A Vancouver Art Gallery Wedding | Amy & Tim

Amy and Tim's wedding earlier this Fall was a beautifully elegant affair.  Held at the historic Vancouver Art Gallery, catered by Vancouver's top-notch Culinary Capers, and organized by Alicia Keats Weddings & Events, the day was lively and fun very from the start. Amy and Tim chose to do a "first look" inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where many of their guests were staying. The couple were simply lovely together - very sweet and romantic - and clearly adoring each other! They both have fabulous families, with lots of kids, who were fun to photograph throughout the day. The bridal party were also lovely to be with, and gave the creative session lots of life. The Vancouver Art Gallery was simply stunning with the addition of a strawberry art installation at the top of the rotunda which added drama and brilliant colour to the ceremony. Amy looked completely gorgeous in her Monique Lhuillier gown, and Tim looked dashing as the groom waiting for his bride.

Culinary Capers did a fabulous job of wowing everyone with their edibles during the cocktail reception and then again at dinner, and we were so impressed by the "tiniest speeches" of the evening - by Amy and Tim's niece and nephew! As always, it was a breath of fresh air to work with Alicia and her team - they just make everything run so smoothly. The after-dinner segment of the wedding was taken care of by SideOne - a very entertaining evening of music and dancing.

We loved your Vancouver Art Gallery wedding, Amy and Tim - and we look forward to many more exchanges with you over the coming months!

Credits:

Ceremony and Reception// Vancouver Art Gallery Officiant // Gordon How Musicians // Yaletown String QuartetSide OneGoby Catt Wedding Gown // Monique Lhillulier - Bisou Bridal Wedding Shoes // Jimmy Choo Jewellery // Jenny Packham - Bisou Bridal Makeup // MAC - brideMink Makeup - bridal party Floral Design // Laura - Kits Market Cake // The Uncommon Cake Decor // Party Art Design Hair // Julien Grenier Salon - brideMink Makeup and Hair - bridal party Caterer // Culinary Capers Planner // Alicia Keats Weddings & Events

Photography by Randal Kurt and Aimée Makris for Randal Kurt Photography.

A Sechelt Wedding | Camilla & David

Although Sechelt is a mere hop, skip and jump from Vancouver, it feels like an entirely different world. It would be incredibly cliche to say that Camilla and David's wedding was "out of this world", but honestly, there were so many cool moments to this day, it's difficult to describe it any other way. The day greeted us all with sunny, blue skies - so different from the rainstorm that had rocked the tiny town the day before - and was it hot! It started the way all weddings do - the preparation of the guys (we loved the kilts and the fine Tequila!) and the girls (so adorable and fun together!) in separate houses - then it was on to the ceremony site, "Grumpy Cat Cottage", which sat at the edge of the water and had an incredible view of the mountains. The setting was absolutely beautiful - and to hear the sound of the bagpipes as David made his way down the long driveway was both peaceful and moving.

The altar, under which the couple were married, was sculpted by Camilla's uncle, and was a wedding gift to them. Another special touch was the ceremony given by Camilla and David's good friend, Jane. The ring bearer carried the rings on a Quatchi pillow - a special piece of Olympic memorabilia for Camilla and David - and one that holds fond memories for them.

After the ceremony, and a few canapes and beverages, we whisked the wedding party away for the creative session at nearby Sargeant Bay - where we captured images against the backdrop of Sechelt Peninsula. We loved the variety the terrain gave us to photograph - brown grasses, green forestry, stunning blue water and a rocky beachfront!

The reception was held back in Sechelt at the Seaside Centre, beautifully decorated by Camilla and David's friends and family. Amid good food, touching and funny speeches, and some wild dancing(!), the couple celebrated the night away with their guests from near and far.

Credits:

Ceremony // Grumpy Cat Cottage Reception // Seaside Centre Officiant // Jane Halton - Young, Hip and Married Musicians // Armadillo String Quartet, Shawn Pinder - Bagpipes (friend) Wedding Gown // Isabelle's Bridal Jewellery //  Jiliaev Jewelry Makeup and Hair// Christina Visser Makeup/Tara Porter of Hair Matters Floral Design // Gibson's Florist Cake // Ganache Patisserie Decor // Julia Burgess (sister)

Camilla and David's Sechelt wedding was photographed by Randal Kurt and assisted by Meralon Shandler for Randal Kurt Photography.

A Coal Harbour Wedding | Nicole & Mike

One of the amazing things about our job, is that we're often asked to photograph multiple siblings' weddings in the same family - that was the case with the Malamas family this year.  In 2008, we photographed Maryann's wedding, then in 2011, it was Stephanie's turn - this summer, we photographed Nicole's beautiful day - and met her sisters' new babies! Nicole and Mike wanted an intimate wedding that reflected their fun personalities, the beautiful summer colours, and a view to show off Vancouver to their guests.  Coal Harbour definitely achieved that - the area is lovely, and showcases the Vancouver skyline extremely well.  The surrounding flowers and gardens gave the creative session a perfect background for the couple and their wedding party - Nicole and Mike's attendants were fun ad engaging and clearly had close relationships with the couple, which made for lots of great interaction between the four friends.

One thing that really surprised us, was the appearance of a former colleague of Randal's from his hi-tech days, Wendy Yacboski.  Wendy was the officiant for the couple (she did a fabulous job!), and Randal had a moment of his "two lives merging into one"!

The reception featured Vancouver-based caterer, Savoury City - headed by the wonderful Donna Wadsworth and her team, the guests feasted on tasty-looking canapés and a buffet of fine foods.  We loved the cupcake display and the colourful array of icing, which matched the colours and mood of the day.  Nicole and Mike looked completely happy and joyous throughout the entire day - we really enjoyed capturing their looks, their sense of humour, and their sweetness together.

Credits:

Ceremony & Reception // Coal Harbour Communnity Centre
Officiant // Wendy Yacboski Musicians //
Harpist - Mike's Aunt Wedding Gown // Isabelle's Bridal
Wedding Shoes // Nine West
Makeup // Pamper Me Pretty
Floral Design // Bridal Beginnings
Cake // Cupcakes
Decor // Bridal Beginnings/Lonsdale Event Rentals
DJ // Byron James

Photography by Randal Kurt for Randal Kurt Photography. Special thanks to Katerina Stavrakis for assisting us on Nicole and Mike's day!

A Whistler Wedding on the Lake | Pam & Adam

The dress clings to the hanger ready for Pam to slip in to, neatly-typed vows to each other lie on the bed, fresh petals make up her bouquet...and so the details of the wedding day are created. This "getting ready" part of the day is always filled with an excited kind of energy - an anticipation of things to come... Pam and Adam wanted to see each other for the first time before the ceremony - we love this intimate time with a couple.  It's romantic, and quiet, and funny, and there are often tears. Outside their hotel was the perfect spot - gorgeous surroundings and a secluded area to meet and adore each other.

We love opportunities to photograph weddings in Whistler - it's a fabulous location for weddings because of the built-in beauty and majesty of the mountains and lakes. It was our first opportunity to photograph at Niklaus North - its location and view of Green Lake was just beautiful. Pam and Adam's wedding had a similar feel to that of another couple's wedding that happened in Mexico in early 2012 (Britta and Chris) - this was where we first met them!  Of course, Mexico was missing the "mountain and lake" scenery, but as far as weather and water, it felt very much the same. Must be something special between these friends :)

We also loved the first dance on the terrace - so much emotion stored up from the day - this is when fathers and daughters, and sons and mothers have time to unite and really acknowledge each other.  We love the looks that were given across the dance floor - it shows wonderful family connection.

Of course, there is so much more to the wedding than what we've written here - but we hope it has brought back lovely memories for those who attended - and for those who were not able to.  Please enjoy some highlights from their day...

Pam and Adam's Whistler Wedding
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Cedits:

Ceremony // Nicklaus North Golf Course Reception // Nicklaus North Golf Course Officiant // Devin Smith Wedding Gown // Maggie Sorrento Wedding Shoes // Nine West Floral Design // Senka Florist Cake // Sugar Momma Pastries DJ // Trax DJ Service

Photography by Randal Kurt and Aimée Makris for Randal Kurt Photography.

A Langley Golf & Banquet Centre Wedding | Nichole & Jeff

We’re thrilled to feature Nichole and Jeff’s wedding day, as captured by our talented Associate Photographer, Aimée. We had such fun on Nichole and Jeff's wedding day! They created a really timeless, elegant feel to their wedding, which was reflected in Nichole's dress and the gorgeous pearls given to her by Jeff's Grandmother. It was a really nostalgic touch, which we personally love because it brings so much meaning to the day. And Nichole looked stunning in them!

Another wonderful touch was that all the bridesmaids were Nichole's sisters - it was touching to see not only the family resemblance, but the closeness between the four girls. We loved photographing them getting ready together in the morning and seeing the dynamics emerge!  It was true girl craziness, including Mom, in that room!

Nichole and Jeff wanted to do a "First Look", which we always find really special and intimate. It's a wonderfully quiet time between a bride and groom-to-be, and we love capturing the looks of pure pleasure and excitement as they see each other for the first time. It was clear that Jeff completely adores his bride - his looks of enamour towards her were quite astounding! Derby Reach Farm in Langley was the perfect spot for it - the surrounding green grass and historic houses added an old-world charm.

The ceremony was held on the lawn of the Langley Golf Course, with the reception following inside. Speeches were made, tears were shed and laughter was heard as the couple and their guests journeyed their way through the reception. At the end, there was a very happy crowd and an even happier couple - and we couldn't be happier for them.  Congratulations, Nichole and Jeff - and thank you for the honour of capturing your day!

Check out some of our favourite highlights from their wedding:

 Nichole and Jeff's Langley Golf Centre Wedding
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Credits:

Ceremony // Langley Golf and Banquet Centre Reception // Langley Golf and Banquet Centre Officiant // Ann Campbell Wedding Gown // The Bridal Gallery Floral Design // Blumen Cake // Ana-Luz Cobon DJ // Chad Berger

Many thanks to Katerina who assisted Aimée on this wedding day.

Photography by Aimée Makris and Katerina Stavrakis for Randal Kurt Photography.