Nanaimo - Victoria - Parksville - Tofino Wedding Photographers Vancouver Island: Blog http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog en-us (C) Nanaimo - Victoria - Parksville - Tofino Wedding Photographers Vancouver Island julienphotography@me.com (Nanaimo - Victoria - Parksville - Tofino Wedding Photographers Vancouver Island) Thu, 07 Jun 2018 22:27:00 GMT Thu, 07 Jun 2018 22:27:00 GMT http://www.julienphotography.ca/img/s/v-5/u670858026-o287902366-50.jpg Nanaimo - Victoria - Parksville - Tofino Wedding Photographers Vancouver Island: Blog http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog 120 24 Nanoose Bay Engagement {Tanner & Danae} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/6/nanoose-bay-engagement-tanner-danae Nanoose Bay Engagement {Tanner & Danae}

We have wandered Brickyard Park in the past, but until Tanner & Dane's engagement session - we discovered we had never really properly wandered and taken in Brickyard Park! The light on the day of their session was stellar! The way it drifted through the trees, settled on the oceanfront rocks and warmed the scenes was incredible...and it was hard putting our cameras down to say goodbye! 

We had an utterly fantastic evening shooting this engagement session! Our favourite image from the evening...they always say to save the best for last... 

 

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Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Bryan & Jo-Lynn} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/6/tigh-na-mara-wedding-bryan-jo-lynn Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Bryan & Jo-Lynn}

Bryan & Jo-Lynn are down to earth, funny and easy to chat with! We knew the day was going to be great...especially when I heard the colours she chose were some of my personal favourites, and their cake & cupcakes were made by Coastal Cake Co.!! If you've never tried one of Marieke's treats...they're the best! 

Jo-Lynn dreamt up a seaside theme of starfish, seashells, blues and soft pinks! It was beautiful! One of our favourite parts of their day was right before their ring exchange! On the way out the door before the ceremony - the rings accidentally got left behind! Wedding days rarely go as planned - and this wedding was a perfect example of how you can take lemons, and make really delicious lemonade! As the officiant asked for the rings, the best man dug around in his pocket...and the rings were not there! We talk a lot about making the very best out of whatever happens on a wedding day, and about surrounding yourself with family & friends who do the same - Bryan & Jo-Lynn have some incredible friends! Amazingly enough, a couple whose wedding Bryan & Jo-Lynn were at a few years prior, stepped in a loaned them their own wedding bands to say "I Do!" - it was pretty spectacular and definitely spoke to the fantastic people they were sharing their day with! 

We truly felt honoured to be part of their day, and are excited to share it with you!

 

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Chateau Wolff Estate Winery Wedding {Joe & Lailah} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/5/chateau-wolff-estate-winery-wedding-joe-lailah Chateau Wolff Estate Winery Wedding {Joe & Lailah}

In the last couple of years, we've got to attend a few really extra, awesome weddings for former classmates...and they're always heaps of good times! I played soccer & baseball with Lailah growing up, I'd go to her parents house for firework shows out of the wheelbarrow in her backyard on Halloween - it was awesome! So when she & Joe contacted us about their wedding, I knew it was going to be an amazing day - and it absolutely was!

Joe & Lailah celebrated their day Chateau Wolff Estate Winery, here in Nanaimo - it was the first wedding EVER at the winery - and it was fantastic! Following the ceremony at the lower vineyard, their were cocktails & toasts accompanied by tasty bubbly! One of the coolest events of the day was the walk down the road towards Lailah's dads house for the reception, J&L lead the group, and everyone sauntered down the empty street chatting, laughing & having a great time - the essence of what a wedding should be! 

Joe & Lailah had an incredible day, check it out...

 

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julienphotography@me.com (Nanaimo - Victoria - Parksville - Tofino Wedding Photographers Vancouver Island) chateau wolff estate winery chateau wolff estate winery wedding chateau wolff estate winery wedding photographers chateau wolff estate winery wedding photography chateau wolff estate winery wedding photos julien photography nanaimo wedding photography vancouver island wedding photography http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/5/chateau-wolff-estate-winery-wedding-joe-lailah Fri, 18 May 2018 18:36:09 GMT
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Wedding {Ryan & Chantal} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/5/black-rock-oceanfront-resort-wedding-ryan-chantal Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Wedding {Ryan & Chantal}

We had one of the most beautiful days with Ryan & Chantal! The weather was amazing...seriously. It was so hot that we didn't need our jackets...in APRIL, in UCLUELET!! If you're unfamiliar with a typical Ucluelet day, it usually looks moody, is rainy or blustery, cold and unpredictable...and definitely one of the best parts of the West Coast...just not if you're spending a few hours outside for photos! Needless to say, we were all blown away by the incredible day! Chantal is one of the most sincere & genuine brides we have ever had the pleasure of photographing - she spent the day thanking her guests, us, and her guests again for sharing in the day with them! We loved working with them, and their willingness to go wherever, the Amphitrite Lighthouse, Forest or the edge of a cliff for a sunset photo, all with a beautiful smile and excitement!

Ryan & Chantal are from Calgary, and engaged at Chesterman Beach in Tofino - so when it came to choosing where they would celebrate their big day, the Black Rock Resort was perfect! Their day was intimate, with the guest list being made up of their closest friends & dearest family, and of course, us! They chose the Wine Cellar for their nuptials & dinner - and Chantal created, and transported everything to decorate it with - except the tables & chairs! The day was stunning!

Chantal & Ryan - we wish you many years of wedded bliss, thank you again for sharing your day with us!

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Fraser River Lodge Wedding {Eric & Jenna} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/4/fraser-river-lodge-wedding-eric-jenna Fraser River Lodge Wedding {Eric & Jenna}

Eric & Jenna had the most incredible wedding at Fraser River Lodge...and we were THRILLED and BESIDE OURSELVES that we had the immense #blessing to photograph such a fabulous couple, and such a great venue, with the best view of Mt. Cheam around! J&E are the bee's knees...incredibly sweet, and sweeter together! We had such an amazing time photographing their engagement - and an even better time with their wedding, we truly felt like we were part of the love!

The view of Mt. Cheam from the deck at the Lodge was powerful, epic & everything that Beautiful British Columbia is known for! The view of the snow capped the mountain tops, frozen Bridal Falls - it just got better as the day went on! We experienced everything from rain, to sun, to rain, to hail and back to sun! The entire time there was nothing but SMILES from J&E, their amazingly supportive bridal party & family! It was a perfect day - and made even better by the amount of love floating around!

Their theme for the day was "Beauty & the Beast", red roses & flowers galore, a NOVELIER (Flying Books on the ceiling!!!!), Lumiere, Cogsworth, roses under glass vases, custom book covers and mirrors decked with "Be Our Guest"...it was incredible - and Jenna came up with it all! We could not have asked for a better couple or Spring wedding, CONGRATULATIONS Jenne & Eric!

 

Below you'll find the awesome slideshow from their day - if you're looking for a few tears, laughs & everything in between, select 1080p, hit the PLAY button, and turn up the sound!

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Mt. Washington Engagement {Jenna & Eric} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/4/mt-washington-engagement-jenna-eric Mt. Washington Engagement {Jenna & Eric}

When we suggested the mountain for their engagement session - we definitely thought these two would be wearing parkas...but we were insanely & pleasantly surprised when they arrived in style, and trooped it like nobody's business! Little did we know that they would bring that same zeal to their amazing day...but we digress, stay tuned for that epic love story (its coming up tomorrow!)!

What do we love most about working on Mount Washington? The diverse landscapes, epic views, crisp air,  SNOW & Whiskey Jacks...! There are so many different ways to shoot the mountain - snow or not, and it has become one of our favourite places to spend time shooting! We had an amazing time with Jenna & Eric atop one of Vancouver Islands TOP locations, see for yourself...   

 

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Qualicum Beach Wedding {Ron & Jackie} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/4/qualicum-beach-wedding-ron-jackie Qualicum Beach Wedding {Ron & Jackie}

6 Ingredients to making a fantastic wedding day:

  1. A Family Heirloom. Something like a Mustang. Or a Hand Carved ring box that's been passed down. 
  2. An uber crafty Mom to help make all your decor. #wow.
  3. A talented bride willing to design, sew & make custom dresses for each of her bridesmaids.
  4. A groom that loves to start the day with a few holes of golf. 
  5. Indochino suits with specialty embroidery.
  6. A sunny beachside ceremony with your best friends and family.
  7. Great laughs.

We couldn't have asked for a better day with Ron & Jackie! Right from the start we knew it was going to be one of our favourites from the season, and it was! They had every custom touch you can imagine, and it was all put together with a whole lot of love! But we know you'll agree when you have a cruise through...

 

 

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Fairmont Empress Wedding Editorial http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/4/empress-wedding-editorial Fairmont Empress Wedding Editorial

!Exclusive! 😲💖 We had the exciting task of crafting both a "Behind the Scenes Video" 📽️🎬 , and photographing one of the sets at the Fairmont Empress Editorial this Year! Award winning photographers & vendors from the Vancouver Island Wedding Awards were asked to collaborate & photograph 📸 the editorial event hosted by the Empress...and we jumped at the opportunity to spend time with some of the Islands BEST wedding vendors! There were 4 photographers, 6 couples, 7 beautifully designed wedding decor Setups, 9 wedding dresses!! It was an incredible group made up of over 25 Wedding Vendors to thank for all the amazing work. 

Fairmont Empress - West Coast Weddings - Luz Bridal Boutique - Enzoani - Hudson Bay - Sofia Pastro - Artistry By Alexa - Cobble Hill Cake co. - Tickle Tree Stationery + DesignWaxSeals.com - Julien Photography - Brooke Mousley - Callum Shandley - En Vied Events - Sublime Celebrations - Party Mood - Emma Glover Design - Mandy Rogers - Shades of White Bridal Fashions -@allishelrud - Brown's The Florist - KGOODPHOTO - Blue Lily Event Planning - Outlooks for Men - Stepheny Cuthbert - The Bride's Closet - Schur to Please Boutique Cakery - Foxgloves Flowers - @taverasmith - Beauty & Style by Erin Bradley - Chelsea Warren PhotographyJon-Mark Photography - Decorate Victoria with Huff N Puff - Melcechfit Mel Cech - Hiway Productions

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julienphotography@me.com (Nanaimo - Victoria - Parksville - Tofino Wedding Photographers Vancouver Island) http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/4/empress-wedding-editorial Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:21:28 GMT
Pipers Lagoon Engagement {Kevin & Megan} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/3/pipers-lagoon-engagement-kevin-megan Pipers Lagoon Engagement {Kevin & Megan}

Kevin & Megan came for their West Coast engagement session all the way from ALBERTA!! WHOOT! Kevin grew up on the West Coast (aka BEST COAST) - so what better place to spoil Megan with when it came to their engagement? BOOM!

We met up with these two just before their session for a beer and a session debrief! The plan? Roam the beach & the woods, get as close to the edge of a cliff as possible, add a smoke bomb (or two), celebrate sunsets and love for the Blue Jays! AND...we did it all! It was a beautiful day, and one of our favourite sessions to date! Words are wind - so see the smiles & love for yourself...

  • Photography: Julien Photography
  • Location: Pipers Lagoon
  • Style: Luxury
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Nanaimo Wedding {Sarah & Mike} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/3/nanaimo-wedding-sarah-mike Nanaimo Wedding {Sarah & Mike}

Sarah & Mike's day was our first official HOT SUMMER wedding! We all thought we would melt...and we did, but just a little! Following their ceremony - we made off for the cool, ocean breeze at Piper's Lagoon & some gorgeous portraits! Sarah & Mike were nothing but smiles, and we loved photographing them on the best day of their lives! 

We always love a little bit of family tradition and personal touches as part of a wedding days!! Sarah's pearls & veil were passed down to her for the big day! Her mom wore the pearls & veil on her wedding day, as did her grandmother! There was so much family connection at this wedding, and we were so grateful to be part of it! Paula, Sarah's mom, alongside a few other fabulous ladies whipped up a feast fit for royalty, and we had our first taste of Gravy & Biscuits...something we won't soon forget!!

Sarah & Mike, thank you for sharing your amazing day & family with us - we wish you many years of beautiful wedded bliss and amazing adventures!! 

 

 

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Parksville Engagement Session {Jay & Kylie} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/3/parksville-engagement-session-jay-kylie Parksville Engagement Session {Jay & Kylie}

When we first met up with Kylie & Jay - we knew that we HAD to photograph their engagement session! Not only are these two a phenomenal couple - but - they're a phenomenal couple! Incredibly kind hearted, fit to the core, and fun to hang out with! 

 We decided on an uber awesome, very high train trestle for the first half of the session, and followed it up with some West Coast chic - and a whole lot of seagulls! I don't think any one of us was prepared for the sheer amount of gulls on the beach that day, turns out there was an food event we didn't know about! Kylie & Jay are a little more accustom to the warm beaches of Mexico - but they braved the late winter breeze for some gorgeous photos!

Here are the favourites from their session...

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Cottonwood Golf Course Wedding {Steve & Karina} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/3/cottonwood-golf-course-wedding-steve-karina Cottonwood Golf Course Wedding {Steve & Karina}

My brothers wedding was a pretty big deal...HUGE. I don't think I've ever felt so proud to document something, than the best day of my big brothers life. Stephen (or Steve to all his friends) is kind-hearted, helpful, loving and comes with a side of no BS! We have had some gut busting laughs over some of the silliest things...like leaving the tap running on the sink. Not sure why that one was so funny - but we laughed for days!! When he first met Karina, and introduced us to her, I knew she would be the right fit for his life long love! She's sassy, funny and along with her beautifully loving soul - also takes no BS! An excellent fit! I had been waiting for the perfect woman to come along for him - and I'm so grateful its Karina! 

Stephen's family grew from three to seven in one day - and ours did to!! We welcomed some incredible little ladies into our lives as well! Alexia, Krista & Kayla - all my nieces now!! It was probably one of the single most exciting days of my summer, and it was awesome to be the ones capturing it!! Karina's vision for the day was Fuchsia, Black & Diamonds!! And she pulled it off amazingly!!!

Thanks to our little sister Taryn for creating Karina's bouquet and the decor! Jeremy of Brown Bear Sound for the amazing uplighting and sound!!

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Qualicum Engagement {Steve & Karina} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/3/qualicum-engagement-steve-karina Qualicum Engagement {Steve & Karina}

I have known Stephen my entire life (he's my big brother ) - and I have never seen him more smitten, more excited & more in love than when he's talking about Karina! She lights up his life, and he does the same for her! It was a pretty amazing moment to find out they were engaged AND that they wanted us to photograph their wedding, and engagement! Now I was smitten! Their only request for photos was getting a sunset in! On the day of their session - the weather was overcast, and there were sprinkles of rain, and a sunset was not looking like it was going to happen, but we made our way down to the beach just incase! Best decision of the day! We wandered down onto the rocks and no sooner did we start setting up - the sky started to GLOW! It was the perfect end to their session, and I could not be happier to have been able to document my brothers extreme JOY!

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Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Mark & Charlie) http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/3/tigh-na-mara-wedding-mark-charlie Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding {Mark & Charlie}

If it weren't for Mark & Charlie...probably mostly Charlie - we would never have experienced a GLOW PARTY (or a super-sweet baseball & Blue Jay's themed engagement). Its also likely that I wouldn't still have pink glow paint on my camera either, but its a great reminder of what a sweet time we had with M&C! We also wouldn't have seen one of the coolest cakes ever...half Galaxy, half wedding, and we should also mention they had a BACON BAR! We know...you're reading this wishing you were there to, you should also know, they had a PREPARATION GLOW STATION! It's where you went to outfit yourself in everything that glowed! From hats, to earrings, glasses to face & body paint and my personal favourite - glow-stashes!!! I put on one just for the heck of it! They even had a custom graffiti sign done up, a candy bar and a LIMBO BAR! Yeah...this wedding was spectacular!

Charlie danced down the aisle carrying her two best fur friends, Jessie & Spinner, their bridal party was hilarious, and we stayed late to just dance and hang out - and to take some really awesome night photos (thanks to Cristie from Umbrella Events for setting up the lanterns at the Gazebo #madetheshot)! To say we loved this wedding might be a little bit of an understatement...but to say we LOOOOOVED this wedding might just be right!

Mark & Charlie - you guys ROCK! Thanks for inviting us to capture your crazy awesome day!   

 

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Why Do a First Look? http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/2/why-do-a-first-look Why Do a First Look?

There are so many amazing reasons to do a first look on your wedding day! But we'll get to that...lets start with what exactly a "First Look" is! 

What is a First Look? It is a great option for those having later ceremonies, or simply for those who love the idea of seeing one another before the ceremony! Its a little less traditional, but is an amazing way to share a few more private moments with your love! If you're choosing a first look on the big day, we work together to pick a romantic location for you and your love to see & take each other in! With us, all your photos would happen before the ceremony - including your couples portraits & bridal party photos! Its an amazing option, and we highly recommend it - so lets talk about why it could be an amazing option for you...

1. You're Having a Later Ceremony...

If your ceremony is happening later in the day (lets say past 3:30/4:00pm), and you're wanting your reception to start not too long after - a first look is perfect! Taking time ahead of the ceremony to celebrate with your bridal party & couples portraits is an absolutely perfect way to make the flow of the day effortless! When you have your photos ahead of the ceremony, we can enjoy a relaxing portrait session, and head into the ceremony!

2. Nerves!

They happen to everyone - but for some, it may cause stress! Who wants stress on their day? Often times the idea of seeing each other for the first time in front of your "nearest & dearest" can make you sweat...you were hoping for a little more of a quiet moment between the two of you, something where you can cry, sigh hold each other and cry some more - and really take each other in! If you're feeling the anxiety right now - we would highly recommend a first look for you!

3. You Are Excited to Get to Your Reception!

As you should be! If you are having a first look, with a later ceremony with the reception to follow very shortly after - doing your photos in advance is amazing! You won't worry about what activities your guests might do while you are having your photos taken, instead you can enjoy a few cocktails, some laughs and head right into dinner & partying!  

4. Weather.

To some...thats a dirty word! To us...its exciting! Feelings aside, you may have checked the weather almanac, or forecast and it has come to your attention that the weather may get a little ugly later in the day - and you don't want your photos done in the not so glamorous weather! This is where having your photos in advance of the weathers plans comes in handy! The worry about how your hair, make-up or anything else will hold up in the rain won't matter quite as much! 

5. More Time for Photos.

You have put hours upon hours into planning your day, every detail! Your flowers, gown, dresses, reception...so lets make extra time to document it! You dreamt of floating in the middle of a pond for your photos, but without the additional time, its just not possible. A First Look allows you to build a photo itinerary to suit your needs and ideas! 

6. The Emotions Won't Go Away...

We have heard this several occasions. We know - you have an idea of exactly how the moment will unfold when you see each other for the first time in front of your guests. We promise - this moment does not change. In fact - for the most part, its one incredible moment stacked on another, its like double dipping! For our couples that have chosen "First Looks" for their days, they often cry a second time when they see each other at the end of the aisle. The emotion of knowing you're going to spend the rest of your life with the person you love most in the universe is HUGE. It is not an emotion that fizzles out like a firecracker. It keeps going - and twice in one day is an incredible emotional high!

Here was Ethel & Olson's first look...

And here were the tears coming down the aisle...

Here was Greg & Kelbree's first look...

And Greg's overwhelming love for Kelbree as she walked down the aisle...

So...now you know all about what a "First Look" can be on your day - the next question: Is it for you? 

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Nanaimo Golf Club Wedding {Scott & Katie} http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/2/nanaimo-golf-club-wedding-thebells Nanaimo Golf Club Wedding {Scott & Katie}

Scott & Katie are one of the happiest couples we have ever had the pleasure of spending the day with...there were so many smiles...our faces hurt by the end of the day! You might remember these two from their snowy Mt. Washington engagement session...except now, they're dressed to the nines!

Their intimate wedding was held at Nanaimo Golf Club, with 86 of their closest friends & family. Katie put here heart & heritage into their special day, with a six pence sewn into the hem of her gown, and a beautiful family heirloom! A stunning broach passed down to the women in her family! These two also had some of the best music of all time being DJ'd - HITS from late and great Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel and even some country staples - and the dance floor was pumping!! Once the music started the dance floor was hardly empty, and Scott & Katie were at the centre of it having a blast! 

From the ceremony to the reception - this day was easily one of our favourites! 

 

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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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Share Our Favourite Wedding Blogs To Date!

 

We combed through our favourite wedding blogs and popular posts to compile these 12 articles that in total have over

20,000 views 

Whether your engaged and planning your wedding or just love looking at stunning wedding photos - you're in the right place! Here you will find some of the best articles that have helped our couples with wedding 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 but if there is anything you think we should write about please don't hesitate to ask us we love being a part of weddings and helping our couples every step of the way! Without further ado here are some of our Top blog posts!

 


 

#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 Why Do A First Look (and what this even is!)

A first look isn't for everyone we really wanted that first look moment while walking down the isle in front of everyone, but what we mostly remember is Courtney Power crying the whole way down the aisle! lol :) One thing we would have probably changed about our day looking back on it now would be an intimate first look together Click below to read so of the reasons why and see if this arrangement works for you!

http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog/2018/2/why-do-a-first-look

 

 


 

#3 Tigh-Na-Mara Spotlight *Updated

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

 

 


 

#4 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

 

 


 

 

#5 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

 

 


 

 

#6 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

 

 


 

 

#7 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

 

 


 

 

#8 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

 

 


 

 

#9 Five 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

 

 


 

 

#10 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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#11 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

 

 


 

 

#12 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... The article may inspire you to have your own winter wedding!

Snowy Weddings in the Huff Post

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We love our job and love helping couples have the best weddings they can imagine! Want to see more or meet up with us just click Contact us in the menu above or this handy contact us button below...

 

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

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