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Jon & Anna : Vancouver Wedding Pt. 1

The morning of Jon & Anna’s wedding in Vancouver, B.C. dawned clear and bright and… wait. WHAT?!?!? A wedding the last weekend of October in VANCOUVER was clear and bright? Yeah, that’s right, people. There was 100% chance of rain every day for a two week stretch, but on the morning of Anna & Jon’s wedding, the sun came out and it was around 60 degrees. Seriously the most gorgeous day I’ve ever seen in the Pacific Northwest. Anna cried happy tears when she realized it wasn’t going to rain, and they’d be able to get married on the beach like they dreamed. And as the bride got ready, the door was open to the balcony, letting that fresh open air in, and a man walked down the street below and sang an Italian aria at the top of his lungs. Really. That happened. The entire day was MAGIC.

… and when the butterflies threatened to overwhelm her, Anna cleared the room and turned off the music and just BREATHED. She was so excited to see the love of her life, she needed just a minute to be alone, touch up her makeup, and find her center again.

When you’re getting married in the Pacific Northwest, rain boots with your wedding dress are a must!

Thanks to megBdesign for the beautiful bouquet & boutonniere for this destination wedding. I love traveling with talented people. 🙂

Anna & Jon planned to see each other for the first time in Stanley Park, in an area we found with a great view of the skyline. But we couldn’t pass up the opportunity presented by side-by-side hotel rooms! Luckily, the bride & groom never once saw each other during the creation of this portrait, which ended up being one of my favorites of the whole weekend.

Everywhere we went on Sunday, Jon & Anna drew quite the crowd. I got a kick out of all the strangers stopping to photograph this moment on their iPhones…

Vancouver is such a stunning city… we were so lucky to have a clear view of downtown on this partly sunny, fogless day!

Ooooh, these trees! I’m gonna need regularly scheduled sessions in forests like this, ok? Just putting my order in now.

AH! Favorite! 🙂

It’s hard to believe that we’re done with a blog full of gorgeousness, and we haven’t even STARTED with the ceremony yet. Come back tomorrow morning to see our favorite moments from when Jon & Anna officially became Man & Wife, and the splendid celebration that followed!

  1. KaylaS

    November 1st, 2012 at 6:51 am

    These are why I was so excited for this wedding to happen, new favorites ever! I can’t even begin to say how stunning these are! There really aren’t words, and how can two people be that pretty?! McG outstanding job I could not pick a favorite because I really just pick them all 🙂

  2. Kendall

    November 1st, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Stop it. Too much prettiness for this early in the morning! Anna and Jon, you look ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. Like straight out of a magazine perfection. Meagan, the flowers and bouts? To die for. And lastly, Chelsea and Mack, you took this one to a whole new level of jaw dropping. The fall colored forest grouping are by far my favorites. Ugh, jealousy factor 100%.

  3. megB

    November 1st, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I’ve already looked at this post twice, and I still don’t know what to say about it. There’s just TOO much – too much pretty, too much love, too much perfect scenery – two people I’m TOO proud of. Eric and I are so grateful to have been a part of this trip, and some of the details of the day. Can’t wait to see more tomorrow!

  4. Kylie

    November 1st, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Oh how I love the Pacific NW, and oh how I loved these! Gorgeous!!
    I especially love #46 and #48 in those fantastic trees. Yum!

  5. Amber B.

    November 1st, 2012 at 8:58 am

    So these are absolutely gorgeous!! As soon as the forest pictures started I was speechless! I would have a large canvas of practically every one of those!

  6. jenn

    November 1st, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Favorite, favorite, FAVORITE! These are so stunning! Beyond gorgeous couple in a beautiful destination. The color, the prettiness, and the emotion that you can feel in these pictures….it’s perfect! Looking forward to pt.2 tomorrow!

  7. Jon A

    November 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Chelsea and Mack – sorry for being late to the comment party but i brought a nice cold back with myself from Canada hahaha. I had to call in sick today and am trying to sleep it off but I couldn’t wait any longer to look. THESE PICTURES ARE STUNNING!!!! Hands down, no questions asked! Wow- you guys truly are amazing at capturing stunning pictures!!!! Picture after picture brought a smile to my face. And to be quite honest, I have been waiting to see these pictures because the majority of the day was just a blur and I needed a picture timeline to help my memory out :). HOPEFULLY by tomorrow I will be doing a lot better and can enjoy part II early in the morning. Thanks x 1000 to everyone for making our special so perfect.

  8. Rebekah

    November 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Wow. There is too much gorgeousness going on in all of these! The first sight with the city in the background…OMG. The one with Jon’s head on her shoulder…GAH. The big trees, pretty colors, leaves. I can’t even go on. Beautiful people, beautiful scenery, and beautiful photos. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  9. Anna Bailey AVIDON

    November 1st, 2012 at 10:45 am

    So much pretty! Thank you both for capturing all of these sweet moments on our perfect day. All I cared about all day was being with Jon, and you clearly brought that feeling to life in these pictures. We looked at each one together this morning and seriously love them all. I tried to pick my personal favorites but it’s just too hard! Cannot wait for the rest tomorrow!!!

  10. Mandaroo

    November 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Gosh these are just so beautiful! I love the gorgeous, smily close-ups of the B&G! The leaves and trees are amazing and a perfect backdrop as well as the skyline! Way to go on capturing such a beauitiful couple!

  11. Rachel D.

    November 1st, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Simply STUNNING.

  12. Kacy

    November 1st, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Now THAT’S how you do a “first look” right there. BAM! Outta the park.

  13. stephanie

    November 1st, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    EVERY one of these images was simply stunning! Can’t wait for the rest!

  14. Nicole

    November 1st, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Gorgeous!!!

  15. Abby

    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I simply cannot choose a favorite. This is ridiculous!!! I love every single shot. I desperately want to live somewhere with seasons and this only further solidifies that! The color in the leaves, the trees, the perfect mixture of the forest and the skyline. ohmygosh. The love between the two of these people made me teary!! AMAZING WORK!!! I can’t wait to see the rest in like 4 hours!

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  17. Misty

    November 2nd, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wow, wow, WOW!!! I just don’t even have the words…beautiful, magical, they just don’t cut it for every single image in this post! The couple! The scenery (the FOLIAGE)!!! *dies* <3 <3 <3

  18. Robin Dwelle

    November 2nd, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Absolutely incredible! The bride and groom are radiant, and so in love. And just when I think….how could Chelsea and Mac top the last session I viewed…..they do it again. I can see now why Jon & Anna chose Vancouver…..just gorgeous scenery!

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