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!
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.
Meanwhile some of the non-wedding party guys were waiting patiently outside…
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.
After some group shots, of which I didn’t many because we were short on time, everybody started heading to the ceremony.
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. 🙂
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.
Then, of course, there was dancing…
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!