April 7, 2013

Norm & Gloria: Gastown // Mayfair Lakes Wedding

Norm & Gloria first met in grade 9 when they both attended the same school.  They knew each other briefly that year, and then continued onto different schools for the remainder of high school.  A few years after graduating, they reconnected while attending the same church and by having the same group of friends.  They got to know each other as friends, but again slowly lost contact, except for the occasional friend's birthday or get together.  At the end of 2011, Norm moved into Gloria's neighbourhood (5 minutes away from her) and he decided it would be great to see her more often. :)  Gloria seemed a bit busy and they never really had a chance to go out on a date... in fact Gloria didn't realize at first that Norm was asking her out.  :)  Once she figured out that he was determined and was going to continue to pursue her, she agreed to a date.  They both quickly learned they enjoyed spending time together and had the same interests.

The engagement: Last September, Norm surprised Gloria on one of their date nights with a ride in a row-boat at Deer Lake Park.  He packed a picnic, played music and got down on one knee in the boat to pop the question.  She responded with "Are you kidding me?" leaving him hanging a bit, waiting for an answer. :)  Obviously she did say yes, since this post is about their wedding!
I love how God's timing brought these two together at the right moment in each others' lives.  They are a fun, adventurous and adorable couple!

The wedding day: We started off the day downtown with photos in Gastown, Vancouver.  Gastown is Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood and a national historic site.  The cobblestone streets are lined with Victorian buildings that house everything from boutiques, businesses, to restaurants and more.  Norm arrived with his groomsmen, Dan, Andrew and Bernie.  My assistant, Melissa and I had the chance to spend some time shooting the guys before Gloria and Norm's first look... but I'll share the guys later in this post!

The first look: We hid Norm away in a little alley way lined with red brick walls and storefronts.  The light was fantastic for the shots and it also gave Norm and Gloria a bit more privacy without a lot of people passing by.

Gloria and her bridesmaids Francesca, Sabrina and Kristina looked like ladies out of a wedding magazine.  Did you know that they are all sisters?  Gloria is the youngest of the 4.   The green colour of the bridesmaids' BCBG dresses were vibrant against the brick background.

These next photos were spontaneous and unplanned!  We thought we were done with photos in Gastown and were walking back to the vehicles when some of the guys discovered this indoor location, called Hotel Europe.  Inside the lobby there was an old safe!

After Gastown, we managed to get ourselves out of downtown Vancouver and drove to Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond for the ceremony.

During cocktail hour were were able to steal away Norm and Gloria once more for some photos around the golf course and with Norm's Porsche!

Mayfair Lakes also hosted and catered their reception.  The Greenside room was gorgeous and had a lot of natural light streaming in along with beautiful chandeliers!  The food was also excellent!

Congratulations Norm & Gloria on your marriage!  Hope you enjoyed your honeymoon in Jamaica.

To see even MORE photos from Norm and Gloria's wedding, visit their online PASS gallery HERE!


Hair Stylist: Blo Dry Bar, (Yaletown, Vancouver, BC)
Makeup Artist: MAC, on Granville (Vancouver, BC)
Bride's Dress: The Bridal Gallery (New Westminster, BC)
Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG
Men's Suits: ZARA
Florist: South Van Market & Flowers

Photo Location #1: Gastown (Vancouver, BC)
Photo Location #2: Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club (Richmond, BC)
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club (Richmond, BC)
Officiant: Norm Funk
MCs: Karen May, Dan Ax
DJ: Jordan Zwicker, Beyond Sound
Cake Artist: Candies Confections
Caterer: Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club
Chair Covers: All Occassions Chic Decor Rental

Photographer: Cecilia Flaming
Assistant Photographer: Melissa Page  ~ BIG THANKS to Melissa for being a fantastic assistant and taking GORGEOUS shots! :)  

PS. If you want to see Norm & Gloria's engagement, visit Andrew Holliday's blog post here!  (Andrew is one of Norm's groomsment and he captured the engagement at Deer Lake Park!)  

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