After an amazing 2022 wedding season - it's time I start sharing the backlog of gorgeous weddings I've captured! We're starting off oh-so-strong with Carrie and Dan's stunning early September wedding. They tied the knot at the UBC Botanical Gardens in Vancouver BC, opting for a refined minimalistic event. The setting and styling couldn't have been more perfect, although the weather that morning left a lot to be desired. Classic Vancouver, right? 

The day began at Carrie's family home. Her parents and her besties were all there with her. Everyone did their best to ignore the weather, even though it was torrentially raining outside. They shared champagne and stories about their university days, while slowly getting ready. Carrie is so thoughtful and giving - she wrote letters to her bridesmaids along with sweet gifts! She wrote the most lovely card to me too, which I'm still holding on to! The girls and Carrie's mom helped her into her stunning fitted gown, with her handpicked complimenting accessories. Some time later, the weather settled and we all made our way to the venue. Once there, we began with a first look. It was such a beautiful and emotional start to their wedding, and always something I recommend. After some quality time together, they shared their vows privately. They both felt that sharing private vows would allow them to be totally vulnerable, and it was truly so special to witness. From there, the couple went back to spend quality time with their wedding party while guests slowly began to arrive.

Carrie is a very talented and well-known food blogger. Naturally, great food and great drinks played a key role in the wedding. They opted for a range of delicious canapés, as well as an aburi sushi station. Everything was local, fresh and delicious. The aesthetic in their tent was raw linen with pops of fresh summer colors. The ceremony was held in a beautiful garden setting, and the vibes were high. You can tell that Carrie and Dan are one of those couples who are so well loved by their whole community. Everyone was thrilled to be there, celebrating the newlyweds. Dan's longtime friend officiated, which was a great touch. Since we did all their wedding party and family portraits before the ceremony, after that - everyone ate, drank + mingled into the night. The couple's friend who is a talented DJ kept the mood high with 90's hip hop throwbacks.

Overall, Carrie and Dan's early September wedding was a truly beautiful and memorable event. The couple's love for each other shone through in every aspect of the day, and their friends and family were thrilled to be a part of such a special occasion. So much love for Carrie and Dan, and their whole crew!

Carrie + Dan

UBC Botanical Gardens