At the base of the mighty Mount Cooke in beautiful British Columbia, Rob & Mariko’s wedding was a picturesque union of not only their love but two cultures, bringing together friends & families from East and West in the heart of the Canadian Coastal Mountain range. I was fortunate enough to be their wedding photographer and enjoy the beginning of the hot Canadian summertime with them.
Before the guests began to arrive, the logs and hay bails were laid out in front of the rustic archway where the couple would say their vows. The catering van started preparing the BBQ and most importantly the bar was assembled, fridges hooked up to the generators, and kegs kept cool. The wedding day was taking shape, the transformation from field to scenic outdoor wedding venue was in full swing.
Some weddings need gentle direction, some flow with ease, this was the latter. Documenting the wedding preparations was so natural; the wedding dress, jewellery, flower crowns, and of course the little bridesmaid Lela almost stealing the show from the bride with her cuteness.
The wedding ceremony was a dream to photograph, with the stunning backdrop of green mountains amidst the chaos of dogs, crying children, a random strong gust of wind and all round laughter, so many fantastic emotions to capture everywhere I looked.
The remainder of the day followed suit, I documented the energy and vibrancy that was created by everyone there. The Bride & Groom shots were particularly good fun, surrounding the field were old trucks, barbed wire fencing and dilapidated barns, the textures worked perfectly to get some really edgy stylised shots and just as we started shooting the storm clouds came rolling over giving the photos even more impact.
This really was an authentic bohemian outdoor wedding, full of soul and love…