Whistler Wedding Photographer | Real Wedding | Dana & Derek | Part 1

Have you ever met two people that shake your soul by simply “Being together”?

The moment I got introduce to Dana & Derek, the connection was instant for me.  I was intrigue, I wanted to know everything about them, they were so grounded, exuded a deep connection…. a connection to each others soul.  I wanted more, I truly felt that their story not only needed to be beautifully captured, it needed to be told.  As some of you know my  ultimate reference to the “most passionate/intense/soulmate/sexiest couple”  is: the characters of Rachel McAdams &  Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.  Hands down ultimate!

Well now Dana & Derek have made this a tie.

In grade 11, there was a new kid (Derek) at Dana’s high school.  He was in every single one of her classes the whole year!   They became close friends and even went to grad together.  They stayed in touch out of high school.  But one summer Derek left to go work in the Yukon.  He sent Dana a hand written letter every week.  And that was that says Dana and as she told me ultimately she thinks fate brought them together.

Derek proposed at Van Dusen  botanical garden on Dana’s birthday ( her favourite place on earth).  He had champagne and a skor ice-cream cake waiting in the trunk of his car in a cooler on ice!!!  That sealed the deal.


 How did Whistler become your number one choice of where to tie the knot? 

 We love Whistler, especially the drive up on the Sea to Sky. It was an easy choice once we came across the beautiful Edgewater Lodge on a lake and surrounded by mountains. We both love nature and open space.


 What was your criteria when looking for your dress and how did you know once you found it? 

Truthfully, I am not a shopper so I was not excited to shop for a dress!! I knew that I wanted something different but didn’t know what exactly…Amongst the cookie cutter dress shops in New West, I discovered a custom dress shop owned by a mother who sews the dresses and her daughter who designs them. I instantly fell in love with my dress…I knew it was right because it was unique and green!!


 Describe your design elements and the inspiration behind them?

 I have an eclectic and economical sense of style you could say…and I love plants!! I wanted the atmosphere at my wedding to be warm and inviting, so I used a lot of candles and stuck with earth tones. We made the birch candle holders, collected vases from thrift stores, scrounged old books from friends and family, and grew the plants ourselves.


 Is there a part of your wedding that at first you didn’t think much of it but in retrospect was a very pleasant surprise? 

 While we were off getting our pictures done after the ceremony, our guests moved the chairs from the ceremony into one big circle and sat together. It wasn’t until after the wedding when I looked at the picture of this that I truly appreciated how cool that was..it just shows what great people we have around us and how comfortable they all are with each other.


Any funny stories or very special moments? 

Obviously the flash mob was a complete shock and a highlight of the night!! For a minute I truly thought that I might be dreaming…It was so unexpected and I loved it!!


 What was the number one piece of advice given to you while planning your wedding and what would you pass on to newly engaged brides to help them in the coming months? 

Enjoy the day!! I have received that advice from so many people, so I really made a point of taking it. I made myself totally let go of the stress on the actual day and let fate take over. It still went by quickly, but I felt like I fully enjoyed every minute of it.


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