| Van & Eric | Married | 07.31.10 |

By the time I arrived at Van parents house on the morning of July 31st, she was already dressed in her tradition Vietnamese garments.  Most of her bridesmaids were just about ready as well, while out of town family members started to pour into the house and get ready too.  A beautiful and emotional Vietnamese ceremony took place, followed by lunch and getting ready for their wedding ceremony at the Celebration Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth.  The day went by so quickly, it all seems like a blur!  We stuck around Q.E. for some fun creatives, and then made our way to Westwood Plateau for their ceremony.

Along with an awesome entrance to the reception, there were slide shows and a Vietnamese Band performing throughout the night.

We had a wicked time with Van and Eric, they’re a really fun couple who’ll do just about anything!  Splashing around in a fountain…lying down on a golf course with golf balls all around them…it was just good old fun hanging out with them and their wedding party.

Some favs of the day:

Van’s mom and dad drinking tea, similar to Chinese tea ceremonies.  Except tea wasn’t made, for reasons we don’t know….so they substituted it with Hennessey!  Sweeeet….After the tea ceremony, it came time for family members to give gifts to the couple. Van’s mother started it by giving Van a necklace.  Pink pink pink!  And BRIGHT pink!  The original dresses were a much lighter pink, though a few weeks before the wedding, there was a bit of a bridesmaid dress nightmare, and long story short, all the girls had to find new dresses!  Talk about stress!  Fortunately, dresses were found, it matched the color theme, and all was good!  Turned out perfectly!  Van had charm bracelets and unique necklaces for all her bridesmaids.  So sweet! We were told that at the rehearsal a few nights prior, Van and Eric barely kissed, and when we asked her earlier in the morning if they would kiss at their ceremony, she said, “Probably not…that’s not us”.  BUT!  We were all surprised that the DID kiss, and even went for the DIP KISS! It was a pretty hot afternoon, so going for a dip in the fountain right outside the Pavilion was a nice idea…Kat on the left, Dan on the right…thanks to our super assistant Julian lighting, so that we could both shoot!  Van had a hard time finding her wedding dress and tried on just about everything!  Almost giving up, her mom asked her to try on this dress, and it was an instant decision.  Say yes to the dress!  What a gorgeous dress, definitely my favorite so far this summer!! LOVE love love this one that Dan shot!Dan had a great concept at the golf course at Westwood Plateau…but he wasn’t tall enough!  So I hopped onto his shoulders (with a skirt on!!) and shot…The late afternoon/early evening had nice thick clouds in the sky, but the sun was still there, and gives this shot a nice warm feel…Quickly before the reception started, Dan and Julian shot this image above.  Props to DQ Studios for the inspiration!Cherry blossoms!  The hall was beautifully decorated with lots of PINK!Many great speeches throughout the night…It was so awesome to see Eric’s grandmother gettin’ jiggy wit it!  She was so cute!

What a pleasure it was hangout with Van and Eric and their friends and families.  It was awesome to see these two families come together in celebration of Van and Eric’s wedding.

Check out their slide show below!!

Cheers everyone,


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| Kaitlyn & Bryce | Engaged |

Dan and I were so excited to see Kaitlyn and Bryce again since we last saw them earlier this year.  Our initial meeting was one of those where we all just hit it off instantly.

Kaitlyn and Bryce knew exactly where they wanted their engagement session at:  Buntzen Lake in Anmore!  They go to this lake every summer with their friends, blow up a little dingy, load the guys up, and tie a blow up mattress at the end of the dingy for the girls to sun tan on…sigh…sounds so relaxing!

Dan had been to Buntzen Lake before as a kid with his dad and brothers, so it was a nice trip down memory lane for him.  It was my first time up there, and I can’t wait to start heading there more often to enjoy the cold water and the hot sunshine.

We got together at 9am on a beautiful Saturday morning, to beat the crazy rush.  Even at 9am there were tons of people staking their claim of picnic benches and setting up bbqs for the day.  We managed to still get some photos without too many people in the background.

We had a great time hanging out with Kaitlyn and Bryce, they’re such an awesome couple and we can’t wait to shoot their wedding this October!

Some favs of the day!!

Buntzen Lake has some beautiful trails to go hiking, and we found some nice shaded areas in the trails.  Love this close up of Kaitlyn!

Bright sunny day!  As you can see…lots of people around in the morning!  Love this pose!  Kaitlyn and Bryce didn’t need much coaching…they’re naturals!Kaitlyn and Bryce are so fun at heart!They both have such great smiles! Nice bling!After a quick outfit change, we shot around this field, and then headed for the water for some fun!One of my favorites!Dan had his camera dangerously close to the water!  And for this shot…well…Dan will do what it takes to get the shot!  Shirt off, keys and wallet on land….and in he went, neck deep, camera in air, it was hilarious!  Kaitlyn and Bryce we awesome troopers and got wet as well, even though it was a bit cold!  Thanks for lending us your sandals too!  Moving on to shallower waters…haha! After the session, Dan and I stayed behind a bit to shoot a few details and to soak up a bit of sun, mainly to dry off Dan’s wet shorts!  We had an amazing time with Kaitlyn and Bryce, Their fun and adventurous nature and friendliness made it so easy to photograph them.  It really didn’t feel like “work”, it was more like hanging out with awesome friends and a camera at a beautiful lake, and goofing around!  We can’t wait for their wedding day!

Check out their slide show below!

Till next time!


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| Harmony & Nicky | Married | 07.17.10 |

Harmony and Nicky got married on July 17th and it was a spectacular day!  The girls got up at 4:30am to get their hair and make-up going…WOW!  Troopers I tell ya, and they had so much energy throughout the day!  Kudos ladies.  When Dan and I arrived at Harmony’s parent’s house, extended family members were showing up to get ready for some Chinese traditional games and the tea ceremony.  The morning went by so fast with another tea ceremony at Nicky’s parent’s house just down the street.

Their beautiful ceremony took place at the Knox United Church on 41st and Balaclava.  Harmony’s family’s dog Sam was the ring bearer!  Awesome!  Great creatives followed were we stopped at UBC and the Museum of Anthropology, and then the Burrard Street Bridge.

Dinner at the Sutton Place Hotel is always superb, the people there are so great.  After setting up a few lights in the room, we took a seat at our table, and soon after the first course, a waiter comes up to Dan’s seat with a full champagne glass.  He points to Nicky and says it’s from him.  Oh we had a good laugh!  Right before leaving the Museum of Anthropology, Harmony and Nicky popped open a bottle of Dom Perignon.  The plan was everyone was going to have some in the limo, but Dan and I were worried about our time and wanted to head to our next location, so we skipped out on the champagne.  Kindly enough, Nicky thought of us and from across the room, he raised his glass to us as the waiter gave us a glass.  Thanks man!

Here are some favs of the day!

Harmony wore a Qipao (chi-pow) for the two tea ceremonies that took place before the wedding ceremony at Knox United. Loved her red shoes to match!

Harmony got ready in her white wedding gown in a little room in at the church.  Her dress was so classy!  A favorite of mine so far this year!

Knox United Church has a beautiful sanctuary with a stunning green back drop behind the alter. Camera toss!  Dan always forgets to smile…kind of hard to think about smiling when you throw your camera in the air, so I forgive him. Lol

Harsh sun makes cool shadows!

The pretty ladies!

And the studly men…

There’s this one spot at UBC that always has great light because of all the shade from the trees.  We let the wedding party go to the limo first and did a few creatives with just Harmony and Nicky.  They posed themselves up for these next few shots!

The Museum of Anthropology is a pretty sweet building.  The only downside was that they had to face the bright sun!  Thanks guys – we know it was a HOT day, but you all were great!

Shifty lens!;)

We parked underneath the Burrard Street Bridge and then walked up.  Such a cool view!

Speeches were great!

The “shoe game” as we know it…slightly altered, but same concept.  Some funny questions…one was, “Who will drop the baby first!?”  And no…Nicky is not answering to that question in this shot!

For the bride and groom speeches and their first dance, Harmony changed into another red dress.  Love the open back!

Thank you Harmony and Nicky for a wonderful day!  You’re both such kind and generous people and it was a blessing to be part of your day!

Check out their slide show below!!



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dear kat and dan.. you guys are SO GREAT!!! these photos are definitely so amazing.. thank you for extra long beyond the call of duty. you guys are such troopers XD we hope you guys had a great time cuz we did!!!

Lovely couple… these are great images

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