strathcona park lodge summer wedding

alexa & alastair’s mid summer wedding at the oh-so-fabulous strathcona park lodge

it was during that time of a west coast summer – when the days are still long, the sun shines hot & we’re grateful for breezes blowing in off the water – that alexa & alastair gathered together their international tribe of family & friends at strathcona park to celebrate their walk into marriage. It’s a bit of journey, getting there… a drive north up vancouver island, a turn towards the west coast at campbell river, & mid way across the island lies buttle lake, & at the edge of the lake lies the lodge, in the heart of one of the island’s premier parks. There’s no cell service, the vibe is laid-back & chill (much like alexa & alastair) & it was the perfect landing pad for their wedding day. As alexa said ‘i just want to get married surrounded by water & trees’. Their day was full of love, laughter, great food & even better company. The sun came & went, our hearts grew bigger with the sharing of their vows, & the night sky filled with starts while some epic dance moves filled the barn at the lodge. I can very honestly still feel the fullness in my heart & the smile on my face as i drove back to the east coast, in the late night/early morning hours, good music still ringing in my ears.

alexa & alastair, may your days & hearts be filled with all the warmth & caring shared on your wedding day, may the seas bring you great waves for riding & may your love continue to deepen & flourish in the years ahead as mr & mrs. Heartfelt gratitude to you both, for sharing a sweet slice of it all with me.

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  • John Hubbard

    Alexa and Alastair thank you for such a wonderful weekend, with awesome memories through these pictures. Pictures have captured the essence of this time of families, friends, and relatives, brought together in celebration of your wedding. Laughter, smiles, hugs, speeches, jokes, family reunions. For all of it, thank you! Wishing you the very best. Uncle John ❤️ReplyCancel


hornby island fine art documentary wedding photography

day-after celebration session | fine art documentary wedding photography – sunset wedding photos at the oh-so-stunning helliwell park on beautiful hornby island, bc.

emily & tyler’s amazing wedding at sea breeze lodge on hornby island (you can see their wedding photos here) went full tilt, full of fun & love, all day long. And the time they planned to put aside to drive out to helliwell for photos was spent, instead, celebrating with their family & friends. And so we met up for a day-after session (well a week-after session to be precise)… they got all dressed up again & full of their just-married-delight-&-love, we wandered around the park into &through the sunset. It was all a bit of magic. And a whole lot of beautiful…

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bodega ridge wedding

kailey & matt’s most epic & amazing bodega ridge wedding on galiano island, bc.

sometimes it’s hard to find the words. How to describe a wedding day, a celebration, a walk into marriage? And it’s like that for me now, with kailey & matt’s oh-so-fabulous bodega ridge wedding on galiano island. But 2 words do keep coming to mind… epic & amazing. When i think of the love that was shared, all of the laughter, the ease & elegance, the kinship & connectedness kailey & matt share with their tribe of friends & family, their graciousness & omg the dance moves, it all seems beautifully & fully held in epic. And amazing. And so i will leave it at that & let the photos tell the story… of the coming together of two families & many friends, of two fabulous people walking into the rest of their days together. It all started the night before, feasting & sharing, & the love carried on from there…

kailey & matt, thank you. Thank you for sharing you & all of this, with me. Thank you for the incredible ride.

we begin this journey traveling onto galiano island, en route to bodega ridge & kailey & matt’s friday evening gathering featuring paella & some heartfelt & hilarious speeches (a fantastic way to start off their weekend of celebrating). Following are the photos, from morning ’til night, of their fantastic wedding day.

hang on for the ride…

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hornby island beautiful rainy day wedding

hornby island wedding in the rain ~ emily & tyler’s beautiful rainy day wedding at the very lovely sea breeze lodge on hornby island.

most couples, when planning a summer wedding, plan on sunshine. They have a plan b, if the rains comes, but the aspiration is for sunshine. Same goes for emily & tyler. But when they woke up to rain, there was not a hint of cloudiness in their celebration. They were as bright & welcoming of their wedding day no matter what the weather brought. There is so much beauty in a rainy day wedding – those clouds are like a big soft box in the sky & help to keep the energy of the day contained, personal, a little quieter. And so it was for emily & tyler & their oh-so-lovely walk into marriage. They gathered their tribe of family & friends on the island that is dearest to their hearts, hornby island. A place they come every year & where they hope to come more & more often over the years; when kids come & summers can be shared with littles on the beach & in the forest, exploring the natural world & all it has to offer. So wrapped in the beauty of gentle rain, in a magical place, surrounded by love & support, emily & tyler promised their lives to one another. It was touching & tender. A walk down to the beautiful sandstone beach in front of sea breeze lodge with their best people, to play with umbrellas & soft light, kisses & rubber boots, lots of ease & grace. The speeches were a mixture of hilarious & heartwarming, the food was fabulous & the 1st dances were, well you’ll see it in the photos. What a day!

emily & tyler, thank you… thank you for your spirits & enthusiasm, for your open hearts & for welcoming me so warmly into your day. I wish you both heaps of love & happiness in the years to come. And i look forward to seeing you, here on hornby, summer into summer.

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hornby island elopement

a magical, very beautiful hornby island elopement.

it’s been a year & a half since jakub & jane decided to get married. To elope. To somewhere on vancouver island. A bit of a journey from their home in england. But they are travellers, these 2, & the west coast of canada was calling. About a year into planning, jakub contacted me about the possibility of photographing their walk into marriage. Emails & discussions followed, ideas about where to stay & where it felt right to get married. At some point i dropped hornby into the mix. And somehow, as if by magic, it all unfolded beautifully from there. They came, with packs on their backs, & stayed at one of the sweetest vacation rentals on the island. Jakub is a bee keeper & jane makes amazing handcrafted natural skincare products using the honey and beeswax from their hives. So it was fitting they found their hornby home at sumana garden nursery, where jodi & edward live with their families of bees.

trees mean a lot to jakub & jane. They featured in the readings in their ceremony. And so it was fitting they were married under 2 of the most amazing old growth trees in helliwell park. Surrounded by the grounded wisdom of ancient firs, jakub & jane promised their lives to one another. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the intimate gathering. They celebrated with a toast of mead from hornby’s local middle mountain mead & then we wandered around & through helliwell park, into the sunset & the rest of their lives together.

jakub & jane, it’s hard to express how honoured & delighted i am that i was invited along to witness & document your beautiful journey into marriage. And i look forward to seeing how your lives unfold in the years to come. And to when you wander back to our coast again, to find us on hornby & to celebrate the wonder of your time here. The beginning of your days as mr & mrs.

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  • Jakub Harding-Smolik

    Hi Jennifer,

    you might be hearing this all the time, but just like others before us must have said to you, we’re absolutely delighted with your amazing pictures! Honestly, they’re so beautiful! I can’t believe how well you tell the story and how wonderfully, gently and creatively you capture so much within such little time. I’m a tiny bit into photography myself, but I’ve only got to say: “wow!” And very honestly, I’m so jelous! :-)

    And by the way, where were you all the time we were out there? How did you manage to take such terrific pictures in such an unobtrusive way? You’re truly awesome!

    The great photography aside, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us leading towards the special day. You’ve been all so helpful. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have learned about Hornby in the first place, let alone gone there and discovered its charming places and met some of the delightful people who live there. Thank you for all the great tips and for going the extra mile (actually many miles) with us. You were not “just” our photographer, but also one of our witnesses, a bit of a wedding planner and now, may I say, a friend too. Thank you!

    You’ll always be in our hearts, so we’d love to stay in touch and hopefully see you again when we come back to Hornby one day. I guess we’ve got a ton of reasons to revisit…

    Jakub & JaneReplyCancel