We recently had the incredible privilege of photographing an unforgettable wedding at Keating Farm in Duncan, and I can’t help but gush about the sheer fun and love that filled the day. Jemma and Ben, the amazingly amazing couple at the heart of it all, were surrounded by their favourite people, and the entire celebration felt like a non-stop party – and these two sure know how to throw a celebration for the books. From sunrise to sunset, the joy was there for all to see, and the atmosphere was nothing short of electrifying.
The wedding had it all: lawn games that brought out the competitive spirit in everyone, heartwarming and tear-jerking speeches that left not a dry eye in the crowd, a vintage drink trailer that quenched our thirst and added a charming touch, and, of course, dancing in a rustic barn that truly set the night on fire. Jemma and Ben’s wedding was a testament to their love for each other and their love for life, and Melanie and I felt incredibly lucky to have been a part of this incredible celebration. Jemma and Ben’s wedding reminded me why I’m so passionate about moment-driven, storytelling photography – because love and laughter truly make the best memories.
For this wedding, I got to team up once again with the incredibly talented Melanie Orr, who excels at using her intuition to guide her photography. We felt so honoured to be trusted to photograph this wedding as documentary photographers, where even the family portraits were unscripted! Congratulations, Jemma and Ben. It was a huge honour and privilege to be trusted to document your day!
P.S. So many of these photos are Melanie’s… including my personal favourites of the evening, the first dance photos taken through the window! Thank you, Melanie for teaming up with me!!! Scroll down for vendor names 🙂
Keating Farm‘s location is within the unceded territory of the Cowichan First Nation.
Dating back to the late 1800s, the farmhouse had a series of modifications between 1940 and 1960. Years of neglect left the building in a state of disrepair, but a turning point arrived when The Land Conservancy (TLC) of British Columbia stepped in. Under their ownership, significant efforts were made to stabilize the ailing farmhouse. In 2014, Rebecca and George Papadopoulos took the reins, acquiring the property from TLC. Their mission to transform the farmhouse into a functional and sustainable residential space, all while preserving its essential character and heritage features is what you see today. After five years of dedicated work, their vision became a reality in 2019. The remarkable restoration earned them well-deserved recognition in 2020 when Heritage BC honored their achievement with an award for heritage conservation. It’s a pretty special place to host a wedding!