Anna and Ben are from Russia and The Netherlands respectively, and have settled in Vancouver. They had a small, intimate Vancouver elopement wedding down on Jericho Beach with their friends and family.
There were only 12 guests for the wedding on the beach. The weather was perfect, sunny, but not too hot. Jericho Beach in the summer is hot with no shelter at all, and can be a bit like being in the middle of a giant frying pan.
I thought we’d try a different take on the traditional wedding group photo.
The view of Vancouver from Jericho Beach is truly stunning, and makes for a great photo.
Anna and Ben got a limousine that must have been bigger than a beluga whale. It was pretty cool.
We finished up at Jericho Park, which has the great old wooden bridge in the first photo.
I’m a huge believer in knowing exactly what I’m going to do for portrait locations before the wedding even gets going. It’s been a few years since I’ve shot a wedding down at Jericho Beach, and the two spots that stuck out in my mind were the wooden bridge in the photo above, and an old WWII pier that has a lot of great old fashioned railings, covered in peeling paint and rust. About a week before the wedding, I went down to the beach, checked out the location for the wedding, where I found the pile of driftwood for the group photo, and made sure I could find the wooden bridge. The wierd thing was I couldn’t find the pier, and spent about 30 minutes walking back and forth on the beach front looking for it with no luck. I got home and Googled it, and it turns out the city tore down the pier last year. The thing is, if I hadn’t checked out the location ahead of time, I would have been looking for the pier with the bridal party in tow, and would have ended up looking like a complete idiot.
Camera: Nikon D3 and D700
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 flash, SU-800 controller, and a small softbox on a light stand.