wedding · Katie + Andreas · Victoria BC

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Katie and Andreas (or, as I know them, @decalsonly and @totalcomposites) are my longtime Instagram friends.

We followed each other for years before I finally learned what they looked like in person (they’re not on Team Selfie), meeting them for the first time during a 15-second walk-by at Rifflandia.

More time passed after that, with many online interactions, and the odd happenstance meeting IRL, until one day, when Katie asked if I would be their wedding photographer!

Um, OKAY!

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0001Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 32 mm · 1/500 s · f/4.5 · ISO 400

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0002Canon EOS 70D · Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM · 70 mm · 1/400 s · f/2.8 · ISO 320

After a fun engagement session with their son, Cohen, we gathered at The House of Blues, where Katie’s sister (last name of Blue) lives. Serving as both the preshow and reception venue, this beautiful house and its amazing yard were made for a wedding. And a wedding photographer.

Oh, and the “decals” portion of Katie’s IG handle? Yeah, she does that. She applied these words to this table runner on the spot, flawlessly, without putting a hair of her done-up ‘do out of place.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0003Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 28 mm · 1/5000 s · f/4.5 · ISO 1600

Also, their invites were CONCERT TICKETS. How cool are these two?

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0004Canon EOS 70D · Tamron 60mm f/2.0 macro · 60 mm · 1/125 s · f/4.5 · ISO 1600

The ringbearers were also the son-tow-ers.

This shot was captured by my trusted second shooter, Meaghan Konopaki, who always brings my stress level down while wedding-ing.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0005Canon EOS 5D Mark III · Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L · 100 mm · 1/1000s · f/2.8 · ISO 100 · Photographer: Meaghan Konopaki

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0006Canon EOS 70D · Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM · 200 mm · 1/1600 s · f/5 · ISO 400

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0007Canon EOS 70D · Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM · L/M/R: 100/135/125 mm · 1/1600 s · f/2.8 · ISO 100

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0008Canon EOS 70D · Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM · 70 mm · 1/1600 s · f/2.8 · ISO 100

Yeah, I totally put them up to this. Definitely not selfie-takers, it was the best Instagram connection I could make up for a photo.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0009Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 23 mm · 1/640 s · f/3.5 · ISO 1600

Katie’s flowers (which included, I think . . . one of every flower ever) were stunning. Oh, those colours! And it flowed so well into her succulent bracelet for the day.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0010Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/320 s · f/1.8 · ISO 100

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0012Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 31 mm · 1/160 s · f/2.8 · ISO 100

They clean up nice, but these two are outdoor/camping/roadtripping masters. One day, they might just pack everything into one of those crazy overland vehicles and nomad it across the continent.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0011Canon EOS 70D · Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM · 190 mm · 1/160 s · f/5.6 · ISO 400
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/8 power, 4′ behind subjects, remote triggered

“Here! Have a Cohen!”

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0013Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 28 mm · 1/200 s · f/4.5 · ISO 200

Definitely the coolest kids at the party.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0014Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 31 mm · 1/200 s · f/6.3 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/2 power, 4′ camera right, remote triggered

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0015Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM · 10 mm · 1/200 s · f/8 · ISO 100

Here’s another from Meaghan. While I shot the preshow with the girls, she hung with the boys, and nailed their fantastic, laid-back fashion for the day.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0016Canon EOS 5D Mark III · Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L · 35 mm · 1/1600s · f/1.8 · ISO 125 · Photographer: Meaghan Konopaki

Bestie, bride, sis, smooch.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0017Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 31 mm · 1/160 s · f/5 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II x2, 1/16 power, 4′ camera left/right, remote triggered

And one more Meaghan shot, catching the other angle while I got a shot from the left.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0018Canon EOS 5D Mark III · Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L · 35 mm · 1/160s · f/5 · ISO 100 · Photographer: Meaghan Konopaki

Mr. Blue (first name of Fred), reception host and emcee, was one of the nicest 6′ 6″ bald dudes in a kilt you’d ever want to meet, tho’ maybe not in a dark alley. Mind, he’d probably pick you up and carry you to safety.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0019Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 21 mm · 1/2500 s · f/2.8 · ISO 1600

Great spot for a reception, yes. But an even greater spot from which to shoot it.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0020Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/1600 s · f/2.8 · ISO 800

Apparently, the wedding cake was THIS GOOD.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0021Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM · 17 mm · 1/1600 s · f/3.5 · ISO 1600

Andreas is German, and the bride’s sister, Tobi, gave her speech in German. It was really well done. Only a few people in attendance had any idea what she was talking about.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0022Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 35 mm · 1/500 s · f/2.8 · ISO 1600

It was fun to capture this cutie’s moments through the day.

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0023L: Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 20 mm · 1/1600 s · f/2.8 · ISO 1600
R: Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 · 130 mm · 1/500 s · f/2.8 · ISO 1600

From my perch on the second floor balcony, and with the music blaring, I couldn’t exactly yell to Katie and Andreas to look up for a photo while everyone else was dancing. But, somehow, they detected me up there, and did exactly what I would’ve asked on their own. Ahhhhhh. =)

20160720 - Katie + Andreas-0024Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 · 130 mm · 1/500 s · f/2.8 · ISO 1600

Thanks for joining me on another wonderful wedding, and thanks to Katie and Andreas for looking up @happydesigns to capture their day.

=)

Are you planning your own day o’ love? If you or someone you know is in search of a wedding photographer, I’d love to chat!


Ceremony: Saxe Point Park
Reception: The House of Blues
Officiant: Dave Peck

Comments

  1. Kate and Andreas,
    Your big day looks like an incredible celebration. The pictures are absolutely beautiful and really show how funny, stylish, and amazing you both are. I’m so glad to see how well put together your wedding was and wish I had been there to share it with you. Love you guys.

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