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I still remember a lovely Spring day when we first met with Anita and Raymond and they told us about the Whistler winter wonderland wedding they were planning. They were so excited about their snowy wedding, that even I, who couldn’t wait for the warm, sunny, summer to start, got caught up in their beautiful, snowy wedding ideas. Their excitement was infectious! I have to admit, I was concerned that there would be enough snow in the Whistler village to help create this magical wonderland, but somehow the clouds and right amount of precipitation aligned, along with the freezing temperatures to bring snow only 2 days before their wedding! They were so lucky and got their Whistler winter wonderland wedding after all! Their dream of getting married at Nita Lake Lodge outdoors in the cold winter air came true!

It was our pleasure to photograph them getting ready with family and friends at the gorgeous Whistler Fairmont Heritage Place: At Nature’s Door nestled high up on the ski runs leading into Creekside. Since their theme was Winter Wonderland, we selected a spot right on the ski run for their reveal to see each other for the first time. We carved out a path in the snow for Anita to easily walk up to Raymond, meanwhile Justin and I, plus the video crew, waded awkwardly, sinking deep into the snow with every step. It’s such a special moment when one of our couples sees each other for the first time on their wedding day and we always feel so lucky to be a part of witnessing it and this was no exception. The difference of course, and difficulty this time, was us getting stuck and sinking in the snow with each step and really having to anticipate each angle, before moving because it was no small task to simply move a feet meters! Cold, but fun, nonetheless!

After our photo session with their bridal party, we headed up the mountain to Chick Pea Hut, a very special spot for them, which is where Raymond proposed on Whistler mountain to Anita on one of their snowboarding trips. Super cute! And it’s not everyday you see a bride bold enough to ride a snowmobile in her wedding gown! Anita you were amazing and brave! Then it was a race back down the mountain to their wedding ceremony at Nita Lake Lodge, outdoors on the patio with family, lots of kids and friends. There was a fireside hot chocolate/cocktail hour, dessert bar, S’mores bar and fire pit to add to their wintery theme. It was a fabulous wedding day that their guests are sure to remember….. after they thawed out! 😉



































We see so many beautiful bouquets each wedding season, so we wanted to share a selection of the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets we saw in 2013. We hope these beautiful arrangements give you some inspiration for your own wedding bouquet ideas.






We were excited when Nicole and Greg suggested they wanted to have their engagement session at Whytecliff Park.  We had heard it was beautiful and had never been there before, as we ourselves always go to Lighthouse Park for hikes. The forested, seaside location was perfect for Nicole and Greg since they met at Bamfield on Vancouver Island and Whytecliff has a similar feel to it. Despite the on/off again rain, we all had a lovely time in such a beautiful place and we’re so happy that they have photographs taken of them in their favourite environment: balancing on logs at the beach, looking in tidal pools and simply enjoying the West Coast beaches together!!





  • Melinda

    These are beautiful pictures. My favourite two include the one where Nicole is walking on the log and the bottom picture that’s in color. Congrats Nicole and Greg!ReplyCancel

  • Christa

    It’s amazing to see how well the photos turned out given the weather conditions. Awesome pictures!ReplyCancel

  • bernie

    Truly Westcoast! Cloudy day made for revealing photography. UniqueReplyCancel

  • Simply find the photos of Nicole and Greg’s engagement breathtaking. I am originally from the west coast and you have captured the rustic, sheer beauty of the land, water and coast. The black and white and color are wonderful and the happy couple look so happy, relaxed and at ease, a nice setting, not an uptype staunchy photo session. Beautiful pictures, all of them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    My favorite is the black and white one where you’re walking on the log! I pick that one! Its the best!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory W

    Absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!! You have great talent and captured the wonderful Nicole and Greg so perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya & Danny

    Beautiful couple and sceneryReplyCancel

  • Sara

    These pictures are so beautiful…gorgeous couple and amazing setting. Talented photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    The pics are awesome. I love the last one in full color. You both look so happy together. I also, really like the black and white with the tree — so perfect!!!! HugsReplyCancel

  • Jean

    I love the setting , especially the Island and the tree. The photo of Greg and Nicole is super.ReplyCancel

  • Vern Goosney

    Very nice! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Angela MacDonald

    Amazing photos! My favorite had to be the one with that beautiful single tree. Nicole and Greg look like they’re sharing a secret and the tree wants in on it! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Darren

    These are spectacular guys! The two of you are so great together!

    I love the vista’s because I’m a huge scenery guy. My favourite close up is the one with Nicole on the log.ReplyCancel

  • Dan

    They captured a part of you both that we don’t get to see often or at all. Well done.ReplyCancel



For the fourth straight year now we have not won a single Professional BC Wedding Award. And whilst you might be thinking that this is a strange topic for a blog article, it is not as odd as you think.  Let me explain…

Back in 2009 Justin developed the concept for the Professional BC Wedding Awards; an independent, unbiased organization to recognize outstanding talent in BC’s dynamic wedding industry.  Since the first Awards night in 2010, it has grown significantly and the awards event is now the largest event for wedding industry professionals in BC. This year we had 500 guests! It’s like the Oscars for our industry! The winners and finalists who are recognized through this program have done outstandingly well to reach the top, and we are personally very proud of all of them. 🙂

So, what does this all have to do with hyperfocus photography you ask?  Well, since Justin is the Founder and President of the Professional BC Wedding Awards (and the other half to hyperfocus photography) we simply cannot submit to win a BC Wedding Award, because it would be a huge conflict of interest.

I am very proud of Justin for creating such a successful Awards program that helps so many companies in BC receive the recognition they deserve. It also elevates our industry as a whole throughout the Province.  It bring us both lots of joy to see so many talented, motivated and hard working people in our industry get recognized for their work. And that is (almost) worth not being able to submit! 😉

If you would like to know more about the Awards program or find great vendors for your wedding, you can visit the Professional BC Wedding Awards website.


A little sneak peak from Jess + Dave’s wedding (and looks like the two doggies had a little sneak peak of their own too!)