When I first met Lindsay and Ryan, I was blown away by what good down to earth people they are, and we hit it off almost immediately. After they left, I checked my calendar to make sure I had their date open, but to my dismay, the date was already reserved for another couple. We had failed to update our calendar that week and thought we had Lindsay and Ryan’s date available. It really sucked having to email Lindsay to let her know that we actually weren’t available to photograph their wedding, but she was totally understanding and gracious as I offered to refer them to some other photographer friends. I was bummed out to say the least. A little while later, they emailed me back and told me that they had changed their wedding date! This time, I triple checked my calendar and I was indeed available! I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to have a couple change their wedding date! I just remember feeling so honored and excited about being part of their wedding day. When the day finally came, the weather was not perfect, but there was something about the light that morning that was just perfect for Lindsay’s sparkling personality. It wasn’t too intense and yet, felt just bright enough to make her hair, makeup, and jewelry glimmer with perfect clarity.
Ryan and Lindsay exchanged note cards and Ryan had a really special gift for Lindsay; it was an iPad with their engagement photo as a background, and with what he wrote in the note, she just couldn’t hold back those happy tears. It was a special moment also captured by Steve Tan Videography.
It really sucked that it rained most of the day, but the location we picked out for photos was perfect given the conditions. One good thing about the cooler weather was that I could stop worrying about Ryan overheating from the hot temperature. At times it felt like the rain would never stop, but it did. The clouds opened and the sun peeked out at the perfect time and we got several sunny photos as a result – our timing was near perfect.
The Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport in Richmond was elegantly decorated as usual. There was a brief Chinese tea ceremony before cocktails and canapes and I think the one of the hits of the evening was the fun candy table they put out for the guests to devour. There was also a photo booth and personalized picture frames gives out to the guests to fill out their own photobooth photos.
The speeches that evening were heartfelt and the one I recall most clearly was Ryan’s dad’s message. It was real, from the heart, and truly emotional. Ryan’s brother offered a little comic relief with his speech, and just about every speech confirmed what I’ve always felt about Lindsay and Ryan – that is, what good people they are. The games that evening were fun to watch, especially the music chairs game the got almost everyone into the act at one point or another. It was a beautiful wedding day capped off by a truly amazing dance party that evening.
Lindsay and Ryan were married at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish in Richmond; Lindsay’s gorgeous make-up was done by Ai Nagasawa; some special fine jewelry pieces were designed by local jeweler, Elsa Corsi; The amazing flower bouquets and decorative venue arrangements were masterly crafted by the ever talented CC Roa; Ryan had a special pair of Jack Purcell Converse shoes saved for the wedding; and amazing dance music (including solo jazz sax during cocktail hour) that filled the dance floor with both young and elder alike was performed by the talented Vancouver DJ, Paolo Mesto from Audio Edge.