We’ve been shooting weddings for over nine years, and this summer was the very first time I’ve had the opportunity to shoot on Vancouver Island. I’ve always said that we’re lucky to be in Fernie with all of the diverse locations we can shoot in such a small area, and the Island is just like that. I loved that we could be shooting in lush rainforest, an inlet, looking across the open ocean, and at a vineyard all within 15km of each other!
My day started out with some relaxed getting ready shots at the Brentwood Bay Resort.
Kevan was shooting another wedding this weekend, so I was joined by my good friend and fellow photographer Jon Howe, who captured the guys getting ready. The tide was out, so Jill & Geoff did their first look right outside the resort on the beach. I’m not sure what was so funny while we were taking portraits with the wedding party, but there were lots of laughs. After the forest we drove down the road to the ocean. Jill & Geoff love chucks and gave a pair to their wedding party as gifts, so seemed fitting to do a shot with them Jill cruising through the inter-tidal zone. I think this is close enough to join the Hiking Brides Club.
The original plan was a ceremony out on the lawn with a beautiful fountain in the background. Not surprisingly with the way this summer went, it rained just before their ceremony started. The awesome team at Church & State Winery didn’t miss a beat, and within 30 minutes they were able to change things over and have the ceremony on the deck instead. This little ring bearer wasn’t too interested in what was going on around him! How many grooms can say they were serenaded by all his buddies and then got to crowd-surf at their wedding?!