September 9, 2009. On a sand bar in the middle of the Squamish River BC, surrounded by 30 close friends and family, we photographed our close friends Rob and Darlene, getting married! Considering the not so typical location, they kept in theme having the ceremony performed by Leonard Howel, a local Shaman who is also a close friend of the couple’s. They dressed in custom made traditional Thai wedding clothes, which they bought on one of their many travel adventures together.
These two are a couple who’s strength, love of adventure and positive attitude towards life inspires those around them. Instead of stressing about waking up to buckets of rain on the morning of the ceremony, they embraced the weather as a sign to push back the wedding a few hours . And sure enough, because of the heavy rain we needed to move the ceremony location to a safer area on the river. In the afternoon as the clouds rolled away and we were gathered to witness their vows, not one, but three eagles were spotted landing in the trees among us, representing good fortune, love and prosperity for the couple!
The guests were boated out to the sandbar ahead of time so they could greet the couple. Then as they walked up though the crowed everyone formed a circle and began the celebration. An eagle’s feather was passed around as each of us offered kind words and wishes, the different elements of nature were respected and many blessings were given for the couple. It was a beautiful event! With the location showcasing Canada’s natural beauty, and mix of traditions, it was one of the most unique and wonderful weddings we’ve ever photographed.
The following day we set out to spend some time in Vancouver and take a few pictures in the city and by the ocean. Thanks so much for inviting us to take part in your day and we hope you’re enjoying your travels in theRV!
Being boated out to the island in the middle of the river for the ceremony!
Giving our best wishes to the couple.
balancing on a rock, because I’m CoOL like that!
Did I mention that they went bungee jumping the day before the wedding!! Yes, they are cool like that too.