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shaun & solo- thetis island

May 5, 2016

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Let me tell you about Overbury.

Tucked away on the shores of Thetis Island, Overbury Resort is a west coast treasure. The property has been family owned and operated since 1907! Rich in history and natural beauty, weddings at Overbury are always a highlight of viagra online usa my year.

Shaun and Solo’s celebration was no exception! On a warm September day, the couple’s families and friends came together for a beautiful ceremony on the lawn, and a reception in the pavilion. Most of the guests stayed in cabins at Overbury, making this a weekend-long celebration with early morning swims, afternoon bbq’s and late night campfires.

Thank you Shaun and Solo! This day was magical and I loved being a part of it.

Arlene and the Overbury team- I appreciate your hospitality each time I am lucky enough to visit. Thank you!

Venue: Overbury
Cake: Oveybury
Florals: Overbury
Catering: Overbury
Hair:
Conscious Hair by Elena
Film Scans- Caribou

 

 

 

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mike & jessie – north arm farm

March 6, 2016

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As many of you know, North Arm Farm is one of my favourite weddings venues. The natural beauty of the Pemberton Valley complements my photography style perfectly. Endless natural light, beautiful scenery and delicious farm-to-table dining are a few of many reasons why I love spending my time at the farm.

Jessie and I met for coffee in Vancouver and clicked right away. Everything she was planning for her wedding (fresh florals garlands, a long table dinner and fresh cold pressed Juice Truck cocktails) sounded perfect to me.

After deciding to work together, we got started planning her engagement photographs. While I love the muted tones and mountain views in Pemberton, I also have a love of the moody colours and dramatic scenery of the west coast. It turns out, so did Jessie and Mike! I had the privilege of joining Jessie and Mike at their waterfront summer cabin on Pender Island where we created incredible portraits together.

By the time the wedding came, I felt like we had known each other far longer than we had. Their families welcomed me with incredible warmth and buy viagra pills their friends were sincere beyond measure. Jessie and Mike’s wedding checked all the boxes. A sweet, family oriented ceremony. A relaxed, social cocktail hour (including a family game of badminton!). A fun dance party in the barn where guests of all ages hit the dance floor hard.

Venue- North Arm Farm

Florals- Celsia

Planning and Styling- Ola, Flock Events

Hair- Nadia Albano

Makeup- Jasmine Hoffman

Calligraphy- Fox and Flourish

Catering- Collective Kitchen

Dress- Ellebay

Bridesmaids dresses- Monique L’Huillier

Cold pressed juice cocktails- The Juice Truck

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christie graham highlights 2015

February 9, 2016

Thirty couples stood in front of my camera this year.

I met their friends, family and captured some incredible celebrations in British Columbia and around the world.

I started the year with an intimate four person elopement in Whistler at one of my favourite places, Nita Lake Lodge (hello Creekbread anyone?) and finished the year in Cuba for a big destination wedding on the beach. In between those celebrations, my work took me to farms in Pemberton (quite often!), private residences on the Gulf Islands, castles in Victoria, vineyards in the Okanagan and beaches in Tofino.

The biggest highlight this year? The fall print issue of The Knot Magazine named Christie Graham Photography one of the Twelve Wedding Experts you need to Follow on Instagram. Seeing my name next to companies like Mindy Weiss, Reem Acra, KT Merry and Hailey Paige was a big moment. Additionally, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, Pacific Weddings and Wedding Bells Magazine featured my work.

It’s important to challenge yourself in business. Last August I shot four weddings in a row (Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND SUNDAY). A serious challenge. It was intense (okay, really intense…), but also very rewarding. After inhaling a large ice cream on my drive home, I treated myself to a sleep-in, a facial and a hike with friends the following day. Finding a balance between personal and professional life is not always easy for me. I am proud to say I made this a priority in 2015.

Those of you who run small businesses are probably wearing many hats every day. We choose to do it all ourselves: bookkeeping, accounting, errands, editing, shooting and emails. As Christie Graham Photography continued to grow, I partnered with a financial advisor, an accountant and a lawyer. Those professionals guided me through an incorporation! Meet Christie Graham Photography Limited!

I continued to teach workshops for professional wedding photographers looking to elevate their work and brand. This allowed me to connect with talented professionals to produce styled shoots for the attendees. Each styled shoot was intentionally understated, drew inspiration from nature and strived for authentic and honest imagery. Working with photographers at one on one’s has allowed me to share techniques on making natural light portraits, strategies on incorporating film into my workflow and hands on skills for working with real couples on their wedding achaten-suisse.com day.

Destination weddings in Maui and Cuba were big highlights this year. Thank you Stu and Lauren, and Joel and Kelli for bringing me along to these amazing places! Having the chance to explore Havana was magical, and getting in a morning surf before shooting a Maui wedding was pure bliss. My sister also surprised our family by tying the knot in Ireland during my visit in the spring (a complete surprise!). I was lucky to not only be her witness, but to photograph her and her husband so I could share the day with everyone back home.

I also brought my camera along on some personal trips to Haida Gwaii, Iceland, Bali, Ireland, London, Paris and Manila. I chose to shoot film on almost all of my personal travels this year. I am wondering if you would like to see more of my personal work on my blog? (Feel free to answer in the comments).

Thank you to all of the couples who chose to work with me for your weddings in 2015. I truly appreciate your confidence in my photographs, your referrals to your friends, your thank you cards and your unique and welcoming personalities. Not only was it amazing to deliver your final collections and albums, but spending the day with you and getting to know your family and friends is a big part of why I love what I do.

What’s next? A rebrand for starters. My new website will be up and running soon, so please stay in touch. Other notable plans this year include weddings in Germany, Hawaii and Ireland along with a collection of beautiful BC venues. I can’t wait to share more photographs and stories with you. Thank you for your continued support of Christie Graham Photography.

If you want to see more photographs from this year, keep scrolling!