It’s been a such a blessing working with Catharina and Oswin over these last few months! Their engagement photos took place in Deep Cove, and the Vancouver Convention centre which you can view here. The Riverway Golf Course wedding, was where our night was going to end, however not before heading to SFU for wedding portraits, and a ceremony at Fraser Lands Church. This was my last wedding of the season, and I was super stoked to be a part of it.
The start of the morning always has be capturing the details of the day. Catharina had not one but THREE amazing dresses for the day. It almost seemed like fairy tale wedding with the tiara and amazing night dress reminiscent of Cinderella’s, in addition to traditional wedding dress and red tea ceremony dress. If there’s ever Disney involved in anything, you know I’m a big fan! As I was grabbing the details, Catharina was getting the final touches by Atieh.
Although no door games or first look was originally scheduled, the groom and groomsmen arrived early before the make up was finished. The bridesmaids, were quick on their feet and made some door games up on the fly for their own amusement. Singing and dancing are often some door games I see. However, Oswin’s groomsmen took it to another level by not only singing, but added some beat boxing as well. Adding on to the singing, was the classic seaweed game and a Korean dance.
The October rain, had not stopped leading up to the ceremony, nor leading up to the week for that matter. That did not dampen the mood as the whole wedding party was in good spirits! Going into the Fraser Land’s sanctuary, it was decked out in purple balloons, right down the aisle. You could tell that a lot of time was taken by Catharina and Oswin, whom had also picked out a Hello Kitty theme, which some boutonnieres we’re in the shape of.
As Catharina walked down the aisle, Oswin couldn’t hold back the tears. These are the unplanned moments of the wedding day, that I just love capturing. It’s the unexpected moments, that make everything worth it. Following the ceremony, we had originally planned to head to Queen Elizabeth Park for the portrait session, but due to the rain, we headed to Simon Fraser University ( SFU) for the wedding photos. Much has changed since my last visit to SFU. However the outdoor covered areas, and indoor spots with great lighting, made SFU a great place for some indoor wedding photos.
Much like the ceremony, the reception space, was beautifully decorated in the purple theme, sprinkled with a few Hello Kitty artifacts. Instead of plastic bags for the candy bar, little Hello Kitty cups were used. I’ve been to Riverway Golf course once before and really enjoy the open space and rustic look. Definitely a top Vancouver wedding venue, as the staff are a pleasure to work with.
Although games and speeches took the rest of the evening, it was during the thank you speech from Catharina and Oswin, when a beautiful moment took place. A few kinds words of thank you, had Oswin’s dad tearing up in front of friends and family. To finish off the evening, Catharina changed into her evening dress for the first dance. The first dance definitely deserves a huge shoutout. Needless to say Catharina and Oswin’s dance classes paid off, as Catharina in her evening dress looked like something out of a fairytale book! It was a memorable last wedding of the season! I often tell couples not to fret even though it rains, as there’s nothing more important than celebrating with friends and family. Catharina and Oswin’s wedding was a testament to that. Congrats to the two of you!