Seonaid and William will always have a special place in my heart. Upon the creation of my photography business, they were the first couple to retain my services. Since day one of our interactions, working with the two of them was an absolute dream. They are a passionate couple who balance each other perfectly and oh-so-much fun to be around. I was always looking forward to their wedding, but since photographing their engagement session in February, I just couldn’t wait. A couple that is willing to spend three hours in the rain with me, I will do anything for!
Seonaid told me, from the get-go that their event would be a “Woodland Chic” wedding, and it was. Oh, it was. Seonaid and William got married at Williams family home on the picturesque Bowen Island off the coast of Vancouver, BC in Howe Sound. The day dawned bright, warm, and sunny. While friends and family, the day before, were all commenting in awe on how it was not raining in early fall in BC, Seonaid announced that she had studied years of farmers almanacs and personal weather journals and had PLANNED the day to be gorgeous!
My day began with the bride as she got her hair done, surrounded by friends, one of whom happens to have a hair salon on the island, Studio B! It was one of the most relaxed wedding mornings that I have been a part of. The event had been planned to the last detail, and Seonaid was able to sit back and relax with her ladies and allow the day to unfold. Once hair was in place, I went off to meet the guys and snap some shots of their morning. The groom was initially not present. An accomplished chef, whose family owns the coffee shop, The Snug Cafe in the Snug Cove, William had personally prepped the entire evening meal and was overseeing final details before handing the finishing off to trusted colleagues and friends. When he showed up, smooth and calm as always, it was a speedy yet cheerful and relaxed process to get ready and head off to greet guests while I got to head back to the ladies as they finished readying themselves.
Seonaid had planned lots of time for bridal portraits before the ceremony and we were able to take advantage of the absolutely stunning day outside of the Evergreen Hall. As (still!) we were a bit early for the ceremony, there was nothing for it but to stop at the beach on the way and take some more pictures!
William’s family home is nestled in the woods on the far side of the island, and as the intimate ceremony began, golden rays of sun dappled the little clearing, filling the entire area with a magical glow. The simple decor – mostly handmade by Seonaid – and put up by herself and her bridesmaids the day before, only emphasized the natural beauty in which the bride and groom became husband and wife. My favourite time of the day (portraits with the bride and groom) followed the ceremony, after which the party began. And what a party. These islanders certainly know how to celebrate!
The party was so wonderful that the bride has since founded her own event planning company: Little Island Events. I could not be prouder of her. Here’s to many more smash hits of hers.
Dear Seonaid and William. Thank you for trusting me with your day. It was truly magical, and an absolute honour.
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