Danielle & Dan – Salt Spring Island, BC wedding

I wanted to save my last wedding post of 2013 for one of my best friends, Danielle, whose wedding I got to photograph on Salt Spring Island this fall! She married her longtime friend (and first kiss) Dan, and I couldn’t have chosen someone better for her myself! : D

In the 4 years Danielle and I have been friends, we’ve traveled to 3 countries together, helped each other over life’s speed bumps and celebrated each other’s successes and high points. She is the most supportive and loyal friend. This girl has my back no matter what, even if it’s just to match one of my bursts of geekiness (like a spontaneous ninja kick or random sound effect) with one of her own. ; ) A few months after we met, she decorated my house for Christmas as a gift – how sweet is that!? We have had countless dance parties together in a variety of places and Danielle is still one of the raddest dancers I know. : D We’ve shared so many laughs and I love that Danielle appreciates my cheesy Dad-humour and bad puns. hehe. Kindred spirit! Danielle cracks me up to no end as well. Not only that, she has a huge heart which she often tries to hide but when she does express her feelings to you, the most beautiful words pour out and I’d like to see you try and not tear up. Beyond being an amazing friend, she is an incredible mom to her daughter Shana and now she will be a fantastic wife to Dan (as he will be a fantastic husband to her). Dan, you rock and I know you will take such great care of Danielle and Shana. You have the full “Best Friend Stamp of Approval” and I’m lucky to now call you a friend as well! I wish you two all the love and laughter in the world!!

 

Before sharing Danielle and Dan’s wedding photos, I want to post a few photos of their engagement. Dan asked me to secretly photograph his engagement to Danielle and I felt so lucky to able to witness and capture it. It meant a lot to be included- thanks Dan! : D His friend Toby and I set up a picnic on the mountain-top where they shared their first kiss when they were 17. We then hid behind bushes and I captured the whole thing! : D I was so nervous Danielle would spot me before the proposal happened but luckily my trusty zoom lens and I were able to stay hidden long enough.

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Now on to the wedding!! I had never been to Salt Spring Island, and it is such an amazing place! The wedding was held on the farm where one of Dan’s sisters live and it was such a picturesque setting. For the months leading up, Danielle and Dan had fun scouring garage sales together finding decorations for their big day and Danielle also kept herself busy putting her amazing crafting skills to good use, making all sorts of amazing things for the wedding. Her florist/wedding decorator background definitely came in handy, that’s for sure! She went and picked out her flowers the day before her wedding as well and made a gorgeous bouquet. Danielle’s creative talents never cease to amaze me!

The forecast was threatening rain for the big day but luckily it rained at perfect intervals where it affected nothing and stopped for the rest of the night before we all sat down to dinner. It was an amazing, amazing day and I am just so very happy for these two!!

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And this is where I turned my camera off so I could be completely present and celebrate this amazing day with everyone. We danced to amazing live music (thanks Shane Philip!), talked, ate, danced some more and finished the night off with a bonfire. Perfect day! : D

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3 Responses to “Danielle & Dan – Salt Spring Island, BC wedding”

  1. Shelley says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! I know how much you care about her and the pictures reflect a perfectly emotional and beautiful day. What a wonderful way to close your year!

  2. ria hayden says:

    The most amazing wedding ever! I may be a bit biased but I was in awe yet again at her talent! Wonderful photos Jess.

  3. Jessica Zais says:

    Thanks so much Shelley and Ria! : D
    I was totally wowed by Danielle’s talent too. Can’t believe all the work she did! : )

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