Whitney + Josh | Thetis Island Overbury Resort Wedding | Victoria Wedding Photography
May 27th, 2017 – Overbury Resort Wedding – Thetis Island, British Columbia
Whitney and Josh are one of those couples that I have always felt a strong connection with since our first meeting at Starbucks last summer. We planned their engagement session at sunrise at East Sooke Park (one of my favourite spots to photograph at first light, as you can typically expect some beautiful fog rolling in off the ocean along with the most beautiful sunrise over the pacific). The weather did not disappoint during there session and the beautiful west coast landscape was very symbolic of Whitney and Josh’s love for the outdoors and always seeking their next adventure. During their session, I also captured it all on video only to be seen for the first time on their wedding day. I had Whit and Josh each record sweet words to each other to overlay in the video — which would also be a beautiful surprise to each other on their wedding day! You can see their video here… bring the kleenex!
Finally, their day had come. They invited all of their favourite friends and family to the beautiful Thetis Island, which is accessed by a cute little ferry leaving Chemainus, a small town close to Nanaimo. Their wedding was held at Overbury Resort (Overbury Farm) which also had the cutest little log cabins for their guests to stay in. The history of the farm is incredible — established shortly after the first world war and has been run by the same family for over 60 years. I’m sure if these walls could talk, there would be some magnificent stories to be told. The beautifully manicured property still has such a beautiful rustic charm. It was literally a photographers dream to shoot, so many beautiful pockets of light beaming through the old cross hatched windows, amazing texture everywhere you look, and beautiful deep tones in the antique furniture, Persian rugs and shiplap walls.
The girls had a relaxing morning getting ready — having a 3:30 ceremony allowed for a lot of prep time. Once they were all dressed and Whitney was about to make her grand entrance as a bride, her bridemaids held a traditional sage grass smudge in the Great Room, bringing purification and positive energy to the day. While the girls awaited the ceremony, the guys finished prepping in the log cabin called the “Roost”. The cabin was complete with a wood burning stove and wrought iron beds on the porch. Watching the guys steam their shirts while trying not to get burned was a little entertaining to say the least!
Once everyone was ready, the Mr. and Mrs. made it official with their own hand-written vows and sealed the deal with the best kiss I’ve yet to photograph! After the hugs and well wishes from the family we headed off to the beach and found a pretty little cove to do the bridal party formals. On our way back, I stopped at the wood shed to do a few photos of the newlyweds — the sun was streaking perfectly through the planks of the wood shed. Everything about this day was picture perfect!
The bridal party lead the newlyweds into their beautiful reception hall with vaulted timber ceilings and windows for days. They were greeted with a traditional first nations blessing by a good family friend, which was nothing short of amazing and so powerful. I have never felt so much love under one roof. After dinner, the two had their first dance to a Beauty and the Beast song (which they said was a joke at first, but they just rolled with it.. because they’re chill and hilarious like that!) and then they celebrated in true Jewish fashion, with the Hora dance! I have always wanted to photograph one, and finally checked it off my list!
What I loved so much about Whitney and Josh is that they are so free-spirited, welcoming to all, and make you feel like family. The beautiful mix of cultures and traditions was absolutely beautiful. I wish these two nothing but crazy adventures, belly laughs and wonderful memories in the making.
Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Corry 🙂
Here are the details and vendors from this beautiful wedding:
Venue / location: Overbury Resort, Thetis Island, British Columbia
Florals / Cake / Catering: Arlene Kastings of Overbury Resort
Arbor florals: Reannan Shay Studios
Hair and makeup: Reannan Shay Studios
Bridal shop: Blush Bridal
Dress Designer: Saja
Bridal Bolero Jacket: Allure Bridal
Photography: Me! Of course lol
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