Ten Glorious Years

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.

If anyone had asked me back then, or even 10 years later, if I thought I’d grow up to be a wedding photographer, I think I’d have laughed. But had anyone described to me then, what my life (not my job) looks like now, 20 years later… how, where, and with whom I’m spending my time… I think I would have said, “Well that sounds pretty freakin’ awesome.” And such has been the consequence of relentlessly pursuing a life I love, opposed to any job in particular… a career I could never have predicted, but a life I’ve always dreamed.

That started, of course, all those 20 years ago, with meeting and falling for a girl who wanted the same… a life of adventure and, consequently, whatever jobs or careers could facilitate that. And so, Erika and I kept falling into things together… love, of course, but also outdoor adventure, travel, coffee, wine, and so many other beautiful things, including photography… not as a career, at first, but as a story telling device for our travels and adventures.

Then, in May of 2008 – exactly 10 years ago – everything shifted without us or anyone knowing. Two friends got married and made the fateful decision to ask us to photograph the wedding. That, and a butterfly flapped it’s wings…

We had no idea! No idea what we were doing (sorry Tara and Joel), no idea what to expect, no idea how to light, and certainly no idea that we were forming the makings of a tiny snowball atop a steep, deep snow slope.

After that first wedding, Tarra and Joel asked us if we we’d continue to photograph more weddings. Our response was a resounding, “Fuck no!” We were so out of our element. So stressed. So challenged… all the things we’ve grown to love about wedding photography today.

If anyone had been able to look into the future and describe for us, during that first wedding, where we would be 10 years later, we simply would not have believed it. That not only would we be working as full time professional wedding photographers, but that we’d be internationally recognized as two of the best in the world, documenting wedding celebrations all around the world, photographing the weddings of world renowned photographers, teaching professional photographers all over the world, and travelling with our kids all around the globe. The very notion of any, let alone all of that would have sounded so ridiculously insane to us then. And so, we pinch ourselves almost every day now.

Our cameras have brought us to 26 countries on 6 continents. We’ve met incredible humans all around the world. We’ve witnessed the most intimate and emotional of ceremonies. We’ve experienced the craziest and wildest parties of our lives. We’ve seen the most beautiful oceans and mountains and cathedrals. We’ve observed the most beautiful relationships. And we’ve felt the most incredible love within, and between families.

We still don’t know what we wanna be when we grow up, but we know the life we wanna live… and we’re livin’ it.

Thank you, Tarra and Joel, for starting this whole crazy snowball for us. We sucked ass at your wedding, but we poured our hearts and souls into it, as we have for each and every wedding ever since (more than a hundred now).

Thank you to all our incredible couples and families who’ve believed in us and trusted us with your priceless memories. Documenting and immortalizing these momentous celebrations around the world is an honour that will forever inspire our work and our life.

To celebrate this 10 Year Anniversary, we’ve put together this little collection of some of our favourite images from the weddings we’ve been trusted with throughout the past ten years…

  • Bride in wedding dressing on mountain top with double rainbow in sky
  • Bride and groom walk down the aisle smiling
  • A bird's-eye view of father walking daughter down the aisle
  • A bride standing on a rock in the waters of Lake Louise
  • Best man gives bride strip dance and tease
  • Wedding ceremony at oceanfront with aisle mirrored
  • Bride's veil blowing in the wind
  • Silhouette of a couple running is overlaid with leaves of a plant
  • Groom and bride kiss in front of onlookers
  • Muddy high heels with leaves stuck to heel
  • Bride and groom climbing up steep mountain in wedding attire
  • Silhouettes of groomsmen drinking and smoking at beachfront bar
  • Friends helping a bride with her dress train in the washroom
  • An indian bride with mehndi designs on hands
  • Engaged couple silhouetted amongst backlit bokeh
  • Ryan Brenizer dancing at his wedding reception in Brooklyn, New York
  • Boy cries during wedding ceremony
  • Silhouette of bride and groom embracing in seawater at sunset
  • Bride, father-of-the-bride, ring bearer and flower girls at wedding processional
  • Young boy breakdancing on dance floor at wedding party
  • Bride and groom walk down the streets of Old Quebec
  • Shirtless groom spitting wine across dance floor into groomsman's open mouth with bride cheering on at Island Lake Lodge in Fernie, BC
  • Bride in underwear and veil preparing to get dressed into her wedding dress
  • Couple in love kissing with kids playing on construction site silhouetted at sunset in Thailand
  • Friends and family with hands on bride and groom praying
  • Wedding reception dance floor at dark
  • Young girl looks bored while she is getting her hair done
  • Silhouette of bride and groom in front of architecture in Brooklyn, New York
  • Lanny Mann from Two Mann Studios dancing to Michael Jackson at party
  • Man playing guitar while another man watches
  • Woman in dress laying on the floor with spots of sunlight
  • Bride and groom walk together on misty mountaintop
  • Partygoers celebrate with sparkling wine
  • Bride reaches out to hold groom's hand
  • A couple holding hands run across a hill with a rainbow in the background
  • Father shakes the hand of the groom before handing off his daughter during a wedding ceremony
  • New couple stepping on rocks with background of turquoise waters of Lake Louise and Mount Victoria
  • A bride dances excitedly on the dance floor
  • Closeup of powder being applied to a man's face
  • A couple in wedding attire embrace in front of Lake Louise, Banff
  • Groom and groomsmen crowd surfing the bride at night in the pool
  • Groomsmen tie a tie in front of a mirror
  • Bride and groom sitting in the forest in Maui, Hawaii
  • Bride and groom's excited first dance
  • Bride wipes away tears while holding groom's hand in a church
  • Bride and groom standing on top of mountain in Waterton Lakes, Canada
  • Young boy looks ahead while getting his hair done
  • Silhouette of a group of people enjoying drinks in front of a sunset
  • A bride holding groom's arm with mountains in the background
  • Couple hold each other while aurora borealis illuminates the background
  • Two men reading a note as one begins crying
  • Man drinking a beer in front of a window with reflection of smiling woman
  • Bride jumps into pool in wedding dress as people watch
  • Groom holds an umbrella for bride as they walk down the yellow line of a road
  • Bride showering with son watching
  • Chinese grandmother sitting alone at wedding ceremony
  • Groom dances with bride as partygoers watch
  • Bride and groom stand together looking at mountain range
  • Laughter in the world of light at the wedding reception
  • Woman looks into mirror as she applies eye makeup
  • Bride and groom walk together in front of puddle with mountains in the background
  • Man dances on the party floor surrounded by balloons
  • Bride and groom run together among trees and a sunset that has also been reflected
  • Woman's hair flows freely on the dance floor
  • Framed photos and in one of the reflections is the bride and a bridesmaid
  • Woman does the limbo while holding a drink
  • Couple walk along a mountain ridge with a cloudy backdrop
  • Bridesmaids and girl adjust wedding dress with reflection of bride
  • Groom holds bride as her veil blows in the wind
  • Couple embrace under road with mountains in the background
  • Man in dress shirt and bow tie dances on dance floor
  • A woman in a dress stands behind a man who is adjusting his decorative ankle accessory
  • Groom holds an umbrella for bride on a rainy day with another umbrella in the foreground
  • Woman dances with hair in her face with party lighting
  • Bride and groom on a background of Zion's steep red cliffs
  • Bride with veil attempts to drink a shot without her hands
  • Man dances enthusiastically on the dance floor
  • Silhouette of couple shrouded by tree branches is illuminated by sunlight
  • Man applying shaving cream in front of a mirror
  • Man dances on his head as the bride and groom look impressed
  • Couple embraces in front of glowing windows and falling snow
  • Bride and groom hold hands during wedding ceremony
  • Bride and groom hold hands next to lake to the backdrop of sky and mountains
  • Bride is thrown into the air by friends in a pool
  • Man in sunglasses and suit holding red envelopes
  • Bride in underwear holding her wedding dress stands in wooded area
  • Closeup of woman through her curled hair
  • Bride and groom pose in front of graffiti wall of faces
  • Hands locked, a man and girl dance
  • Through the opening of colorful umbrellas a groom holds the bride
  • Woman attempts to limbo
  • The back of a balding man's head is shown as he looks onto a body of water from a boat
  • Groom with rolled up pants holds his hand out to help bride cross a stream
  • Man pops a party cracker as partygoers watch
  • An ecstatic bride and groom walk ahead of bridesmaid and groomsmen
  • Groom holding bride in field with setting sun rays peeking through leaves
  • Excited guests crowd surf the bride to the backdrop of mountains
  • Bride and man walk through a doorway in church with stained glass windows
  • Wedding aisle showered in flower petals is blocked off with a white ribbon as a woman in heels walk across in the background
  • Bride and groom look over lake and forest, mountain landscape
  • Man looks out window to mountain environment and sees his reflection
  • Bride and groom smile in spotlight as a guest gives a speech
  • Two woman hold onto each other with intense emotion
  • Silhouette of couple holding one another in the midst of colorful lights
  • Bride display an embarrassed facial expression because of two men in their underwear
  • Silhouette of bride and groom walking across beach with palm trees and other people
  • Holding drinks, two girls dance on colorfully lit dance floor
  • Long shadows are shown as partygoers gather in a circle
  • Bride and groom embrace in front of mountain scenery as sun rays shine through clouds
  • Dark image of man shaving reflected many times
  • Partygoers close their eyes as they sing passionately
  • Woman getting her hair and makeup done while holding a mirror
  • Bride and groom walk along mountain ridge
  • During a rainy day, holding umbrellas, the groom smiles as he sees the bride
  • Bride and groom hold one another in front of mural of unicorn and wise old man
  • Bride and groom with page boy and two flower girls
  • Man wearing unbuttoned dress shirt is held across the chest by hands from behind him
  • Man in suit cleans the church aisle as wedding guests socialize
  • Shrouded by pine tree branches, a couple hold hands and the bride holds a red umbrella
  • Bride plays air guitar on the party floor
  • Groom holding bride's hand as they walk across city rooftop which is also reflected by a puddle
  • Woman applies hair product to another woman in makeup room
  • People film as a couple is seen posing through the arms of two ladies
  • Woman holds sleeping baby as woman in background have their makeup done and prepare the wedding dress
  • Couple holding hands walk together to the backdrop of snowy mountains and the cloudy sky
  • Bride and groom laugh with party guests
  • Shirtless men with woman throw their shirts into the air towards a disco ball
  • Bride and groom walk together as their shadow is cast behind them
  • Silhouette of woman holding microphone is seen next to an entertained crowd
  • Man offers hand to help bride standing on lakeside rocks as rain drops hit the water
  • Man dancing with woman performs a dip as the two laugh together
  • Bride and groom look into eyes in flowers
  • Woman with henna designs on her hands with a breakfast sandwich on her lap
  • Man standing in doorway looks excitedly at bride
  • Shrouded by the silhouette of grass, a couple walk across a beach sunset, holding hands
  • Woman cries as she hugs man
  • Woman delivers speech with man
  • Groom kisses bride during the wedding ceremony
  • Groom holds bride at dusk in front of a grove of tropical trees
  • Bride and groom hold hands and between them a priest can be seen
  • Man shaves and a reflection of a fireplace can be seen
  • Man holds woman as they walk into a body of water
  • Woman looks out window with excitement
  • Man and woman looking into each other's eyes is seen through a gap in a wall of beads
  • Boy wraps his hands around man
  • Bride and groom stand with each other under pine tree
  • Bride dances while wearing panda costume over head
  • Man and woman run through water holding umbrella to the backdrop of a rainbow
  • Man and woman wipe away tears with napkins
  • A woman's legs can be seen behind a man in squatting position
  • Bride is seen cutting the cake from one of the windows of a house
  • Woman with tears rolling down her cheek hugs man
  • Silhouette of man holding woman's hand with other individuals standing nearby in front of sunset
  • Wedding ceremony on misty mountaintop
  • Man and woman kiss in front of night city skyline
  • Man performs front flip in front of impressed guests
  • Young girl smiles as she looks at woman in wedding dress
  • Silhouette of man and woman embracing in the doorway of a wooden cabin
  • Bride wipes away tears during an emotional video call
  • Bride and man dance on brilliantly lit dancefloor
  • Bride plays air guitar on the party floor
  • Bride sits with woman in front of window opening to mountain view
  • Bride and groom look into each others eyes in front of lake and mountain scenery
  • Man closes his eyes as he dances
  • Bride and groom run across beach
  • Silhouette of people playing soccer on the beach at sunset
  • Woman has her makeup done in room with reflection of mountains
  • Bride dances with hands extended
  • Two boys fall asleep during wedding ceremony
  • Bride has drink poured into her mouth as she is held by a man in a pool
  • Intimate wedding ceremony at ocean front
  • Makeup is applied to woman's lip
  • Bride and groom look into each other's eyes in front of night city skyline
  • Bride puts her face in a friend's chest on the party floor
  • Cat looks down the stairs as a bride puts on her wedding dress
  • Bride and groom embracing in flowers
  • Have a drink while dancing
  • Silhouette of man and woman embracing in front of modern architecture
  • Girl sits upside down on woman's lap
  • Woman flips her hair as she dances
  • Silhouette of newlyweds looking at each other in seawater at sunset in St. Lucia
  • newly married couple and friends walking on the street of New York City at dusk
  • Bride and groom holding hands casts long shadow
  • Man attempts to blow out marshmallow during campfire marshmallow roast
  • Bride and groom staring out into Sandals Emerald Bay on a starry night