They call weddings the “Big Day” for a reason. Its the “first day of the rest of your life”, filled with excitement and nerves, surrounded by friends and family, and glitz and glamour. But when we sat down and started planning Art & Kim‘s wedding photography in downtown Vancouver together, Lachlan and I really had no idea how “big” their day would really become.
For the bridesmaids, the day started at 5 am. Hair and makeup from Mink arrived to the hotel, and the buzz in their room increased. The coffee kicked in and the hairspray started flying, and pretty soon 6 gorgeous bridesmaids evolved into the perfectly coiffed collection who would surround Kim and support her on her wedding day.
Floors above where her bridesmaids was Kim’s own bridal suite, where we arrived at 8 am. She was sitting by the window, her hair finished and her makeup almost complete… and was perfectly serene. Over the next couple hours, more family and vendors started to arrive (including the talented videography crew from Flip Vision Productions) and the air in the room started to fill more with anticipation.
In Art’s room the energy was of a little livelier. He was surrounded with lots of loud laugher, high fives and fuelled by a little Johnnie Walker Blue. In his case, the morning was the storm before the calm- hours filled with collective cheers of celebration with those he held dear, before the quiet moment he closed his eyes at the front of the church and waited for his bride.
The wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Good Counsel was beautiful. Filled with traddition and bracketed by tears and laughter, Art & Kim’s love filled the cathedral.
Next came an adventurous ride with The Vancouver Trolley Company from Surrey as we planned to shoot their wedding photography in downtown Vancouver. It was POURING rain, and the only location that would give us adequate rain cover for such a large wedding party was under the Granville Street Bridge. Luckily for us, the gracious host of the False Creek Yatch invited us in, so the wedding party had a little break (complete with wine) and we were given a unique perspective of the bridge for our last couple of shots.
Then off to the Sutton Place Hotel, for the wedding reception. The venue was stunning, the food delicious and service impeccable. The speeches had the entire room in tears and in side-splitting laughter. After an exciting bouquet and garter toss, emotional first dances and the traditional Money Dance the party got into full swing.
We would love to extend our deepest congratulations to Art & Kim, thank them for letting us be part of their big day, and wish them all the best in their life together.
Groom’s Watch: Rolex & Omega Speedmaster
Groom’s Shoes: Ted Baker
Groom’s Bowtie: Tiger of Sweeden
Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Scotch: Johnnie Walker Blue
Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Tracy Le from Mink Makeup and Hair
Bridesmaids’ Hair: Cecilia Trann
Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Mink Makeup and Hair
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bride’s Gown: Allure Bridals from Lisa’s Bridal Salon
Bride’s Hairpiece: The Borrowed Collection
Bouquets: Celsia Florist
Reception Flowers: Lina’s Flower Design
Cake by: Super Sheep Sweets
Decor: Tapestry Events & Decor
Church Ceremony: Our Lady of Good Counsel
Formal Photography Location: False Creek Yacht Club
Reception: Sutton Place Hotel
Transportation: Vancouver Trolley Company
Day-of Coordinators: Michelle Sutherland and Roxanne Mateo
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