This summer has been particularly good to us – we managed to explore Canada from the east coast, all the way to the western tip of Vancouver Island. In August, we were invited to photograph Matthew + Jessica’s Wickaninnish Inn wedding in Tofino. If you haven’t been to this magical corner of Canada, open up a new tab and buy your plane ticket right now. Tofino is a gorgeous little spot with a micro-climate all of its own. As we drove up (the beautiful road) from Victoria, we were greeted with sunshine, incredible forests, mountains, views – Vancouver Island really does offer every “epic” vista you could be after. About 30 minutes outside of Tofino, the fog started to roll in. Just at the entrance of Pacific Rim National Park, the most beautiful atmosphere transformed the landscape.
Way out in the water, through the misty fog, small little outlines of humans were visible on their surfboards. Once we entered Tofino, the fog cleared again, before rolling back in at night. The atmosphere and weather reminded us of early Spielberg movie sets – a wholesome yet mysterious quality.
Matthew and Jessica’s wedding the next day was perfectly elegant, dreamy and completely about these two and their families coming together. They chose to recite their vows in an old-growth forest on the Wickaninnish property. After a lovely portrait session on one of Tofino’s many windswept cliffsides, we moved on to a beach covered in the tiniest, loveliest seashells for their reception. The small, intimate group of family and friends enjoyed the unique views and natural elements this stunning island has to offer as we documented the merriment around us.
Matthew + Jessica’s sweet Wickaninnish Inn wedding is exactly what we’re after: small, intimate and truly tailored to the couple we’re photographing.
If you’d like to see a few more of our favourite recent weddings, check out this small and intimate wedding in downtown Los Angeles, this beautiful Chateau Montebello wedding in Quebec with only 35 guests, or this intimate celebration (with only 30 people!) in Breda di Piave, Italy.