ROMANTIC VICTORIA WEDDING
KRISTY AND RYAN | ROMANTIC VICTORIA WEDDING AT THE BEAUTIFUL INN AT LAUREL POINT
I had a feeling this romantic Victoria wedding would be special. Having photographed Kristy’s sister’s wedding several year prior, I knew the family and loved my time with them. And this familiarity made it super comfortable for us all during the planning and engagement photos and then the wedding itself. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, then, at how perfectly their wedding would be. But the results…I’m so in love with how the images turned out.
INN AT LAUREL POINT
They chose The Inn at Laurel Point for the venue, and if you’ve ever walked around the Victoria harbour, you’ve definitely seen or walked right past it. It’s a gorgeous area, perfectly suited for a romantic stroll with your person. Perched right on the water, overlooking downtown, and with the most amazing penthouse suite with its 270 degree balcony, well, the venue was amazing. Rumour has it that Johnny Depp was in the room just a few days before the wedding.
The wedding ceremony was held outside on the terrace, overlooking a beautiful pond, against the backdrop of the ocean. And because their friends and family were travelling to be at the wedding, they chose to keep the wedding photo portion to a minimum on the wedding day so they could spend more time with their guests. The photos would wait until the following evening, when we ventured out for our After Photo session. It turned out to be a great decision.
The wedding ceremony and reception were all held at the Inn at Laurel Point. They partied until the DJ left, then took the energy back upstairs to the top floor balcony, where they celebrated with their guests into the wee hours.
AFTER SESSION MAGIC
This should be exhibit A for why you plan an after session! Victoria is a beautiful city, and there are no shortage of gorgeous locations to be found close by. We decided to venture a little farther away so we could find some secluded beaches for the After Session. And it worked out perfectly. The sunset was gorgeous, the beach was deserted, and we found a private little area to end the evening. This kind of session is usually not possible on the wedding day – travel time is a factor and crafting the day around the sunset doesn’t always work for an optimal guest experience. So when we can arrange for an After Session, the results can be magical. (read this for more info)
Now, we had discussed this in advance…I had an idea for a few photos, and wanted to see if they would be up for it. The idea: a post wedding skinny dip! There was no hesitation in their response either. “Sure – sounds great!” And so with nobody around, and the sun slowly setting into the water, they undressed and dipped their toes into the water. Turns out, in October, the water is ridiculously cold! The actual skinny dip turned into a frolic into the shallow water, but the photos turned out great!
So thankful for adventurous couples and their willingness to go along with my creative mind. And also so very thankful to have been able to spend time with these two amazing humans, and their friends and families.
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