Riley + Tyler were the winners of a stylized engagement shoot giveaway Vasia Photography, Charrisse Mae Makeup Artistry and I did to kick off 2012 together! We are located in Vancouver and when we informed Riley + Tyler that they had won (they were over the moon!) we learned that they were located in Yellowknife, NWT.
Riley + Tyler did not even have one hesitation about making a weekend trip out of it to come to Vancouver, indulge in a much needed mini vacation together, do some shopping for their own wedding taking place in New Brunswick (where they are originally from) later this year, and have their engagement shoot.
Although the shoot was styled, it was important that the shoot represented who they are as a couple. Riley and I sent many emails back and forth getting to know each other. In amongst the emails and inspirational photos Riley shared with me I learned that they love lighthouses and that Tyler had proposed at a lighthouse on the East Coast. Below is the photo she included with her giveaway submission – a photo that Tyler snapped just moments before he proposed to Riley.
Hence my immediate suggestion to do the shoot at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. Based on Riley’s emails (which were seriously love stories you only see in the movies!) and the inspirational images she had pinned, I knew that something with a slightly darker, more passionate look would fit – with of course some laughs along the way.
We set a theme of “Cocktail Hour at the Lighthouse”. I ensured I tied in a few specific aspects that they loved most – this included the book “To the Lighthouse” which brought tears to Riley’s eyes when she saw it and had them reenact the photo above as they do each year on their proposal anniversary.
When the weekend of the shoot arrived and we finally had the opportunity to meet in person, it was like we were long lost friends and that no time had passed since we last saw each other. The day unfolded perfectly with a few bonuses for Riley + Tyler along the way – as we entered Lighthouse Park, Riley spotted the most beautiful owl perched in a tree staring right at us as if if had been waiting for us. Then shortly after when we were down at the water, a little seal poked his out and watched us for a while.
This couple was as adventurous as they had said…hiking into Lighthouse Park all dressed up and climbing up and down rocks (Riley in heels!) without a hesitation to get some amazing shots. It was such an absolute pleasure to meet them and spend an entire day together – I am so thankful for meeting such a beautiful couple, inside and out.
I couldn’t have done it without the amazing team – a huge thank you to Charrisse Mae Makeup Artistry, Sarah Braim of Rain Hair Salon, Elsa Corsi, Jeweliette Jewellry, Blush Bridal & Special Occasions and Vasia Photography.