Bride and groom at a reception held at the Diamond in Gastown, Vancouver, BC

Photographed by The Apartment Photography


This photo was from one of our favorite weddings of the year. Joanne and Brent rented the space in Vancouver’s historic, Gastown district. A cocktail lounge most days but tonight, a venue for their wedding. Unique and beautiful to say the least. Joanne and Brent had just sat down to dinner and the MC was giving his opening remarks. Luckily they had a great MC and were quick to get everyone in a good mood. Because there are two of us we usually split up who covers who. In this case, I was covering the couple, while Cat covered the speaker. The challenge in any candid photograph is timing, so of course, being at the right place at the right time is the most important. I found this spot earlier during the ceremony and kept noting that it might work later on during the reception. Luckily for me, it did.
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Bride and groom at a reception held at the Diamond in Gastown, Vancouver, BC
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1/200 f/3.2 ISO 2500 WB 5350K


Canon 5D Mark IV


Canon 85mm f/1.4 L


Adobe Lightroom Classic own custom preset

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Bride and groom at a reception held at the Diamond in Gastown, Vancouver, BC


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The Diamond

6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9

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Hey! We’re Cat and Jeff, storytellers and visual artists from the Pacific Northwest. We’re a husband and wife photography team who are passionate about living life for today and capturing memories for tomorrow. Working with real people and creating meaningful connections is what drives our creativity and strengthens our love for what we do. We were also recently named International Wedding Photographer of the Year by IWOPTY 2019. Aside from photography, we’re total travel bugs, are crazy in love with our tabby Watson, love plants but can’t keep them alive and have a soft spot for fresh churros at Disneyland.
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