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As a second shooter for a wedding

I helped my friend, Natasha Ali, shoot a wedding several weeks ago at the remote Strathcona Lodge on beautiful Vancouver Island. After delivering the goods to my friend, I was able to kick back and not worry about editing too much since I didn’t have all of the responsibility that I usually have. Now that I’ve got a little more time on my hands and I’ve gotten her permission, I wanted to share what I shot of the wedding.

It was a gorgeous setting for a wedding! The mountains, the lake, and even the weather made the drive up from Seattle totally worth the effort!

Vancouver Island wedding ceremony locationpinimage

We began with the “getting ready shots” as I tend to call them. I shot much of the ladies getting ready, which allowed Natasha to get some shots of the guys as well as the girls. The girls got all gussied up in a huge cabin that overlooked the lake.

Getting ready shots before Vancouver Island weddingpinimage

Getting ready shots before Vancouver Island weddingpinimage

Bride getting ready shots before Vancouver Island weddingpinimage

Bride getting ready shots before Vancouver Island weddingpinimage

Bride getting ready photos before Vancouver Island weddingpinimage

Meanwhile some of the non-wedding party guys were waiting patiently outside…

The guys waiting for the bridal party to be readypinimage

Natasha and I ended up with some free minutes, so we headed up into the woods to find the barn where the reception was to be held.

Bride and Groom chairs for the receptionpinimage

Barn at Strathcona Lodge where the wedding reception would happen laterpinimage

Table number and centerpiece for the wedding receptionpinimage

Wedding reception party favorspinimage

Honey as wedding reception party favorspinimage

After some group shots, of which I didn’t many because we were short on time, everybody started heading to the ceremony.

Bridal party off to the ceremonypinimage

Ring bearer twins off to the ceremonypinimage


Bride off to the ceremonypinimage

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful ceremony! The setting was unbelievably beautiful. I just wish I was the main photographer so that I could have gotten all of the shots that I was looking for. Sometimes when you shoot with someone else, it’s hard to keep them out of the photos! You can see Natasha’s flash diffuser peaking into one of the shots if you look for it. 🙂

Wedding ceremony at Strathcona Lodge on Vancouver Island, B.C.pinimage

Wedding ceremony at Strathcona Lodge on Vancouver Island, B.C.pinimage

Wedding ceremony at Strathcona Lodge on Vancouver Island, B.C.pinimage

After the wedding ceremonypinimage

photo of happy bride and groom after ceremonypinimage

This couple was really great. We couldn’t have asked for a prettier, more expressive bride. And the groom was just a ham! The whole wedding party was wonderful as well, as you can see from some of the group shots I was able to catch towards the end of the day. They wanted to pose by the trucks because the groom’s family owned a logging company. I thought the trucks really made these photos.


Bridal party group photospinimage

happy  bride and groompinimage

Wedding party group photospinimage

Then, of course, there was dancing…

Dancing at the reception pinimage

Dancing at the reception pinimage

So, all in all, it was a great day! Low(er) pressure for me as the second shooter, ideal location, laid back people, and time with a friend. Good times!

You should check out what else Natasha can do at . Her extraordinary talent also goes beyond photography, check this one out too: .

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  • September 17, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Teresa Howe - Great idea that you added the copyright logo. Fun shots!ReplyCancel

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