Updated: Dec 6, 2020
Campbell River Wedding Photographer
For Frankie & Adrian Forest's 40 Knots Winer Wedding
Wedding season started out with a bang as I had my first wedding photography shoot on July 12th, 2020. Like most weddings this year, it was downsized quite a bit. But that just made for a more relaxed environment as the two were surrounded by the family members they hold closest.
At 40 Knots Winery, they have a large room upstairs overlooking the vineyard. This makes for the perfect place to get ready with the girls, or just have some drinks on the patio with friends and family before the real excitement of the day begins.
2020 Smaller Weddings
I just want to say this for anyone getting married this year or early next year - and those of you that are disheartened by the fact that you have to un-invite friends and family to your day. Before this wedding, I was hearing that couples actually loved having smaller weddings when all was said and done. And I can now say, I understand completely. Frankie and Adrian didn't have to worry about what their guests were doing or if all these additional 'large wedding' details were taken care of. They were able to relax, and actually spend time with each person that attended the wedding.
Now I love being a Campbell River Wedding Photographer travelling all across Vancouver Island for large weddings, but I have now seen first hand the value and stress free environment that comes with a smaller wedding. But I digress..
The Wedding Ceremony
It was time. The parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members were patiently waiting for the bride and groom to walk down the isle of the beautiful covered area at 40 Knots Winery.
First, Adrian and his brother showed up, followed by a roar of cheering family members. When the song changed, the bride was next. She and her dad walked down the stairs from her private room, and made their way toward the isle. Every few seconds, you could see them walking through the trees which built up the anticipation. And finally, the two were together. Can you tell how happy these two were?
Because this winery is open to wine tastings, there were guests sitting at tables a short ways away from the ceremony area. A hush moved over that crowd as everyone was emotional at the wedding taking place - even from a distance.
James Latour, wedding celebrant, was fantastic. He kept it light, humorous, and above all else, personal. It was a joy to listen to, and I would highly recommend him.
Family Wedding Photos
As a wedding photographer, I like to be one part 'fly on the wall,' one part 'best friend.' I photograph what is naturally occurring, but of course everyone loves those classic family photos at a wedding. After the ceremony, the family congratulated the couple and then off we went for family photos.
We kept it quick and easy here. After finding a nice area in the shade, we lined everyone up and got about 100 photos done within 15 minutes. I want to make sure family members or guests have time to enjoy each other's company, not sit and watch photos being taken for hours. This is how they turned out!
The Newly Weds
Time to get romantic. Now that the mingling and family photos were finished, I took these two for a romantic stroll through the vineyards. This time was for the couple, where they could take a breath and be together, for the very first time, as newly weds.
I find that couples often think they will be nervous in front of a camera or awkward, but just being in love and excited with your partner make for those amazing wedding photos. Frankie and Adrian were naturals. They were in their own world together, laughing the entire time. The way these two look at each other..
The rest of the wedding day consisted of sweet family moments, a trip to the beach, and then a BBQ feast.
These two were infatuated with each other the entire day, I mean if it isn’t obvious enough.
I also want to give a shout out to the amazing people who helped make this wedding possible.
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