Surprise Elopement at William Simmons Park [Victoria Wedding Photographer]

There is no wedding more romantic than a surprise elopement in Sooke! My dear friends Sam and Josh have been together for many years. In October, they decided to elope with just a few family and friends. They live in Sooke and invited a small group of family “for dinner”. In the week leading up to the wedding (yes, it was planned in just one week!) I had a blast working with Sam to hire the amazing officiant, Brenda Parkinson and to find the perfect wedding dress. There were definitely tons of tears watching her try on dresses! On the day of the wedding, I also did Sam’s hair and makeup. It was such a fun morning. Sam and Josh let everyone know they were getting married! It was a rainy day, so we chose the location at the last minute. A big thanks goes out to Brenda for being such a flexible officiant! William Simmons Memorial Park is a beautiful spot with forest trails, an orchard, a covered picnic area, and docks on Poirier Lake. It’s a hidden gem just 5 minutes from Sooke’s downtown core! We sent the groom and family to the park about 10 minutes ahead of the bride. Her father walked her down the isle and lead her to the alter, which was in the beautiful orchard. I love that even though it was raining, they were happy to have the wedding under those pretty trees! The ceremony was so heartfelt. I think that’s what happens when you plan something last minute… there is no time to overthink! There were tons of tears and lots of laughs! The portraits we took after the ceremony are some of my favourites. We had so much fun and they were filled with joy! Afterwards, the entire wedding was treated to an amazing meal at the Sooke Harbour House’s new Copper Room. The food there is incredible and the company was wonderful. I just love how smoothly the day went and how incredible it was to be a part of such a romantic wedding!

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Iranian Wedding at the Prestige in Sooke

I met Golpar and Charles for their Iranian wedding at the Prestige Oceanfront Hotel in Sooke, B.C. This couple is madly in love – they are exactly the type of couple I love working with! They hosted an Iranian wedding with family and friends from Iran and all over the United States! Charles is a PhD student in Alabama who is from British Columbia. Golpar, from Iran, is a structural engineer in Florida. Needless to say, they spent a lot of time apart before their wedding.

Planning an international wedding can be such hard work, but they pulled it off without a hitch. These two are so laid back and just so happy to be together. Paired with their love for each other, it was such a joyful occasion! I was honoured to see them in my hometown of Sooke for their special day. They wanted to incorporate cultural elements in their ceremony. There were beautiful fabrics and several meaningful foods and momentos. The ring box was my favourite, because inside it was a love note from when they first started dating. How sweet is that?!

The ceremony was so heartwarming. All of the guests formed a circle around them. The ceremony site has a gorgeous view of the Sooke harbour and the stunning mountains of Olympic National Park in Washington. It was a windy day, and we made it work with some beautiful portraits of this loving couple. After the ceremony, Golpar had a surprise visit from her dog! They then shared a wonderful meal and danced the night away. It was such a joy to listen to the speeches. With many guests coming from all over the world and Golpar and Charles living so far apart, they had wonderful and loving stories to tell.

Congratulations Golpar & Charles! I wish you the very best in your marriage! <3

 

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Vancouver Island Wedding

A Beautiful Vancouver Island Wedding with Katherine & Brad Doyle

Katie and I have been friends since high school. She is one of the nicest people I know, and has always loved photography. When she asked me to be her wedding day photographer, I was so honoured and obviously said YES! Years ago, she moved across the country. From sea to sea! She met Brad, the love of her life, in Newfoundland. I was so happy to hear that Brad and his family was going to head out west for a beautiful Vancouver Island wedding.

When I arrived at the family farm, I was blown away. There were a hundred, perfect little details that Katie’s family had made – by hand – so that her day would be extra special. It looked like a fairy tale! I used to be a wedding coordinator at the incredible Sooke Harbour House, and even there, with glamorous celebrity weddings, I had never seen so much love and detail put into the decor. The chandelier hanging from the tree under which they married. The simple outdoor dining experience. The adorable carnival theme. This Vancouver Island wedding was breathtaking.

Of course, the bride was, too! Katie wore the most beautiful lace dress. I am a total sucker for lace wedding dresses! They are timeless. The wedding went off without a hitch! Everything was perfect for this perfect couple. After the ceremony, we went to the forest at the back of the farm for photos. We only had about 30 minutes, but we made it work! During dinner, there were some hilarious toasts. It was a real celebration of two families joining. One from the East, one from the West.

This Vancouver Island Wedding by Ebony Logins of Red Cedar Photography took place in Duncan, B.C. Ebony Logins is part of the CMPro Daily Project.

Nanaimo Wedding Teaser!

Sarah & Mike’s beautiful Nanaimo wedding at the Coast Bastion hotel.

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How Many Hours of Coverage Do I Need?

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One of my FAQs is: How many hours of coverage do I need? I’ve put together a few tips to help you choose the best wedding package for your Big Day. Near the end, you’ll see an example of 6 hour coverage and 10 hour coverage.

What do you want covered?

First things first, make sure you know what parts of the day you’d like the photographer to cover. I typically work with a second shooter to cover a portion of the Bride & Groom getting ready with their friends and family. If you are exchanging gifts before the wedding, I love to be there to capture that as well.

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Do you want us to stay for the entire reception? Capturing the cake cutting and dancing is always a fun part of the night! Let your photographer know what time these events occur and if you’d like them to stay until your reception exit. It’s details like this that will help you determine the length of time you need to have coverage. I also have an easy fillable schedule that can help you schedule your day! Deciding on a start and end time is the first step to booking your package. Of course, I will always stay as late as you need me to.

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Ceremony Length

Next, you need to think about the ceremony length.  If you want us to cover you getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception, I suggest 8-10 hours of coverage. If you have a short ceremony, you may only need 6-8 hours.

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Location Transfer

A shorter ceremony along with a reception at the same venue is a good way to cut down on travel time. Make sure that your venue has a beautiful spot for creative portraits and that you will have some time to separate from your wedding guests while you enjoy some time with your partner.

6 Hour Example: The beautiful photo below was taken just a few feet from the ceremony location! The Grooms only wanted ceremony coverage, a short time for personal creatives, and reception coverage.

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If you are getting ready at one venue, and your ceremony and reception are at separate venues, or if you are planning to go off-site for creative portraits, you will need to incorporate travel time. You will also need to include about 10 minutes for packing up and gathering your wedding party.

Formal Photo Requirements

To save time here, have a member of your Bridal Party gather your family for formals after the ceremony. The number of people in your bridal party and families will determine the time required for photos before the reception. Some B&Gs opt to do their family photos at the ceremony site and bring their Bridal Party along for the creative portraits.

10 Hour Example: This wonderful group photo below was taken off-site with 12 members of their Bridal Party. I worked with a second shooter to capture the B&G getting ready and we photographed a first-look, the ceremony, family formals, off-site creatives, and the full reception.

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Special Exit

Full-day coverage is the best choice if you’ve planned a special event, like a sparkler exit or fireworks. I always love working with couples for creative evening shots such as this!

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To First Look or Not To First Look? | Wedding Photography Victoria BC

Should I Have a First Look
Before the Wedding Ceremony?

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This is a question I get from many couples, since first looks are becoming more an more popular in wedding photography. I always offer a first look, so I thought I’d help you make the decision by going through the pros and cons. In my professional opinion, there is something about the first look that truly captures the way you feel on your wedding day. Seeing your partner for the first time, all dressed up and ready to marry you, is a priceless moment. Whether this moment happens as you walk down the isle or as you enjoy a private moment pre-ceremony, I’ll help you make the best decision for your Big Day.

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  1. Your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye! There is always something to do and someone to see. If you have a first look, it gives you and your partner a few precious moments to yourselves. It’s always hectic after the ceremony, gathering friends and family for formal portraits and rushing away for your wedding party photos. A first look allows you to spend more time relaxing with your guests and you won’t have to worry about returning in time for your reception. Depending on the timing of your day, your first look can include your portraits as well as the bridal party portraits and sometimes even family formals. Either way, we’ll make sure you have some alone time with your fiancé to have the true first look experience! Since you’ve just finished your heat and makeup, both will still be perfection before the ceremony. Let’s face it – receiving lines are a heartwarming experience for any B&G, but tugs at your hair and smudging your makeup are inevitable.

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  1. If you think you’re going to be super nervous on your Big Day, the first look helps to relax you. You will feel invigorated and ready to take on the ceremony! During the ceremony, it’s so hard to take everything in. It’s truly a fleeting moment, so capturing that same feeling before the ceremony gives you additional time to enjoy the walk down the isle and the quiet, intimate time beforehand.www.redcedarphoto.com » Ebony Logins | Red Cedar Photography | Wedding & Engagement Photography | Victoria, B.C.
  1. I promise, you will still take your fiancé’s breath away when you walk down the isle! With all of your friends and family watching, the moment will always be heightened and magical. It’s the kind of moment that just cannot be spoiled ♥

 

How Much Time Do I Need for Photos
If I Don’t Have a First Look?

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Many couples opt out of the first look for a more traditional feel for their wedding day. If this is you, I’ve put together some minimum times you’ll need to schedule for photos after the ceremony:

  1. Family Formals: 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size. Have a bridesmaid who is not immediate family (friends are totally family you choose!) gather your relatives.
  2. B&G Creative Portraits: 30-45 minutes for your newlywed shots plus another 30 to 45 minutes for your bridal party pictures, depending on the number of people in your party. Choose a location that is somewhat removed from your ceremony and reception areas so that you’re not distracted by guest activities. I love helping to choose locations, so feel free to ask for suggestions!wedding photography victoria bc
  3. If you decide to have photos taken offsite, designate a driver or two to transport you and your bridal party. If you are new to the area and need directions, you can always follow my brightly coloured car! If the location is 10 minutes away, schedule 15 minutes of travel time.
  4. It’s super hard to keep track of everyone’s whereabouts on the Big Day! Family, friends, and bridal party members often go missing. A little bit of wiggle room is always appreciated to account for this.
  5. Schedule 15 minutes after the reception, dancing, cake etc. for some beautiful evening shots. These are some of my favourites!

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Please remember that these times are minimums, so if you have a larger family and bridal party, or if you want more creative photos for your wedding album, more time should be added. The average is 1.5 hours for photographs, not counting travel and miscellaneous time. Since it can be a long wait before dinner, I always bring snacks and drinks for my brides, just let me know if you have any food sensitivities ♥

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Courtenay Comox Wedding Photographer | Maria & Carson at the Crown Isle Resort

This wedding could’t have been more perfect. Maria & Carson are a super fun couple with amazing friends, so after photographing their Nanaimo engagement, I just knew their wedding day would be a blast!

In the Courtenay & Comox Valley region of Vancouver Island, there is this wonderful sense of being one with nature. The beaches, the forests, the mountains, they all seem to be at your fingertips. The wedding took place at the Crown Isle Resort, which really feels like the centre of it all.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a First Look! It’s not only a good way to get rid of the pre-ceremony jitters, but it also lets you totally relax and be in a beautiful moment. Once the ceremony begins, the day goes by in a flash! You will totally cherish these moments!

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Maria and Carson exchanged vows surrounded by pure, rich love from their friends and family. The ceremony was perfect – not too short, not too long, filled with tears of joy and laughter.

I took the wedding party on a short drive down to the Filberg Heritage Park in Comox. It was about 15 minutes away, but so worth it! It also helps that I have a bright gold car (some people say orange, I like to say gold) to follow. It was the perfect location for the creative shots!

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In the end, it was a perfect and memorable night for everyone! I am so happy to have been a part of this special day, and to capture these special moments! Congratulations, Maria & Carson! xo