Nanaimo Wedding Photographers Steve & Courtney Julien Vancouver Island Weddings: Blog http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog en-us (C) Nanaimo Wedding Photographers Steve & Courtney Julien Vancouver Island Weddings julienphotography@me.com (Nanaimo Wedding Photographers Steve & Courtney Julien Vancouver Island Weddings) Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:16:00 GMT Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:16:00 GMT http://www.julienphotography.ca/img/s/v-5/u670858026-o287902366-50.jpg Nanaimo Wedding Photographers Steve & Courtney Julien Vancouver Island Weddings: Blog http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog 120 24 Cuckoo Trattoria Wedding {Graham & Carly} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/2/cuckoo-trattoria-wedding-graham-carly Cuckoo Trattoria Wedding {Graham & Carly}

Carly & Graham's wedding day was the perfect winter day! Just cold enough, with some golden sun glittering off the snow - and NO RAIN! Every time we photograph Carly & Graham - it's always a pretty good adventure...for their engagement session, we ferried over to Gabriola, then took a tiny boat to Mudge Island and spent the day roaming around! For their wedding day - there was snow, a huge adventure in itself on a wedding day - but it also meant we absolutely had to take a trip up "Little Mountain" in Errington for some incredible, epic views! We were so grateful that these two were game to go cliffside for some beautiful images!!

We loved the emotion from Carly & Grahams day, and along with Italian feel of Cuckoo's, the great food, awesome friends & family, and a amazing laughs - it made for the perfect day! Congratulations Carly & Graham!

 

Check out the slideshow from their gorgeous day (just make sure your volume is on, and select 1080p)...

 

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Our Top 2017 Wedding Posts http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/12/our-top-2017-wedding-posts Our Favourite Wedding Blogs To Date December 2017

 

If you are newly engaged or just love looking at stunning wedding photos - you're in the right place! We have compiled a list of our favourite busy blog posts that have helped our couples with their wedding planning! From help planning to researching venues to what to ask your photographer and some of the most stunning weddings you have seen on Vancouver Island we have had alot of traffic to our blog this year! Without further ado here are some of our Top blog posts from 2017!

#1 5 Unique Ways to Make Your Wedding Stand Out!

If your'e looking for some unique and memorable ways to make your day, this post is a MUST! It has helped loads of couples this year to discover some amazing things to incorporate on their big days...

Tips to Make Your Day Stand Out!

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#2 Tigh-Na-Mara Spotlight 

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Tigh-Na-Mara is one of Vancouver Islands most popular wedding resorts! So if you are curious about why Tigh-Na-Mara hosts so many weddings...check out the link below

Tigh-Na-Mara Spotlight

#3 Mount Washington Wedding Spotlight

When you think about an Island Wedding, your first thought might be the beach and ocean! But we've got tons more beautiful locations! If you think you might like your wedding on the top of the world, then you should see our Mount Washington Post below!

Mount Washington Spotlight

#4 Rainy Day Wedding Tips

Being a location photographer on Vancouver Island is not without its weather challenges! See how we are getting well known for delivering the most amazing rainy day wedding photos!

Rainy Day Weddings

#5 Cuckoo's Coombs Wedding Spotlight

Food, Wine & Italian Feel! One of the biggest perks of our job is getting to eat some of the best food offered on Vancouver Island, and feel like we're escaping under the Tuscan sun! We'd be remiss if we didn't write a blog post on "Cuckoo's Italian Trattoria" - it not only has some of the best food on the Island, but the stunning location with its Italian theme is sure to make your day!

Cuckoo's Spotlight

#6 Costal Cakes Spotlight

Cake! As we mentioned above we love our food! So after an amazing meal what is better than having an amazing cake? Sweet treats from Costal Cake Company several times through the year is like Christmas - every time...

Coastal Cake Company

#7 Epic Engagements!

One unique thing we offer is our "Epic Engagements"! From bungy jumping & cruiser bikes, to sailing and baseball - we sit down with our couples and tailor an epic day of taking photos of our couples doing what they love!

Epic Engagement Session

#8 5 Questions To Ask Your Potential Wedding Photographer

 Typically, people only meet with a professional portrait photographer once or twice in a lifetime - so it is no surprise that couples might not know the right questions to ask their potential wedding photographers! Find out what you should ask your photographer here...

Top 5 Questions for Your Photographer

#9 Merridale Cobble Hill Wedding Venue Spotlight 

 One of the most popular wedding themes is farmhouse/rustic chic, and the best venue for that is Merridale Cider Works! A cute barn, rows of apple trees and family style dining all come together to create a unique memorable wedding experience here!

Merridale Spotlight

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#10 Help Choosing Your Bridal Party

Choosing your bridal party is such an important part of the planning process! We've got some amazing tips to help you choose a bridal party as fabulous as you!

Choosing Your Bridal Party

BONUS...

#11 Our Huff Post Snowy Wedding Photo

 Winter post! Here is a fun quick link to see our favourite snowy wedding photo that was featured on the Huff Post...

Snowy Weddings in the Huff Post

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Vancouver Island Engagement Photos Mark & Charlie http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/11/vancouver-island-engagement-photos-mark-charlie Vancouver Island Engagement {Mark & Charlie}

For Mark & Charlie's Epic Engagement Session we did a few things...everyone loves a little bit of dirt...so we got ourselves throughly dusted up at the baseball diamond, racked up a few laps and threw a few balls around! Mark & Charlie are huge Blue Jay's fans, and had some sweet custom t-shirts made up with their wedding date on them too! From the ball diamond, we wandered the lush forest of Goldstream Park all the way up to the waterfalls and back! 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips if it Rains on Your Wedding Day! http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/10/Vancouver-Island-rainy-wedding-photography 5 Tips if it Rains on Your Wedding Day!

While planning your wedding, did you or have you had the unwanted thought..."What if it rains on my wedding day?"...And then maybe panicked? Don't worry! You are not alone, and It's not just something we here on Vancouver Island worry about! The possibility that it might sprinkle, drizzle or even pour on your wedding day is there - and you can't control the weather! You might be tempted to worry, but we're here to let you know - you shouldn't! First, we're going to tell you that rain can make for some pretty stunning images, you just might need some umbrellas... With off season weddings starting here on Vancouver Island, we wanted to share our TOP 5 tips for celebrating your wedding day - even if it rains! After personally photographing dozens of rainy weddings our first tip can be hard, to do but it is the most important!

Vancouver Island wedding photography by Julien Photography based out of Nanaimo B.C.

 

1. If You've Got Lemons Make lemonade. . . (A.K.A Having a Positive Attitude)!

We know the pressure, expectations and all the last minute adjustments you may have to make on the day if it rains, but if you are prepared, so are most venues and professional photographers with a rain plan! Surrounding yourself with people that can make lemons into lemonade is huge! 

We decided a long time ago that if we remain positive in any situation, there is a good chance that it will be a positive experience! You cannot change the weather - no matter how hard you try! We know it might not have been what you planned or hoped for, but the best way to make it the amazing day you dreamt of is to celebrate the weather!

Here are a few Positive things to keep in mind if the weather is less than stellar...

Umbrellas: Thats right...the umbrella that has been collecting dust in the corner gets some use! We love umbrellas, they frame your faces and makes your photos instantly POP! They're a great photo accessory! You can use them for your entire bridal party, or you can cuddle up under them, just the two of you to keep warm!

Closeness: The rain brings you both closer taking together hold each other keep warm hid under something it is an awesome photo opportunity. Also Having your guests all under one roof/tent keeps everyone huddling together chatting, mingling and sharing a memorable time.

Own It: Some of the most dramatic, awe inspiring, beautiful images happen when you throw caution to the rain and jump out in it - with or without the umbrella! 

Memorable: Rainy weddings are a little more unique than your typical sunny wedding, and you will always have an exciting story to tell about your wedding day! 

Rain Adds Drama to Photos: We love the way the background pops with rain drops glowing behind you! Just find a professional photographer that can really bring out those rain drops with proper lighting!

 

2. Waterproof/Sealed Make-Up

Aside from the fact you might cry a little, or a lot on your big day, water proof/air brush sealed make up is a fabulous thing! Chat with your make-up artist about how to create a beautiful, streak free, rain proof look! We know Jessica Churcher Makeup Artistry even has a personal all day coverage package to keep your look flawless all day! 

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3. Backup Photo Location:

Where should you go for the hour or two for your epic wedding photos? Maybe you had planned having your  photos at the beach, but suddenly the idea of being on the beach in a rain storm is the last place you want to be, especially if it is going sideways! Of course you can choose to brave the storm like Tannis and Nick (they ended up with a rainbow!) However if you want to be a little less soaked, lets plan on some buildings and architecture, with overhangs! Perhaps in the city, downtown, parkades, a farm house, dense forest, winery! 

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4. BACKUP: Ceremony/Reception Location, Equipment & TENTS!

This is so important! We are prepared to shoot anything in the rain and bring backup equipment, as even our weather sealed cameras may need a break with our storms! We are prepared with backups, are you? Is your venue? Check with your providers and see if they have a rain plan and how much notice they need! Here are our 5 favourite central Vancouver Island wedding venues and how they handle rainy weddings:

a) Tigh-Na-Mara changed a whole gazebo outdoor ceremony around with 30 minutes notice to a undercover garden patio ceremony! Now that is service! 

b) Nanaimo Golf Club saved the day by bringing in the ceremony inside! The reception room has great lighting and big bay windows that help to create a beautiful ceremony!

c) Mount Washington: Conditions change on the mountain fast! We have seen rain, snow, fog and sun, while all our brides have powered through the weather with outdoor ceremonies, Raven Lodge is ready for your day to move in! The best part? You still get that stunning view of Forbidden Plateau!

d) Cuckoos: For smaller wedding under 100,  Chef Fausto and his team can transform the dining room or the upstairs ceremony site for your day! Cuckoo's also has some amazing indoor spots and overhangs for your photos, and its easy to sneak in to warm up!

e) Merridale: Their permanent event tent is setup year round and has saved the day a few times now! No worries here, lots of opportunities for undercover areas photos.

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5. Jacket, Shoes & Dry Clothes

While we're out dancing in the rain, we want you to stay warm and keep your feet dry! While we're working at getting things set up, you can stay cozy in your coats, and dry shoes! Because we don't always see your shoes in an image, you can wear those waterproof Hunter boots with warm socks under your gown! If we need you back in the heels, we always carry them with us! Your groom might want to bring a dry version of his shirt and socks too, just in case. Steve always does and we can't tell you enough how nice it is to put on dry socks and a shirt at your reception!

We do everything we can to make sure you stay dry and have a great time on your big day, but sometimes we just have to go out in the rain and make the best of it! Hopefully these tips will help you prepare for the possibility of rain on your big day, and feel more comfortable with it!

Here are 10 inspirational rainy wedding photos to help keep your spirits high!

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Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Mark & Lisa} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/9/tigh-na-mara-wedding-mark-lisa Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Mark & Lisa}

And the award for cutest couple goes to...MARK & LISA!! Yes...we give out those kinds of awards! There were so many amazing things that happened at these guys' wedding, things that you don't think about until you've been to a few weddings!

First off, Lisa made her way down the aisle by herself, and when she got to the last step - Mark came and gave her his arm. Sigh. It made me tear up. I don't know how I'm supposed to do my job with these kinds of things happening! Then we had the best clouds in the sky that you have ever seen! They were streaking across the blue backdrop, then clumping and clustering - and I know you're probably thinking so what they're just clouds - but for us they're part of the art in an image! We LOVE clouds, and we're constantly commenting on how awesome they look from day to day! And then when we got to the reception room at Tigh-Na-Mara, they had the head table set up in a way that just made the space! Add to all of the above one of the sweetest couples we've had the pleasure of working with - and you have a complete recipe for a perfect day!

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Campbell River Wedding {Cody & Alissa} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/campbell-river-wedding-cody-alissa Campbell River Wedding {Cody & Alissa}

This was bar none, one of the rainiest weddings of all times! The rain was relentless...although somewhat expected on the West Coast, we were still shocked! That being said, it was also one of the most beautifully decorated, down to earth wedding celebrations we've had the pleasure of being part of! Cody & Alissa had an Alice in Wonderland meets a MidSummer Nights Dream theme for their day - and Decorate Victoria & Lavish Engagements made it happen!! At the last minute, we had to move the ceremony into the warmth of the Sequioa Springs Golf Course...and I'm sure everyone was glad we did! Much cozier! Alissa looked absolutely stunning in her gown, and we haven't seen a burgundy suit look so good!! 

We were treated to lots of amazing traditions at this wedding! With Cody being a commercial fisherman, dinner was all ocean fresh seafood - and it was delicious! There was amazing First Nation drumming at the reception, and so much heart! It was truly an amazing day!

 

For Cody & Alissa's special day, Cody's awesome sister gave him the gift of video coverage! Check it out below...its pretty sweet! 

 

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Paris - the City of Light {Personal Post} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/paris---the-city-of-light-personal-post Paris - the City of Light {Personal Post}

I'm going to be completely honest...When I turned 30 I though my life might be over. For some reason...I had a hard time getting past it. I'm so far beyond it now that it seems comical, but at the time...

For my birthday, we decided to celebrate in style, and go to the great City of Lights - Paris! We were there for two weeks and explored everything from the Louvre, to the Catacombs! Steve was not a huge fan of those...but they were pretty neat! We spent our days wandering the streets eating fresh baguettes, taking the train to fancy palaces, discussing art and watching the Eiffel Tower light up every night! We rode up and down the Seine River in the BatoBus, stopping along the way at all the timeless sights - and eating...there was a lot of eating. We stumbled our way through conversations - although sometimes they mistook me for a Persian woman *#soproud* until I told them I knew no more! We drank wine - some was really good, but some was just plain terrible! It was an adventure...

On the day of my 30th birthday, we went to Euro Disney! I remember Steve saying to me "I'm just going to the washroom - please don't run off on me"...and then I ran off...to get my "It's My Birthday" Pin from Town Hall!! Who could resist! 

All in all, Paris was full of adventure, and if you'd ever like to sit down and chat about it, or ask me questions...just come find me!

Here is a quick music video Steve made of the trip with some buogy bougie boo music :) about 3 minutes

 

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Nanoose Bay Wedding {Braden & Nichola} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/nanoose-bay-wedding-braden-nichola Nanoose Bay Wedding {Braden & Nichola}

We're going to circle back to "Backyard" weddings here...they literally just keep getting better! Braden & Nichola's day was at her family home right on the water in Nanoose Bay - and it was stunning! We could sit out back on their patio with a fire roaring all. day. long. We loved spending the day with these two, their bridal party and the family. If you're looking for a great bunch of people to laugh with, eat with, and just have a good time with - Braden & Nichola are blessed with all of the above. The heartfelt details that went into this day were enough to make anyone cry!

Their ceremony overlooked the Bay, and in the front-backyard, there was a giant tent set up for dinner, dancing, and Nichola to reveal she had a second gown to dance the night away in! We were treated to some pretty fancy martinis too...big thanks to FBI Bartending for the custom beverages! 

We digress...but seriously this was one of our favourite weddings off all time!

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Transfer Beach Wedding in Ladysmith {Keith & Eden} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/transfer-beach-wedding-in-ladysmith-keith-eden Transfer Beach Wedding {Keith & Eden}

There were a lot of dreams that came true for us on this wedding... but lets cut to the chase, my two top of the tops (Courtney's):

1. There was a stunning TWO piece Gown. I nearly fainted. #soinlove

2. There was a dress mannequin, and an attic space for me to photograph it in. #livingthedream

These things may seem trivial to some, but there is just something awesome and special about them - and they finally came true! But lets not forget, there was also a purple muscle car, a huge graffiti train tunnel, a forest tunnel and a burn out in their big truck!

Eden & Keith tied the knot at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith, and If you're wondering why the ocean looks so tropical, its because the algae was in bloom! We had a great day with these two, and love the images...here are out top picks!

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The Westin Bear Mountain Resort Wedding {Tyler & Taylor} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/bear-mountain-resort-wedding-tyler-taylor The Westin Bear Mountain Wedding {Tyler & Taylor}

T&T (they're dynamite together ;D) had one of the HOTTEST wedding days of the season! It was so hot...our snacks were melting. But it was gorgeous! We first met Tyler a couple years back when his older sister Megan got hitched - so to say we were excited to be hanging out with the Large family again was a slight understatement. Tyler & Taylor both come from some of the most wonderful families you can possibly imagine - and while we both love our families dearly, we would definitely be okay if either of their families pseudo adopted us in.

They planned their day at Bear Mountain in Victoria - and Wendy (Tyler's fantastic Mom) went to work making the reception hall something straight out of a MidNight Summer's Dream! It was spectacular to say the least! We took T&T down to Hatley Castle in Langford and spent the time taking in the gorgeous landscape, and of course the two of them in wedded bliss!

 

 

 

 

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Lantzville Wedding {Matt & Katelyn} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/lantzville-wedding-matt-katelyn Vancouver Island Backyard Wedding {Matt & Katelyn}

 Over the years...we have become huge fans of backyard weddings!! The term used to make us nervous...but now! Matt & Katelyn's gorgeous day was celebrated at her uncles property in Lantzville! With panoramic ocean views, and access to a BMW I8...it was amazing! This place had so many new and amazing spots! Rustic, unique and out of the box places for details and photos - this place didn't disappoint! We found old sheds, green houses, bridges, and a host of other great spaces! 

Matt & Katelyn had their very special fur baby, Arya with them for the day!. You've never met a Boarder Collie more committed, in love and obsessed with her parents...she spent the day hanging out, and even made it onto the dance floor for a few spins with Matt! 

They had a perfect West Coast day with the sun beaming down, all their best friends and family! We had such a great day with these two!

Here are just a few faves from their day...

 

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Whitley House Wedding {Chris & Rebecca} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/whitley-house-wedding-chris-rebecca Whitley House Wedding {Chris & Rebecca}

There were so so many things we absolutely loved about this wedding! The bold colour choices, the 20 foot train on Rebecca's gown, the live band, the amazing decor at the reception, the cake...I mean the list goes on and on! Chris & Rebecca wanted to have a party with their friends - so they did. Catered by Rebecca's favourite spot (possibly because she owns it ;D), Original Joe's did a delicious job on dinner, and then hit it right out of the park with the late night snack on Butter Chicken and Macaroni...we barely made it out of there alive. #sogood

We couldn't have had more fun at this wedding if we tried. I mean, how often does the bouquet get stuck in the chandelier!? It made for some good laughs! They have some amazing friends. Great family. And between Chris & Rebecca...the cup overflows with awesome. 

It was hard to narrow their day down...but here it is!!

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Beach Club Wedding {Kevin & Lyndsay} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/8/beach-club-wedding-kevin-lyndsay Beach Club Wedding {Kevin & Lyndsay}

You might remember these two from their ridiculously cute Black Creek Engagement...the ones who spun around in the water and made it look unbelievably effortless...yes. We feel so lucky to have gotten to spend so much time with this great couple! We have had a load of laughs, splashes and now we can say officially their "I Do's" too!

They came all the way out from Medicine Hat to celebrate their very special day on the beach in Parksville, right out front of the Beach Club Resort! Lyndsay & Kevin are two of the kindest people you have ever met, and taking their photos is the easiest thing we've ever had to do! Since they killed it on their engagement...we were expecting HUGE things from them on the wedding day, and they did not disappoint! Steve had been dying to use a swing he found hanging from the trees in Rathtrevor Provincial Park, and we knew had just the right couple to ask to tromp through some brush, burrs and sticks to make it happen!

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Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Jacques & Tanya} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/6/tigh-na-mara-wedding-jacques-tanya Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Jacques & Tanya}

Jacques & Tanya's day was absolutely gorgeous! Tanya put many hours into designing the perfect Garden Patio dinner party - from the elegant gold chairs, to the custom made planters for the floral centrepieces - we've never seen the garden patio look this good! Add to that Jacques slick suit, Tanya's fitted and stunning gown, Ladybugs on rings and their very best friends - and you have the recipe to a gorgeous wedding day! 

We had so much fun working with these two, their intimate day was perfect to every detail! See for yourself...

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Mt. Washington & Strathcona Park Engagement {Scott & Katie} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/5/mt-washington-strathcona-park-engagement-scott-katie Mt. Washington & Strathcona Park Engagement {Scott & Katie}

 

Not that its about us...but we have always wanted to shoot an engagement session on a bluebird day at Mt. Washington!! So you can imagine our delight when Scott & Katie gave us the thumbs up to go ahead and start planning it!!! There's nothing quite as amazing as the crisp, cold mountain air, hot sun & loads of snow to tromp through! Thats how we spent our mountainside engagement session! Sure it was a tad chilly, and the snow managed to creep down a backside or two for an exceptionally cold kiss - but we loved every second of it! 

The Whiskey Jacks on the hill are notorious lovers of food - and it doesn't take much to lure them out...so in a valiant effort to help Katie conquer her fear of birds...we put some on Katie's hand just to see if we could tempt them, and cure Katie of her phobia :D We think it worked!! We had such an awesome afternoon with these two, and we couldn't be more in love with their engagement photos - and Katie's gorgeous smile!!!

We're pretty excited to share their engagement story...espcially since these two are tying the knot next Saturday and we can't wait!

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Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Billy & Jillian} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/5/tigh-na-mara-wedding-billy-jillian Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Billy & Jillian}

Billy & Jillian...or Billian as we affectionately call them - had an insanely awesome day!! From their moppy little Doodle melting hearts at the ceremony (and the getting ready!), to EPIC Hora at the reception - Billian's day was filled with a lot of good times, great speeches, laughs and a few great ideas! If you're looking for a unique kissing game for your big day - take a page out of Billian's book, design GIANT DICE out of moving boxes, paint them and watch your guests struggle to roll them...it's awesomely entertaining!! 

There isn't much more we can say about how awesome this couple is, and how great their day was - you'll just have to see for yourself...

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Wedding Albums http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/4/wedding-albums There are so many ways to share your favourite memories from your wedding day. From photos in frames to canvases on the walls...but one of our favourite ways to display your story is in one of our custom designed, Canadian made "Eternity Story Book" albums! 

‚ÄčOur Eternity Story Book albums are hand-crafted in the Italian tradition, thick, 2mm photographic pages that span the usual book "gap" for a "Flush Mount" that we know you'll love! Designed with you in mind, each spread is "gutterless", meaning you don't loose any of your image to a crease in the centre, and your album lays perfectly flat! Your images are printed onto premium museum card stock paper for a stunning display and lifetime guarantee. Your album arrives in style, in a keepsake black box, with the album wrapped in ivory silk! Choose your album from a variety of cover options, sizes & cover embossing!

Want to spoil your parents? Grandparents? Duplicate, Mini-Parent albums are available for purchase when you order yours! These albums are an exact replica of your full sized album, with no quality lost! Crafted in the same tradition, parent albums are finished with a beautiful dust jacket and delivered in keepsake box!

Our parent albums make amazing gifts to give!

 

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Arbutus Ridge Wedding {Don & Amanda} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/4/arbutus-ridge-wedding-don-amanda Arbutus Ridge Wedding {Don & Amanda}

We're hard pressed to find a better way to spend a hot sunny afternoon, then in a lush garden, surrounded by West Coast beauty, happy people and a dapper Golden Retrieves! It must be why we love shooting weddings! 

Don & Amanda celebrated their day surrounded by their favourite people at Arbutus Ridge Gold Course in Cobble Hill! We always love heading down island to the Cowichan Valley - it's probably one of our favourite places to photograph! We can see why they chose it! We had a load of laughs with these two, Don's sense of humour was endless - he graced us with something not even Amanda had seen before..."The Dragon". You'll have to scroll down to see it...

 

"The Dragon" Pose...

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Pipers Lagoon Wedding {Garrett & Kaitlyn} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/4/pipers-lagoon-wedding-garrett-kaitlyn Pipers Lagoon Wedding {Kaitlyn & Garrett}

 

With only their parents, siblings & close friends to witness their vows - Garrett & Kaitlyn had one of the most intimate family wedding day we've been a part of! They said their "I do's" atop one of Nanaimo's most picturesque vistas at Pipers Lagoon! It is easily one of our favourite places - especially since that's where Steve proposed NINE years ago!

Kaitlyn made the trek to their cliffside nuptials in a fitted gown - and made it look easy! Her veil got momentarily snagged in some branches, but she marched on, excited to get to Garrett at the end of the aisle! Their ceremony was filled with laughter and a whole lot of tears! 

We had an amazing time with these two on their big day, but see for yourself! 

Are you a friend of Kaitlyn & Garrett and want to see their full wedding gallery? Just CLICK HERE to see the full gallery and contact them for the password!

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Cuckoo Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Vancouver Island Wedding Photography http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/4/cuckoo-wedding-vendor-spotlight Cuckoos Trattoria

Coombs Wedding Venue Spotlight

A Romantic Italian Trattoria on Vancouver Island

We love sharing some of Vancouver Islands most amazing wedding vendors! We especially love sharing the hidden gems that not everyone knows about! So it goes without saying we are very excited to spotlight an amazing one...Cuckoo's Trattoria in Coombs, BC, and Chef Fausto. Fausto took the time to sit down with us and answer some questions to help give brides some extra information about the experience of having your wedding at Cuckoos. As wedding photographers, we see all the little details that venues offer, and Cuckoo's not only offers amazing food - but a one of a kind experience for your wedding day!

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An Interview At Cuckoos with Chef Fausto

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We met up with chef this spring at Cuckoos in Coombs to find out a little more about the venue, and some behind the scenes information that brides can expect from their wedding at Cuckoos Trattoria. Chef was a lot of fun to chat with, we had a few questions and here's what he had to say:

Q: Why/How did you and Cuckoos get into weddings?

Fausto: Cuckoo Italian Trattoria is the result of the “marriage” between the family values and cultural traditions of the Geekie family, Owners of Cuckoo & the Old Country Market, and the Bellicini family, my family, back in Italy…We strongly believe that creating a place where our Guests and their families can come together to celebrate life with friends and relatives, with good food and good wine in the impeccable yet simple elegance of our venue, is a recipe for success, and a joyous place to be.

The Julien's Commentary: One of our favourite things about weddings is seeing the families come together! We really believe that good food and wine brings people together, and we love that Chef encourages family style dining as an option!

 

Q: We really loved hearing about your wedding experience on the Mainland - can you share it with us again please!

Fausto: During my 36 years career, I had the fortune to work side by side some of the most mythical Chefs, and all those experiences came together when I joined the North Shore Conference Center in North Vancouver.  We hosted an average of 85 Weddings per year…Italian Weddings…450 Guests and up. That experience gave me the confidence to provide high quality food & service to large groups of Guests, personalizing each event, according to the wishes of each Client.

The Julien's Commentary: We were blown away this last summer when we saw that each of our weddings we set up differently and had different food! It made it really exciting being part of such unique and personalized weddings at Cuckoos!

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Q: What is your favourite part about Weddings at Cuckoos?

Fausto: The intimacy and classic elegance of our venue, which is second to none!   We always make the point to tell our Guests that we are not a Banquet facility. Cuckoo’s Heritage Dining Room is unique in to itself and it provides a stunning background for memorable events that will stay with our Guests for a lifetime. For the 2017 season, we have added the Country Cottage Room, adjacent to our Fountain Garden patio…a totally independent Room with rustic beam ceilings and a fireplace. We are hoping to have it available by the Summer…

The Julien's' Commentary: We love the heritage dining room! It has a lot of personality and class, which makes for easy decorating - or none at all!

 

Q: What are a couple of your favourite features unique to Cuckoos?

Fausto: Our Food and our Staff! Beside the above mentioned beauty of our venue, our authentic food is the primary reason why Cuckoo Italian Trattoria is successful as a Restaurant. We also have been very fortunate to attract and retain a great group of Staff that, sincerely, share our passion for serving our Guests and becoming part of their celebrations. Being a private property, away from the traffic and noise, also provides our Guests with an oasis of tranquility and a sense of “being transported to a Country Home in Tuscany”

Q: What question do brides ask you the most?

Fausto: “How much is it going to cost me?”….no, wait…that’s usually the Groom’s question…! Joking aside, most couples ask questions about the whole process, however in the end they comment on how easy we make the whole process for them…we keep an open line of communication and exchange emails with our couples, we like to meet in person whenever it is possible and we answer all their questions… I imagine it is a big decision, but most Brides have a pretty good idea of how they envision their Wedding to be. We make ourselves fully available to assist them in making their dream come true…

 

Q: What do you do different that some other venues on Vancouver Island?

Fausto: I truly believe that we wear our heart on our sleeve and our sincere passion for serving our Guests comes through at the first meeting… Every Bride has a different vision, every couple has a different story, every family is different and personalising each event is key. We pride ourselves in tailoring every decision regarding each Wedding, according to the wishes of the Couple, according to their taste and their budget. Simple elegance is a trademark of our venue and simplicity is appreciated throughout the process of organizing a memorable Wedding!

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Q: Is there anything you would like to promote or some additional information?

Fausto: This is the most “advertising” we have done during the past seven years, regarding Cuckoo Italian Trattoria. Word of mouth has developed our business in to what you see here today…our Guests have always given us sincere and fair reviews and have helped us be better each time.  The addition of the Fountain Garden patio last season and the Country Cottage Room  this year, are the direct result of the success we have had in the past seven years. Cuckoo Italian Trattoria is about serving our Guests with freshness and passion!  Combining West Coast ingredients with traditional Italian recipes. Come on over…your table is ready!

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Steve's Favourite Things at Cuckoos:

GOATS, GOATS, GOATS! These guys are great entertainment for kids & adults alike! 

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Courtney's Favourite Things at Cuckoos:

Photos on High: Balconies!

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We love using all the balconies around Cuckoos it instantly marks a couple status as important to be above the world and allows some moments to be alone.

 

Our ALL-TIME Favourite Thing:

We are honoured to be the first and only (so far) photographers to shoot the roof-top grasslands that is home to the famous

"Goats On the Roof"

   

 


 

To help you envision your Wedding day here are some photos ideas around the property:

The Ceremony Area:

 

The Outdoor Patio:

 

 

The Romantic Fountain:

 

 

Cherry Blossoms Out Front in Spring:

 

The Heritage Reception Hall:

     

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Cuckoos at Night:

 

Cuckoos from our Experience by Steve & Courtney:

Cuckoos is truly amazing! From the authentic Italian cuisine & architecture to country rustic charm, and the incredibly professional team of Chef Fausto - Cuckoos makes for one very, unique & incredibly wedding venue...though we're sure you already know that! 

Want to See more check out some of our full day weddings at Cuckoos on our Blog

Olson & Ethel at Cuckoos:  

http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2017/4/tigh-na-mara-cuckoos-wedding-olson-ethel

 

Andy & Kim at Cuckoos and THE ICONIC ROOF PHOTO:

http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2016/12/cuckoos-wedding-in-coombs-andy-kimberly

 


 

If you loved what you saw, and want to know more about booking your wedding with Chef Fausto at Cuckoos Click below 

 


 

Love the images you see? Click the link below to contact us today, and book your wedding with us!

 


 

 

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