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Jen & Neil’s Tofino Wedding

This past weekend had us escaping the cold and unseasonal snow of Vancouver and heading to Tofino – which, by some miraculous hand, was gorgeous and sunny – for Jen & Neil’s wedding.

I hardly know where to start. Everything was perfect – from the amazing outfits (two hot numbers each), to the weather, to the grand fireworks finale at the end of the night. Looking back, I can’t think of a single thing that could have been any better.

There are so many images… but I have to choose just a few! Here are just a handful of all the great shots jumping out at me so far!

First up – the shoes. They most definitely deserve to make the blog cut. Jen agonized over her decision between a certain pair of Manolos and this pair of Louboutins. The Louboutins won.

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Jen and her Dad walking up the aisle. I adore this photo, especially the look on her face!

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The ceremony was held indoors, with a sweeping view of the beach right behind them.

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Jen and Neil looking stellar

the groom on his wedding day

the bride and her jewellry

Together

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My favourite reception detail – the cheese cake. Yes, it’s a cake. Or rather, cheese setup in the shape of a cake. Either way, it was delicious, and the symbolism behind them cutting the cheese entertains me to no end!

wedding cake made out of cheese

We headed back outside after dinner for a few sunset photos. Here is Jen, looking amazing in the evening sun.

the bride and her dress at sunset

One of the surprises of the night was the quick outfit change that had these two looking like they’d walked straight out of Hollywood. Wow.

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And finally, the guests were treated again at the end of the night with an amazing beach fireworks show. The perfect end to the perfect day.

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CONGRATS again, to both of you! It was such a joy to be there. I’m sure you are having a fantastic time in Morocco. We’ll see you when you get back!

Deanna & Jimmy

Wow.

You know, we go to a lot of weddings and we’ve seen countless different venues and types of celebrations. And sometimes, things really just click for us. This was one of those times.

We were married 7 years ago (as of last week! weu!) and I can absolutely say that if we were to do it all over again right now, this would be the exact way to do it.

Small, destination wedding. Not very far away though – Tofino/Ucleulet is so very close and yet feels like it’s worlds away. A big house to hold the wedding and reception as well as to provide accomodations for a sizeable group of friends and family. Beach and rocks and waves and trees. Amazing food served all night long. Mingling. Drinking. Gorgeous details and decor. And most importantly, an incredible group of family and friends to share it with.

The Dress and the View from the master bedroom

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The rings on the pages of the Prophet – later to be used as the source of a ceremony reading

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My favourite ceremony shot. Deanna hugging her father after they’ve walked down the aisle

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Some of the amazing food, flowers, and other details

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The Bride

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The Groom

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Together

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The View

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The Cake

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Congratulations again to you both, from the bottom of our hearts. It was such an honour to be there to celebrate with you!

Kudos to Camilla at Crabapple Floral in Tofino who blows me away each time we do a wedding in Tofino or Ucleulet with her gorgeous work, and to our friends Albertine & Brina from Blue Skies and Daisies who did their magic with invites and website goodies here as well. It was great to see you both! Here’s one final shot of the Blue Skies clan!

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Terry & Preeti

Last Sunday we hopped an early ferry over to the island for Terry & Preeti’s Hatley Castle wedding at Royal Roads University.

There is so much to say and yet words don’t seem to do it, so I’ll let the images do the talking. Needless to say, it was an AMAZING location to work in and we were so glad to be there with such a fantastic couple!

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And – the highlight of the set – a night shot of Terry & Preeti while their party goes on behind them

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Rob & Jill

Last weekend we travelled to the Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island for our 3rd destination event in a row! Rob & Jill travelled there with their close family and friends for their weekend away. What I love most about their choice in location is that it will be the perfect place to escape to for years to come for their anniversaries! The perfect retreat.

A few of our favourites so far – first, the flower girls!

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Rob & Jill just after the kiss. I’m standing below them on the path, and Rob is looking out over the ocean. I can only imagine all of the wonderful things he is thinking of as they officially start their life together as husband and wife!

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The Champagne Toast!

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Portrait of the newlyweds

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Walking along the path in front of the Harbour House

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And – of course – just a few of the amazing dishes served up by the chefs for the evening dinner.

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Aimee & Sabrina

Aimee and Sabrina travelled with their close family and friends from California to Tofino for their destination wedding this week. They were married on the beach and we went for a long walk thanks to the low tide for their photo session where we were able to capture some gorgeous images of these two ladies. Congratulations again to you both, and we hope you enjoyed your week in Tofino!

The Jewellry

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The Ceremony

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The Walk

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The Amazing Dress!

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Enjoying a moment together near the island we walked to

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Warming up back at the cottage

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It was a pleasure! We can’t wait to share the rest of the images with you guys!

Linda & Paul

Linda and Paul were married in one of our favourite places on earth last weekend – Tofino. We were excited to be able to visit our fav bed & breakfast while celebrating with them and their families.

The weather on Saturday was amazing and their beach wedding went off without a hitch.

A plan had been hatched on Saturday to officially trash the dress (you’re not going to wear it again anyway!) by running into the water first thing Sunday morning. Morning came and it was POURING – there were wind and wave warnings from environment canada and it wasn’t looking promising. We were game but weren’t sure if minds might have changed from the day before…

We knocked on the door as planned at 8:30 in the morning and Linda answered the door in her wedding dress with hair still done from the day before completely ready to go. We were on!

It was probably the quickest session we’ve ever done – maybe 10 minutes total – due to a tight timeline and the drenching downpour. It turns out, though, that the rain doesn’t seem so cold after you’ve run up to your waist in jeans into the ocean!

We’ll share more when we’ve gone through them all, but here’s a taste of the fun we had. I love shooting with weatherproof gear that allows us to do stuff like this (thanks to Canon), and I love any couple who is willing to run into the ocean or any similar craziness in the interests of capturing some great images. I can’t wait to finish these!