Ivy and Aabid's Sea to Sky Elopement
An adventurous commute, breathtaking views and a ceremony that brought everyone to tears is exactly what Intimate Weddings with Wild Hearts Collective and Pop Up Weddings is all about!
When Holly of Pop Up Weddings asked Amanda and I if we were available for Flowers and Photography for a Sea to Sky wedding, we danced/booty shook (LOL!) with excitement thinking about all the possibilities of this Elopement. With little photo inspiration from Ivy for her bouquet, Amanda , inspired by the Sea to Sky Views, went to work with all locally sourced foliage and flowers. To ensure the integrity of the blooms, Amanda hand picked each stem from Flowers from a Country Garden (a local Flower Farm in the lower mainland). Amanda was clearly stoked about the outcome, as she made sure to mention "Take a million photos of that arrangement!"
Having not met the couple previously, and with minimal email interaction, I was really excited to meet the couple who booked such a wild Elopement. With the arrangement in hand I waited patiently outside the Gondola for Ivy to arrive. So there I am nervous as hell, not knowing who I was about to spend my afternoon with/take Photos of; when I saw what looked to be a bride sitting in a white car. I made my way over to introduce myself and show her Amanda's arrangement. Ivy was sitting in the back seat being fanned by her friend, keeping her cool on the super hot mid July day.
Off we went, riding up the side of the Mountain with the Bride, her father and brother. When I looked down at her bouquet I noticed she was clutching the base with a Rosary wrapped around her hand. As we made eye contact she mentioned that her mom is no longer here but the Rosary was hers, so she wanted it with her. 5 minutes into meeting Ivy, and I am already weeping along with her family.
Ivy and Aabid were high school sweet hearts who have been friends and lovers for over 18 years. Amidst the gorgeous mountains, Aabid and Ivy said their vows to one another. Pulling at our heart strings, their 12 guests sat around them crying and laughing as they made their way through their "I do's". Working in this industry, I thought I had met a types of love (quiet, loud, brand new, old flames), but Ivy and Aabid were something else. The way they look at each other is all of those emotions wrapped together.
They mentioned they've never had their photo professionally taken, I was next level stoked to create some images that they would fall in love with. Photographing clients like Ivy and Aabid make working in this crazy and busy industry so fricken worth it. I am so happy to have been able to witness their wedding, and so happy to have documented their love.