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Full of so much love!!!……

That’s how we can best describe Beth and Dan’s wedding. Their wedding day had a marvelous summer-time, romantic feeling to it with an absolutely gorgeous, blue sky sunny day. We were very excited to photograph their wedding day! Beth and Dan are very good friends of ours and by the nature of what we do, we knew that we would have the special position being so close to them on their wedding day! What friend could ask for more?! We felt so lucky to be immediately nearby to the most intimate emotions of their day.

With the sailboats behind them, Beth and Dan were married by the sea in Victoria at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, with all their closest family and friends surrounding them. During the ceremony, both Beth and Dan’s parents read beautiful poems about love, including “Home and Love” by Robert Service read by Beth’s Dad. And her Mom lovingly read one of her very own poems to the bride and groom.

Beth and Dan both grew up in Cadboro Bay, having had many fun days playing at the beach or at Gyro Park as children, skateboarding or sailing in the bay as teenagers. It was absolutely the perfect setting for their wedding to take place!

Dad sees Beth for the first time. Such a beautiful moment!

Evan, the little Ring Bearer looking a little…terrified, but still cute.

Moments after their touching ceremony… full of so much love!!!

No Cadboro Bay wedding is complete without a few photographs with the Octopus in Gyro Park!! 🙂

Their first dance to “Green Eyes’ by Coldplay

Congratulations Beth and Dan – may your lives together continue to be filled with love, laughter and happiness!!

steff + justin

Home and Love by Robert Service
Just Home and Love! the words are small
Four little letters unto each;
And yet you will not find in all
The wide and gracious range of speech
Two more so tenderly complete:
When angels talk in Heaven above,
I’m sure they have no words more sweet
Then Home and Love.

Just Home and Love! it’s hard to guess
Which of the two were best to gain;
Home without Love is bitterness;
Love without Home is often pain.
No! each alone will seldom do;
Somehow they travel hand and glove:
If you win one you must have two,
Both Home and Love.

And if you’ve both, well then I’m sure
You ought to sing the whole day long;
It does not matter if you’re poor
With these to make divine your song.
And so I praisefully repeat,
When angels talk in Heaven above,
There are no words more simply sweet
Then Home and Love.

What a gorgeous sunny afternoon we had with Kelly + Dave out in Steveston. The two love spending time out there walking along the shoreline path at Garry Point Park, so it was the perfect place to have an engagement photo session with them. The sun was so warm and bright, which lent itself nicely to a relaxed, ‘hot days of summer’ themed photo session. Contrary to popular belief a bright high sun is actually not flattering light to photograph people in, but we had a number of tricks up our sleeves to shoot in those conditions… so off we went and created some great and varied images of Kelly + Dave. They later said they were quite nervous at first when we started photographing them, not having been in front of a camera very much beforehand. But then Dave said that right after the first few shots, they instantly felt totally comfortable with us and it shows in their photographs. We find that many of our clients have not spent much time with professional photographers before, which is why we think it’s just great to have a fun and relaxed engagement session before the wedding day, because it really helps to feel more confident on your wedding day with the tips we can give during the engagement session. Plus, best of all, it’s great to have some professional photographs to celebrate your engagement and have some great images of the two of you outside the wedding day. Anyhow, we really had a lot of fun with Dave and Kelly and are looking forward to their wedding later this summer. 🙂

So in love…

Relaxing along the Fraser River.

Just a lovely stroll in the park….

To shake things up a bit, we had a special little surprise for Dave. When we rolled into Steveston to find some options to Garry Point park in case of rain, we found this old, vintage garage! We knew that Dave is training to be a specialized truck mechanic, so we thought this would be a perfect little add-on location to their engagement photo session!

Here is something a little different. We had a call from a mother on the North Shore saying that she loved our Wedding photography and how would we feel about photographing her daughter’s 20th Birthday Party. We have photographed plenty of events in the past, especially for families that we’ve captured weddings for, but this small party for a group of girlfriends at the house was just a little different. The event was very intimate, which created some extra challenges for capturing the event in a non-obtrusive, photo-journalistic style. When there are less than 10 people in a small room it can be more difficult to be inconspicuous! But we figured it out pretty quickly and captured some great shots that create a fascinating social record of the event.

“Happy Birthday!”

Great new party shoes!

Martinis and Margaritas…yum!

Happy Birthday Simone and thanks for having us be part of your 20th birthday celebration.

steff and justin

Last year we received a phone call from Beth who announced to us her engagement to Dan. We were so excited for them!!! They are good friends of ours- Steff and Beth grew up together and we got to know Dan really well at our wedding in Cuba a few years back. We nervously waited to hear the date they had chosen and thankfully we had the date still open and they asked us to be their wedding photographers! Now, we were even more excited, because we know that as wedding photographers we get to spend a lot of time with the bride and groom on their wedding day and this time its with long time friends! We feel so lucky to be a special part of their day.

We went over to Victoria for their engagement photo session and wandered around downtown Victoria having fun, walking around and taking pictures. At one point we were on Government Street in Victoria with all the tourists staring and anxiously wondering if Beth + Dan were celebrities!

We had a great time photographing you both and we are really looking forward to what is sure to be a fabulous Victoria wedding in July!

steff + justin