I’m obsessed with this wedding. Amazing locations, lighting, and of course the day isn’t complete without the amazing couple. The early morning had Karen and Matt getting ready at their respective houses. As per Chinese wedding traditions, there were a few door games and red envelopes handed out before Matt was able to receive the bride. Although there were some minor delays before the games, Matt and his friends seemed to keep themselves occupied with some softball outside of Karen’s house.
When Karen was finally ready, Matt’s best man Anders, had the unfortunate task of eating ice cream from a sock before Matt could continue onto the second part of the game, where he had to walk across a spiked mat, while pronouncing his love for Karen. The first look was pretty emotional as Matt was speechless after seeing Karen for the first time.
Shortly after the first look we headed over to Britannia Heritage Shipyards for the bridal portraits where I shot for the first time. This may be one of my favourite new locations with the cool looking rustic buildings. With it being relatively early in the morning, we had most of the space to ourselves, where we grabbed beautiful bridal shots. One of the thing’s I love most about Matt and Karen are their fun personalties, which made it easy to grab some beautiful photos. Check out their Granville Island engagement session here, to see their creative ideas and personalities!
Sticking with the rustic feel, the next location they had both picked out was London Heritage Farm, a 5 minute drive from Britannia Heritage Shipyards. They had originally had this location picked out for their wedding, but due to logistics, unfortunately it wasn’t an option.
In the early stages of the day, we were running an hour late, but somehow managed to catch up on time! The wedding took place at the Canadian Martyrs Church where theres always nice window lighting. After a few group photos we headed to another stunning venue at the Richmond Country Club where we took part in the tea ceremonies and the reception.
Karen and Matt, took advantage of the patio outside and decorated it nicely with a photo station ( with Instamax film and a volunteer), and some delicious looking treats! Overlooking the golf course during the sunset hour added to the day. With cake cutting, dancing, and speeches all done right before dinner, it left some time for some stunning sunset photos. These have to be some of my favourite images from this year. Using the golf course, with AMAZING lighting, and an awesome couple, I couldn’t have asked for much more. The rest of the night was some beautifully written speeches, with Uncle Gordon getting most of the recognition. Uncle Gordon is, Matt’s uncle who had originally setup Karen and Matt on their first blind date. To wrap up the night, we ended off with toasting, and of course dancing! Huge congrats to Matt and Karen who were just the best to work with!
This photo makes me laugh every time. Karen and Matt definitely know how to have fun with their family!
Suits: The Tux Shop
Ceremony: Canadian Martyrs Church
Portrait Locations: Britannia Heritage Shipyards and London Heritage Farm
Florist: Repulse Bay Florist & Gift
Party Favours: Summerland Sweets
Cake: The Cake Workshop
Second Shooter for Grooms getting ready: Rono Chiu