From engagement photos in Paris..to epic wedding celebrations in Vancouver…followed by an impromptu meeting in Hong Kong, jet setting with this couple last year was nothing short of memorable. I must confess that I had been secretly looking forward to this wedding for quite some time. I had met Katie & Dan only through a telephone call when they initially booked with me, and it wasn’t until our time spent photographing their gorgeous engagement session in Paris this past March that really solidified my connection with these two wonderful souls. After such a glorious time in Paris with these two, I couldn’t wait for their wedding to celebrate with them!
Hycroft Manor is really one of those special locations in Vancouver for a quintessential dream wedding. Not only do they have a gorgeous victorian style mansion & lush gardens as a backdrop for photos, the rooms are also pretty cool as well, offering one of my most favourite locations to photograph getting ready photos.
All hands literally up to help Katie into her dress without touching her hair and make up! And then when it came to putting on her veil, I think the moment finally set in for Katie…this part gets me time!
Love grabbing these moments as they read their personal notes to one another before the ceremony, from one best friend to another.
That priceless expression as they do their ring exchange…yes Dan, this is for real!
For a couple who had been dating for 10 years, with the last couple of years long distance, you can imagine that this was indeed a triumphant moment for them and their families:)
Mid-September weather can get a little tricky in Vancouver. This is where we were all hands on deck with Katie’s dress just to avoid it getting too wet while taking photos outside. Thanks to my trusty second shooter Winona for helping out and offering a extra pair of hands to hold onto the dress. You wouldn’t have known it but Winona was actually standing behind Katie in a lot of the photos so that her dress wouldn’t touch the ground and get too wet!
Fusing both Chinese & Korean customs was a special moment for both families. A traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony was held for Katie’s family followed by the Korean Pyebaek Ceremony for Dan’s family.
As part of the traditional Korean Pyebaek ceremony, elders are suppose to throw dates and walnuts towards the bride and she in turn catches as many as she can. The nuts and dates are a symbol of fertility, so the trick is to catch as many as you can and that symbolizes that you’ll have a lot of kids. I found out after the wedding that Dan’s mom had strategically hand sewn the dates and walnuts together, which resulted in Katie catching a whole lot more than usual! I guess a mother in law will go to any lengths to demonstrate that she means business when it comes to her future grandchildren:)
Signature His and Her drinks, with beautiful lettering and designs by Le Le Chan Designs
A very special highlight of the evening was when these two got on the dance floor and wowed their guests with a professionally choreographed first dance. These two definitely do not have two left feet and everyone was so impressed with their dance moves. Even more impressive is that fact that they had very little time for practice given they lived in two separate cities at the time.
And just after we had already packed our camera bags, said our goodbyes and thanked our couple, Dan’s dad decided to cut up the dance floor to “Gagnam Style”. As soon as I saw this happening and heard all the commotion, I just had to take my camera out of my bag to capture this most fun and hilarious moment!
We absolutely loved celebrating this beautiful wedding with you, Katie and Dan!
It was also an absolute joy working with a dream team of vendors, who executed this wedding to perfection:
Wedding Planning by Bonnie of Dreamgroup
Make Up Katie Elwood | Hair Jade Kugelman
Florals by The Flower Factory
Decor by Debut Event Design
Calligraphy by Le Le Chan Designs
Officiant (Shawn) Young Hip and Married
Venues Hycroft Manor | Rosewood Hotel Georgia