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Carin & Ed’s Fantasy Wedding at Hatley Castle

Carin and Ed met on a trip to China. She is a Canadian from South Africa; he is from Pasedena, CA. After a bit of a long distance relationship, she moved to California to be with him. They describe themselves as “nerds in a good way.”  That is something endearing about them. They are movie buffs and love all things fantasy. So when looking for a venue for their wedding, they felt nothing could be more perfect than being married in a castle, and Hatley Park was just the spot –  especially since it is home to many of the X-Men movies. They had about 25 friends and family join their celebration. I have been looking forward to their wedding since our first phone call last year, knowing they were going to be a blast to work with. They are a gorgeous couple not afraid to have fun and play in front of the camera. I love that they made their wedding truly their own. When I saw Ed had a top hat and tails, I think I squealed. SO perfect for them! And I must say, he looked dashing. Carin and Ed opted for a First Look session, to see each other before their ceremony and spend more time for pictures. Ed’s reaction to his stunning bride is why I love these sessions.  We spent the next 45 minutes taking advantage of the spectacular gardens around the castle. Remembering Professor Xavier.  This part of the garden felt like The Shire. Colleen at Foxglove Flowers did an outstanding job on the bouquets. Simple elegance. Ooh La La Cupcakes custom designed their cupcake tower. There were three flavours of cupcakes, each marked with a medieval sword, shield or helmet in silver sugar . At the top of the tower was a small cake for cutting. We did a few more pictures after the ceremony. We went inside as the evening started to cool off, feeling especially cool for our Californian guests. Roberta, the event coordinator at the castle, let us into the billiards room for a bit, something she doesn’t often do. Thank you, Roberta! All of Ed’s attendants recognized it right away as Professor Xavier’s office. They were a wealth of movie trivia about the place.  Then came a grand entrance like none other. Yes, those are light sabres! How cool is that?!? Of course, they became a popular item throughout the evening.

Congratulations, Carin and Ed! I am so happy for you. I can’t thank you enough for inviting me to be a part of this amazing wedding day.