Catherine + Stefan

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone, we find it with another. 

— Thomas Merton

The moment I met Catherine and Stefan, you could see the love, thoughtfulness, and mindfulness they had for one another and those around them. Their wedding day was a beautiful expression of who they are, a true celebration along with the family and friends with whom they share life. We began the day of photography together as Catherine gave each of her bridesmaids gifts between preparations and many tributes to friendship.

The stunning VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver provided the backdrop for their ceremony under a giant willow tree near the central pond. This ceremony was filled with laughter, tears of joy, and many meaningful words spoken between and over these two as they pledged their love to one another.

After taking portraits in various locations around the garden grounds, we returned to the to the 'living hall' — an architectural centre piece at the heart of the gardens, for the reception. Cold pressed juices and locally sourced food (a few of Catherine and Stefan's favorite things) revived those weary from the mid-day sun, before glasses of wine and many heartwarming stories gave way to an evening of dancing.

When a couple each feels they've been given the finest gift in the other, it's hard not to feel so incredibly grateful to have been invited along to photograph the celebration. Congratulations, Catherine and Stefan!