of an isle where they would become husband and wife. But their journey took a little while to get there…
Chris and Amber’s love story is one for the ages. A story of perseverance and determination. A story of patience. But also a story which proves that sometimes what you are looking for has been in front of you all along.
Nine years ago, they met at a friend’s wedding. To this day, Amber can’t recall meeting Chris at all. But he remembers. There’s a photograph of her wearing his suit jacket in the after hours of the celebration. It’s obvious he had his eye on her from the start, but was clearly playing the long game.
How time flies. On a rainy morning in November, a couple months after shooting their engagement session, we found ourselves arriving at their respective wedding day “getting ready” venues. When I (Emily) arrived at Chris and Amber’s home in Port Coquitlam, it was the start of a wedding that held many firsts for me. Amber and all her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done an hour ahead of schedule (unheard of!) and were all sitting around in cozy sweaters drinking mimosas and chatting. After leisurely getting dressed and packing their bags for the day, we left in the limo and headed down to the Sutton Place Hotel, where Chris was getting ready, and waiting to see his Bride for the first time that day.
As the Bride and Groom were re-united, we snapped a couple of shots outside the hotel in the rain, and then we and the entire wedding party headed to Coal Harbour to start the formal photography for the day before the Brix & Mortar wedding.
As we had shot their engagement session at Britannia Shipyards, we wanted their wedding photos to be a departure from the historic and vintage feel the shipyard’s architecture offered. The green roof of Coal Harbour’s Cactus Club Cafe was perfect. It allowed us to get out of the seawall and convention centre crowds and simultaneously gave us views of the water, and the modern blue glass of the surrounding high-rises.
Being mindful of the schedule of the day, we made our way to Yaletown so we could shoot as long as possible before the ceremony. By then the rain had subsided, and The Roundhouse Community Centre proved to be ideal for the wedding party photography with its brick walls and cleanly trimmed lines.
Next was the wedding at Yaletown’s stunning Brix & Mortar where the ceremony quickly began. Officiated by Chris and Amber’s dear friend Jen, (who’s wedding they actually met at years before) she made note of their obvious nerves and sped through the nuptials in record speed. As per their instructions, in a mere ten minutes they became husband and wife, kissed, and soon were surrounded by their close friends and family in a champagne toast.
Throughout dinner, the speeches came, and started first with the Fathers. As both their speeches included cheeky remarks and heart warming stories, classic “Dad jokes”, and phrases like “can someone get me a shot of tequila” they both had the guests in stitches and tears, and set the mood for the rest of the evening. Next was the turn of Maid of Honour and Best Man. While the MOH delivered heartfelt stories mixed with beautifully written metaphors of their love, the Best Man told some of the most embarrassing stories we have ever heard of a groom. Not only did the entire room countlessly erupt in laughter, the staff at Brix & Mortar, as well as Lachlan and I were in hysterics.
As the dinner wrapped up, the bar opened, the dance floor filled, and the dessert table was demolished. We were then ordered to put away our cameras for the evening and drinks were thrust into our hands. (Twist our arms) It was the perfect end to the evening, and clearly the point where we evolved from mere vendors to friends.
The two lessons taken away from the night: a handmade macaroon and Cannoli King dessert table will always be a hit, and you never refuse a shot with the father of the bride.