Although my time with Tonya and Ian was relatively short, it was very enjoyable! Their wedding was so uniquely special. It truly was the joining of two families. It definitely was a more intimate one with their families and really close friends.
Right from the time I arrived at the Fairmont Pacific Rim to photograph the details and getting-ready portion on the ladies’ side to the releasing of the lanterns in the evening on the yacht, it was a truly special wedding.
Their “first-look” was a new experience for me! Ian and the boys had taken their boat from West Vancouver to meet Tonya at the dock at Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour. Now that’s arriving in style! Ian was smitten all over again when he arrived and saw Tonya in her wedding gown for the first time.
After a the family and wedding portrait session, everyone headed over to Tavola restaurant for a private dinner. Shortly after, we headed over The Wedding Yacht (Sunset Bay Cruises) to get ready for their gorgeous ceremony on the roof of the yacht. We were delighted to see a familiar face in Marilyn Knipp who officiated the ceremony. Interestingly enough, CTV was filming a special on weddings and following Marilyn around that day! So with filming alongside our friends at FIll in the Blank Studios and the CTV crew, there wasn’t a shortage of cameras at this wedding!
The boat had set sail and the ceremony went off without a hitch, now it was time for a little mingling and cocktails for the bridal party and the guests. As the sun set, the formal part of the reception begun. There were fantastic speeches from both Tonya’s and Ian’s kids, close friends and siblings… a touch part of the evening as the big day started to come to a close. The traditional first dance was on the roof deck of the yacht which was now transformed into a dance floor. And as mentioned earlier, the night ended with Tonya and Ian lighting several lanterns in dedication to loved ones that could not be there that night with them.
An amazing day and a great throwback wedding post that we can share with you today. Enjoy some of our favs from Tonya and Ian’s big day.
Photographers: Butter Studios
Videographers: Fill in the Blank Studios
Makeup & Hair: Denise Elliott Makeup and Hair
Venue: The Wedding Yacht