The Enchanted Forest
Have you ever dreamed of having an intimate wedding in an enchanted forest at your own little secret spot? Well, look no further!
I’d like to introduce you all to Brian and Essie. Our journey together began one summer evening with beers at my home office in the Olympic Village. B&E lived really close by so we each filled up a growler with our favourite beers before getting to know each other a bit better!
When we first spoke via email, Brian and Essie explained to me their vision of having a small and intimate wedding in the middle of the woods followed by an evening of great food surrounded by their closest friends and family. They had the food part nailed when they booked L’Abattoir restaurant in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood. Next, they just needed my help finding the perfect spot for their nuptials.
We met on a separate day and went for a walk through the woods with my dog, Nazko, to find the perfect spot. Fast forward a few months and it was finally wedding day!
We First Start with the First Look
Our day started off in North Vancouver near the Capilano Fish Hatchery where we had our first look. Essie was in tears as she was so excited to see her future hubby!
After giving them a moment by themselves, we headed off to the bottom of the canyon to get some amazing shots by the river. We were lucky to have an overcast day in June which gave us beautiful soft light.
Once we finished our photos by the river, we made our way back into the forest to our secret ceremony site. Our ceremony spot was about a 15 minute walk away which gave us some more time to really soak in the pacific north west beauty surrounding us… I just had to make sure we didn’t get lost!
By the time we arrived at our spot, guests had started to arrive. Guests were elated and excited for the anticipated wedding… and yes, Brian has a twin brother.
Once all the pieces were in place, it was time for Essie to make her grand entrance with her father in tow. Her smile was radiating and at that moment, it felt like all the eyes in the world were on her.
It was a simple ceremony. Absolutely nothing is needed when you’re surrounded by the beauty of nature and have all your closest friends and family standing behind you.
Once we were done in the forest, we made sure to clean everything up and make sure we didn’t leave any garbage behind before heading to Gastown for the wedding reception.
Before joining the rest of the guests at the reception, we took our time getting a few more portraits in Gastown. We started off on a rooftop with sweeping views of the North Shore Mountains (where we just came from), then slowly made our way along the iconic cobble stoned streets of Gastown toward L’Abattoir.
The evening was filled with so much good food and drinks and even better company! Brian and Essie opted for a family style dinner which was so great because it really forces you to talk and interact with your neighbours. It was so great sitting with their guests and getting to know them and hearing ALL the stories!
Our night concluded with a few twilight shots in the streets and alleys of Gastown. What a fantastic way to finish off such a memorable and magical evening. Brian and Essie, thank you so much for choosing us to photograph your big day! I’m so happy to have met the two of you and am looking forward to the day our paths cross again.