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Sara & Pouya – Elegant Spring Persian Wedding at Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

April 24th, 2013

Springtime in Vancouver is glorious – especially when the sun is out and blooms are starting to open heralding the end of winter.  That is exactly how Sara & Pouya’s wedding day felt.  A wedding in Spring can be a tricky situation with all the rain, plus the well-known fact that Vancouver is notorious for […]

 

Springtime in Vancouver is glorious – especially when the sun is out and blooms are starting to open heralding the end of winter.  That is exactly how Sara & Pouya’s wedding day felt.  A wedding in Spring can be a tricky situation with all the rain, plus the well-known fact that Vancouver is notorious for rainy weather.  But Sara & Pouya lucked out and had the most amazing, warm, sunny day!  Yay!!!

We had the pleasure of photographing their wintery engagement session back in February up at Silver Star Resort in Vernon, BC which you can view here.  We love to get out of our home-base of Kelowna and photograph in different areas, so when they informed us their wedding was to take place at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, we were over the top excited!  Even though we both grew up in the Lower Mainland (South Langley & White Rock), we had never actually ventured to Queen Elizabeth Park before.  As per our usual pre-wedding scouting, we instantly were enamored with it’s beauty and elegance – it’s truly a gem hidden in the middle of the city.  So if you are traveling through Vancouver or call it home and have never been, go check it out!

Sara had a very unique request for her wedding day – she wanted Persian kittens!  She grew up with Persian cats and LOVES them, so it only made sense for her to incorporate them into her wedding day.  We contacted Roma from Wallycats and she graciously agreed to bring out two of her beautiful Persian show cats (Magic Mike & Larry) before the wedding at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.   When the cats arrived at the hotel we were all charmed by their cuteness and for Sara, it probably put her in the best mood possible for the rest of her wedding day.

The ceremony took place in the Celebration Pavilion which is one of the most unique contemporary buildings we have ever photographed in.  With retractable glass walls that open onto the gardens, it is serene, private, and elegant.  After the beautiful Persian ceremony, everyone headed over to the exquisite Seasons in the Park restaurant for the reception while Sara changed into her reception gown.  Queen Elizabeth Park is located at the highest elevation in the centre of Vancouver, so as guests dined on gourmet food they enjoyed the breathtaking views of the city and mountains.  The night was filled with tearful speeches, a jam-packed dance floor, great food, amazing views, and the happiest couple!  Congrats Sara & Pouya – we had such a great time getting to know you both and were so honoured to be a part of your wedding day!

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We’re in love with the beauty and symbolism of Persian ceremonies.  The couple sits in front of a spread of items called a sofreh facing their guests. The table is decadently adorned with many items including flowers, sweets, breads, coins, candles, a mirror, and a Quran.  During the ceremony women who are close to the bride hold a lace fabric above the couple taking turns grinding cones of sugar above them to symbolize a sweet life together and sewing a corner of the fabric together to symbolize the union of the couple.  After the ceremony family members and guests come up to give the couple gifts of gold in the form of jewelry or money.

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Dipping their pinky finger in honey and feeding it to each is another one of the beautiful ceremonial traditions of Persian weddings representing eternal happiness and sweetness in marriage.

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Another Persian wedding tradition is the knife dance, which involves women teasing the groom with their dance moves and cake cutting knife, but only giving it to him if he pays enough!  It is traditional that he pays small amounts and gets refused by all the girls until a really good dancer lures him enough – then he pays the big bucks and is presented with the knife to cut the wedding cake.  We love that a man stepped up to show off his dance moves!

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Jenna & Matt – The Ultimate Canadian Adventure: Snowshoe & Campfire Engagement Photoshoot on Crystal Mountain in Westbank, BC

April 9th, 2013

Jenna and Matt live in Fort McMurray and love the winter playground they have at their fingertips, so it only made sense their engagement photos reflect their active lifestyle.  Snowshoeing and a campfire (with S’mores of course) totally appealed to them and after selecting Crystal Mountain as our preferred choice for their engagement photoshoot, we […]

 

Jenna and Matt live in Fort McMurray and love the winter playground they have at their fingertips, so it only made sense their engagement photos reflect their active lifestyle.  Snowshoeing and a campfire (with S’mores of course) totally appealed to them and after selecting Crystal Mountain as our preferred choice for their engagement photoshoot, we hired Jordie from Selah Outdoor Explorations to safely guide us on the mountain after hours and bring along the firewood for the campfire (no easy task since everything had to be carried or pulled in on a sled).  We truly could not have done this photoshoot without the expertise of our guide – so thank you, Jordie, for everything!

This hike was definitely physically demanding with all our equipment, but the results are sooooo worth it!  We’re in love with these images and had a great time in the serene mountain woods along the way.  Jenna & Matt are such happy, easy-going people and they never whimpered once despite descending the mountain in darkness with wet boots and cold hands.  Seriously – you two are amazing!!!  We can’t wait for your wedding in July at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna and love that it will be a total contrast to the cold winter atmosphere of the engagement shoot.  Congrats you two!

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Yup, those are bear claws on the tree.  Our guide, Jordie, explained that the black bear likes to climb the tree and claw it to get the sweet nectar that flows as a result.  Good thing they’re still hibernating!

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Jenna’s super beautiful chocolate diamond engagement ring – well done, Matt!

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Our guide, Jordie, brought the authentic snowshoes and these amazing vintage Hudson’s Bay Jackets.  Jenna & Matt were totally up for a few photos wearing them.  Snowshoes, campfire, and a pristine snowy mountain top –  how more Canadian could this be?  We love it!

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S’MORES!!!

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Justyna & Jamie – Don’t Save the Date: We’re Eloping! Snowboarding Engagement Photoshoot at Big White Resort, Kelowna, BC

April 3rd, 2013

It only made sense for Justyna and Jamie to have their engagement photos snowboarding, since that is how they met years back on a trip to Jasper.  Boarding is still a huge part of their lifestyle and they can be found on any given winter weekend on a ski mountain.  Not one to shy away […]

 

It only made sense for Justyna and Jamie to have their engagement photos snowboarding, since that is how they met years back on a trip to Jasper.  Boarding is still a huge part of their lifestyle and they can be found on any given winter weekend on a ski mountain.  Not one to shy away from adventure, I was super excited they hired me for their engagement session up at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC.  Immediately, I knew I had to incorporate the giant snow ghosts and wide vista views from the mountain top. 

Jamie proposed to Justyna down in Arizona last October and they have decided to elope!  How fun is that?  Justyna definitely is organized and came prepared with chai cinnamon buns (which she made herself!) and arranged Big White Ski Patrol to shuttle me around on a skidoo after hours so that we could obtain that gorgeous golden light close to sunset.  Thanks Justyna!  All that work paid off – what originally started as a flat cloudy day opened up to beautiful blue skies during the last portion of the shoot while we were up on the mountain.  How perfect is that? 

Congratulations Justyna and Jamie on your engagement and we look forward to hearing about your future elopement!   

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