Sunday, December 31, 2006

Millie+Sugi=Aloha!

alo(sharing)+oha ( joyous affection, joy)+ha (life, energy, breath)=
Aloha: Joyfully sharing life!
I love this definition of "Aloha!" It so perfectly reflects the wedding of Millie & Sugi who flew us out to the beautiful island of Oahu to photograph their day. All their guests had come from afar to celebrate with the happy couple as well as enjoy the Hawaiian sunshine!

We first got to know Millie and Sugi a few months ago when we shot their B+G Session in San Fransisco, one of their favourite cities. It was quite the adventure climbing the windy cliffside by the Golden Gate bridge!
Last week, we met them on the island of Ohau. At the Halekulani hotel, Millie got ready in the luxury of her oceanside room.

Three necklaces: one for the ceremony, one for the reception, and one dancing the night away.
Loving our new 85mm 1.2 lens! Into the dress.
Shoe sparkle.
The lovely bride.
And the handsome groom. Millie laughing with her girls before the ceremony.
The walk down the aisle. Yay! Married!
The incredible Jan, from Vancouver's Horizon Wedding Films, hard at work on the beach.
And husband and wife enjoying the a moment by the ocean.We're always up for a little rock-scrambling...but Millie wasn't expecting this wave!At the reception, each table was labelled with postcards from the couple's favourite cities in the world.
Nice dip, Sugi! Congratulations Millie & Sugi!



Thursday, December 14, 2006

Lisa+Adam=Devotion

Lisa and Adam knew what their wedding day was all about: each other, their family, and their faith. It was raining all day, but that did not dampen their spirits one bit!

We took some of our favourite shots while Lisa was getting ready.
Mother and daughter - both thrilled when the dress was on!
Lisa's eyes are so expressive - you can just tell how excited she is about seeing Adam for the first time!
Their First Look .
The rain was really coming down, but we were able to get some beautiful portraits of Lisa...

Simple.
And real.With Dad looking on...The girls hammed it up to keep warm!

While the guys took a swig from their flasks (a gift from Adam).

Inside, the fabulous Kim and Andy from Wedding Design Studio
transformed the Langley heritage hall into a luxurious setting for the ceremony and reception.
Adam and Lisa's ceremony was filled with joy, prayer, and music.

The band members from their church had everyone singing.

It's official!The two MC's made a hilarious video like nothing we've ever seen before. The two guys re-enacted Lisa and Adam's first meeting and proposal. It had the whole room in stitches.We convinced them to sneak out for a few night shots outside.Then it was back for some emotional dances for Lisa.
With her husband.And her dad.
What an amazing day - the love in that room was tangible to everyone there! Congratulations!


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Natarie+Great Light=WPJA Honour

We had so much fun with Natarie and Jackie on their wedding day last summer. The best part for us was shooting them along the tree-lined road leading up to Swaneset Resort in the dramatic late evening light. When Natarie ran over towards Jackie, Chris captured this romantic image.
We thought it was pretty cool that it was recognized by the WPJA, a prestigious international association of wedding photojournalists, for excellence in the category of silhouettes, shadows & light. One judge said "The spotlight and twirl of the dress remind me of an old Hollywood movie." Right on! Thanks for the kudos, WPJA!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Robyn+Billy=Classic

Robyn and Billy are the kind of couple you just adore the second you meet them! They were so excited to be getting together with all their friends and family from around the country. Despite the blizzard the day before their wedding, everyone arrived safely to join them at their alma mater, Gonzaga University.

Robyn got ready in one of her old classrooms. The buttons sewn the back of her gown were from her grandmother's wedding dress- what a beautiful tradition!

And what a beautiful bride! I love the drama of these shots.

The campus grounds offered lots of great spots to shoot - like this fire escape the guys climbed.While the girls snuggled together below to keep warm in sub-zero cold!The university chapel was filled with warmth.
Hooray - married!When we first drove into town, we found this old cigar factory & just loved the texture of its brickwork. On route to the reception site, Robyn & Billy braved the windchill factor so we could get some cool portraits here.
It was dark once we arrived at the Davenport Hotel, truly one of the classiest hotels ever. (If you're ever in Spokane or near it, stay here! The 1912 architecture is incredible & moreover, the friendly service offered by everyone, from the doorman to the wedding coordinator, was unparellelled!)


A balcony view of the elegant couple.And a ballroom view of husband and wife's first dance.