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Saki + Edwin - Manoa Falls, Oahu Wedding Part 2

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Saki + Edwin - Manoa Falls, Oahu Wedding Part 2

We met up with Saki and Edwin pretty early in the morning to head out on this hike to do some more wedding photos with them. To start it should be noted that Saki did the entire hike in her wedding dress and flip flops (no big deal). This was some of the hottest, most humid hiking i've ever done, we were all sweating like crazy, except for Saki!

When the trail first starts you get this crazy view of so much lush greenery, this got us all kinds of excited and shooting right away, then you walk like 20 steps further and the view gets even better!! 

There was so many great little spots to stop and shoot on the way up to the falls, and then on the way back down you get to view every thing just a little bit differently and get excited about it all over again.

It was a good thing we got started on the hike early as when we reached the falls there was already a crowd of people starting and by the time we were done shooting at the falls it was packed with people. 

This was really one hell of an amazing shoot, and so much fun. We can't wait to get back out to Hawaii again one of these days. 

There will be one more Oahu blog post coming, but it will be of personal photo's we took of our time out there, so be on the look out for that. 

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Saki and Edwin - Paradise Cove Oahu Wedding

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Saki and Edwin - Paradise Cove Oahu Wedding

For as long as I can remember it’s been a dream of mine to visit Hawaii, well it finally happened! I’ve known Edwin for longer than I can remember, him and my brother were always great friends so I’d see Edwin around the house quite a bit. One day I got a message from Edwin telling me he wanted us to shoot his wedding in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. I may have gotten a slight bit excited by this. We got together at their condo, I met Saki for the first time and we had some pizza together and talked about the plans for the big exciting day.

So here we go, Amanda and I hopped on a plane to Vancouver followed up with another to Waikiki!! First thoughts upon landing in Waikiki.. holy smokes it’s hot here and whaaaaaaat!! We’re in Hawaii!!!!!

We stayed in Waikiki a block from the beach, pretty much perfect! If you’ve never been to Waikiki let’s just say it’s kinda like Vegas, minus the casinos and smoking but with an amazing beach and far friendlier people. We soaked up the sun, watched surfers surf, enjoyed great food and maybe a few mai tai’s!

I’ll get back to a few of our adventures in a bit or maybe I’ll do a separate post for those.

Now for Saki and Edwin’s wedding day! Obviously we kicked it off with a power breakfast at McDonald’s! Amanda made her way to the guys hotel while they got ready and I went over to Saki’s hotel while she got ready with her girls. We then met up with all their family and friends on the big tour bus to make our way to Paradise Cove for the ceremony and reception. The heat that day was no joke! It was hot, like crazy hot! That didn’t stop everyone from having a great time though. Their ceremony included some fun Hawaiian traditions (they had to kiss for as long as the officiant could blow into a conch shell). Cocktail hour was fantastic, they even had Hawaiian shave ice available for everyone (seriously good stuff!). We wandered along the beach and took so many photos! Paradise Cove was a spectacular wedding venue. Once the sun started to get close to where the sky meets the ocean we headed back down to the beach for some more photos, and wow the Hawaiian sunset didn’t disappoint! We spent the rest of the night partying with everyone there and having an amazing good time!

No apologies for all the pics below. Also stay tuned for part two of our time with Saki and Edwin where we hike to Manoa Falls for another shoot!

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Robyn + Lionel - Iceland Couples Shoot

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Robyn + Lionel - Iceland Couples Shoot

Part 3 - The last day in Iceland

Im actually going to start this off on the evening of Day 2, better yet I'll start it off from my birthday, back in June. Amanda arranged to take me out for wings (I love hot wings!) for my birthday. I figured it was just the two of us, but her being the amazing wife she is, she invited a bunch of our good friends out. Surprise!  After getting over the fact that I get to enjoy wings with all my friends, we got to chatting about the upcoming trip to Iceland. This peeked some interest with Robyn and Lionel, and gave them a gentle push to plan a trip there for the same time as us. We also persuaded them with the offer to take their photo's out there! So next thing ya know they've booked their flights to be there the same time as us! 

Fast forward now back to the evening of Day 2 in Iceland. We just drove back from Budir shooting Mikaila and Wills elopement. We were running on very little sleep, and pretty exhausted, however Robyn and Lionel we're headed over to our AirBNB and we were going to have a night out, dinner and a "couple" drinks. We made our way down to the bumpin' and fun part of Reykjavik for some dinner. After a drink and a shot of Icelandic vodka we wandered around finding all the cool little places we could to stop in for more drinks. We even ended up in the Big Lebowski bar... super random right! That night was a blast, as it always seems to be, when we get together with those two! If you happened to catch our live insta stories from out there, you'd see a bit of the fun we were having. 

The plan for Day 3 was to head out with Robyn and Lionel and check out waterfalls, and adventure and take wild pictures wherever we could. That morning our bodies said NO. Amanda had come down with a terrible cold before we even left Canada, and was being a trooper keeping up with this crazy busy adventurous trip, and my body was feeling the exhaustion of being on the go with very little sleep. So we had to let them head out on their own. After getting some energy back after a lazy day spent eating fish and chips in our room, we decided we'd head out on the road and meet Robyn and Lionel on their way back to Reykjavik. We found this amazing spot on the side of the highway with steam coming from the ground, hot springs, and hot water seeping out of the mountain side. As usual in Iceland it was raining too. Robyn and Lionel managed to get to the spot with about 15 minutes of light left, and we managed to pull off the shoot you see below. Super glad we could make it happen, and snag some amazing photo's of these fantastic friends of ours. 

As of just a couple days before writing and posting this blog, we have just confirmed another elopement in Iceland. I am extremely stoked to be heading back out there, to seeing more of that wild country, and having my mind blown by its wild landscapes! Oh yeah and those amazing gas station bacon wrapped hot dogs!!! 

Enjoy!!

-C&A

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Mikaila + Will - Iceland Elopement

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Mikaila + Will - Iceland Elopement

Day 2 of 3 in Iceland! 

Mikaila and Will were actually the first couple to book us for their elopement in Iceland. 

It was an early morning getting up, to make the drive from Reykjavik to Budir. (I think we were awake around 5am) Once on the road we made our first stop of the day at a gas station to grab breakfast, yes we had those delicious gas station hot dogs for breakfast!

The drive was stunning, as it seems to be every where you go in Iceland. As we got close to Hotel Budir, we stopped to take some of the sites in for a bit. We are talking multiple waterfalls off the side of a mountain, in someones backyard, kinda sights! AMAZING! 

We stepped into Hotel Budir and wow, what a beautiful place. So much character and charm in there.

Mikaila and Will were getting ready in the same room, which was pretty sweet, as Mikaila helped Will get suited up, and all the feels started happening. Once he was ready, he left the room so Mikaila could get her dress on, and we could do a nice first look with them. 

With the first look out of the way, we walked over to the iconic Black Church. We've seen pictures of this place so many times on instagram but actually seeing it in person was something else! 

The ceremony consisted of Amanda and I, Mikaila and Will, and the officiant, as well as a few tourists eyes peering in through the windows. 

We wandered around the grounds nearby, walked down by the ocean, had some laughs at the cute dogs from the hotel and then made our way on our adventure for the day. 

We actually took a wrong turn when we left and ended up at Kirkjufell first, which was supposed to be our last spot for the day. No big deal. We did get to take some crazy roads through the mountains to get there. 

Just like the day before, we'd drive and find spots to shoot, however this time we weren't in the rain, and it was actually quite warm which was a nice little change.

We even made our way up the side of an old volcanic crater for some pretty ridiculously awesome photo's. From there we went to Hellnar and Arnarstapi for some more photo's and ended up back at Hotel Budir to drop them off so they could enjoy the rest of their wedding day with each other. 

We can't thank Mikaila and Will enough for giving us the opportunity to get to Iceland and capture their secret elopement. This was an experience we will remember forever!



Mikaila and Will wrote a little testimonial for us too that we thought we would share.

We are so, so happy we chose Corey and Amanda to be a part of our Icelandic elopement. They did so much more than capture the special day -- they added to the experience with their energy, spontaneity, and talent. Several times we stopped for unique shooting opportunities, including to hike to the top of a volcano! They put as at such ease during the shooting process with their tone in direction, and professionalism. (Professionalism -- which was complimented by a sense of playfulness and attention to even the smallest of details.) Every photo from our day affirms that we couldn't have made a better selection in who should take them! 

Corey & Amanda -- Thank you for delivering breathtaking photos that preserve not only the beauty of the places we went, but the emotion we felt and will cherish forever. We are so appreciative of the care and time you took to ensure such an authentic and stunning series of images for us to remember our first moments together as husband and wife.

 And then followed up with this after receiving their photos!

Wow! Wow! Wow! I am speechless. I had high expectations for these to begin with, but you've managed to healthily exceed them! These are phenomenal. So truly representative of the day and as someone who ordinarily hates photos of herself, I haven't found one that I dislike from this lot. I have to underscore my gratitude now. We are already picking out those we'd like to frame. (The one's atop the volcano -- holy crap!) Arnastapi's colouring is seriously beautiful too. I could go on and on about every single one of these! The first look one's in the hotel lobby-- my god!  If anyone I know announces an engagement, I'll be making a speedy recommendation for who should photograph their wedding.

 

 

Sorry for the long read, but now its time to enjoy the photos!

-C&A

 

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Paris + George - Iceland Elopement

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Paris + George - Iceland Elopement

Well... here goes! 

First things first, Paris and George were actually the second couple to book us for an elopement in Iceland, but they managed to be the first that we shot in the 3 days we were there. We had already been booked to shoot another elopement (It will be posted soon) and crazily enough Paris and George were looking to elope in the same time frame that we were going to be there. 

Now with that out of the way, this might be a long post, so grab a snack, maybe a tasty beverage, and enjoy. 

We left Winnipeg Sunday afternoon, after shooting a wedding on Saturday. We flew through the night to get to Iceland, and neither Amanda or myself are much good at sleeping on planes. We arrived at 9am, grabbed our sweet Dacia rental car, and a delicious coffee and sandwich from Joe and the Juice and got on the road. We headed straight to Paris and Georges AirBNB, had a quick change of clothes and quickly freshened up before starting the day of shooting. 
They did their first look pretty much across the street from the AirBNB, and once we did that we hopped into the car and headed East! 

Here's the thing about Iceland, every where you look there's an epic spot to shoot. First stop was off the side of the highway after making our way over a mountain range. Second stop was just a few minutes from there in what appeared to be some kind of mining operation. 

We finally found ourselves at the office of the Wedding Officiant and were back on the road to our first Iceland waterfall Seljalandsfoss (try and say that, good luck!) This is where they had their official ceremony. It was wet, very wet, but 110% amazing in every way. We even got to sign as witnesses! We also had a crowd of people around that of course let out a big cheer for them. 

Next stop was another side of the highway location, we spotted an old grass covered house, or barn, or whatever it was. It was perfect! 

Waterfall number 2 for the day was Skogafoss. You may have seen it before, its pretty much the most amazing waterfall you'll see. Yet again, we got soaked, but let me tell you it was worth it. We took a few photo's of Paris and George there, and then handed one of our cameras to them to take photo's of us! haha. 

With Skogafoss done, we got back on the road and made our way to Vik, home of the famous Black Sand Beach. It was cold, super windy, rainy, and there was a lot of tourists, yet somehow we managed to make some magic there and get some beautiful photo's. 

By this time it was starting to get pretty late in the day, and we had a pretty long trek back to Reykjavik ahead of us. So we started heading back, but not without stopping in a few more of those off the side of the highway spots! Seriously you could just skip all of the super popular locations and just find places off the highway, its amazing out there. 

That pretty much sums up day 1 in Iceland, once we got back to town we had quite the adventure of finding our AirBNB and getting in there (thats another story in itself). Grabbed ourselves some Fish N Chips for supper and got some much needed sleep, as we had to be up at 5am for Day 2's elopement. 

Thank you so much Paris and George for taking us on this adventure with you. You guys were amazing, and we couldn't be more honored to have been part of such a special day for you both. Looking forward to the day we cross paths once again! 

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