We have said this many, many times. We love our job. We adore being around people who are experiencing one of the most important times in their lives. There is nothing wrong with putting on a great party with all the special decorations and deserts, and details that you want. However, there is one thing we see that has the potential to turn into a negative experience for our loving couples. That is, focusing too much on the little things and not enough on the main reason why you decided to get married. What we mean by "the little things" is the colours of tablecloths, the colour of the inside of the cake or the icing or other small details like that. Granted, you do want your reception to look nice, but even if there is something that isn't what you would consider "perfect" we encourage our clients to remember that the most important thing is you got married. You have chosen to devote yourselves to a wonderful, beautiful person who will love and support you no matter what. Plus, the people you cherish the most are there with you. They are witnessing you make this phenomenal step in your lives, and will be your support structure.
Kim & Dion's wedding is a perfect example of what really matters on your wedding day.
Ever been a part of something or witnessed something that you knew it was going to be magical?
Maybe using the word magical is too much, but that is the only was I can describe this wedding, as well as Cory & Ashely’s relationship.
I had tears of joy from their heart felt vows, a little giggle when Ashley gave Cory a single red rose after she walked down the aisle; then an *oh, that is so cute!* moment when she said “I choose you” as she handed Cory the rose.
This is reason number (I've lost count) of why I love my job. We love working with our clients to co different ways to capture their special moments. Cory and Ashley were these amazing clients. They were more than happy to work with us, apply our suggestions, and try different ideas. Cory even organized a time for us to get into the courthouse and take pictures in the courtroom and jail. The photos tuned out great and it was a blast capturing these moments. The more we have the privilege of being a wedding photographer in the okanagan the more we enjoy this job.
We consider it a great honour when a couple decides to work with us on their wedding day. Seeing two families coming together, watching each couple commit their love and lives to one another is so wonderful. We never get tired of this. With Nicole and Richard Williams, we felt exactly that way. When you look at this couple you can tell they love each other. This is reason number (I've lost count) on why we love our job. Being a photographer and videographer in the okanagan we get to be a part of our clients happy beginnings. We get to watch as their families grow as they marry and children start entering the picture. This is a cherished privilege we will hold onto for the rest of our lives.
For us weddings don't start the day I show up with my camera, they start the moment the couple contacts me and wants me to capture their big day.
In that moment, I start thinking of what we could do and how the wedding day will look, how the day will unfold.
I almost become the unofficial wedding planner, giving recommendations for things that will make your day go smoother and to ensure we capture the best possible photos.
We work with Each couple from Engagement photos right up till the wedding day.
We have done so many weddings;
We have gotten to know the in’s of Out’s of what works and what slows down the wedding day.
By the time this is posted it will be around the 200 mark for weddings.
From day one we worked with with Jazzmin and Ryan; emails, phone calls. I remember Jazzmin Texting asking for help with her timeline and other helpful suggestions.
By the time the big day came we were so close, it was almost like we had become life long friends.
Makes for a better day and much better photos.
The day goes by in such a flash, but this is what we do, My job and I love it.
So just trust our vision and experience. If you do, your day will run much smoother and be less stressful. You and your family and guests will have a wonderful time and even better photos.
People always worry that May long weekend will be too rainy for their Okanagan wedding. Being a full time wedding photographer based out of Penticton, we are no strangers to the in’s and outs of a weddings day.
We don't know how many times we have been overly prepared for a rainy wedding. We often buy umbrellas and then, it doesn't rain. We tell our clients to embrace the weather, be it good or bad. Although rain may be cold and uncomfortable, the potential for amazing photos is wonderful. We have no power over the weather, so don't waste precious time worrying, just make it work for you and enjoy your day. However, that being said, it is a good idea to prepare so that if you are faced with not so perfect weather, you can make it easier on yourself and your friends, family, and your photographer as well.
Our couple for this past May long weekend we're concerned that the weather would be rainy, so they bought umbrellas for their wedding party, and guess what, it didn't rain. They chose Manteo Waterfront Resort in Kelowna. Not only did it not rain, but the weather was beautiful.
From a professional wedding photographer's standpoint, this was a dream wedding. The couple was fun and easy to work with, the bridal party listened to direction, and helped us when we asked, and the family was great too. It makes our job easy and fun when we have the privilege to work with people like this.
The concept shoot. Some may ask why? What is the benefit of this? There are multiple reasons for working on a concept shoot. Being a wedding photographer in the okanagan, based out of Penticton, the concept shoot helps us to push our skills so we can improve.
With the wedding photography we do across the okanagan, doing concept shoots helps us to learn how to deal with bad weather and lighting, that way, we can face all shooting conditions head on. Working on an idea that makes us move beyond our comfort zone, we give ourselves the opportunity to showcase the range of professional photography that we are capable of.
Working with other professionals in penticton and the okanagan area, on various concepts help us develop and maintain relationships with those who we will be working along side at future jobs.
Finally, the concept shoot is, simply, fun. With any job, there is always difficulties that can zap the enjoyment out of your means of living. The concept shoot gives you the means of honing your skills, all the while, finding enjoyment.
Makeup by: www.brandieelfstromhairandmakeup.com
We love working as a wedding photographer in the okanagan, but we also want to keep moving forward in our skills. So that's why we wanted to do a shoot at night, we also though it be fun to use a old motorcycle as a prop.
We were pretty happy with the end results.
We love working as a wedding photographer in the okanagan, but we also want to keep moving forward in our skills, and what better way to do that than to work with a professional dancer. It was so much fun capturing the motion in these photos. A big thank you to Nadine for being the talented dancer she is.
As I think back on the hundred-plus weddings I've photographed, I want to emphasize this:
Every wedding is perfect.
I love a good party.
I love a bride in the most elaborate, fancy, princess-y dress you've ever dreamed of.
I love custom chuppahs and embroidered aisle runners and matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses.
I love to photograph flowers and shoes.
But you know why I REALLY do what I do?
To photograph your parents, who will hold hands and cry on the first row of the row. To photograph your sister dancing with that boy she will marry in three years. To photograph those kids who will grow up so, so quickly. To photograph your grandfather, who will pass away next spring. To photograph your first kiss as a married couple, your best friend busting out her signature dance moves, the flower girl asleep under a table,
You already know: your cake will disappear in less than an hour, your flowers will wilt before the ceremony ends, and that uncomfortable tux will go back to the rental place in the morning.
But those photos... they're gonna be there forever. You'll have them when your own kids are born, when you have the biggest fight ever with your partner and need to be reminded of how much you really love each other, when your parents pass away and you realize the last time you danced with them was at your wedding...
So, nothing against the wedding magazines and blogs and their endless, passionate quest for "perfect" detail shots. PLEASE: throw the party of your lives with every. single. detail. EXACTLY as you dreamed it would be.
But my job -- MY job -- is to see past all that. My job is to give you photos that will remind you why you had that damn expensive party in the first place.
I promise: that is the Perfect Wedding.
"There's something about you now
I can't quite figure out
Everything she does is beautiful
Everything she does is right
Cause it's you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to lose
And it's you and me and all of the people
And I don't know why, I can't keep my eyes off of you
And me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it's you and me and all of the people
And I don't know why, I can't keep my eyes off of you"