Kelly + Mark had a Yacht Club wedding incorporating all of the elements that they love. Kelly sums it up nicely by saying, “In picking our wedding venue, we both love the outdoors, love the water and the mountains, so we knew that this needed to be incorporated. However, we wanted to pick a place that had meaning to us both, but since we weren’t currently living in Vancouver, this was a challenge. Mark used to sail on the provincial team in Manitoba and I swam competitively all throughout school and in University; therefore, we both grew up in the water. When we started looking at places, Mark said he had competed at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club – it was perfect. Our venue incorporate Mark’s love of sailing and a view of the outdoors and also incorporate my love for the ocean and mountains (Vancouver). It was also perfect because Mark proposed to me on a beach in Toronto. We also knew that it would be a great place to show our out of town guests (approx. 2/3 of guests are from across Canada, and other parts of the world).”
We photographed Kelly’s sister, Gillian’s wedding in 2014, and also photographed Kelly’s bridesmaid Renee’s wedding in 2012. It was nice to see familiar faces all together in one room! Kelly got ready at her parent’s house and Mark got ready at their home in Kitsilano. They rented a Trolley as transportation for the day because it was big enough to hold both sides of the their immediate family + wedding party. They wanted a traditional wedding, so they married at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Vancouver. After the ceremony, the weather was on and off with rain just in time for the portrait session, however, the couple was brave enough to push through the unpredictable weather to get some photos in a forest, then a little beach on Spanish Banks, and finishing off on the docks at the Yacht Club. The reception was decorated beautifully with floral arrangements by Flowerz. There was an amazing sunset during speeches, to show off the beauty of Vancouver. Mark performed his signature Rasputin dance after the first dance. It all started at Kelly’s cousin’s wedding, where it was Mark’s first time meeting her entire family. Mark had never done the dance before, but Kelly was convinced he could nail it, so she pushed him out on the dance floor. Now it’s his signature party trick and a must at every wedding! Thank you Kelly + Mark + family for being so welcoming and trusting us to photograph such a special day! – Lauren
See Kelly’s sister’s Vancouver Rowing Club wedding that we photographed last year.