Excitement!! That’s what was running through our bodies as Dan and I drove up to the Howard Johnson Hotel on Kingsway. As we got settled into the hotel room to shoot Tara and Jarrett getting ready for their wedding, the atmosphere was happy and relaxed.
We had seen them a few days prior at their rehearsal, and they kindly invited us to go back to Tara’s parent’s place in North Van for a light dinner and gift openings. They had a gift for us too! We truly felt like we were part of their circle of friends. Everyone was so kind and generous.
Dan and I are thrilled for Tara and Jarrett and we are tremendously happy with the images and the moments we shot!
Enjoy some favorites of the day!
Tara’s wedding dress: AMAZING. The beading, the laced back, the color, the fit…it was all so perfect, and Tara looked stunning in it! Totally fit the vintage glam look Tara was going for!I didn’t realize the look Tara was going for until her make-up was being applied by Cynthia Martinez, who did a fantastic job! I snapped a whole bunch of photos through each stage, and eventually gave Tara a peek at an image of her on the back of my camera….she started crying!! Oh no!! I made the bride CRY on her WEDDING DAY! In the middle of her make-up being applied!!!! Oh Cynthia must not have been happy with me! Thankfully though, Tara was crying tears of joy!
Tara and Jarrett’s friends from Comox did Tara and her bridemaids hair – great job James and Jason of ROOTS!
I’m not sure what it is with Dan and grooms and alcohol in the morning, but Dan is often treated to a fine drink when he hangs out with the guys during pre-wedding mornings. Jarrett had a very fancy single malt scotch that was given to him as a gift, and he generously shared it with his groomsmen and Dan. Generously shared it, I will reiterate! Oh my…best ever!Getting ready!Tara and Jarrett wanted to keep it traditional and not see each other before the ceremony. But being really fun as they are, they wanted a shot of them “together” holding hands around a corner. So cute!! Tara and her father walking down the aisle!Love Jarrett’s expression!! I was shooting him as Tara came down the aisle, and I could see Jarrett mouthing over and over, “Wow….wow….wow…”Too good!!! First kiss has gotta be memorable!After the ceremony and family photos in the cool shade, we did a few creative around the Celebration Pavilion. Thank you to our super assistant Mark who helped us out for the first time! It seemed like the sun was in the perfect spot when we got the SFU. People always tell us SFU is so depressing, but we don’t get it! Love the architecture there!The ladies being sassy!The gents with attitude..Just the two of usThis shot was a spur of the moment type. Dan was shooting primarily with off camera lighting as always, and I with natural light. But I saw the framing of the over hang, and had a trigger in my bag, grabbed it and Mark was standing in just the right spot…pretty happy with how it turned out!
Another spur of the moment idea! Light Jarrett and silhouette Tara! I told Dan my concept, and love how he shot it!I love the way Dan and I work together. This isn’t a “Dan” shot or a “Kat” shot, it’s a….”Dat” shot! (Little tidbit…that was our little nickname in school that was given to us by some classmates). Dan lit, I posed…et voila! Love it!
Tara and Jarrett had a pretty awesome entrance to their reception. Bagpipe! The guests had no idea either, so it was a great surprise for everyone!
Delicious cakes from True Confections!! Lemon and chocolate….oh that lemon cake is to die for!
The food at the SFU Diamond Alumni Center was fantastic!The speeches for the night were great. The dancing was fabulous and fun, it was great to see almost everyone on the dance floor!
We had such an amazing time hanging out for an entire day with Tara and Jarrett! We were sad it was all over!
It was a pleasure being part of the day, and meeting their friends and family – especially Tara’s mom Elaine Schick who is our biggest facebook fan ever! You were great Elaine!
Check out their slide show below!
Have a great ‘second’ wedding in Newfoundland for Jarrett’s side!
Oh and PS. This is the unveiling of the gift they got us. A Cormorant just like what Jarrett flies!!! Well a mini version….his is 74 feet long. We’ve kinda liked them ALOT since their E-Session in Comox!! Thanks for the gift you guys!!