I was at a family event in Penticton last July when the Black Rock Resort called to see if I was available to shoot an elopement on August 30th. I love Black Rock elopements – the resort is perched at the land’s edge, overlooking the oft-booming Pacific. Proximity to so many dramatic landscapes makes BR elopements kind of ideal for anyone who is into adveture and excitement and being in love.
Also, it rains sometimes. People who come to Ucluelet to say their vows in private are pretty much never put off by a little rain, and neither am I.
And neither is Heidi. The West Coast only has a limited number of marriage commissioners, and they’re all great. That might sound like bs to you, but it isn’t. They’re heartfelt and invested, and I think we’re very luck that way.
Sometimes it rains, but we got only a few drops as we trudged out onto the rocks for Thomas and Alli’s intimate little elopement. I think it could have poured and these two would not have noticed; their eyes were on one another every last moment.
So, during this moment, something freaking magical happened. As you can probably tell, I was pretty close up during this ceremony (I suppose you might have guessed that I climbed a rock and used a telephoto – you’d be wrong though – I was holding my camera above my head on live view mode with the screen articulated so I could see what I was shooting) and should have been able to hear every word of their personal vows. But the craziest thing happened. As soon as Thomas opened his mouth to speak, the ocean beyond us suddenly turned tumultuous and raging, drowning out their voices – to me, at any rate. I commented on it to them afterward and they hadn’t noticed. It was almost as though mother nature was saying “these vows are private and I am now censoring them out to all but the intended recipients”. After the vows were said, the sea was quiet once again.
Do you feel that?
In my nearly ten years as a wedding photographer, I’ve seen many personal rituals of love and devotion. I think the knot-tying is my favourite.
Well…actually the ritual of having a photo shoot after your nuptials is my favourite.
Have you been to Brown’s Beach? The Wild Pacific Trail is just begging to be explored, and this is one of my favourite spots. I love that it’s beautiful whether it’s raining or sunny. I love the tall grasses (so do kids!) and the towering trees all around. I’ve shot proposals and families here. This place holds so much joy.
Daily gratitude – I am SO grateful to the couples who allow me the privilege of being their photographer. Every wedding is personal, every one special. The magnitude of being a part of that is not lost on me, and I want every one to know how thoroughly I appreciate being chosen.