February 4, 2013
The morning of Lisa and Ryan’s wedding, we were eating breakfast at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge, located along British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The lodge was rented out almost exclusively for the wedding, so everyone around was with the wedding party. Not knowing anyone, we just minded our own business.
Then a woman approached our table. She introduced herself as one of the parents of the wedding couple, and said we had to meet someone. We agreed, and walked over to an older man who was staring at us intently. The woman introduced the man as being Ryan’s grandfather.
He shook our hands, and thanked us. Then the woman thanked us. Then a few more people – all relatives of Lisa and Ryan – also thanked us. What they were thanking us for was the Document You photos of Lisa and Ryan, and how the sailboat was the prominent feature of the session. It turned out the boat was built by hand in 1978 by Ryan’s grandfather and very meaningful to the whole family.
All we knew up until the wedding was that Lisa and Ryan liked to sail together. The sailboat was an irreplaceable character in their lives, and how they wanted to remember an important part of their lives years down the road.
We’ll post their Sunshine Coast wedding later, but for now, here’s how we spent an evening together sailing around Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet.