vancouver chinatown wedding | sophia & trevor

In the weeks before a wedding, I always ask couples to send over the final details for the big day. Perhaps the most important piece of information I request is a description of the feeling they would like their photos to have. Trevor and Sophia sent me the most beautiful and richly detailed description, and I think there is no better way to set the tone before I share a selection of their wedding day images:

In terms of photos, we are looking to have a lot of candids, with an editorial feel. Like something we would see in magazine shoots in an urban setting. Us in a crowd of others at the night market for example. The videos on your blog this spring of days ‘n’ nights in Wisconsin are also really aligned with our vision. The night market will allow for some great shots, we think. Imagine us in wedding wear among a crowd of people eating food truck fare and perusing the market. A feeling of place and feeling of the moment. If I were to describe the emotion of the photos, I would say we want a feeling of casual luxury, love and intimacy in a public space. Doisneau’s “The Kiss” is a good example. I hope this makes sense. Somewhat stylized, and edgy, along with romantic shots. Big smiles…feeling of joy. An intimate moment in a public environment.

At Bao Bei, we will be sitting at the bar. People will be coming up to speak to us, and we want those moments captured. We have chosen Bao Bei specifically because we don’t want a head table and we want an environment that allows a closeness to ourselves and our guests throughout the night. We will of course need the requisite posed photos with family at the gardens. I hope this gives you a good idea. I am extremely confident that your style and talents will make this happen. We are so looking forward to having you and Brian there to share our day.

But I will say a bit more before we dive in. So clearly and beautifully articulated was Sophia and Trevor's vision of what they wanted for their wedding day that it created a dream come true for us, as photographers and as friends. They asked us to photograph their wedding day with the same approach we would if we were just hanging out, documenting details moments while setting aside the formality, the extended posing. Their day was a feast for the senses, and was accompanied by more than a little magic. From the party bus of Australian senior citizens that pulled over and offered us a free ride to the ceremony when Brian and I couldn't find a cab, to the way the sun broke through the tough Vancouver cloud cover just as Sophia walked down the aisle to meet Trevor, the day was filled with fortuity.

Sophia and Trevor, what an honour it was to travel across the country to document and share in your day. I am in awe of the way you see the world, and the way you are as individuals and as a couple. You are class embodied. It was amazing to meet more of your friends and your wonderful families, and see the life you've built together in Vancouver. I know you will continue to be truly happy there, and the happiest together.

The ceremony was officiated by Martha Markus, who is Trevor's office manager and the couple's friend. She did an absolutely beautiful job.

After the portraits, the celebrations continued at Bao Bei, a cozy Chinese Brasserie in the heart of Chinatown.

Sophia designed these beautiful letterpress invitations. Aren't they incredible?


Ceremony venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden  //  Reception venue: Bao Bei  // Officiant: Martha Markus  // Photography: Dallas Curow Photography, assisted by Brian Fauteux.