Emma + Devin are two of the most unique and wonderful humans you could meet. Just ask their gorgeous furbabies Lila, Malcolm and new puppy Sully, who, not surprisingly, played a big part in their intimate wedding celebration at Tuscan Farm Gardens last week.

This incredible day was a perfect reflection of this delightful pair: welcoming, joyful and full of life, with just the right amount of sparkle. Just ahead of the ceremony, Emma + Devin had their first look at the stunning ceremony venue. Though they needed umbrellas for a wee bit, the rain stopped in time for portraits in the lavender fields and allowed Emma to have her wish: to be married outdoors in the lovely garden area. Surrounded by their closest family, and with Lila and Malcolm serving as ring bearers, these two promised one another forever.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed Tuscan Farm Gardens’ lavender lemonade and Emma’s homemade lavender shortbread cookies. With family photos and a few more portraits done, we were off to Emma + Devin’s home for the most amazing meal, lovingly prepared by the bride and her mom (with contributions from Devin’s mom and sister)! After serving up scrumptious salmon Wellington, beef shortribs and risotto cakes, Emma served the two wedding cakes she baked herself…a lemon cake with lemon custard and a chocolate stout cake. Delicious!

Emma + Devin, thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding day memories…and for making me feel like part of the family. Congratulations!

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It’s said that love is a friendship set on fire and that sentiment couldn’t be more true for Cristina + Eugene.

These two have known eachother since junior high, when 13-year-old Eugene had his heart broken by Cristina, who, back then, just wanted to be friends. Not one to let a little heartbreak get in the way of a good friendship, Eugene agreed. In fact, he and Cristina became inseparable, spending time with one another and with a core group of friends who remain close to this day. About five years ago, Cristina + Eugene discovered that their friendship had grown to something more and they began dating.

On a beautiful Saturday, surrounded by their families and that same core group of friends, Cristina + Eugene said “I Do” in a heartfelt, traditional Catholic ceremony. Cristina’s brothers had the honour of walking her down the aisle, in honour of their late father.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their bridal party (who als0 happen to be their dearest lifelong friends), were off to Deer Lake Park, a place that holds a lot of meaning for Cristina + Eugene. Then it was off to their reception, where their many friends teased them and told funny stories but also toasted their happiness.

Cristina + Eugene, it was an honour to capture your day!

Vendors: Bride’s gown: Bliss Bridal | Hair: Krave Studio | Rings: Peoples Jewellers | Shoes: Le Chateau | Flowers: Petite Florist | Ceremony venue: St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church | Reception venue: Burnaby Hall | Caterer: Coast Country Catering

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A bride and groom take a stroll near the Teahouse in Stanley Park.

Just a day after their stunning Hindu wedding, Amrita + Myles celebrated with a nod to their Canadian roots in an intimate affair at the Teahouse Restaurant in Stanley Park. This day began with the couple exchanging some personal vows, just the two of them. What fitting testament to the love they’ve shared for the past eight years, which has only continued to grow stronger over time. How special that they took the time to share a private moment together amidst the busyness of their wedding celebrations.

You don’t have to be around Amrita + Myles for very long before you realize that their family and friends truly are everything to them. Amrita’s two sisters, who were bridesmaids, are among her closest friends, and Myles’ cousin Jason not only served as a groomsman for both weddings, but also as the officiant for this one!

That kind of generosity is something Amrita + Myles don’t take for granted. They take every opportunity to express the deep love and gratitude they have not only for one another, but also for those around them. They, and their families and friends, know how to make everyone they meet (including their wedding vendors) feel like part of the circle.

Being around these two truly is a joy! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Amrita + Myles, for having me along to celebrate with you!

Vendors:

Venue: Teahouse in Stanley Park | Dress: Lisa’s Bridal | Hair: Je M’adore Beauty | Makeup: Haus of Queens | Suit: Moore’s Clothing | Flowers: Niki Trading Ltd. | Cake: Amora Baking

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Their love story began eight years ago…and their deep affection for one another, and for their families, has only grown fuller with the passing of time. Amrita + Myles are two of the kindest, most gracious people you could meet and their wedding celebrations were truly a reflection of the love they share and a celebration of their different cultures.

Just ahead of their Hindu wedding ceremony, Amrita + Myles had a quick first look. Amrita looked absolutely stunning in her Indian lehenga and Myles looked dashing in his achkan. After a few photos, it was time to head to the ceremony.

Outside the temple, the bride, her family, and their guests welcomed the groom with a lively brass band and dancing, one of my favourite parts of this gorgeous day! After a brief welcome of the groom and his family by the Hindu priest and the bride’s mom, it was up to the main temple for the traditional exchange of floral garlands ahead of the traditional Hindu ceremony.

The ceremony itself took place under a canopy called a mandap. Amrita’s dad presented Myles with two sashes, one for Myles and one for Amrita, which he tied together to represent the couple being bound together. So many meaningful rituals to signify the beginning of their married lives, culminating with the saptapadi, or seven steps, around the holy fire (agni), representing the legal part of a Hindu marriage ceremony.

What a beautiful celebration of the deep love and respect these two have for one another and for their families. Amrita + Myles, thank you for having me along to capture these memories for you!

Vendors:

Hair: Melanie of Je M’Adore Beauty Boutique |  Makeup: Raechel of Haus of Queens | Bride’s Indian Lehenga: Aakarshan Fashion | Groom’s Achkan: Punjabi Cloth House | Venue: Hindu Temple Burnaby

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I first met Caila at Danielle + Kurtis’s wedding a couple of years back and had the privilege of capturing some engagement photos for Caila and her fiancee Jordan last spring. And last Saturday, I got to document this sweet couple as they await the birth of their first child!

We met at Old Orchard Park, one of my very favourite places for photographs, on a perfect Saturday evening. Caila and Jordan also brought their furbaby Coulee, who kept herself – and us – entertained with endless games of “fetch.”

The two lovelies are going to be awesome parents…can’t wait to meet their wee one!