Romantic Fall Styled Wedding at The English Inn, Victoria BC

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Romantic Fall Styled Wedding at The English Inn, Victoria BC

Part of being a photographer is to do some creative work. It allows you to think outside of the box, to collaborate with other amazing vendors in the wedding industry and help them showcase their beautiful work and also make your style and vision come to life. 

 I did this fall styled shoot at the English Inn in Victoria in October when the leaves were all turning red, yellow and orange and when the sun outside was still and just warm enough to reminds you of the amazing Vancouver Island summer vibes. The air was fresh and the smell of the sweet colourful leaves blended in with a hint of salty breeze would have been a great mixture for a perfect fall wedding at the English inn.  

 As we are getting close to Valentine's day, I decided to share this romantic wedding photoshoot with you as an inspiration. Happy Valentine's day and don't forget to take care of the ones you love and show them how much they mean for you! 

A million thank you to all the amazing vendors team!

The English Inn Victoria BC Wedding Venue

Rad Occasion, Victoria Event Planning with the Sweet and organized Radhika Khan

Très Chic Bridal Boutique for the fantastic gowns and accessories 

Lis Simon Bridal Canadian bridal gown designer

Erin Bradley Makeup Artist & Stylist  Lovely and feminine wedding hair and makeup and Cory Nowicki

Caribou Creative Wedding Stationery 

Trend Décor Award winning BC Wedding design and decor collection with the charming Danielle Lewis

Schur 2 Please Wedding & Speciality Cakes with Laura who make

Urban Barn Victoria for the beautiful chairs

Kenmar Flower Farm  Local wedding bouquet

Outlook for Men Accessories for Tyler

Models: Sonora Angelina & Tyler Cave

 

 

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Leaving to start living 5253 km in photos across Canada

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Leaving to start living 5253 km in photos across Canada

 The good luck china tea cup.

The good luck china tea cup.

Almost a year ago, I was just about to start my life over. After a big break up and a whole lot of thinking, I decided it was best for me at the time to take this life moment to run away for an undeterminated period of time and at the same time be reunited with my family and friends I grew up with.  I had no idea what was waiting for me nor did I know that this was going to be a life changing experience. One I force myself into, only because the voice inside of me was telling me to do so. So it had to be. 

  I freed myself from all I could not pack in my car, finished up my photography contracts, said my goodbye to all my friends and did my last wedding on the Island as a second shooter for the amazing Nina Lilly-Ann Sinclair. This wedding was just the day before the big adventure begins. A lot of emotions and mixed feelings were going through me as we were shooting this mid-Islands beautiful misty and rainy wedding surrounded by foggy mountains and magical lakes in Strathcona Provincial Park. I remember later that night picking up a cup for coffee at the wedding reception, one among about 50 other ones that were placed up side down on a small table. It’s was at that very moment that I knew I was making the right choice. I had picked the good luck ceramic vintage china tea cup. The only one in the lot. 

  The wedding was over.  I was about to leave behind me the last 15 years of my life and experiences, past love, friends and people I had met along the way. I had to fit all the road trip essentiels and other more or less important things I had accumulated over all these years in my medium size vehicle and drive across the immensity of our Canadian country, all the way back to my roots. 

 My good friend from Quebec who also happens to be a photographer had taken this opportunity to enriched her portfolio and pursue her photography project “People in my lens”, which she had recently started, and most importantly to be my moral support during this hard time and drive with me 5253 km of tears, anger, joy, serenity and laughter, all the way to Quebec.

 

  Mount Douglas  Victoria, BC

Mount Douglas Victoria, BC

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 I greeted her downtown Victoria the day before we left. In a few hours I showed her around this place I was going to miss with all my heart and soul as well as my favourite beach: French Beach. We had a not so good night of sleep followed by a hectic morning trying to cramp everything  further down the bottom of my car to make room for a couple extra nit and gnats in this already more that loaded vehicle. We finally managed after a few trials and errors and after leaving a couple of extra things behind such as my printer and winter jackets. Not too mention that I had previously thought of taking my cat with me in the car.  Call me crazy cat lady if you want! This idea rapidly went down the drain. 

 Departure day was rainy and sad. But I had my supportive and amazing friend Maryse, a new and exiting entire life in front of me, if I gave it some time, and an amazing project to look forward to. Things were going to be ok. Whoever knows me also knows that I like projects and to challenge myself. And what a better time to start a project than at the start of a new journey. I have been vegetarian/vegan for almost 15 years now and although I don’t express myself too much with this matter, maybe by the fear of being judge, I had the strong desire of sharing my believes and achieve a personal project that little did I know was going to be published in Versus Magazine. This project was about doing a “vegan" road trip across the country, first to sensibilise myself to the world that surrounds us and that we live in day to day and also to inspire others to maybe do the same. Nature, environnement, animals and the way human is destroying the planet and its living creatures really touches me and I can never really get to fully express myself in this debate. This challenge was allowing me through my passion and creativity to show the world to people as I see it and as I think it really is  but also to realize that it’s possible to make this world a better place in almost any conditions, that we Canadian are free as human and it’s up to us to decide of the values that we believe will better this place for us and the next generations to come. And how to put our egos aside, respect and live in harmony with all the beautiful living things that surround us. Pause a moment and stop thinking of what we need but rather look around us and come to the realization of what our planet needs instead. 

 5253 km to go!

5253 km to go!

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Hope BC

 Okanagan lake in mid-October

Okanagan lake in mid-October

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 Camping style cooking. Vegan of course!

Camping style cooking. Vegan of course!

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 Stunning night scenery from our campsite.

Stunning night scenery from our campsite.

 Sky is the limit!

Sky is the limit!

 Aurore boreales.

Aurore boreales.

 Serenity

Serenity

 The best way to wake up.

The best way to wake up.

 Nature's painting.

Nature's painting.

 Coffee camping style. Still better than no coffee.

Coffee camping style. Still better than no coffee.

 BC I love you! 

BC I love you! 

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 Automne in the valley

Automne in the valley

 Revelstoke BC

Revelstoke BC

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 Goodness in a plate

Goodness in a plate

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 The rockies

The rockies

 Lake Louise so peaceful.

Lake Louise so peaceful.

 2 days of driving, we deserve a beer!

2 days of driving, we deserve a beer!

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 Enjoying my coffee on Banff's main street just like I used to do in the good old days when I lived there.

Enjoying my coffee on Banff's main street just like I used to do in the good old days when I lived there.

 Best bb ever!

Best bb ever!

 Bow river waterfalls. 

Bow river waterfalls. 

 Canmore, miss this tiny town!

Canmore, miss this tiny town!

 And the prairies begin.

And the prairies begin.

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 A few more hours to go.

A few more hours to go.

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 You get what you pay for.

You get what you pay for.

 Continental breakfast at its best! 

Continental breakfast at its best! 

 What sold us to this Medicine Hat hotel. 

What sold us to this Medicine Hat hotel. 

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 Should we just go down Moab instead!  

Should we just go down Moab instead!  

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 Enjoying a little road break looking at these beautiful animals.

Enjoying a little road break looking at these beautiful animals.

 Heartbreak...

Heartbreak...

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 Shall we?...

Shall we?...

 Better stick with the plan.

Better stick with the plan.

 Sure we are

Sure we are

 Our national highway.

Our national highway.

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 Maryse

Maryse

 Can't get enough of these cute little sheeps.

Can't get enough of these cute little sheeps.

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 Middle of nowhere

Middle of nowhere

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 Middle of nowhere but we found a pub! 

Middle of nowhere but we found a pub! 

 Best cheeseless pizza!

Best cheeseless pizza!

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 While in the prairies we visited this colony that I kept anonymous in respect for its people. In this day and age it's very mesmerizing and at the same time difficult to understand the way these people live. In a way they are ahead of our individualist society by the fact that they share everything and help each other to assure that everyone always have their basic needs filled. On the other hand they do not really know anything outside of their colony and the idea of two girls crossing the country by themselves is just way out of their world, even absurd to them. We ask one of the young lady if she had ever dreamed or wished to go on a trip somewhere and her answer was to maybe go to another colony and maybe meet a husband there. When we brought up Mexico she knew about it but would have never thought of travelling there as it's just not something they do. Seeing how this colony lives made me come to the sudden realization of how lucky I was to be born in a society where we can be so free. How it's easy to take our freedom for granted and how it can have very negative repercussions on so many different aspects of or lives, our society, our planet. We can make our own choices and are very free to do so, so why not think our every day decisions through and make smarter choices, since we can.

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The ladies of the house planning their lunch.

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Knowing exactly what your life will be like. 

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The daily bread. It was so tasty until I found out it was made with animal fat. :(

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Where work never stops.

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Entering the slaughterhouse. 

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The slaughterhouse. Yes I made it there and felt the pain with all my weeping soul and heart. It was a strange guided tour from by the oldest lady of the group who had spent her entire life there. This was a bit their pride believe it or not. Brand new with all the cutting edge modern tools. I had to go with it. Those people had invited us in their home which they where so proud of.  It was like an inner combat. Unpleasant to say he least. 

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Canola

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Flax

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Right place right day! If only it was in Paris!

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Cold sunny morning in St-Boniface, Manitoba

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Taking some time to greet with our host from the night before and get some work done while having some breakfast.

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Hot tea and square.

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Almost time to hit the road again.

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Welcome Ontario

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Croissant de lune.

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Road trip exhausted.

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It's my car but today I would prefer to be the co-driver.

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Never give up because Terry Fox never did.

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Dream are made if people only try. I believe in miracles. I have to...Because somewhere the hurt must stop. 

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Les grands lacs

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Fall dipping

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Breathtaking scenery at "The Old Lady Bay". Reminding me of the Pacific Ocean.

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Hundreds of kilometres of scenic lake side driving to enrich our day. 

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When camping falls through, you are on a budget and all you have is your camping dinner you bought earlier on, well you just make it work!

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It worked perfectly!

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Some days are just made for letting go and having fun.

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...and hugging giant moose!

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Oh dear Quebec. You where so far away but we made it!  

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Thank you Anne-Sophie for this short and intense first but not last visit and great breakfast! And Maryse needless to say you are the ultimate all time best road trip partner and one exceptional friend! 

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Did it really?

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Sooke Harbour House Wedding by Veronique Gagnon Photography

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Sooke Harbour House Wedding by Veronique Gagnon Photography

West Coast Ocean Side Styled Wedding at the Sooke Harbour House

 Bride and bridesmaids in all in cream with pastel accents

Bride and bridesmaids in all in cream with pastel accents

 It's always such great feeling do be doing style shoots. It's the freedom of being as creative as you wish to be, working along some other amazing people who you share your vision with and models who are just so sweet and easy going. In this epic wedding style shoot, we wanted to feature some of the best ocean front wedding venue as well as some beautiful feminine bridal styles and create different looks by changing the accessories, hair styles and makeup. Our goal was to create something very feminine and beautiful to inspired the lovely Vancouver Island future brides and give them some fresh yet natural ideas and make them discover stunning ocean side hotels and resorts. We spent an entire day shooting in 3 different location (Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and Sooke harbour house) and getting the models hair and makeup and style ready. I could not have done this without the amazing team we had!

  This part 1 of 3 blog was shot at the Sooke Harbour House.

  Sooke Harbour House  in the Spring

Sooke Harbour House in the Spring

THE VENUE

This 28 rooms boutique Hotel was recently awarded by WeddingBells for being on the top 30 of the loveliest wedding venues in Canada. Less than an hour away from Victoria, located in the town of Sooke (where I lived for more than 6 years - such a beautiful part of the Island and a fun town with so much wildlife and nature things to do near by), the upscale harbourside inn is facing Sooke Basin, overlooking Whiffin Spit peninsula and the Olympic mountains. This beautiful little piece of paradise is just the perfect venue for a wedding! They have been hosting weddings for over 33 years they make it their goal to help you create a peaceful, unique and relaxing wedding, a magical occasion in which every detail is perfect. They help make the challenging process of planning a wedding effortless with the help of the sweet and lovely Gemma who is their wedding coordinator. Just to have her help you plan your wedding is a good enough reason to book your wedding at the Sooke House, she is so great and easy to work with!

 Natural vintage and romantic bridesmaid's look at the Sooke Harbour House

Natural vintage and romantic bridesmaid's look at the Sooke Harbour House

 THE STYLE 

Romantic, vintage, dreamy and magical,  this inspiration features a pastel palette, loose hair styles, roses, subtle gold, laces, water colours and gardens. It's a Champetre wedding the way you have always dreamed of it. 

 We decided to go with the bridal party only, all ladies for the models to create a more feminine and fun vibe as well as something different to inspire bride and bridesmaids. For the entire shoot (in the 3 different hotels-to come in other blog soon) we only used one dress for each models but turned them into different styles with different hairstyles and accessories to showcase the different styles that can be done with one dress. Bride and bridesmaids where dressed and accessorized all from  stores in Victoria to keep it all local: (Blush Bridal Boutique and Violette ) Even our engagement rings were provided by a local artist that specializes in wedding and engagement rings made from recycled materiel (Emma Glover Design). Hair and makeup where done by two talented Victoria hair stylist an makeup artist that specialize in wedding (Conscious Hair and Alexandra Foreman Artistry who always knows how to make a woman look her best!). Elena from Conscious Hair always does such beautiful and natural looking hair style. One thing that I love about her business is that she always keeps the environment in mind and uses natural and eco-friendly hair product like John Masters Organics. I am so sensitive to environnemental issues and I believe that any little thing we can do to help keep our planet alive is a small step toward a big achievement. So why not do it too on your wedding day? A green wedding anyone?

 Award-winning designer Karen Stone, owner of Sea of Bloom floral boutique located right in Sooke made beautiful bouquet and flower arrangements for for the ladies. Pastel and roses to stay with the our vintage romantic theme.

 Vintage intimate wedding at the Sooke Harbour House with lace, pastel, roses and gold notes.

Vintage intimate wedding at the Sooke Harbour House with lace, pastel, roses and gold notes.

THE DECOR

With over 10 year of experience, Tricia Hartig owner of En Vied Events created our beautiful intimate wedding table inside the Sooke Harbour House restaurant with the help of Karen from A Sea of Bloom who supplied the floral arrangements. Although the Harbour house can accommodated very private weddings, they also have a tent outside and an indoor area a well were they can accommodate bigger wedding. The beautiful menues and other stationary were made by talented also award-winning Laura Prpich from Tuktu Paper Co. Laura is just an amazing illustrator and is certainly one of my favourite wedding paper good designer on the Island!

 Whiffin Spit: Named for a clerk on the royal navy's vessel "Herald" which surveyed Sooke Harbour in 1846, the spit protects the harbour from the breakers coming in the Straight of Juan de Fuca from the Pacific Ocean. Tall ships sailed through the far channel to carry lumber from the muir to distant ports during the latter half of the 19th century.

Whiffin Spit: Named for a clerk on the royal navy's vessel "Herald" which surveyed Sooke Harbour in 1846, the spit protects the harbour from the breakers coming in the Straight of Juan de Fuca from the Pacific Ocean. Tall ships sailed through the far channel to carry lumber from the muir to distant ports during the latter half of the 19th century.

 Sooke Harbour House Wedding Venue, overlooking the Sooke Basin.

Sooke Harbour House Wedding Venue, overlooking the Sooke Basin.

 Intimate wedding in the heart of the West Coast nature

Intimate wedding in the heart of the West Coast nature

 Sheer white chair cover for a romantic look.

Sheer white chair cover for a romantic look.

 Sheer and chic all white wedding.

Sheer and chic all white wedding.

 Wedding cake by the Sooke Harbour House's pastry chef. 

Wedding cake by the Sooke Harbour House's pastry chef. 

  En Vied Events  decor,  A Sea of Bloom  flowers and  Tuktu Paper Co.  for a perfect wedding decor.

En Vied Events decor, A Sea of Bloom flowers and Tuktu Paper Co. for a perfect wedding decor.

 Pastel and lace

Pastel and lace

 Menus by Tuktu Paper Co.

Menus by Tuktu Paper Co.

 Gold plates and lace

Gold plates and lace

 Lace, pastels and roses for a romantic vintage  wedding at the Sooke Harbour House

Lace, pastels and roses for a romantic vintage  wedding at the Sooke Harbour House

 Watercolour wedding invitation by Tuktu Paper Co.

Watercolour wedding invitation by Tuktu Paper Co.

 Spring vintage style wedding at the Sooke Harbour House

Spring vintage style wedding at the Sooke Harbour House

 Bridal party all in white

Bridal party all in white

 Wedding Invitation by Tuktu Paper Co.

Wedding Invitation by Tuktu Paper Co.

 Sooke Harbour House magical vintage charming style.

Sooke Harbour House magical vintage charming style.

 View of Sooke Basin from the Sooke Harbour House

View of Sooke Basin from the Sooke Harbour House

 We need to know where the wind is coming from!

We need to know where the wind is coming from!

 Let the ocean breeze in!

Let the ocean breeze in!

 Marjorie wearing a beautiful lace wedding gown from  Blush Bridal boutique  in Victoria and stunning Leah Alexandra earrings  from  Violette boutique .

Marjorie wearing a beautiful lace wedding gown from Blush Bridal boutique in Victoria and stunning Leah Alexandra earrings  from Violette boutique.

 Bouquet from  A Sea of Bloom  award-winning florist in Sooke.

Bouquet from A Sea of Bloom award-winning florist in Sooke.

 West Coast bride

West Coast bride

 Stunning natural chic and romantic hair by  Conscious Hair  

Stunning natural chic and romantic hair by Conscious Hair 

 Unique and beautiful eco engagement all made from recycled materiel by  Emma Glover Design

Unique and beautiful eco engagement all made from recycled materiel by Emma Glover Design

 Pretty Bouquet by A Sea of Bloom

Pretty Bouquet by A Sea of Bloom

 Lace and roses

Lace and roses

 Candle lit wedding

Candle lit wedding

 A Sea of Bloom floral 

A Sea of Bloom floral 

 West Coast wedding and bridesmaids

West Coast wedding and bridesmaids

 Bridesmaid in the Sooke Harbour House Gardens

Bridesmaid in the Sooke Harbour House Gardens

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 Bridesmaid in the Sooke Harbour House Gardens

Bridesmaid in the Sooke Harbour House Gardens

 Sooke Harbour House is well known for all the beautiful arts from various local artist displayed on their walls. It bring in lovely colours!

Sooke Harbour House is well known for all the beautiful arts from various local artist displayed on their walls. It bring in lovely colours!

 Perfect suite for a honey moon at the Sooke Harbour House

Perfect suite for a honey moon at the Sooke Harbour House

 Watercolour wedding invitations and Leah Alexandra earrings

Watercolour wedding invitations and Leah Alexandra earrings

 Watercolour wedding invitations and Leah Alexandra earrings all in style for the perfect wedding at the Sooke Harbour House

Watercolour wedding invitations and Leah Alexandra earrings all in style for the perfect wedding at the Sooke Harbour House

 West coast wedding bridal style 

West coast wedding bridal style 

  Dreamy vintage ocean side wedding 

 Dreamy vintage ocean side wedding 

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A big thanks to all the vendors and stunning models!

Venue: Sooke Harbour House

Decor: En Vied Events

Floral: A Sea of Bloom

Wedding Paper Goods: Tuktu Paper Co.

Hair: Conscious Hair

Makeup: Alexandra Forman Artistry

Dresses and Bridal Accessories: Blush Bridal Boutique

Engagement Rings: Emma Glover Design

Jewelry: Violet Boutique

Cake: by Sooke Harbour House

Model: Aisling Goodman, Marjorie Leilani Soloff, Tyna Kottová, Angeleena Hall

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Victoria BC Wedding Photography, Happy One Anniversary Tyne & Avro!

 A beautiful Spring Wedding in  Victoria BC . Happy Anniversary Tyne & Avro! 

A beautiful Spring Wedding in Victoria BC. Happy Anniversary Tyne & Avro! 

 I was so thrilled to work once more on the side of  Melanie Baird ! She is such an amazing makeup artist and such a sweet person!

I was so thrilled to work once more on the side of Melanie Baird! She is such an amazing makeup artist and such a sweet person!

 Bridesmaid getting their beauty on by the  Gorge Waterway .

Bridesmaid getting their beauty on by the Gorge Waterway.

 And the excitement begins!

And the excitement begins!

 Pastel Turquoise and ivory just gets the bride's amazing tattoo stand out so beautifully!

Pastel Turquoise and ivory just gets the bride's amazing tattoo stand out so beautifully!

 Such a pretty brides in her vintage lace wedding dress....

Such a pretty brides in her vintage lace wedding dress....

 and flower hair broche to go with it.

and flower hair broche to go with it.

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 Whenever I see a bride getting her veil on I just feel something inside of me. I think that this moment gets sparks going in their eyes and it's just such a special moment. It's the final step of getting ready. 

 Bridesmaids helping the bride getting ready along the  Gorge Waterway .

Bridesmaids helping the bride getting ready along the Gorge Waterway.

 Engagement ring

Engagement ring

 First look on the water.

First look on the water.

Avro waiting for her beautiful bride to arrive! 

 First look

First look

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I always love when my bride and groom decide to do a first. I think it is such a special and intimate moment for the two of them. 

 Passionate first look!

Passionate first look!

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 Heading for the ceremony site at the Japanese gardens of  Esquimalt Gorge Park

Heading for the ceremony site at the Japanese gardens of Esquimalt Gorge Park

I had never been to the Japanese gardens at the Esquimalt Gorge Park prior to the wedding.  It's a beautiful park with a array of flower, trees, fountains, small waterfalls and wooden bridges. I even got the story on it as it's pretty interesting! 

In 1904, the British Columbia Electric Railway Company purchased twenty acres on the Gorge Waterway from the Hudson’s Bay Company. The following year, Tramway Gorge Park opened with walkways, bridges, picnic tables, and most importantly, electric lights. And The BC Electric Railway Company had their railcar travel up through there. Tramway Gorge Park became a popular day-trip for the citizens of Victoria. There was a lot of things for people to do there. There was swimming, amusement, games…that sort of thing. Two years later, in 1906, two prominent members of Victoria’s Japanese Canadian community, Hayato “Harry” Takata and Yoshitaro “Joe” Kishida, raised five thousand dollars to open a Japanese Tea Garden in the park. One of the men, explains Fehr “convinced his father, Isaburo Kishida, who was a professional gardener in Japan, to come to Victoria to work on the garden…to design the grounds and the teahouse that was going to be there. For the next three decades, Tramway Gorge Park, and the Japanese Garden flourished. But then came the 1930’s, the Depression, and a declining interest in visits to the park. The scenic railway closed, some of the buildings and attractions burned down in a fire, the waterslide closed, and the bathhouse was removed. By the late 1930’s as global forces moved the world to war, the park was neglected and forgotten. And in 1939 the imposition of the war measures act led to all sorts of subsequent laws and acts that started to restrict the movements andactivities of the Japanese Canadian people specifically on the coast. Then on December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour and so all people of Japanese descent were removed from the coast. They lost their property in terms of houses and businesses, and they were interned in the Interior. At that point the garden obviously wasn’t operating. It got vandalized, things were sold off, eventually the government itself sold it off…ironically enough to help pay for the cost of internment.

 Perfect casual wedding ceremony location at the Japanese gardens.

Perfect casual wedding ceremony location at the Japanese gardens.

It was a beautiful sunny day and thankfully the Japanese tree provided just the perfect amount of shade for the bride and groom.

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 So perfect for each other!

So perfect for each other!

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 And they were married! 

And they were married! 

 Happily married!

Happily married!

 Tiny bride and groom under the biggest willow tree I have ever seen!

Tiny bride and groom under the biggest willow tree I have ever seen!

 Hiding under the veil.

Hiding under the veil.

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Veronique Gagnon Photography, Victoria BC, Wedding
 Daisy land 

Daisy land 

What better feeling than just lay in the grass and feel the earth breathing beneath. Reconnecting with nature. It's just so empowering!

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Veronique Gagnon Photography, Victoria BC, Wedding
Veronique Gagnon Photography, Victoria BC, Wedding
 Walkway along the Gorge Waterway.

Walkway along the Gorge Waterway.

 Proud mom!

Proud mom!

 Proud son!

Proud son!

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 A kiss on the bench.

A kiss on the bench.

 In his black suit he makes her laugh!

In his black suit he makes her laugh!

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 Reflexion

Reflexion

 And the wedding party!

And the wedding party!

 The pretty bridesmaids! 

The pretty bridesmaids! 

 Time for some city shots at the  Upper Harbour Place  in Victoria

Time for some city shots at the Upper Harbour Place in Victoria

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Veronique Gagnon Photography, Victoria BC, Wedding

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Victoria BC Engagement Session of a Special Friend

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Victoria BC Engagement Session of a Special Friend

This is for my dear friends Virginia and Barry who I had a chance to do their engagement session in Victoria BC and Wedding in Mexico. Virginia is one of the first friend I made after moving to Victoria over 10 years ago. I recently got the great news that Virginia and Barry were expecting. You have no idea how happy this made me feel. Virginia could have not have found a better man to marry. So here to Virginia and Barry and this beautiful Fall engagement photoshoot near Selkirk Waterway. 

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Life as a photographer

When I started photography 3 years ago, I never thought it would be this hard. I mean forget about having friends or even taking the morning off to go out and enjoy the sunshine. Sure there are slower time where you would think that I would have time to sit back and enjoy life a little but when these slow times happen, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up on updates, social media, blog and think about creating more work. And before I know it, I am submerged into a cloud of work including photoshoot, editing, office work, creative work to showcase who I really am and I can barely see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is also all the pressure: personal pressure of wanting client to be happy but also timeline and working with everyones needs, while keeping the priority at the top. Then there is the creative pressure, with so many other great photographers and competition out there sometime it's hard to know where I stand.  More often that you think, I ask myself if it really worth putting myself through this and leaving behind an important part of my life which is "enjoying life". The answer somehow always appears in front of me when I finish a long and big project and realized how rewarding it is to see a idea that I had in mind for months come alive and how nice it is to be able to do what I love for a living. 

 Here is my latest creative photoshoot that once more put me in the shadow but allow me to come out stronger at the end! 

Clothing: 

http://www.connallymcdougall.com

Hair: 

http://conscioushair.com

Makeup: 

http://www.melaniebaird.ca

 and 

https://www.facebook.com/alexandraformanartistry

Models: Aisling Goodman with 

http://www.barbaracoultish.ca

 and Cassandra Lynch

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Dave+Alex Beautiful Fall Wedding in Osoyoos/Victoria BC Photographer

Dave + Alex, what a beautiful and fun couple. They had an amazing fall wedding in Osoyoos and it was so hot it felt like it was the middle of the summer. They met in a restaurant they worked at together, fell in love and did not leave each other out of sight since then. Their wedding was held at the

Watermark Beach Resort

and they wanted something romantic and unique for their portraits so we went to the heritage barn near by. Alicia at Paraiso Events did the planning and

Katy Luxe

did a stunning job with Alex's hair and makeup! Here are some of my favourite moments.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Stunning Bride and Handsome Groom!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Love, love, love her shoes!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Gold and Diamonds. 

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Alex's stunning wedding dress!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Katy Luxe

in action.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Work in progress!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

One happy bride!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Yup!!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

"No one will ever know that we were jumping on the bed and having so much fun!"

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

And the more serious men...

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

The moment, the excitement, the goose bumps.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

…and the waiting.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Such a romantic wedding ceremony setting, right by this huge willow at the

Watermark Beach Resort

!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

I do.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

My stunning bride and groom!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

What a gorgeous bride!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

No raddlesnakes in view…we're good to go!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

A kiss at the barn.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

He knows it!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

priceless!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Standing tall.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Lovely bridal party!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Let the fun begin with a celebration champagne!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

So romantic!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Free, wild and madly in love!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

And the lived happily ever after..for real!!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Beautiful view on the lake at the

Watermark Beach Resort

.

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Cake time!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

Messy cake time!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

I think this is how Cinderella lost her shoe?

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

But who needs shoe when you got a garter!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

That's right!

Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding
Victoria BC Wedding Photographer, Veronique Gagnon Photography, Osoyoos Wedding

And for all the future beautiful brides!!

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Veronique Gagnon Photography- Erdaine Fall 2014, Victoria BC

 Less than a year ago I got to work once more with designers Jenny and Yves who are the creators and designers of

Erdaine

, a beautiful line of premium european wool sweaters and accessories for ladies. All their designed are manufactured in BC. I have been a huge fan of their brand for many year now and all I can say is seriously, their quality is the best and their designs are always amazing and flattering! I really suggest to go and try one of their sweaters…I promise you will fall in love! I myself now own 8 of their sweaters…Guilty, just can't resist!! hihi

p.s. you can find their line at

Not Just Pretty

in Victoria

Here are some photos I did for their fall 2014 collection:

Makeup: by

Melanie Baird

who always does such an amazing job!

Hair by: Elena at

Conscious Hair by Elena,

who is just as amazing!

Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC

Erdaine Fall 2014-

Emily Pocket Cardi

Victoria BC Portrait Photographer
Victoria BC Portrait Photographer
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC

Erdaine Fall 2014-

Molly Hat

Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC
Erdaine Fall, Fashion Photography, Victoria BC

Erdaine Fall 2014-

Molly Hat

Stay tuned for photos of their 2015 collection in the spring!

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Vancouver Island Wedding: Magical Swan Lake

     Fall is always such an special time of the year to take photos. Especially when the leaves are falling and colours are changing. It's always such a magical scenery. Not too long ago I had the honour to photograph this very beautiful couple's wedding on the Christmas Hill of Victoria and Swan Lake. Here a few photos to share with you.

Visit my website

www.veroniquegagnon.com
www.veroniquegagnon.com

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Prestige Oceanfront Resort Weddings - Bridal tasting

 The Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke

held their first big Bridal Tasting this year. The Bridal Tasting 2014 was put together by some of the most amazing and talented Vancouver Island Wedding professionals. Together they created something stunning for all the couple getting married for this wedding season. I had the honour to be part of this event as a vendor and  wedding photographer and also got to capture this stunning event!

Here is a list of all of the amazing vendors without who made this beautiful event happened:

- Florals:

A Sea of Bloom Florist

- Decor:

Designers Weddings + Special Occasion Rentals

- Wedding Dresses:

Tres Chic Bridal Boutique

- Dj:

HiWay Productions

Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography

Amazing Purple Theme Decor put together by 

Designers Weddings + Special Occasion Rentals

Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography

All of this in the 

The Prestige Oceanfront Resort

Ballroom 

Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography

Dj Ron from 

HiWay Productions

 sitting in the left corner, always super entertaining as usual! 

Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography

Karen from 

A Sea of Bloom

 always does such beautiful wedding floral arrangements!  

Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer- Veronique Gagnon Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer- Veronique Gagnon Photography

Stunning Wedding Dress From

Tres Chic Bridal Boutique 

Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography

The ladies from

Tres Chic Bridal Boutique

 working on their setups 

Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography
Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer - Veronique Gagnon Wedding Photography

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VERONIQUE GAGNON PHOTOGRAPHY | Prestige Ocean Front Resort Wedding, Bob + Asha

Here is one of my favourite wedding that I photographed at the

Prestige Hotel

in

Sooke

. The venue was amazing, with a beautiful scenery overlooking the Sooke Basin. The Bride and Groom looked so elegant! Here are some of my favourite photos.

Vendors:

 - Hair + Makeup:

Pure Elements Spa

- Ceremony + Reception:

Sooke Prestige Oceanfront Resort

- Florals:

Platinum Floral Designs

- Dj:

HiWay Productions

- Decor:

Designer Weddings and Special Occasion Rentals | Victoria BC

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

So luxurious! In love with that necklace my bride was wearing!

Victoria Wedding Photographer-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photographer-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

Such a beautiful array of colours in this elegant bouquet designed by Tina from  

Platinum Floral Designs

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

One of the most beautiful engagement ring I have ever seen! 

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

Gazebo overlooking Sooke Basin at

Sooke Prestige Oceanfront Resort

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

The Groom wanted to surprise his beautiful bride who is an animal lover with her favourite animal.  So he brought in a beautiful horse for her for the photo session.

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

Happy bride!

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

One elegant bride! 

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

Pure Elements Spa

in Sooke did some beautiful work on Asha's hair.

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography- Prestige Hotels & Resorts
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography- Prestige Hotels & Resorts

Amazing Engagement ring.  

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

Beautiful Bridesmaid's Bouquet by

Platinum Floral Designs

Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography
Victoria Wedding Photography-Veronique Gagnon Photography

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New Beginning!

 So it turns out that I haven't been using my blog for almost 1 year now! Ouch! :( That's not very good or pretty terrible should I say.  I am very sorry to have let down for so long all of you who have been reading my posts! 

 Today, I decided that I was no longer letting this happen and starting now, I am reviving my blog! Yes I am still a photographer and things have been going well for me despite my absence on Blogger....

 Now it's time to catch up and show you what I have been up to for the last year! 

Some fashion....

Erdaine Spring
Erdaine Spring

Fashion by

Erdaine

for

Not Just Prett

y at

Atrium

v

Some fitness....

Some Weddings...

Veronique Gagnon Photography
Veronique Gagnon Photography

Malahat Farm

 Wedding, Sooke

Bride Hair Style by:

Pure Elements Spa

More Weddings...

Veronique Gagnon Photography
Veronique Gagnon Photography

ElkView Lodge

 Wedding,  Frenie

Veronique Gagnon Photography
Veronique Gagnon Photography

Elk View Lodge

 Wedding,  Fernie

And more fashion...

Veronique Gagnon Photography
Veronique Gagnon Photography

Dresses by

Muse Clothing

,

Market Square

Some boudoirs...

Some Babies...

And some family/maternity....

Veronique Gagnon Photography
Veronique Gagnon Photography
Veronique Gagnon Photography
Veronique Gagnon Photography

  I am glad that we got to catch up a little! Now you know what I have been up to and I promise it won't be a year before I update you on all my new upcoming projects! ;)

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Genevieve + Graham (

Inn at Laurel Point)

-

Victoria, BC

Graham + Geneviève's Wedding

Not too long ago, I had the chance to photograph the wedding of one of the sweetest couple, Graham and Geneviève. Their wedding was filled with charm.  It was small and casual but had so much style to it. It took place at the

Laurel Point inn

, in Victoria. There they had an incredible Japanese garden and as an early spring wedding, all the flowers and cherry blossoms were coming out of every tree adding to the already stunning scenery.

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www.veroniquegagnon.com

 Geneviève had her makeup done for that special day by a fantastic local makeup artist: Melanie Baird  

http://www.melaniebaird.ca

. She did a soft look on her to compliment her beautiful fair skin and long lashes.

 When I sat down with Geneviève and Graham prior to the wedding to talk about the details, I had asked her what are the most important moments that she would like to see in her photos and one of them was the "getting ready part". I was really happy that she mentioned that as I love to capture the brides and grooms to be, getting ready. I find there is something magical about it. It's almost like when you go on holidays, that moment where you are finishing to pack your luggage and you know that you are just about to leave for your trip. That excitement and joy that quietly runs all the way through you.

I love the uniqueness of the accessories that the bride had picked up. Her blue lace up shoes were so adorable and suits her lovely style so well.

Geneviève's beautiful engagement ring.

Add capAdd captiontio

 This photo of Graham on the left side is one of my favourite. He was trying to do is bowtie up but had a little difficulty. No need to say that he needed a little help for that one!

Inn at Laurel Point

Wedding

Before the ceremony

, I took Geneviève and Graham in the Japanese garden at the  back of the hotel for a small photo session. I wasn't the nicest day out but this grey overcast day and the Japanese garden were in a way kind of made for each other. Fortunately, there was a lot of covered area surrounding the gardens and the little drizzling of fresh spring rain made us have fun with the ombrellas!

Inn at Laurel Point Wedding

The ceremony

took place in the hotel gazebo by the water. Perfect for this little intimate wedding.

The  bands.

            On their way to their gathering...

At Last

, the newly weds got to enjoy some time with their close family and friends in their luxurious suite. Some crystal flutes and organic Cipes Rose Sparkling for a joyful gathering before dinner.

Inn at Laurel Point

Wedding

Silk Road Tea

 Wedding Gifts

The End...

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WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS - Victoria, BC

 A few days ago, I posted about the Wedding in Mexico.

It was beautiful, it was fabulous and a wonderful wedding all together but sadly, a couple of important people were not able to make it to the wedding. So after we got back to Canada, I offered my bride and groom to do a mini photo shoot with those loved ones and make it just like if it was the their wedding day all over again...so we did. They were really happy!! I chose to do this photo shoot at the Prestige Hotel in Sooke,  knowing that this 5 star establishment would offer great opportunity for beautiful images.

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WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS - Victoria, BC

Virginia + Barry's Wedding

.  Just before Christmas, I photographed my first destination wedding in Mexico. The wedding was purely simple and beautiful. The ceremony was on the beach, overlooking the warm turquoise water of the ocean. This amazing day filled with the most beautiful emotions and exotic scenery of flowers, palm trees and Mexican architecture was everything a wedding photographer could dream of.

                      Loeffler Randall designer shoes, handmade orchid and soft-water pearls to complement the bride's dress.

 The dress that fit Virginia like a glove...

                                                             The last little touches before putting her dress on.....and see her husband to be's sparkly eyes!!

Barry proudly getting ready and looking handsome.

When I walked into the bride's room the day of the wedding, her friend and maid of honour had put all of Virginia's jewellery together in one corner and had organized all of her makeup together on top of the coffee table. I was touched to see Virginia's friend caring about keeping everything together and organized for Virginia, making sure her friend doesn't have to look for anything the day of her wedding.

One of the thing I like the most about photographing Virginia and Barry's wedding in Mexico was all the bright saturated colours of everything around; the bluest sky, the greenest plants, the most colourful walls and buildings...

This was the very moment just before the first look. I thought I would bring some Italian feel into the Mexican decor and chose to do the first look under this beautiful Italian looking arch that was right by the hotel. It was also such a romantic place, perfect for a first look.

                                                                                                                     ... and the first kiss!!

                                                                                                  ...I love the way they look into each other's eyes.

 The ceremony

was beautiful and filled with emotions. It was near the end of the afternoon and the sun was slowly moving down. The air was nice and warm and there was a breeze gently moving the branches of the tall palm trees. The smell of the salt in the air, the fine sand, the blue-aqua water....

                                                                                                   Maid of honour, Bride, Groom and Best man

The photo on the left I find is very special. There were two pelican flying over  Virginia and Barry at the moment I took the photo. Just when they got right on top of the scene, it almost seemed like they slowed down and took a moment to look down, almost like they were admiring the scene from above.

                                                                                                                 Bravo!!! Bravo!!! Bravo!!!

                                                                                                                         ....and they were married!!

 The Night of the wedding

was filled with the Mexican sound of the mariachi band that Virginia and Barry had hired for the wedding. It was festive and certainly made you want to dance all night.

                 I took this photo of these rustic hats and saxophone that belong to the mariachi band, before the ceremony started. They had been put down on the edge of a stone wall near where the beach and caught my eyes.

      The first dance...everyone is happily watching.

                                                                                                                              Mariachi band.

   The End...

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