Julie and John came from Montreal to get married at the Beach House Restaurant in the Dundarave neighbourhood in West Vancouver. I hadn’t done a West Vancouver wedding in probably fifteen years, and I’d never been to the Dundarave area at all. Having spent years working at various Vancouver area newspapers, I know my way around most of the Lower Mainland, but West Vancouver doesn’t have it’s own newspaper, so I was definitely a stranger in a strange land.
On the day of the wedding, the rain and wind was blowing my not insubstantial Ford SUV sideways on the highway as I drove down from Whistler. I was really worried about how I was going to deal with the weather when the sky cleared up. For two hours, it might have been a beach in Southern California, and by the time I left that evening, the weather had moved back in and had begun to rain sideways again.
The small, sunset wedding in the 1970’s Dandarave Park gazebo.
Confetti on the beach at sunset.
We had a beautiful bridal photo session on an old turn of the century pier at the park. I suspect that it was probably where people caught the ferry over to Vancouver before they built the Lion’s Gate Bridge in the early 1930’s, and probably not used much since.
After the portraits, we headed off to dinner on the top floor of the Beach House Restaurant. There was a big, tented outdoor patio with a bunch of space heaters that had a terrific view of the sun setting over Vancouver.
I came down to West Vancouver and met up with John and Julie a couple of weeks before the wedding. The three of us had a really good walk around the beach, which actually has wonderful wedding locations. You want to have a really good idea of what you’re going to do before the wedding starts. Getting out there and winging it is a recipe for disaster.
The wedding was late in the afternoon, and most of the photos required a lot of flash to light them up. It’s really important that you the flash up off the camera on a stand along with a good light modifier, a Westcott Rapidbox beauty dish.