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The Art of Calligraphy from Ayla’s View

All hail the handmade!

For most free-spirited and candid couples, choosing to incorporate calligraphy in their wedding is almost a no-brainer. As a Vancouver wedding photographer, I’ve seen calligraphy used in many weddings, but each time it has its own charm and appeal. And best of all, it never fails to bring people joy and that “how adorbs” look in their eyes.

Calligrapher's toolsVancouver calligrapher, Ayla Pena, placing a stamp on an envelope

I never knew much about calligraphy, until I met Ayla, a Vancouver-based calligrapher. “I love personalizing everything and being able to make somebody’s day with a nice little surprise,” says Ayla. She told me that Typography was one of her favorite subjects in university where she was trained in fine arts and advertising design, but her voyage into calligraphy began in 2014 when a close friend surprised her with a beginner’s calligraphy kit. “I realized quickly that I needed to invest in the proper tools, so after lots of testing and research, I’ve finally stock up my arsenal of calligraphy materials like ink, nibs, holders and paper that I’m happy with. I think it took me almost 2 years to be finally come up with my own calligraphy style!” said Ayla. I found her work really beautiful and interesting so I’m going to share with you more what I learned about calligraphy from my conversation with her 😊

Tools of Vancouver calligrapher - Ayla Pena

Calligraphy 101

Ayla said there are two types of calligraphy: traditional and modern. Traditional is more technical and structured; while modern is more free-flowing and widely popular these days, as a lot of calligraphers are building/exploring their own styles.

“A lot of people confuse calligraphy, handwriting and lettering with each other. It doesn’t necessarily mean that if you have nice handwriting, calligraphy would come naturally; although it would help in muscle memory and understanding the consistency of letterforms. It takes time, practice and a certain discipline to be able to do calligraphy and it is absolutely fun to learn!” shared Ayla.

Calligraphy at Weddings

When I asked her for tips for couples in planning and designing their wedding, she gave this great piece of advice:

“Wedding calligraphy is very personal and serves different purposes for every couple. ​Think about your favorite vacation spots, restaurants, songs, books, and other items that remind you of each other or are meaningful to you. Mention those to your invitation designer/calligrapher as they’d love to know more about you as a couple and feel more connected with you.  Also, couples and their calligrapher should set and follow deadlines to be most efficient. Invitation design is no joke and a lot of work goes into creating the perfect invite (among other wedding stationery/signs). Ask your calligrapher what paper they recommend, what printing type is best for the feel of their wedding, and what inks are typically used for their dream wedding stationery.”

Vancouver drawing by calligrapher Ayla Pena Vancouver calligrapher Ayla Pena writing on a table

Ayla offers all sorts of wedding calligraphy services, such as custom invitation suites (invites, save-the-dates, reply cards, and envelope calligraphy), day-of items (maps, place/escort cards, table markers, menu cards, ceremony programs, vow books, and other keepsakes), and large-scale signage (seating charts, menu signs, backdrops, welcome signs, etc.)

Even though calligraphy has already found its way into various wedding paraphernalia, there’s always room for innovation. Ayla recently did a seating chart on a 3′ x 5′ framed mirror at a hotel. Now isn’t that clever?! It just goes to show that there are limitless possibilities when it comes to calligraphy and adding that touch of adorbs to your wedding.

Where Else to Use Calligraphy

Aside from weddings, Ayla has used calligraphy to design logos for new businesses. Her current dream project would be to work with the storefront windows of retailers like Anthropologie.

Though calligraphy is most commonly associated with paper, I learned from Ayla that a lot of calligraphers love to explore materials such as wood, fabric, glass, greenery, rocks, etc. She even has fellow calligrapher friends who have applied it as cake toppers, event décor and table runners.

Tips for People Who Would Like to Learn Calligraphy

Ayla says, “Be patient, practice everyday even for just 15-20 minutes and do not compare yourself to others. Calligraphy should be therapeutic, not stressful.”

Vancouver calligrapher, Ayla Pena, holding her dog - Heisy Vancouver calligrapher, Ayla Pena, walking her dog - Heisy

​Like other artists, she’s always listening to music when she’s creating something. “I also try to look outside letterforms and be inspired by textures and colors, so when I’m ready to work on a project, I can put them all together.” said Ayla. Her yorkie, Heisenberg, keeps her company all the time and shares the frame in her photos too!

You can check out more of Ayla’s work at http://www.aylapena.com. I hope you learned a thing or two about calligraphy just like I did!

Vancouver calligrapher, Ayla Pena, holding her dog Vancouver calligrapher, Ayla Pena, holding her dog

 

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A Mayfair summer wedding

By now you all know the history behind Ange and Ray’s love story. If not, read all about it here before you check out a sneak peek of their wedding photos. I’ll do a detailed blog post of the events that happened but for now, check out their slideshow by clicking the photo below.

 

 

Hair and make up: 2kv artistry

Mia Boutique and Joe Sason

Getting ready venue: Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort

Moores

Proline Trading

Noemi Lucente

Mayfair Lakes

DJ CJ

Photobooth: Retrobox Photo Booth

 

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Engagement session in Stanley Park

SWIPING RIGHT AND SWAPPING I DO’S

It all started with a swipe to the right.

Before the proposal, before the nearly three years of being together as a couple, before the first date, there were two strangers named Ange and Ray. Among all the singles in Metro Vancouver, destiny allowed them to find each other and realize that regardless of what manner, love truly finds a way.

Like most dates, the boy picks up the girl and brings her to a nice place to talk and get to know each other better. Ray, after picking up Ange from work, drove her to Stanley Park to watch the fireworks at English Bay. It was the first time they met in person, after finding each other on a popular dating app. The two both saw something special on that first date in Stanley Park and continued to see each other, resulting in a happy long-term relationship.

Fast forward to years later, Ray proposed to Ange at Canada Place by the waterfront. In an utterly sweet and romantic gesture, he made a bunch of signs similar to that of the movie Love Actually. Then Ray, with the help of his friend, surprised Ange by the big Christmas tree and sang to her a Bruno Mars song.

To anyone who’s reading this, it sounds very much like a modern-day fairytale come true. It may be hard to imagine that it all started with one flick of a finger, but as bride-to-be Ange says, “It’s not about HOW you met. It’s that you met.”

Couple photographed infront of the Lions Gate bridge by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

When asked more about their love story, their answers couldn’t be any cuter!

Here’s a sneak peek into this couple’s journey of finding each other:

What made you swipe right for each other?

Ange – He had this really good lighting picture, which he apparently took four years ago. He had a nice smile!

Ray – I swiped right because I found Angeline very beautiful.  She also had lots of pictures of her doing outdoor activities which I liked.

Couple photographed by Prospect Point by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOSCouple photographed by Prospect Point by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

What were your first impressions of each other?

Ange – He was very energetic and bubbly, and I felt like he’s had a lot of practice with first dates. He held my hand in a span of 10 minutes hahaha.

Ray – My first impression of Angeline was that she was very pretty.  As a person, I realized in the first hour that she was smart, thoughtful and can hold a conversation.  I also found out that she had a great sense of humor.

Couple photographed by Lost Lake by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS Couple photographed by Lost Lake by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOSClose up of engagement ring at Lost Lake in Stanley Park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

What was most memorable for you during the first date that made you think, “Hey there can be something here…” 

Ange – We were playing the 21 questions game where we get to ask each other personal questions without repeating each other’s questions, and for me family was important. So I asked him what his relationship with his mom was like, and he said he was absolutely super close to his mom and he loves her very much. In fact, he said he’ll probably tell his mom about this date. I found out just five days after when I met his mom that this wasn’t just a line!

Ray – After the fireworks, I made her walk 1.5 hours in the dark on the seawall with me while still in her work clothes.  She never once complained.

During the proposal, was Ange caught by surprise? Or did she get prior hints?

Ange – Got absolute hints! Snapping himself in jewelry stores. He wanted to make sure I was on board with this.

Ray – She had hints that I was about to propose but the proposal event itself was a surprise.

Silhouette of couple at Second beach in Stanley park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOSCouple posed by a giant tree near Second beach in Stanley park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

As a Vancouver Wedding Photographer, it never fails to make me smile when I hear love stories like that of Ange and Ray. The couple admits that there have been ups and down throughout their relationship, but through it all, love has kept them together. Now, the two former strangers find themselves counting down the days till they become husband and wife. In honor of their first date, they decided to have their engagement session in Stanley Park. The couple looked so gloriously in love as they strolled the park under the springtime sun.

From swiping right, they will soon swap their “I do’s” this June. It will certainly be a summer of love for these two, and I look forward to being a part of it.

Best wishes to Ange and Ray!

Couple walking on the beach at Second beach in Stanley park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOSGroom lifting bride at Second beach in Stanley park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOSCouple looking at each other at Second beach in Stanley park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOSCouple walking on the beach at Second beach in Stanley park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOSCouple walking on the beach at Second beach in Stanley park by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

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Vendor Highlight: Blooms and Paper

I’m starting something a little bit different on the blog by highlighting a fellow vendor whose work I love and appreciate. First on the blog is Blooms and Paper! I met Ayame at the beginning of this year when we both participated in the Dare to Dream charity event last November 2016. Fast forward to last weekend where the 3rd Art! Vancouver just recently concluded and Ayame contacted me if I would be willing to document her first appearance at this event. It worked out perfectly because it’s been in my things to do to connect and feature fellow wedding vendors. With the help of Denise (writer), we attended the gala night where I got the opportunity to reconnect with Ayame. 

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BUDGET IN BLOOM

It is an amazing feeling to be creative. Every individual has something inside them that stirs up the imagination; and when these ideas are transformed into creative action, the result is usually something utterly beautiful.

The best thing about creativity is that it can be expressed in a plethora of different forms and mediums. Ayame Villarroel, the owner and creator of Blooms and Paper, found her avenue in the most simple everyday material: Paper.  

Ayame’s Blooms and Paper business offers enchanting and colorful Flower Wall rentals for various occasions. The eye-catching creations started in 2016 when Ayame had a need that could not be filled by anyone else.

As any mother would, Ayame wanted the best for her daughter’s first birthday party. “I really wanted to have a flower wall for her birthday. I started searching around here in Vancouver but some companies are expensive and I really can’t find the actual flower wall that I’m looking for,” shares Ayame. So she decided to make her own. Starting from April to July, her very first flower wall took her three months to finish. “It’s a lot of work,” Ayame says with a chuckle, but since then she has been making them faster and more efficiently.

At her daughter’s first birthday party, her flower wall was a hit. Ayame’s friends and family members were soon asking her if they could rent the flower wall. It was not long until she started taking orders for sets of flowers and began to get referrals.

Blooms and Paper’s flower walls are also growing their presence online. “Right now, most of my clients, I get from Instagram,” notes Ayame. “If I ask them, oh where did you find me, how did you hear about my business, they’ll be like, yeah [from] Instagram.”

Since the launch of the business, Ayame’s flower walls have graced the halls of corporate events, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and birthday parties. The great thing about the flower walls is that they can be used for any event. Blooms and Paper was also recently featured in Art! Vancouver, where its beautiful 8×16 foot flower wall stopped the tracks of almost everyone who passed by. One after another, visitors of the event took photos with the flower wall and adored its elegance.  


Vancouver Event Photographer – Isabella of This Is It Studios documented the event’s opening night gala, where Ayame took a runway walk with a vibrantly hued sample of her creations.  

“Every day that we value the artists of our country is a day that we are celebrating the fact that we are people that are not only here to live and to exist, but to create work that is going to change, transform, shift and move people,” said CBC Arts TV’s Amanda Parris, who hosted the gala.

Ayame’s artistry can be seen not only in her meticulous arrangement and brilliant choice of colors, but also in the up-close details of every flower in her wall. She claims that each artist has a personal touch, and hers can be found in the details that she passionately incorporates.

For more information on Blooms and Paper, email ayame@bloomsandpaper.com or visit www.bloomsandpaper.com.

– Denise

* * Denise is a Vancouver based freelance writer and editor. She first made a guest appearance in this blog during the last Fall for Local event.

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A spring snowboarding engagement session in Whistler

     Being a Vancouver wedding photographer for free spirited and candid individuals, every photo shoot is just as different as the next. In engagement photo shoots, there really is no rulebook to follow. I have long encouraged couples to have fun and be themselves in photo shoots since people look their best when they have an authentic glow of happiness, and smiles are at their best when they are accompanied by a chock-full of genuine laughter.    

     Soon-to-weds Raissa and Louis are both avid snowboard enthusiasts, that’s why choosing to do a snowboarding engagement session was a perfect concept for the couple. As a fellow snowboarder myself, I was beaming with joy when they initially suggested this concept which I happily said YES! Thank goodness my snowboarding skills is much better now compared to 3 years ago! It was a thrill to capture their images in Whistler Mountain, especially with the couple already having specific views and places in mind. With keen faces, we threaded the blanket of snow in Whistler Peak, Upper Peak to Creak, West Cirque, Flute bowl, Lower Franz and the Cheakamus Lake area.

     We all now know that 2017 was an answered prayer for skiers and snowboarders since the mountain was blessed with tons of snow, however, clear days were sparsely given. On the day of the shoot, we took a chance on the forecast and thankfully our hopeful optimism paid off. This was the 1 day in the week where it was forecasted to have a bit of sun and boy did it not disappoint. The bright blue skies and beautiful weather made way for great pictures and also allowed the couple to enjoy a euphoric run down the powder white slopes.

     Though the couple has already been planning their wedding which will be held on September this year, Louis hasn’t formally proposed yet prior to the photo shoot. The groom-to-be surprised Raissa at the beginning of our shoot and made his romantic proposal at the peak of whistler mountain. The bride-to-be was beaming with joy and surprise as her future husband knelt down on one knee. The photos do not give justice to how scenic this looked and how it unfolded before my eyes. The absolute purity of the snow, combined with the tranquil fog, created an otherworldly scene at the top of the mountain.

     It was a memorable and joyous day for the couple and me; not only was I lucky to be their engagement photographer, but I was also fortunate enough to be the only witness to their formal engagement. I can’t wait to attend their wedding in Banff at the end of September!

 

First view point: Peak of Whistler Mountain

Whistler peak by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring Snowboarding Whistler Engagement by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring Snowboarding Whistler Engagement by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring Snowboarding Whistler Engagement by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

After a few “test shots”, this is where things become interesting 🙂    

  
Spring Snowboarding Whistler Engagement by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

She STILL can’t believe THAT just happened! Her expression says it all. 🙂

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Engagement Proposal at the peak of whistler mountain by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Now that’s done, off to the next location! View from Upper Peak to Creek where we had to hike a few feet with our snowboards. 

Whistler view from upper peak to creek by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS
Spring snowboarding engagement in whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

West Cirque and Cheakamus Lake

West Cirque and Cheakamus Lake view by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

West Cirque and Cheakamus Lake view by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

THAT VIEW!

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

In search of pretty trees!

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

He says, “To go back to the ski lift, we just need to go where those tracks are!”

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

It was a little bit foggy the first time at the peak, so we took our chances and went up again in hopes of seeing the Black Tusk! 

Black Tusk view from the peak of whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Flute Bowl

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

On our way back, of course we had to have the village in the background – Creekside

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Spring snowboarding engagement in Whistler by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

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Fall for Local 2017

What better way to spend a weekend than indulge in locally crafted treasures and delicious treats? Last April 29-30, FALL FOR LOCAL held its 2017 Spring Pop-Up Market at the Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver. A plethora of independent brands filled the venue with amazing items and inspiring stories.

Aside from being a Vancouver wedding photographer, Isabella of THIS IS IT STUDIOS, also loves to document events such as these and being a  business owner herself, she supports fellow local entrepreneurs and takes pride in helping the local economy grow. She met Fall For Local founder Kelly Turner two years ago and has been collaborating with her ever since.

I was fortunate enough to be able to  visit the market on its second day when Isabella invited me to join her. It was a bright and sunny day outside, but the event created its own sunshine indoors as the entire place radiated with creativity and craftsmanship.

 

Fall for local 2017 photographed by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the market on its second day when Isabella invited me to join her. It was a bright and sunny day outside, but the event created its own sunshine indoors as the entire place radiated with creativity and craftsmanship.

 

As I entered the market, one of the products that caught my attention is the Coast Protein Bar, which is made from…(drumroll)…crickets. Yes, you read it correctly. Why crickets? Elsa of Coast explains, “When you look at it from a nutrition profile, there’s a ton of protein in cricket — we have 65% protein per weight of cricket. Comparing that to meat, it’s three times more than beef and two times more than chicken. Crickets also have a high source of iron, more than spinach; high source of calcium, more than dairy; all nine amino acids and omegas.” 

 

 

Who knew those little creatures could pack in so much good stuff? The bars are being sold in two flavors: Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate. A friend of mine, who tasted them without knowing what it was made of, was surprised to learn that it was made from crickets. His genuine reaction was a telltale sign that it doesn’t taste odd or different at all. And for the nutritional benefits, it’s certainly worth a try.

 

 

Another unbelievably healthy product comes from Whisk Premium Matcha. If you’re like me, I used to think that all green tea and matcha are one and the same. Apparently not! In terms of antioxidants and nutrients, one cup of Whisk Matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of Green tea! Can you imagine?! Due to its specialized production process, the product contains a higher concentration of the benefits of green tea and a higher chlorophyll level which is a natural detoxifier of the body. Plus, it also has several added vitamins and nutrients that cannot be found in normal green tea consumption. And best of all, it tastes delightful! I tried the Whisk latte — the blend was light, sweet and refreshing…makes you want to break up with coffee and marry that matcha.

 

 

The delight that you get from attending the market is, of course, not limited to the palate. Visually alluring designs and intoxicating scents tickle your senses as you move from one booth to another. One whiff of Kismet’s Black Lava Salt Soak sent me to a place of utter bliss; while the brilliant simplicity of Konisastudio’s magnetic display prop amused my design sensibilities.

 

Brand Squawk tote bag

Brand Squawk tote bag

Brand Squawk t-shirt photographed by Vancouver wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Brand Squawk t-shirt

The event also caters to people of different lifestyles. For jetsetters, Aria offers an airplane travel kit that contains everything you need on flight and during layovers. For new moms, Little Lamb and Ivy offers unique Milestone Blankets that allow you to record the growth of your little one through a fun and easy way.  And for those who love statement tees, brands Tagulan and Brand Squawk will definitely give you a good chuckle with their creative clothing lines.  

Another great thing about the Fall For Local market is the evident support of the vendors towards each other’s businesses. I met a few vendors that carried products of other local craftspeople in their booths. One example is the House of Blond booth, which aside from providing a Braid Bar and showcasing its Ceramkore tools and Kevin Murphy hair products, also featured jewelry made by a local designer.

“Being in an environment like this where you can support other local businesses is super important,” noted Sarah from the House of Blond. “So the collaboration of this jewelry designer and us is just a great way for us to be able to amalgamate businesses. I do think that there should be a lot more of these [events] happening instead of [promoting] massive corporations where the small guys don’t benefit.”

Despite the fact that it was my first time to attend a Fall For Local Pop-up market, I immediately understood its significance and vision. When asked about her thoughts on being a first time participant in the market, Colette Richardson of Brand Squawk shared that she had a great experience. “Kelly’s done an amazing job at organizing it. Amazing vendors…so well thought out…lots of different types of things, not every booth is the same,” she added.

When both visitors and exhibitors enjoy the event, it’s a success in my book. I definitely look forward to the next! 

Love, Denise*

 

For more photos of the event, please visit: http://thisisitstudios.pass.us/fall-for-local-2017/

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* Denise is a Vancouver based freelance writer and editor. When she’s not switching her hat from being a wordsmith to a marketer, she immerses herself in writing songs and obsesses in all things furry.

 

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An intimate Indian wedding in Kitsilano

When it comes to wedding celebrations, every couple can always opt for their own cup of tea. Indian weddings are commonly known to be large and involve the entire community, but newlywed couple Harish and Gurpreet chose to commemorate their love with a small and delightfully intimate wedding.

 

I must confess, I’ve grown to love small and intimate weddings. This is actually my third for 2017. The nature of a small wedding ushers in a more relaxed and laid back atmosphere for both the couple and the guests to engage in the ceremony and mingle amongst each other after.

 

The ceremony was held in the charming house of the commissioner (Ann Moore) in Kitsilano, Vancouver. The quaint house became the ideal setting for couple’s wedding rites, as the timeless interiors complemented Gurpreet’s unforgettable beauty and Harish, who looked strikingly handsome in his well-tailored suit.

 

The beautiful bride was clad in her alluring traditional Indian wedding gown, which paid homage to her cultural roots. The light pink gown with gold details was a perfect match for the cherry blossoms that had recently flourished all over Vancouver. Just as the cherry blossoms signaled the onset of spring, so did the blushing bride’s “I do” signal the beginning of a new and wonderful life with her husband.

 

Harish and Gurpreet’s new beginning was blessed with good weather and the great company of their family and friends. As they strolled along Kitsilano beach, the newlyweds were filled with light and love while being surrounded by the remarkable landscape. It was the only day in that week that didn’t have rain. Whether it be due to luck or destiny, the sun had indeed smiled upon the marriage of this beautiful couple.

 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Sarpal!

 

Wedding ceremony venue in Kitsilano photographed by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer - This is it studios

Cherry blossoms in April

Groom waiting for his bride

Candid portrait of Indian bride and groom at kitsilano

portrait of Indian bride in kitsilano

Portrait of Indian bride and groom at the ceremony

Ring exchange between Indian bride and groom

Intimate Indian wedding ceremony with marriage commissioner, Anne Moore

Cellphone photo of Indian bride and groom

Portrait of Indian bride and groom

The groom and his close friends

Candid photo of the bride and her girlfriends

Detail photo of the bride's hands holding her bouquet

Detail photo of the bride's face

Detail photo of the bride's bouquet

Black and white portrait of Indian bride and groom in kitsilano

Candid portrait of Indian bride and groom in kitsilano

Black and white portrait of Indian bride and groom in kitsilano

Candid portrait of Indian bride and groom in kitsilano

Candid portrait of Indian bride and groom in kitsilano

Black and white portrait of Indian bride and groom in kitsilano

 

Vendor details:

Commissioner – Ann Moore (604 – 731 – 1116)

 

 

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Grouse mountain winter engagement

For these two lovebirds, there was a particular reason why they decided to flock to Grouse Mountain last December. Soon-to-wed Serena and Shaun chose to make their first winter visit in Grouse Mountain more memorable by having their engagement shoot in a rolling landscape of powdery white bliss. 

Despite the low temperature, the couple found warmth in each other’s eyes as they posed playfully beneath the snow-covered trees that towered around them.

The location and theme was perfect for the couple, who are avid fans of winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing and snow shoeing. As I often emphasize to my clients, it’s always important for engagement shoots to reflect who the couple are. Serena and Shaun nailed this mantra by even recreating moments from their first date with a cup of joe in each hand.

As the afternoon progressed, the lovebirds fluffed their feathers and changed into more formal outfits. Serena looked remarkably lovely in her pale lavender halter dress. Her heartwarming glow could instantly melt even the largest snowflake, while Shaun looked dapper in his gray suit punctuated with a striped lavender necktie.   

With their wedding set this summer of 2017, the couple will certainly have the best of both seasons. I, on the other hand, had the best time shooting my first winter engagement with them. Another one off my bucket list!

grouse mountain winter engagement by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

engagement portrait of bride and groom by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

engagement portrait of bride and groom in grouse mountain by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

candid engagement portrait of bride and groom in grouse mountain by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

Grouse mountain groomer by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

Engagement portrait of bride and groom in front of the Grouse mountain groomer by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

Engagement portrait of bride and groom in front of the Grouse mountain groomer by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

Snowshoes of bride and groom in Grouse mountain by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

Candid portrait of bride and groom snow shoeing in Grouse mountain by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

portrait of bride and groom snow shoeing in Grouse mountain by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

portrait of bride and groom snow shoeing in Grouse mountain by Vancouver intimate wedding photographer THIS IS IT STUDIOS

 

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Whistler winter wedding

Brides aren’t the only ones who dream of a Winter Wedding. Photographers do too! For 2016, it was part of my bucket list to photograph a winter wedding and engagement. I’m happy to share that both have been crossed off the list. 

On the afternoon of January 19, 2017, this photographer’s dream finally came true. A cool breeze of luck blew my way and I was selected by Natasha and Andrew to photograph their Winter Wedding at Whistler, British Columbia.

Both hailing from Australia, the couple chose Whister to be the perfect location for their destination wedding due to the bride’s history with the famed tourist spot. Natasha used to work in Whister a few years back. She introduced Andrew to this winter wonderland and they both fell in love with the gorgeous scenery that it had to offer.  

With family and friends coming from all over the world, the wedding day was certainly filled with much excitement and anticipation.

The couple and their entourage made their wedding preparations at Four Seasons Whister. The bride, in pristine perfection, carried a bouquet of dainty white flowers as she walked the aisle of the Istken Hall of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center. Andrew was all smiles as he watched his bride approach between the rows of white candle light.

At last, the moment had arrived. Natasha and Andrew said their “I dos” amidst a beautiful backdrop of white snow and the dream of a winter wonderland come to life. 

More magical moments ensued as the newly-weds celebrated their reception at The Cellar / Bar Oso. The décor stayed on-theme as the crisp white hydrangeas evoked the couple’s winter fantasy and the purity of their love and commitment as husband and wife.

Congratulations Natasha and Andrew!

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