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Surprise Elopement at William Simmons Park | Sooke Wedding Photography

Elopement Photography in Sooke, BC

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!

We chose the location for the surprise elopement 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 was the perfect location for a surprise elopement. 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 surprise elopement under those pretty trees!It was a heartfelt ceremony. I think that’s what happens when you plan something last minute… there is no time to overthink! We all laughed and cried! The portraits we took after the ceremony are some of my favourites.

We had so much fun and they were filled with joy! 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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Sooke Prestige Wedding | Iranian Wedding

Sooke Prestige Wedding | Iranian Wedding

I met Golpar and Charles for their Sooke Prestige Wedding on their wedding day. This couple is madly in love. This is 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. Long distance relationships can be tough, but they are also rewarding. You could see how much love they shared when they were together.

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 honored to see them in my hometown of Sooke for their special day. A Sooke Prestige Wedding was the perfect fit. They wanted to incorporate cultural elements in their ceremony. There were beautiful fabrics and several meaningful foods and mementos. 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 beautiful, unique, and 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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The rooms at the Prestige have beautiful light for bridal portraits.

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All the photographs were taken on the hotel grounds. It has a beautiful harbour location which offers so much variety.

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Sooke Prestige Wedding

The resort dock is a beautiful location. We took photographs with the beautiful hotel in the background. We also captured the ceremony location behind them. I love including the ceremony location. It adds beautiful meaning to these images.

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Family portraits are so important. Especially when you’re flying in family from all over the world!

Harbour Air will fly guests right on to Whiffen Spit, just minutes from the Prestige Hotel in Sooke. I worked for this wonderful company for a couple of years in Nanaimo and Vancouver.

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The Prestige grounds are beautiful! I won an award for this next photograph. Bridal portraits can be fun!

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I love the lines and implied movement in this image of the bride. The tones are beautiful. The is the center of attention in this faceless shot.

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Her maid of honor surprised her by making sure her beloved dog could be part of the wedding day!

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This ring shot is one of my all-time favourites. The colours are incredible. Underneath the rings is the very first love letter between them.

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The walked down the isle together. I love the portrait of the groom fixing the bride’s dress before they walk.

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The Iranian ceremony begins with a kiss.These two knocked it out of the park! I love how they arranged their guests around them in a circle!

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They are so connected and loving. I love capturing sweet moments like this.

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Brittany & Ryne | Victoria Wedding Photographer

Victoria Wedding Photographer, Ebony Logins | I met Brittany & Ryne a few years ago and I’m so glad they chose me as their wedding photographer. They got engaged and drove all the way down from Nanaimo for their engagement session in East Sooke Park. We took photos on the beach and had a lot of fun together. They brought Ryne’s son along for the session and you could totally tell he loved them both so much. Just wait until you see his reaction on the wedding day! We stayed connected on the days leading up to their wedding to make sure everything was in place. Their ceremony took place in the Victoria Inner Harbour at the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina.

The ceremony was filled with love, laughter, and tears of joy!

It was so windy that day! We had a beautiful view of the harbour and marina, right from the ceremony location. All of the guests were so happy for this loving couple. They care for and respect each other so much! It was evident in their speeches that they were truly, deeply, madly in love.

Their son cried during their exchange of vows. It was so sweet to see him get emotional. He was just so happy for his family to come together! Take a look at some of the photographs from their wedding day…

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The rooms at the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina have the most beautiful views of the city and Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

 

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The bride and groom took a carriage to Beacon Hill Park. The bridal party followed in a limo bus!

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Beacon Hill Park is such a beautiful place for wedding photos.

There is so much variety! While it’s a popular location, there are tons of places to shoot, so every wedding can look different.

I’m so happy for Brittany & Ryne! They are so connected and loving. I wish them the very best in their new lives together as husband and wife!

 

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