TimTam! Dan has known Tamlin since they were wee little ones. I met them when we shot Tamlin’s brother’s wedding (Austin & Johanna) two summers ago. We recently attended Tamlin’s surprise birthday party at her parent’s house in Ladner, oh man it was awesome. They both come from amazing families, and everyone can’t wait to see the lovebirds tie the knot this coming July!
Tim and Tamlin are pretty much all fun 100% of the time. It was all laughs at the party, and all laughs during their engagement session. To be honest, it’s kind of intimidating photographing people we know; friends, family, acquaintances. The pressure’s on! But it didn’t feel like that at all with Tim and Tamlin! They’re great in front of the camera, and just so darn cute together, it was hard to stop photographing them!
So basically The Waterfall Building is one of our favorite locations in Vancouver. Can anyone tell!? We try not to come here too much so that we don’t over photograph this location, but Tim & Tamlin wanted to and we’re glad we did. It was a FREEZING day, and Tamlin braved it in a dress. Awesome smile!Awesome shoes! Both pairs!Our signature angle (well not really), but when the shot calls for us to be higher, up on Dan’s shoulders I go! Epic!We didn’t notice till later on during the shoot that Tamlin had this cool necklace on, shaped like an envelope. And it flipped open! And there was a little piece of paper with a love note from Tim to Tamlin! How incredibly cool! And romantic! Tamlin’s got some pretty damn sexy legs! And a cute dress and shoes…so well dressed! Last shot at The Waterfall Building….Next stop: Granville Island. More specifically, the storage facility for the dragon boats at False Creek Community Centre. Very cool!!! Out came the Holga camera for these next few shots! Tim’s brother Joel gave this camera to Tamlin for Christmas. They took a bunch of pictures of each other during these shots too :p And we found a wall that matched the camera. Saweeet!Beautiful eyes!A very special ring. Tim proposed to Tamlin with his grandmother’s wedding ring. TimTam buscuits! Very chewy when trying to eat in the cold….chocolate all over the teeth…..but soooo worth it. If you have never had them before, drop everything you are doing and go to the store and buy some and eat them with a big glass of milk. You will not regret it. Thanks for sharing them, Tim and Tamlin! I think Dan and I ate the majority of them :s
How stunning is that reflection?!
We are VERY much excited for Tim and Tamlin’s wedding this summer, and for all the details and decor they’ve chosen!
We hung out with Jess and Dan late 2010 to shoot their e-session. We met them in the summer of 2010, and had our first get together at The Whip. What an awesome way to get to know people: over chalices of beer. We found out that they knew Lana and Chris (whose wedding we hadn’t shot yet). Cool! We learned that Jess’s friends nicknamed Dan “EXTREME DAN”. Why? Well because he’s been skydiving over hundreds and hundreds of times. Can’t remember the exact number, but my jaw dropped when he told us how many times. I’ll find out. Jess. So bubbly and so full of energy. Her laugh is contagious. Some fisheye fun!I don’t know why I decided to wear rubber boots on such a beautiful sunny day, but I’m glad I did. I’m holding the light and standing in the huge puddle to the right =pWe drove not too far away to some train tracks….completely ignored the “Do Not Trespass” sign…and they had PROPS! Green balloons!Being avid readers, Jessica and Dan wanted to take some shots at the downtown VPL! Apparently you need to get permission to shoot in a library, as well as you have to be escorted by a security person (not sure why), AND pay his/her wages for their time…so we just walked in inconspicuously and were very very quiet. Muahah! These next few shots are all Dan’s as I had the craziest case of hay fever. I kept sneezing and attracting attention in the quiet downtown library. So I left and hid out in the bathroom until the session was over. Sorry Jessica and Dan! I was so embarrassed!
That’s them down there! (with the white purse!)
It was so much fun hanging out with Jessica and Dan, they’re so easy going and easy to photograph. It was awesome!
WOW! What an adventure this was! And wow, are we ever late in sharing this adventure with you all! Please accept our apologies!
So here’s the story:
Once upon a time last November, I got a text message from Dan asking if I would be up for shooting a wedding inCabo San Lucas. ”Ummmm…..yeeeah!”, I replied. Who? Helene and Roy, whose original photographer was having visa issues and couldn’t leave the country. ”When?”, I texted back. ”Next week”. AHH! When Dan got home, we quickly checked our schedules and fortunately, we didn’t have much going on and rescheduled a few meetings. We met with Helene and Roy a few days later at a Bean Around the World, and pretty much hit it off instantly. We also learned that this wedding in Cabo was their symbolic wedding with about 30 of their closest friends and some family, and they were having their legal wedding ceremony at their home church, Coastal Church, on December 2nd, 2010.
We spent 6 days at theRiu Resort. Gorgeous gorgeous landscape, gorgeous gorgeous water! This blog has three parts to it. The first part is just snaps we took during the days before the wedding, the second part is the wedding day itself, and the third part is the Day-After Session. We wanted to post so much more, but it would take forever to get through, so here are our top favorites! Please enjoy our first full destination wedding!
Part One | Riu Resort | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | We landed in the late afternoon, just as the sun was setting. We walked out of the plane, and I just had to get a shot of the plane with the sun ducking behind the mountains in the background. I managed to snap three shots before I realized that there was a bunch of airport staff yelling at me in Spanish…whoops! Better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission! This is the view from one of the restaurants. We got to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with this spectacular view! The island across the water there is called Lover’s Beach and it’s so beautiful! The water was so amazing. During the day at least! The evenings were actually quite chilly! Pants and jacket definitely needed! On the third day of the trip, almost all of Helene and Roy’s friends took a little excursion to Lover’s Beach. We took these ‘glass bottom boats’ over – very cool to see the bottom of the ocean!We managed to steal Helene and Roy for a few minutes to do some creatives on the island….the rock formations there are so stunning!
After a few hours of snorkeling, a game of ultimate, and playing in the huge waves, we heading back to the mainland. Here are the lovebirds!! A puddle in the parking lot with the reflection of the resort.Some infrared action from DanThat’s right! We brought a shift lens with us! So glad we did…!These are just some details around the resort, all shot with the shifty shifty lens…
Part Two | The Symbolic Wedding | November 28th, 2010 |
Helene really wanted shot of her dress hanging from a palm tree….we’ve added a slight vintage, washed out look…any thoughts?! Kat shot above, Dan shot below.No one will understand how excited I was when I found out that Helene and Roy’s theme for their wedding was peacock feathers. I had been planning our wedding with peacock feathers for the past two years! I love every detail and hint of teal that they had, including Helene’s shoes with these peacock broches she bought. Helene bought the parts to her pearl necklace and bracelet and had a friend put them together. Helene also handmade all the peacock feather boutonnieres! A DIY bride!! The groom…so stylish with his shades Beautiful dress Helene!!! After getting ready in the rooms at the resort, the guys went straight to the restaurant Sunset da Mona Lisa, where the wedding was being held, to set up some audio stuff and to get things organized. With some spare time, Dan shot a bit. Can you tell I love that shift lens!?Helene!! You look so beautiful!!!The day of the wedding was incredibly windy, which was strange as the days before the wedding weren’t windy at all….The view was just breathtaking. The sun was going down, just a hint of Lover’s Beach in the background, a beautiful wedding party, and closest friends. What else do you need!!?
It was a very emotional ceremony! We literally had 15 minutes before the sun was going to disappear on us! Thank you to Roy’s groomsman for holding the light behind Helene and Roy! ”Higher! To the left! No to the right!” Love it. So fun. This photo totally depicts how Helene and Roy are…so much fun and so goofy! Reception! Spectacular!!!Everyone’s speech was so heartfelt and sincere. Not a dry eye in sight. Cake! With peacock feathers and a digital heart gadget! Roy’s mom was there for the symbolic wedding…a very special lady!After dinner, we all headed upstairs to the SunSet Point Lounge for the first dance on the deck.
Part Three | Day-After Session |
We pre-planned so much for this Day-After Session, but being in an unfamiliar setting was a bit difficult. We traveled outside of the resort to try to diversify the backgrounds and to get a different feel than that of a “resort”. The term: Urban Safari. We learned this fromDQ Studios, and the concept is basically hoping in to a car, driving around, and stopping where ever catches your eye! No scouting for this session, obviously, and no map…kind of got lost for a bit, but that’s part of the excitement! It was a bit uneasy at times, not knowing what kind of neighborhood we were hanging out in. At one point, a huge black SUV with ALL it’s windows tinted (like…even the windshield was tinted) drove past us…then again, and then stopped right beside us. Creepy! We quickly got out of there! We were fortunate it wasn’t another really windy day. We also had great clouds to play around with! We have no idea what the text on the wall says, hopefully nothing weird… anyone know?Helene and Roy are so photogenic…it was hard to stop shooting this series..! Hmmm….hope that graffiti isn’t offensive!Just across the street was this little hut thing with bamboo like walls…I couldn’t let go of that shift lens. Again, they’re such a fun couple! Just walking back to the car….every second counts to shoot! This is the location where that SUV was circling us. We only spent 10 minutes here. I don’t know about anyone else, but I started to panic. We brought our 16″ beauty dish with us to Cabo, and glad we did! The quality of light it produces is amazing!Hot! Dan’s shooting Helene…
…while I’m shooting Roy…! We work well together
That this is the end of our amazing adventure of our first full destination wedding. Thank you Helene and Roy for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful symbolic wedding in the beautiful city of Cabo San Lucas, and for the opportunity to get to know you guys and your great friends! Dan and I undoubtedly had an amazing time