This post is pretty special to me as Mia is a longtime friend and I was lucky enough to travel out to Vancouver this past July to spend the week with her and her family and photograph her and Doug’s gorgeous celebration. I first met Mia about ten years ago when I used to speed swim and she was a lifeguard. Her roots are in Vancouver but having spent time in and around Regina at a family cottage she decided she wanted to go to University in Saskatchewan and I’m so happy our paths have crossed in life as a result of this. I soon found myself living in her basement as I went to nursing school as well and we have remained friends since. Mia has been working as a Pediatrician out in Vancouver for the past couple of years now and we really hadn’t gotten the chance to spend much time together recently but I was so happy to reconnect this year and I felt especially honoured that she wanted me to come out and photograph her wedding, considering there are a million great photogs in Vancouver! I made sure to enjoy every minute of it and cannot wait to go back!
While staying there with her I enjoyed getting to know her now husband Doug (he is witty, a great cook and has fabulous taste), meet their cute pup Archer, do yoga on the amazing patio of their condo, see a few of the sites in Vancouver, catch up with other old friends, go for an awesome run and some nice long walks, meet and stay with her lovely family (such gracious hosts!), eat some delicious food!, experience a class at a Vancouver spin studio (lived to tell the tale), go lane swimming at Kitsilano Pool, do some shopping and hang at the beach! It was a very full week but I was so glad I made a week trip out of it.
The big day itself went off without a hitch thanks to her amazing family, friends and especially her great wedding planners at Spread Love Events! Their attention to detail definitely made for an enjoyable and relatively stress-free day, not to mention the decor was absolutely stunning!
We began the day at Mia’s parent’s place where a few of her closest girlfriends gathered and we had a tasty little brunch. Her dad was firing off latte’s like a pro and many laughs were had. I enjoyed capturing candid moments of Mia with her friends as she got her makeup and hair done – some of my favourite photos of the day! After that Mia and I were picked up and went to meet Doug at the Spanish Banks, a place they frequent with their pup Archer to do the first look. I loved using this location and it was so fun to hide Doug on the other side of the tree while Mia came out to greet him – such a special moment. We took some great shots there and wandered around down by the water before heading to meet some family to do family photos. Mia and her family have spent quite a lot of time at a family cottage near Regina so I know they have a special place in their heart for Saskatchewan. It was cool to use a location that reminded me a lot of home for their family photos with tall golden grasses. They turned out great! We hung around there a bit more before starting to make our way to Richmond to the UBC Boathouse where the Ceremony was to be held. This venue was totally awesome for a non-traditional and relaxed wedding, just what this couple was after. Before the ceremony guests milled about visiting and having cocktails and as Mia and her dad began walking down the ‘aisle’ everyone formed a semi circle which looked out onto the water. It was so magical and basically a wedding photographer’s dream venue! A family friend and Mia’s brother played beautiful music to start things off and Doug’s uncle did a lovely job preforming the ceremony. The indoor part of the venue had lots of gorgeous natural light and the meal was fabulous. I know how much everyone loved the peach cobbler and Ernest Ice Cream as well – it was so good I think I was eating my ice cream out of the jar by the end! I enjoyed visiting with friends while I captured some great laughs and smiles during the speeches. I made sure to take them out for a quick sunset session as the sun began to fade but it was several minutes after the sun went down that the sky really gave us an amazing show. The next day the paper even talked about how especially gorgeous the sky was that night and we all thought it was a nice touch to finish off the day. We all danced and sang late into the night to the music of the Broken Strings – these guys were by far the best wedding band I had ever heard. Everyone had an absolute blast as you can see below!
The day was truly unique and beautiful and it was so great to see my friend so happy. Mia is a gentle soul with one of the best smiles I know of and I can see just what a great fit Doug is for her and how happy they both are. I put a lot of heart into these photos and am so thrilled to be able to share them with this special couple all those who love them. Please enjoy!