As a documentary wedding photographer, I approach a wedding with the mindset of a photojournalist and am on the lookout for amazing “candid” moments to build a story of an entire wedding day, giving brides and grooms and authentic retelling of their day. However, as I soon learned, we as wedding photographers usually have to wear many hats on a wedding day!
So I found out pretty quickly that my little Honda Fit car is able to fit a bride and two bridesmaids… and with room to spare. You see, the bride was about a 15-20 minute walk away from her venue but the day was hot and I didn’t want the bride Dayna to sweat like crazy just before her ceremony at Brix & Mortar! (We were at David Lam Park and it was warm that day). That’s when it dawned on me: “Why don’t *I* drive the bride up? I’m parking there anyway!” So there I was, with a client clad in her bridal gown and with her bridesmaids were in my car as we scooted up a few blocks in my little Honda Fit to Brix & Mortar. I’ve photographed a lot of weddings and this was definitely an amazing first.
That’s the kind of day it was: All kinds of amazing.
The day started at Hotel Blu, where I found the bride amidst all her bridesmaids, friends and family and getting ready, putting on makeup and eventually getting into her dress. We later met up with Nick, who saw his bride Dayna for the first time in her dress down at David Lam Park. We took a little journey through Yaletown Roundhouse and made our way (via my Honda Fit) to Brix & Mortar to begin the ceremony and the rest of the day. Stefan, who is Nick and Dayna’s lovely baby boy, made his first appearance pulled in a wagon by his grandparents. Amidst the champagne after the ceremony and into the dinner service and speeches, I found myself moving around and amidst the crowd capturing little moments that, while they were not the usual “big” moments of the wedding, were documents of the people and the day that unfolded and I know Nick and Dayna appreciated this a ton.
There was love and happiness all around and my words really can’t do justice… so here’s a visual documentation of the day.
– Documentary Wedding Photographer, Jonathan Desmond Photography