Let’s start at the end, in a love-filled home in Vijayawada, India, where Shreya, Erika, Mano and I are savouring delicious home-made paratha, lovingly prepared by Mano’s mom. By now, Shreya and Mano’s friends and family feel like our friends and family. Surrounding us on the walls of this home wherein Mano grew up, are picture-frames beholding historical wedding photographs from generations past. In my pocket, securely fastened to my belt loop, are memory cards containing photographic documentation of all that has transpired throughout the last 4 days … a pocket full of memories not unlike – but very unlike – the archaic wedding photos on these walls. We’re exhausted and preparing for our inter-continental commute back home … but we’re smiling … reminiscing … and dreaming, which is how it all began.
The alarms sounded at 3 AM, stirring us from dim-sum-induced slumber. Foggy confusion about where and what on Earth we were doing up at that ungodly hour gradually dissipated, as light from the Hong Kong skyline glowed upon meticulously packed camera bags. We’d traveled half way around the planet to photograph Flossie and Keith’s wedding in Hong Kong (not to be confused with Flossie and Keith’s wedding in Lake Como, photographed by the legendary Jose Villa).
Drenched in nature, friendship, and authenticity, Michelle and Jared’s laidback wedding-retreat in the woods of Bainbridge Island is everything we love about weddings, people and life. No glitz and glamour (apart from sunscreen and bug spray). No grandeur (apart from a canopy tower high up in the colossal treetops). No drama (apart from entertaining performances by their eccentric, theatrical friends). No pageantry (apart from a hilariously executed puppet show). Just genuine ‘ol fun and down-to-earth good times. Nature set the stage. Sincerely wonderful people set the vibe.
The destination wedding of Jocelyn and Sean in Maui, Hawaii was an international celebration of family, culture, friendship, and love. Sean is an architect in Dubai. Jocelyn is a speech-language pathologist and scuba diving photographer in Hong Kong. Their family reside everywhere in between. And their friends are from all over the rest of the planet. Their wedding, on the most remote islands in the world, brought them all together in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We were there with our cameras to document it.
Get a Life. Not a Job.
20 glorious years ago, as an impressionable young lad, searching for my place in this world and ever trying to figure out what the heck I wanted to be when I grow up, I read those words… Get a Life. Not a Job. Where? I can’t remember. Perhaps an army recruitment commercial? But as cliché as it may be, that motto helped shape and guide many pivotal decisions I’ve gone on to make in my life and my “job” choices. It’s what’s kept me out of office cubicles ever since. It’s what led me into careers in athletics, white water guiding, mountain guiding, ski guiding, firefighting, and then ultimately (but probably not finally), and much to my own surprise… wedding photography.
2017 was pretty awesome! We had our passports stamped in 15 countries on 6 continents, exploring the world as a family, world-schooling our kids (7 & 9 yrs), teaching workshops, and photographing weddings across the globe. Honourably, many of those were weddings of talented professional photographers from around the world. And remarkably, we were both named amongst the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World again by Fearless Photographers and One Eyeland.
Catherine and Evan’s Canmore wedding at Silvertip Resort was our first wedding of 2018 and our one and only winter wedding back home in Canada this year. More notably, it was our first and only wedding featuring a purple wedding dress! That’s right… winter wedding in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with a purple freakin’ wedding dress!! But most notably of all, this was a wedding full of beautiful moments and relationships that we’re honoured to have been a part of.
It would be a colossal understatement to describe Jen and Bruce’s wedding as simply; a wedding. It was also an experience; an adventure; a retreat; a vacation; a festival; a legend. Jen and Bruce hosted their destination wedding celebration in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The result was an experience of a lifetime for all their American friends and family!
Once upon a time, at a wedding in California, a beautiful photographer and a handsome actor were the first to arrive for the ceremony. Strangers that day, they had no way of knowing that the next time they met at a wedding, it would be their own.