wedding · Sarah + Philip · Mill Bay BC

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20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0001Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
150 mm · 1/320 s · f/2.8 · ISO 400

My last wedding of the year, and one of my more laughter-filled. These two were a hoot.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0002

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I’ll detail something old: Sarah’s granny’s bible.

Being unable to travel from Alberta for the wedding, granny sent her bible, and it was with Sarah the whole time.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0003Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
11 mm · 1/200 s · f/11 · ISO 100

This was the first wedding and reception I’ve ever shot at the same place, the beautiful Pine Lodge Farm.

As lovely as the surroundings were, with everything from their lovely pond, distant mountains, towering forests, and old fashioned town façade, I decided to chauffer the kids to a couple of spots not too far from the farm for their formals.

One of them was this fascinating marriage of nature and shipwreck off Mill Bay Road.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0004Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
20 mm · 1/80 s · f/6.3 · ISO 200

Half staged, half not. All cute.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0005Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
93 mm · 1/400 s · f/8 · ISO 400

Lookit these two, wouldja??!?

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0006Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Tamron 60mm f/2.0 macro
60 mm · 1/400 s · f/5.6 · ISO 800

This lovely cakery creation was made by a young lady by the name of Sarah Green who was a guest at Lara + Rob’s wedding, a bridesmaid at Jenna + Brady’s wedding, a guest and cupcake-tower-maker at Lindsay +Robert’s wedding . . . and she recommended me to Sarah + Philip.

So, not only am I grateful to her for her recommendation, I’m grateful to her for her amazing pastry chef-ing abilities.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0007Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
70 mm · 1/500 s · f/5.6 · ISO 800

Making it official.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0008Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
15 mm · 1/200 s · f/8 · ISO 200

The boys break out their special bottle of scotch.

Not shown: the group shot where the boys are all taking sips from their glasses while Sarah takes a swig straight from the bottle.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0009Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
10 mm · 1/200 s · f/11 · ISO 200
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/4 power, on-camera

There was this lovely field just away from Pine Lodge Farm which I thought would be perfect for a photo, despite the sign right at the property line which says, in big, red letters: NO TRESPASSING. NO PUBLIC ACCESS. DO NOT ENTER.

For the 30 seconds we were a foot onto the property, I half expected sirens to go off, guard dogs to come racing across the field, and a net to drop on us from the sky.

Thankfully, none of that happened. Much obliged, field owner!

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0010Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
10 mm · 1/80 s · f/5.6 · ISO 100
Strobist: Canon 430EX II, 1/4 power, on-camera

October is the new August, and boy, were we ever warm after our jaunt around Mill Bay for formals.

So, with much glee, they accepted my offer of a Big Cool at the Mill Bay Co-op Gas Centre.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0011Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
125 mm · 1/500 s · f/5 · ISO 800

This is Fiona, caught at one of the rare moments where she didn’t have a smile beaming from her face.

But, you can’t blame her; she was in to her flowers.

20121023 - Sarah + Philip-0012Canon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
70 mm / 70 mm / 200 mm · 1/2500 s · f/8 · ISO 800

I call this one: “We’re husband and wife!” / “Aw, c’mere, ya big lug!” / *smoochie*

Thanks for joining me on my recap through Sarah + Philip’s special day.

Wedding photography is a funny thing. I couldn’t actually recommend it to another photographer. The pressure is huge, the physical and mental output is non-stop, the moments are unrepeatable, and the post-production time is immense . . . but, for some reason (likely my higher-than-average daily sugar intake), I absolutely thrive on it.

I love shooting weddings so very much, and my couples make it all so worth it. Cliché as it sounds, every wedding I shoot is very special to me for different reasons.

This time ’round, I don’t recall laughing (out loud, to the sideways glances of my wife and daughter) so much while going through wedding photos as I did with Sarah + Philip’s, and I’m so glad they chose me to capture their day.

=)


Hair: Janice and Chelsea of O’Hair’s At The Loft
Ceremony and reception: Pine Lodge Farm
Officiant: Pastor Mark Buchanan
Catering: Goldstream Catering
Cake: Sarah Green
DJ: Dennis Comeau of DC Canned Music

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