Bowen Island Wedding, B.C

Gosh, where do I even start about this incredible day. One of my absolute favorite things about being a wedding photographer in British Columbia is the fact that I get to travel to all the Islands that surround the mainland. I actually have a personal connection to Bowen Island since it happened to be the home of my highschool best friend. I’ve spent many nights there camping at Cape Roger Curtis, swimming at one of the many beaches, and hiking Mount Gardner. So when Camille and Jarrod reached out to me about photographing their Bowen Island wedding, it was an immediate yes. 

Camille and Jarrod met at Keats Camp a few years back. Jarrod just so happened to be Camille’s camp crush, which of course led to the cutest love story ever. Camille’s family had just bought some land on Bowen Island that consisted of some rustic cabins, a huge yard for the family dogs, and a massive garden. Safe to say, that this was the most perfect spot for Camille and Jarrod’s wedding. Almost everything was done by hand. Camille picked wildflowers for her bouquet and did all the florals herself, while Jarrod with the help of the family went to work giving the acreage a makeover and fixing up the shed that they would be married under. The result? The most colorful, natural, homegrown, and intentional wedding I’ve ever been to.

When we were chatting about what they were looking for when it came to their photos, C + J didn’t have anything specific except that they didn’t want to feel posed, staged or formal on their wedding day. They wanted it to be authentic, candid, and a real representation of them and the chosen people who would attend their day. Everything about their day was thoughtful and full of joy, so when it came time to document their day I kept in mind that natural theme and looked for a more documentary perspective when it came to moments.

In the past, wedding photography has seemed to have one standard and one standard only. When you google examples you’ll be presented with staged posing, uncomfortable looking smiles, and nothing that really speaks to you about the emotion of your day. My approach to document your wedding day is different then most. I don’t force moments, or smiles for that matter. Instead I focus on the real stuff, the way you interact with your partner, and I simply help guide you into intentional photos and give you space to have real moments. If that tugs on your heart strings, I might just be the gal for you.

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Shot on Digital, 35mm Film and Super 8 film (see here!).

Vendors:

Food: Chipotle, Flowers: Youflorlals, Dress: Andforlove

August 30, 2022

Keely Boehnke

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