The Loft at Earls Yaletown Wedding: Sam & Evan

Sam & Evan Wedding at The Loft at Earls Yaletown

Sam and Evan were married on one smoking hot day in the middle of July this year and boy oh boy was it a party! This group was SO much fun, seriously they were so easy going and down to just have a good time all day.

Sam got ready at the Westin Bayshore Hotel downtown while Evan got ready at his childhood home in Fraser Heights. Quick side note: Chantelle and Evan attended the same high school and funny enough, Myles and Evan played on the same soccer team years ago, so we both knew a lot of people at their wedding! It's so fun showing up to a wedding and seeing so many familiar faced brought together by a couple.

After a quick limo ride to The Loft at Earls, everyone was seated and prepared for the ceremony to begin. One small problem, Sam and her Dad got temporarily stranded in the elevator. Everyone was in their places, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were standing beside Evan and we were all just awaiting Sam's grand entrance. We waited and waited and waited before a few minutes passed and the pastor went looking for Sam and her Dad, turns out there was a minor mishap with the elevator and they were stuck! Thankfully everything was fine and Sam and her Dad eventually escaped and her walk down the aisle couldn't have been any more anticipated by Evan and all their guests. Sam was just the sweetest throughout it all and they sealed their marriage with a kiss and a cocktail.

It was such a blast roaming around Yaletown with all their friends taking photos and popping bottle of champagne. One of Sam and Evan's request was that we stop at a pub for a drink before heading to their reception and I am so glad they insisted on it! We stopped at Yaletown Brewing and had a few drinks where the staff treated us to a confetti canon upon a cheers from the bridal party, so cool and so much fun. We then headed into their reception where Earls appies were served ALL NIGHT LONG! All praise the food gods because seriously it was 10/10 delicious and then topped off with Cartems Donuts. Gosh we love food!

Thank you Sam and Evan for sharing your day with us, inviting us to celebrate with your friends and family, and for being such a wonderful easy going couple to work with! 

Venue: The Loft at Earls Yaletown

Hair: Alilovescolour

Makeup: Beauty by Ro

Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein

Florist: Kayefleur

Catering: Earls & Cartems Donuts

Band/DJ: Mathew Bittroff

UBC Alumni Centre Wedding: Jolayne + Weston

UBC Alumni Centre Wedding

So what can we say? We are just a tad behind in blogging and when I say a tad I mean like months maybe even a year.

Anyways we're doing it now and we are starting it off with Jolayne and Weston's UBC Alumni Centre wedding from March. This was the second time we had photographed one of the Whitmarsh sisters and we were so excited to connect with their family and friends again. Jolayne got ready at her parent's home in Brookswood surrounded by her closest friends and family. Let me just say, we LOVE Jolayne and Weston, they are such a sweet, happy and fun couple to be around. After getting ready we headed to their ceremony at South Delta Baptist Church where they made it official with tons of family and friends supporting them and this new journey as husband and wife.

We then made our way to the Centennial Beach/Dyke area for some bridal party photos. The weather was amazing for being the middle of March and dare I say, I wasn't even cold (I'm an always-cold type of person). We loved getting to hang out with their bridal party as we knew some of the girls from Tana and Chad's wedding which we photographed last year! 

We continued our roadtrip onwards to the reception venue at UBC Alumni Centre where we took more photos on the ground of the university because it's just so gorgeous there. Jolayne and Weston celebrated all night long with their friends and family before an adorable bubble filled exit! It may be months later but Jolayne and Weston, thank you for choosing us to capture your big day! 

Ireland Part 3: Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Drive

Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head Drive

After grabbing some breakfast we made the drive to our next destination in the tiny fishing village of Fenit. We were a few hours early to check into our Airbnb so Myles did some research and we set out to find a hidden beach. And yes it was very hidden, like as in we found the beach that all the locals keep to themselves and don't tell the tourists about. It was completely deserted when we got there and remained that way the entire time we were there! We spent time being chased by the waves (not in the water, it was seriously was cold and windy) and admired the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. 

When we finally arrived at our Airbnb we were greeted by our host Nannette, who was so kind and again couldn't believe we were travelling around the country with a one year old. I mean it's not easy travelling with a toddler but do people just stay home once they have kids!? If you're able to, go travel and take your kids it will be unforgettable! Anyways we quickly realized that the sleepy town of Fenit literally had one bar and it wasn't even open so we drove about 15 minutes into the town of Tralee to grab something to eat. We ate lunch at a hole in the wall place called Dish which was cheap and tasty and then walked around Tralee before grabbing a frozen pizza from the super market and heading back to our place for a night in. 

The next day we ate breakfast at the top rated cafe in town called Yummy Cafe Market. This is a lesson that you should never judge a place by it's name or exterior. I seriously almost wrote this place off when researching where to eat just because of it's silly name and weird look to it. I'm so glad we went because the breakfast was amazing, plus it was filled with all sorts of people from every walk of life which was cool. We then set out to drive the famous Dingle Peninsula/Slea Head Drive (also known as the Wild Atlantic Way) which is rated one of the most beautiful drives in the world. It did not disappoint, we were in awe the entire time and drove for 8 hours, yes you read that correctly 8 HOURS! Never once did we tire or get bored, we were constantly stopping to see the magnificent cliffs, tiny villages, thousands of sheep and so much more. We drove the weirdest way (thanks google maps) which took us down this abandoned dirt road through the mountains for almost an hour. We were definitely at the point where we thought we'd have to turn around because we were so remote there were no houses, like absolutely nothing except sheep.

We made it out eventually on the other side and made our way to Inch Beach. This beach was incredible and is actually made up of a 5km long sand spot. After running around in the wind and sand watching surfers we continued on our way. 

Our next stop were the Bee Hive Huts which were built in the 13th century. It was so unbelievable to drive up to this farmer's house, pay a few euros to step on his land then walk up a hill to this incredible sight. It's hard to believe how these settlements/churches have stood the test of time and weather, they are literally constructed of stacked rocks, nothing holding them together. It's so surreal stepping back in time like that, wondering what sorts of people lived or worshipped in these places.

We continued on our way and stopped at the Dunquin Harbour which served as a transportation point to the Blasket Islands. These islands used to be inhabited but are so remote and dangerous to get to that now no one lives there. You can take a boat across at certain times of the year but unfortunately we were there at the wrong time and the sea was too rough to cross. There was this crazy winding road that went down to the water which used to be known as the sheep highway. I had seen a photo online of this area and had to visit, funny story we actually drove 30 minutes passed it, pulled over and debating going back and I am SO glad we did! Aspen was sleeping in the car and we weren't about to wake him so we took turns exploring while one of us waited by the car with him. There's something so freeing about running through new, open and unexplored places, I felt like a child. We stopped many more times to take in the sites and sounds and people including making our way to the sea side town of Dingle.

Eventually we made our way back to Tralee on the most dangerous road we encountered the entire trip. I cannot even explain how terrifying this road was. It was considered to be two lanes but was just big enough for one car, like I'm talking you needed to move your side mirrors in to avoid hitting the cliff wall. Plus this road wound through some mountains, it was getting dark, and the fog had set in. Let's just say I prayed that entire time that no oncoming cars would come. One did and it scared us half to death, we had to reverse to get to a pull out point to allow it to pass. We eventually made it back to Tralee where we ate dinner at Lana Asian Street Food and which I'd say was one of the top places for Thai food that we've ever had. 

The next day we ate breakfast at Wild in Tralee and made friends with some of the employees. Everyone was so kind and so excited for us to continue on our journey, no one ever seemed bothered that we toted a toddler around with us everywhere we went. We then set off for the 2.5 hour drive to Galway. On our way we stopped in Adare which I had researched online and couldn't pass up walking through the town. This tiny town is known as one of Ireland's prettiest towns thanks to a street lined with traditional thatched houses. Unfortunately a few years ago many of these traditional homes burnt down so it looks a bit different than what we were expecting, beautiful none the less. We walked through churches, castles and graveyards before going for a walk around the river so that Aspen could take a break from the carseat. We stopped at the Blue Door Restaurant for lunch and it was a bust, super expensive and fancier food than what we would have liked. Onwards to Galway!