"What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it." - Unknown
Everyone has his or her own story to share and some stories are captured while the rest may be lost through time as details are left astray from mouth to ear. But this is one of the many reasons that inspired me to become a photographer. I have always wanted to seize an untold story and show it to the world saying how having their stories told may change And this is where Alisa and Ryan come along.
Eight weeks ago, Nicole from Past Pieces-Vintage and Vintage Inspired Wedding Rentals led me to come across a very inspiring couple. I was told there was a group fundraising donations and services for Alisa and Ryan’s wedding and this intrigued me. But it wasn’t until they told me their story did my heart felt it was my duty to capture their story. Ryan who was about to start his life was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. It not only rendered him unable to walk but the doctors told Ryan he had only 12 weeks left. With less than three months, Ryan took this as a calling and decided to dedicate his heart and literally the rest of his life loving Alisa. On July 5th, Mika and I was honoured with the privilege to capture Alisa and Ryan’s beautiful wedding day. Everyone was soaked with tears full of joy as they see love untwining its branches to reveal the most beautiful couple becoming one.
Through that day, I was reminded of why exactly I am wedding photographer. As a photographer, we not only capture the moment in time, but we let others remember or see for the first time through our eyes a memory that will never happen a second time. On July 5th, we were merely spirit-like witnesses because in the end, it was all about the union of Alisa and Ryan whom in our hearts live on forever.
List of vendors that donated their services:
Officiant: Angela Clark // rightsofpassageceremonies.com
Brides Bouquet: Anjera Kanzashi Design // anjerakanzashidesign.com
Make up: Beauty Has Endless Possibilities // facebook.com/messages/BeautyHasEndlessPossibilities
Hair: Jennifer, Tana & Kim
Burlap banner at head table and sweet table: Ally Beth Design Co // facebook.com/AllyBethDesignCo
DJ: Barcode People Entertainment
Linnens and tables: Diamond events // facebook.com/diamondeventsfraservalley
Decor and wedding day coordination: Nicole Past Pieces pastpieces.org // facebook.com/PastPiecesVancouver
T-Lane, full wedding planning and fundraising: t-lane.ca
T-Lane Wedding panner SHELLY RASPBERRY
Cake: Christine Cutajar
Photogrpahers: Jun Ying + Mikako Chiba // kunioo.com
Editor: Mark Rathgeber // kunioo.com
And countless volunteers and donators who gave their time for months to make this happen.