Val and Cameron eloped at the summit of Summit Park while their cat licked the last of their wedding cake off their plates. The ground was frozen though the grass was green, and they said vows as the night’s frost warmed into the afternoon.

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Cake: Ruth and Dean
Ceremony: Summit Park

It started in design school. Adrian sat next to Sabrina and though it would be easy to say the rest is history that isn’t really ever the case. These two brought their friends and family in a true artist’s fashion to celebrate at Braid St. Studios a beautiful gallery and studio space in New West, just outside of Vancouver.

They designed the entire day themselves, and together they created a night of memories for and with each other. I think that is what I try to do with my photography work, and I think that is why we got along so well.

Sabrina and Adrian, the longer I do this the more I appreciate what talented and wonderful people are brought into my life through photography. I’m so thankful that our paths crossed.

Big thank you to everyone who worked so hard – full vendor credits at the bottom of the post.

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Stationary: Bride and Groom
Ceremony: UBC Botanical Gardens
Reception: Braid St Studios
Catering: Nuba
Planning/Co-ordination: Heart Felt Events
Florals: Blossom and Vine Floral Co.
Donuts: The one and only Cartems

Last month Rachel Pick and I hosted an event we called The Vancouver Print Party. It was an under-the-radar kind of evening based on an idea to build community as Vancouver photographers. It was a way for us to take our work, and connections – so often in the digital sphere and make them tangible.

We invited a select group of 20 photographers in Vancouver to come and display 1-20 images from a series of photos, a portfolio, or theme that they were working on, or proud of. It was curated invite list – limited to people that we both admired from different disciplines to make sure we had a varied show.  The instructions on what to share were vague on purpose – we wanted it to be be informal  a place to gather with talented people and talk about what we work on so hard behind the screen. I shared some work from the Yukon which I’ve now curated into an online gallery, Tomasz Wagner shared some incredible X-Pan images which he signed for a few of us to take home at the end, and Andrew Querner brought spreads from a beautiful book project he is working on.

We had a night talking about the thought and process behind projects we’ve been toying away at. Alexa Mazzarello shared a part of her Dreaming Plant Series which is officially opening at the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto this week, and Janis Nicolay – brought a beautiful series of photos from Turkey breaking from the interiors she usually shoots.  It was perfect size to see everyone’s work in the flesh, and to be able to spend a little more time hearing the stories behind the frames and the motivations that they stemmed from.

Lens and Shutter Photo came out with the support of Canon Canada to print large format photos on site for everyone to take home as a favour, Faculty Brewing beer was flowing, and Make Studios provided the backdrop.

Thank you to everyone who came out I know there is a few I missed mentioning above. I’m still on a high, and so thankful to have met, and shared the room with such great artists.

It was exactly what we hoped for; a night of community, and art. A success.

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  • Sachin Khona - Sounds incredible T. Congrats to you and Rach for pulling off a successful event!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Nickerson - This looked amazing. We so want to be part of the next one. Sad that we were out of town and had to miss it, but also happy to be travelling. Bittersweet. 😉ReplyCancel

These posts start as a blank page; for Aliya and John I had thousands of pictures I could have filled it with.

I spent four separate days photographing them last year. Four days may not seem like a long time in the scheme of getting to know a person, but in the context of a wedding I think it is. When a group of people come together there is reminiscing of the past, and there is stories to recount from the time spent apart. I heard bits and pieces from every corner of Aliya and John’s life. Jokes from their siblings from childhood, and well wishes from their co-workers.

They spent the final night of their wedding celebrations surrounded by age old stories in Casa Loma’s library room  and it was there that Aliya’s two best friends told a story in their speech, that I surprisingly already knew.

They shared a small excerpt from children’s book The Little Prince. 

“For me you are only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you have no need of me, either. For you I’m only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me and I’ll be the only fox in the world for you.”

“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”

“To establish ties?”

….

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 “People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

I now have had the pleasure of knowing Aliya and John, four days of ties. With that knowledge of two people’s story, intertwined together, I became responsible for telling the truth of their story in a way that is unique in the world.

As always, but especially for Aliya and John it was a privilege.

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All-Star Team that helped make these four days worth telling stories about for years to come.

Planner: Biji Planning 
Decor: Sara Baig Designs
Videography: Patrick Hodgson 
Stationary: Paper & Poste

Second shooters: Brian Van Wyk and Aamer Kapadia