Vancouver January 2010 Wedding. Robyn & Graeme.

January 13, 2010

I wore the ugliest pretty sweater I could find at Value Village to this one Christmas ‘ugly sweater’ party my best friend Polina dragged me out to. Glass of wine in hand, the last thing I expected was to connect with a gorgeous bride-to-be, whose wedding was a few weeks away … and she didn’t have a photographer!

Robyn & Graeme have a story. The kind you would believe to be an urban myth if you didn’t know them, the kind that you retell to your grandkids. And their kids. I’m afraid I can’t do the story justice, but I will give you a few quick facts… They became friends in Grade 2. Some years later, Robyn was the first girl Graeme asked out … but it was for his friend! As teens, they told each other everything about the one person they like – but didn’t admit to who it was. Well, all they had to do was … point at each other! But they didn’t. They then lost touch and reconnected only in University … and 7 years later Graeme proposed! The rest is to become history…

stylish wedding shoes vancouverRobyn’s best friend and incredibly talented Vancouver designer Malene Grotrian made this stunning one-of-a-kind couture wedding gown… The ladies’ hair was done by Blo hair salon, and the make-up – by the fabulous Jenna Fortin.malene wedding dress designsWhat’s a wedding gown without a little corset tightening!
malene grotrian couture wedding gown vancouverartistic wedding photography vancouvereuropean wedding photographer vancouver“Robyn, do you think he will cry?” … “Hm, one tear. He will cry one tear.” 🙂vancouver wedding getting ready portraitsThere was something about this first 2010 wedding that I was looking forward to most – the First Look… I was so thrilled when Robyn & Graeme agreed to see each other for the first time before the ceremony! We decided to meet in Gastown, in the character building of  Malene’s cozy studio. While Robyn was getting ready earlier in the morning, Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ came on and she casually mentioned that she loves the song and even considered it for their first dance – needless to say, I had the perfect candidate for the ‘First Look’ song to play for them on my tireless boom box!first look in gastown vancouver weddingAh! But let’s back up for a moment. Graeme slowly walked up the stairs to meet his radiant soulmate on the 9th floor… Standing in the light of his halowedding first look vancouver photographerelevator wedding photos vancouvervancouver wedding urban portraitsvancouver bridal portraits gastownThe weather was incredible for January, but it POURED, DRIZZLED, and simply RAINED the whole afternoon! Robyn & Graeme were such troupers, shedding their umbrella for me for some timeless urban bridal portraits. I loved my first Vancouver wedding in the rain. Loved it.vancouver wedding in the rainwedding vancouver rain gastownmodern bridal portraits vancouverI caught Robyn running into this Gastown alley as I tripped over a puddle… It’s out of focus, but I love the ‘runaway-bride’ effect!runaway bride vancouver weddingAnd a little saucy grunge of a typical Vancouver back alley.contemporary bridal portraits vancouvervancouver wedding photos rainRobyn is amazing. She is so kind, genuine, and gorgeous … I loved every moment with her!creative wedding pictures vancouver rainvancouver wedding photos umbrellaI was really excited to take Robyn & Graeme to the famous Vancouver Gastown Blood Alley…vancouver bridal portraits blood alleycreative vancouver wedding picturescreative wedding photographer vancouverThe perfect overcast sky over Stanley Park was our next location for more bridal portraits. By then I was so soaked, there was no point in hiding under an umbrella 🙂 My faithful Canon 5D Mark II was being shamelessly tested for its waterproof features, but my favorite 50mm 1.2L lens fogged up… Before I took off the protective filter, here’s a portrait of Robyn I snapped… I actually love this effect!stanley park vancouver wedding photographerA moment later, the lens cover is off… Robyn, you are my star. And her gorgeous bouquet was made by her mom Patsy. So much love in that arrangement!winter wedding pictures vancouverbride groom portraits vancouver weddingbritish columbia wedding photographerThe ceremony time was approaching and we made our way to the Vancouver Stanley Park Wedding Chapel. Here are some adorable moments with Robyn’s nieces – figure out for yourself which one of the following happened first 🙂vancouver stanley park wedding chapelRobyn is minutes away from saying ‘I do.’mirror bridal portraits vancouver photographerstanley park wedding chapel ceremonyfirst kiss wedding photographer vancouvervancouver candid wedding photographerRobyn & Graeme had a beautiful reception at the Le Gavroche, an ambient French restaurant in an old Victorian house on Vancouver’s Alberni Street. Both Robyn and Graeme’s parents were such a blast! To the left, Graeme’s dad recalls seeing Robyn for the first time many years ago and thinking to himself, ‘What a babe!’ le gavroche vancouver wedding receptionThe little precious boots atop of this heavenly cake made by Graeme’s sister Amber have been in the family for over a 100 years. Robyn & Graeme, you are exceptional people, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with me! wedding cake traditionse-mail katya |  view portfolio | connect with katya on facebook and twitter



  1. Cat Watson

    January 13th, 2010 at 07:07

    Honestly, so many favorites I couldn’t choose! Shots in the red stairwell are fantastic, love the one of her standing next to the legs poster, too. I adored her entire look, from the shoes to the dress to the hair. Great job! And thanks for commenting back on the other post, so nice of you!

  2. Robyn

    January 13th, 2010 at 08:18

    Wow. Thank you so much Katya! You do a beautiful job of capturing the day!

  3. Robyn

    January 13th, 2010 at 08:41

    PS. I love that you got me laughing at Jared’s “she’s a babe comment.” That was so hilarious!

  4. Patsy Thomson

    January 13th, 2010 at 09:56

    WOW! these pictures are amazing, simply beautiful
    you have captured the love Robyn and Graeme have for each other, their enthusiam for life and their love of Vancouver
    It was delightful to meet you
    I look forward to seeing the rest of the photos
    and thank you for the shot of the little silver shoes!

  5. Lena

    January 13th, 2010 at 10:15

    AHHHMAZING first Vancouver wedding!! You keep going like this, there’ll be no stopping you!

  6. annabel

    January 13th, 2010 at 13:08

    Amazing pictures! You both look stunning! Wish we could have been there xxxx

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  8. Leanne

    January 13th, 2010 at 17:03

    I love the stories and your work. Such beauty within each photo unravelling a love story worth documenting.

  9. Rob

    January 13th, 2010 at 17:38

    all i can say is WOW! amazing, these are such great photos!
    what a great way to look back on such a special day!

  10. s h e r r y

    January 13th, 2010 at 23:48

    These are beautiful! I love the details, and her dress is stunning! (I love her hair flower too). 😀 Love all the pictures outside- very Vancouver, with the rain and all ;D

  11. Michelle Faye

    January 16th, 2010 at 23:30

    Wow, Katya. You even make gloomy Vancouver look breath taking. 😉 Of course the beautiful bride in every frame helped too.

  12. ajira

    January 17th, 2010 at 04:27

    Gorgeous wedding. Your work is beautiful and emotive.

  13. Leah

    January 25th, 2010 at 20:51

    WOW! I love Robyn and Graeme so much already, but I must say Katya – you did a most incredible job of capturing their playful spirits – beautiful!

  14. fiona@Wedding Photographer Edinburgh

    January 29th, 2010 at 07:51

    Gorgeous. I really love your style, just beautiful. It’s amazing how stylish an umbrella can look!

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