I had been watching the weather for two weeks before the wedding. Every day I would check Environment Canada and the Weather Network (both of which are always in conflict), cross my fingers and hope that it wouldn’t rain for this last wedding of the season. I love the rain but not particularly on wedding days when so much has gone into getting the hair and makeup done, the garb is on and the fancy shoes are donned on manicured feet. Suffice to say, the days leading up to Tyler and Amanda’s wedding were gorgeous and my concerns melted away. The wedding morning dawned bright and beautiful.
My co-shooter, Emily Hoskins of Liberty Tree Photography, and I set out to L’Hermitage Hotel where we spent some time with the girls getting ready and then to the L’Orangerie, which is the lovely garden patio area for Tyler and Amanda’s First Look. I was so excited that they decided to do a First Look for a variety of reasons ~ creating a space of calm before the day really began, more time for pictures and getting to the party sooner. I have to admit, I get a little teary myself at weddings and the First Look was no exception. What can I say? I love seeing two people so hopelessly in love with each other on their wedding day…..the energy and emotion of that is unparalleled.
Tyler and Amanda are all class. I knew this well before their wedding day but the 1950′s Vancouver city bus they used to take us from L’Hermitage to the ceremony venue was any photographer’s best dream come true. Since Tyler works for the city transit system, he knew about a non-profit society called the Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) that has a fairly decent collection of vintage city buses available for rent. The bus fit perfectly with Tyler and Amanda’s vintage meets modern wedding theme and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love. It was a cotton candy floss interior, a sunny yellow exterior complete with all sorts of wonderfully dated details. Our driver, Angus McIntyre, was equally delightful and shared with us his many stories about being a city bus driver over a 41-year time span. He’s a bit of a legend so it was a real pleasure to meet him. He’s also a member of TRAMS and volunteers his time to drive for events like this ~ an additional thank you to him for sharing in Tyler and Amanda’s special day.
After taking the wedding party shots at the False Creek Olympic Village, we all made our grand entrance to the ceremony and reception location at the historic Heritage Hall. Leo Damian and his team at WISH Events did a fantastic job of decorating not only the ceremony but also the reception, complete with an excellent meal catered by the Dutchmen. And more tears came during the toasts when friends and family stood to give testament to Tyler and Amanda ~ the relationships they share with others, the love that has grown between them and the new families that have now been created through this union.
What a wonderful day full of fall sunshine, fabulous people and one of the kindest and sweetest couples I know. Thank you Tyler and Amanda for letting us share in a day you had spent so much time and effort into putting together. May you have many adventures to come!
We wanted to do something that would tie together with the Engagement Session I did in the summer.
Since Tyler and Amanda like records, it only seemed fitting to carry the theme on further…..
Hair/Makeup: Melanie Trembley of Mink Makeup
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Heritage Hall
Special Ceremony Music: Bob Sumner
Wedding Co-Ordinator: Leo Damian of WISH Events
Vintage Bus Rental: Transit Museum Society (TRAMS)
Catering: The Dutchmen
Flowers: Betty’s Flower Pot
And here is the slideshow! Enjoy!