Brendan + Alison // Granville Island Wedding

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If you are planning a fall wedding at Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island or any other venue in Vancouver and still need a photographer I’d love to hear from you! Please use the contact form at the top of the page or email me directly at mf@mathiasfastphotography.com. I am currently booking Vancouver and destination weddings for 2018 and 2019.

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Vancouver vendors who helped make this rainy Granville Island Wedding happen:

Planner // Beth – Sweetheart Events

Venue + Caterer // Bridges Restaurant

Hair // Mon Amie Salon

Makeup // Denise Elliott

Florist // Celsia

DJ // Byron James

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Its no secret that Vancouver gets a lot of rain (especially in the fall and winter). If you’re going to have a fall wedding in Vancouver the weather is definitely something you have to keep into account. Ali and Brendan (along with their all star planner Beth from Sweetheart events) knew this and booked the perfect wedding venue for a rainy cold day. They completely transformed Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island with plenty of candles and florals and turned it into a cozy and intimate setting. Ali and her crew spend the early afternoon getting ready at the Granville Island hotel. Situated extremely close to the wedding venue, this hotel is right on the water and has amazing views of Vancouver from many of the rooms. The wedding ceremony took place inside in front of a wall of windows with the Vancouver skyline in the background. The ceremony was equal parts funny and emotional and soon enough we were heading back down the stair to take rainy wedding photos at Granville Island. Another great thing about having your wedding at Bridges Restaurant is the number of great covered options you have for wedding portraits. Along with the entire wedding party we dodged puddles and ran from one awning to another trying to stay dry. Despite it being quite dark outside we we able to get some great candid photos. Ali is a huge fan of Star trek so we ended off the portrait part of the day with a wedding photo inspired by the show. While we were out taking wedding photos in the Vancouver rain, Beth and her team were flipping the entire restaurant from ceremony to reception space. This meant more florals, more candles and a whole lot of unique touches including a gold dinosaur for each place setting. The entire place looked stunning! Speeches throughout the wedding reception had everyone laughing and the incredible food served by Bridges was incredible. Soon enough it was time for the first dance and Ali and Brendan kicked things off surrounded by their favorite people with the city lights of Vancouver in the background.

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To see what Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island looks like on a warm summer wedding day take a look at Katie and Carl’s elegant affair.

Gulf Islands Destination Wedding at Poets Cove // Ashley + Jonathen

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If you are planning a destination wedding at Poets Cove on Pender Island or any other gulf island and still need a wedding photographer I would love to hear from you. Please use the contact form at the top of the page or email me directly at mf@mathiasfastphotography.com. I am currently booking Vancouver and Cape Town weddings for this year and next.

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Wedding vendors who helped make this Gulf Islands destination wedding happen

Venue // Poets Cove Resort and Spa

Planner // Melissa – Eco Chic Affairs

Makeup // House of Beauty

Hair // Angeline Brandt

DJ // Todd LeBlanc

Florist // Twisted Tulip Floral Design

Dessert // Vanilla Leaf Bakery

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The Gulf Islands have an incredible way of making a person feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere while only being a short ferry ride from Vancouver. Ashley and Jonathen chose Poets cove resort and spa on Pender Island for their destination wedding and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. Tucked into a small bay on the island, Poets Cove is a fantastic wedding venue that has plenty of accomodation to host your entire guest list. With most of their guests traveling to the gulf islands for the first time this arrangement was definitely ideal. Every since photographing another wedding at Poets Cove a number of years ago I’ve been looking forward to going back. The islands have a unique way of forcing one into relaxation and I did just that the day before the wedding as I spent the afternoon scouting locations for wedding portraits near the venue. The winding roads, old growth forest and rocky beaches make for epic photo locations. On the day of the wedding I met Ashley as she was getting ready in the main villa at Poets Cove. The morning couldn’t have been more relaxed and allowed me to capture candid photos of the wedding prep. Ashley and Jonathen chose to have a first look near the ocean and then we headed into the forest for the rest of their portrait session. Most wedding ceremonies at Poets Cove take place on the outdoor patio with the ocean as a backdrop and there aren’t many locations more stunning to say I do. A cocktail hour followed in the same space before guest headed indoors to the ballroom for the reception. One of my favorite moments from the day happened shortly before the grand entrance when I happened to be walking past the lobby and spotted Ashley and Jonathen practicing their first dance on a balcony. Based on a recommendation from their fantastic wedding planner Melissa, we took a few minutes during the reception to take a few more portraits at a nearby church covered in moss. As far as destination wedding photos goes, it truly was a unique location! Ashley and Jonathen wanted to have an organic wedding and no where was it more reflected than in the florals. Succulents were everywhere (including the entire bouquet!) and we replanted by the florist following the wedding. I love that they did this intentionally, especially given the incredible natural setting we were in. As I drove off at the end of the night I had the same feeling as I did the the first time I photographed a wedding at Poets Cove and am still looking forward to getting back their soon.

 

 

 

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