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I have never been more grateful for a classic rainy day in Vancouver. A major storm had been predicted for Arvi and Doris’ wedding day – the remnants of a typhoon – but fortunately, this uninvited wedding guest never showed! The rain still fell for a portion of the day, but Arvi and Doris didn’t mind stepping out into the rain for their first look, underneath the cover of umbrellas.

They were wed in a cozy indoor ceremony at the Stanley Park Teahouse, with warm candlelight and in front of an intimate gathering of family and friends. Following the ceremony, we stepped back outside for photos while the rain had subsided, and even were treated to a brief appearance of the sun.

Arvi and Doris, I’m so thankful I was able to document your first day as husband and wife! You’re some of the kindest people I’ve had the privilege of working with, and I wish you nothing but the best as you begin your life together.


Wedding Planner: Michelle at Shaughnessy Weddings & Events
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Mink Makeup & Hair
Flowers: Tala Florist
Venue: Stanley Park Teahouse

Cayden and Jolene began dating just over three years ago…shortly after Cayden’s brother and Jolene’s sister were married! That wedding is one that will always be near and dear to me (have a peek at it here! It was one of the most loved on the blog), so it was pretty exciting to hear that these two were now getting married. I feel so honoured that I’ll be photographing another wedding in the family…both families. Cayden and Jolene will say I do this New Year’s Eve, and will ring in 2017 as husband and wife with family and friends in the hayloft at her parents’ farm. Needless to say, I can’t wait!


The clock struck midnight, ringing in a new year, and he decided to ask if he could kiss her. She said yes, and as they shared that first kiss, something resonated within each of them. She said it was like everything aligned. It was like magic. And I think, as evidenced in our shoot and in these photos, that magic continues 3+ years and a proposal later. And I had so much fun getting to document it.

Sabah and Richelle, I can’t thank you enough! For such a wonderful time at your engagement session last week, and for choosing me as your wedding photographer. I’m excitedly looking forward to your wedding next June!