Being an older brother is tough. You have to rough ‘em up just enough, but not enough to leave a bruise that mom will see, and keep them on their Volleyball game constantly, or else they’ll spoil your high school “legacy”. Then, if you’re lucky, you get to watch them fall in love with the girl of their dreams (which you have to razz them about), and one day be asked to capture the happiest day of their lives on camera.

Tough, but an honour, the entire way through. My younger brother Karsten wed his gorgeous wife Alison in the idyllic Wisconsin lake country, where Ali grew up. Though the town is small, Ali has never been anything but larger than life, and her personality shone through every detail of their wedding day.

The bride and her ‘maids readied themselves at Ali’s stunning family home, where they enjoyed a peaceful morning of reflection and anticipation. It was here that I caught one of my all-time favourite portraits: Ali, asked by the videographer to speak about why she loves Karsten, wiping a single tear off her face, her expression one of purest joy.

The church ceremony didn’t leave a dry eye in the house, and neither did the weather; we were blessed with a good ol’ fashioned prairie deluge, which may have shortened our portrait session, but definitely didn’t damper any spirits.

Guests mingled at the historic Oconomowoc Lake Club before settling down to an intimate, cosy dinner in the Commodore dining room. Ali’s artistic flair adorned every detail: from the pressed flower table numbers and floral table runners to the impeccable calligraphy. Afterward, the really party got started, kicked off by a one-of-a-kind father-daughter dance. It was around that time that I had to set down my own camera and resume my duties as older brother- out on the dance floor.

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Vendors who helped make this Oconomowoc Lake Club wedding happen:

Videographer // Justin Lovett

Florist // Belle Fiori

Hair // Michelle Mayer

Dress // Hayley Paige

Ceremony Venue // St. Mary’s Church, Dousman

Reception Venue // Oconomowoc Lake Club

Photographer // Mathias Fast Photography


Thanks for stopping by! If you are planning your own wedding at the Oconomowoc Lake Club or any other unique venue in lake country, Wisconsin I’d love to hear from you. I am currently booking 2017 and 2018 local and destination weddings.

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As any bride knows, planning a wedding ain’t easy, but add in the *minor* detail of pregnancy, and you deserve all the awards. But Georgia did just that- and managed to pull off the perfect balance of elegant style and personal touch in the meantime. A beautiful Vancouver spring day (a rare sunny gem- Vancouverites will appreciate) set the stage for Georgia and Taylor’s union, warm and family-spirited. They were married in a church built by her Grandfather and drove to their Granville Island reception in a sleek classic car. The False Creek Community Centre was the ideal venue for long tables and family-style dining, the bride and groom mingling amongst guests as if they were, well, family. Earnest Ice Cream and fruit crumble replaced traditional wedding cake as pinatas watched from above, and when guests needed respite from dancing their socks off on the Persian carpet dance floor, they sunk into plush vintage couches that provided both comfort and flair. Cafe lighting throughout the hall added a final, stylish touch to create an atmosphere that was cosy, fun, and totally Georgia and Taylor.

Planning a wedding requires enough effort but add in the *small* detail of being pregnant while doing so and your deserve all the awards :) Georgia and Taylor’s wedding on Granville Island was full of warmth and personal details. They were married in a church built by her Grandfather, drove to the reception in a classic car and ate dinner family-style with their guests.  Earnest Ice cream and fruit crumble replaced a traditional wedding cake; in the corner of the False creek community centre hung piñata replicas, right next to band jamming away on persian carpets. String lights were throughout the venue and vintage couches provided relief for guest when they needed a break from dancing. It was the perfect day for a spring wedding in Vancouver.

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Some of the best wedding vendors in Vancouver helped make this Granville Island wedding happen:

Planner / Spread Love Events

Hair + Makeup / Denise Elliot

Florist / Rogue Florist

Caterer / Savoury City

Band / Musos 

Dress / Truvelle

Ceremony Venue / Dunbar Ryerson Church

Reception Venue / False Creek Community Centre

Photographer // Mathias Fast Photography


Thanks for stopping by!

If you are having your wedding on Granville Island at the False Creek Community Centre or any other unique wedding venue in Vancouver I’d love to hear from you. Please use the contact form at the top of the page or email me directly at I am currently book local and destination weddings for 2017 and 2018.


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