Vancouver Shia Muslim Wedding

Vancouver Shia Muslim Wedding

Vancouver Shia Muslim Wedding

Vancouver Shia Muslim Wedding in Richmond BC was for myself and my wife Maria a great experience. We had done East Indian weddings before but none of them was at Shia Muslim Community Centre. And just because the traditions this wedding took place during two days and at two different locations I have decided to split this post to two single events. Why? Well the amount of beautiful images with this fun to work couple would be a shame not to display. Enjoy.

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Bride leaving parents house is a tradition which is very similar for many religions and cultures. Shahzia contacted me last year if I would be available to photograph her wedding day and she had a special request right at the beginning. She needed two photographers. Being more precise besides myself she needed Maria my wife to cover her female ceremony where I was not allowed. Despite our newborn son and all the logistics around him being sick on the weekend of the shoot we managed everything and here is a selection of the images how the day went from the getting ready shots of the bride all the way to night formals session at Canada Place.

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The first time I had a chance to meet the groom who was from Quebec, was when Maria disappeared with bride behind the ladies entrance of the mosque and I walked into gentleman part. And just to make it even more curios, the ceremony started and no one has pointed me who the groom was. Man sitting and praying around the main preacher, and I was just waiting for a sign who is the man. It did not take a long time and the main door opened and two young men walked in. So now it became clear that the best man and groom entered the place. Now which one was it. The MC helped me a big way when he pointed out the groom was in blue.

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And when the main ceremony was over, we hit the road and headed to Vancouver gas-town for some creative portrait session. We were slightly behind with the schedule but we had a beautiful light to work with. Love the late evening sessions, so much diversity and techniques can be used at that time.

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And when the dusk took over the sky despite the local security guard who asked us to stop shooting due to a permit restrictions at the Harbour Tower we had an amazing evening behind us. And the images? Well, judge them as you wish, we really enjoyed those minutes out there.

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Thank you Shahzia and Mohamed for being so easy going couple. Your wedding reception images and second formal session from False creek will be available for you soon here.

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Light house park engagement

Light house park engagement

Light house park engagementThe time has come and 2014 weddings season is already in full speed. And it is only the end of March. Adam and Heather are going to wait couple more months before theirs big day comes. And just because they happen to live up north in Yukon, I was very pleased when they booked us to be their wedding photographers. To organize a wedding and everything around it from such a far distance takes time so did our engagement session planning. We moved the dates couple times and finally on one sunny day in March we met at theĀ Light house park in West Vancouver and could do a fun filled engagement shoot. And to make it even more fun, Charlie, young puppy was accompanying us during it and had a blast from my point of view :)

w_4PP1804 w_6PP1597 w_4PP1404 Light house park engagementThe late afternoon light was bouncing from the ocean to our eyes so after couepl days of rain it was a joy to be out there and enjoy it. Every portrait session is different but these guys were so spontaneous I had a really simply work to do :) just to take great pictures. Being relaxed and trusting the photographer is a key at the wedding day. That is why I include engagements session in all our wedding collections. You get to know me and specially you stop staring at long lenses attached to my cameras like they were sniper rifles. Just being yourself is enough for beautiful emotional pictures so if you need to have a shot of a tequila before that, juts do it. I do not know what Adam and Heather likes to taste but they were pretty relax and the only crazy person running around was Charlie and of course me trying to capture him :)

w_6PP1632 w_6PP1634 w_6PP1638 Light house park engagementLuckily the leash was quite short so we had some nice moments and were barking from time to time on each other. I mean, I had no idea we will have a dog on the stage and when Heather told me they have him with them, i had a winning combo in my sleeve for a real atmosphere shots of them with the puppy. I had shot couples sessions on bikes, snowshoeing, skiing, driving in antique convertibles, swinging on playgrounds all sort of fun activities when adults stop being adults and enjoy themselves like we used to do it as kids. To break that stiffness we kind of grew up into in our lives by doing anything which you love is going to really show in the emotions captured in my images. Being yourself is the best advice you can get from a wedding photographer.

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I am already looking forward to create some unique wedding pictures for these guys and there is no doubt there is going to be a lot of fun with them and their bridal party. And if the wether will be the same like for this shoot then we hit the jackpot. Congratulations Heather and Adam and see you soon again.

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Harrison hot springs wedding

Harrison hot springs wedding

Harrison hot springs wedding

Great location combination Princess and Pea B&B for getting ready, White Chapel for the ceremony andĀ Harrison hot springs wedding resort reception. Simply romantic, different and beautiful. You think you have everything planned, plenty of time for every event and then the weather man says – rain all day long. Not juts a shower or drizzling, it was pouring at us non stop. Well as a photographer you might think umbrellas and that is it. This day was windy kind of stormy way so no umbrellas would save this gorges looking couple from being soaking wet. The decision had been made very quickly after we saw the elegant dress we agreed to shoot everything indoor. So here it is how it went.

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Light is what I am after, and there was literally almost none great light through the whole day for me to work with. The Princess and Pea getting ready pictures were probably the most favourite for the bride, so I had to really work out the angles and compositions on this dark sky day. The owner of the B&B had almost all the windows hard wood blinds blocked from the outside due to the winter season, so I was literally running up and down to find the ones which I could use for interesting creative preparations shots. Otherwise great place was like a light trap and we had to work fast so we did not delay ceremony.

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Otherwise amazing rooms were completely dark and yellow bulbs were not among my favourites, so I mostly managed to create all the portraits and the staircase and narrow hallway. The amazing soft light was to its best there. When I had everything I needed, we drove to the ceremony location in Chilliwack. If you are from Vancouver and know how people drive when it is pouring rain, then guess what. A big accident on Fraser Hwy 1 made us turn the car around and the delays could start. I quickly called the groom what we are experiencing and the bride still at getting ready place was notified the road is closed look for alternative. I love this adrenalin rush at the weddings but enough is enough :)

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Corey was waiting for us to arrive and most of the guests were already there as well. We did couple candid portraits and once the bride was in the house the pianist could start the ceremony.

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There are 4 decent windows at the chapel, so I decided to run the whole ceremony on natural light settings. Looks really classic specially in B&W edits. The yellowish lights in the ceilings mixing with the flashes and ambient light would give us a headache with skin tones and this way the whole bridal party could enjoy the venue without me disturbing them with running strobes in their faces. Small detail but for some people it can get really irritating :)

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After the ceremony there was supposed to be a family portrait session outside. We already discussed this with Hilary and Corey that getting wet is not an option so I quickly set up my portable studio stands with umbrella for softer lights and we run the session where else – indoor again :)

And because we knew it was raining pretty much across the BC we also planned to shoot some creative indoor formals of the couple at Harrison resort and spa.

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Congratulations to Hilary and Corey, they really had a great attitude and despite the chilli day they enjoyed it and it was my pleasure to be their wedding photographer.


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