To say Quatsino is a remote is....well accurate. It's on the northern tip of Vancouver Island and accessed only by boat. Phil's family owns a fishing lodge, Kagoagh, and it's one of the most amazing places I've been to this year. Being the laid-back, go-with-the-flow type of couple they are, details about the ceremony were sorted out once the wedding commissioner arrived. Flowers were arranged by Phil's sister Gina the morning of, after a quick trip into the forest behind the lodge to gather some green leafy filler. It was definitely the least structured wedding I'd photographed, but somehow, it suited the bride and groom to a T. I couldn't imagine it going any other way.
And so, surrounded by nature, family, close friends and of course, Rambo, their beloved Belgium Sheppard, Phil and Zoey became Mr. and Mrs. The ceremony was beautiful, short and sweet. It was full of love, tears and a few excited nerves as Phil stood next to his future wife, unknowingly squeezing her fingers tighter than he wanted to.
It was a hotter than forecasted weekend, so after the ceremony, everybody changed and went out on the boat for a bit to cool off and to watch Papa Chae call the bald eagles and feed them fresh fish. Just before sunset, we asked everyone to change back into their wedding outfits for a few photos. Such troopers!
Then came the outdoor feast full of crab, spot prawns and homemade Chapchae, that went late into the night, well after the mosquitos gave up.
Phil and Zoey, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day!