Last autumn, I had the pleasure of photographing Andrew and Chen Chen at the place where they met and fell in love- UBC. The story is that she held the door open for him at the UBC Law Library and while looking back at him, a spark was lit. It seemed only natural to shoot their wedding portraits at UBC, including inside the place they first crossed paths!

These two were planning a very elaborate traditional wedding to take place in China that winter. Her family had requested photographs of their life in Vancouver and Andrew got in touch. A lifetime ago, we played the saxophone in our high school band and have stayed in contact over the years (yes, I play the saxophone!). Though I thought it would simply be an engagement photo session, I was delighted when they appeared dressed to the nines including in a traditional Chinese red dress.

These two were absolutely stunning! We made good use of the gorgeous UBC wedding locations including the Japanese Nitobe Memorial Garden with it’s beautiful architecture, and the UBC Botanical Garden. The gardens are popular spots for ceremonies and portraits and we lucked out with a stunning autumn day. And even luckier with a nearly empty law library to shoot in and re-inact those first moments.

Since these would be their Vancouver wedding portraits, we went with a more formal feeling. I absolutely love shooting candids, but I love classic posed formals just as much! They bring up a lot of nostalgia for me, as if I’m looking back at my grandparents albums. I like to add a creative twist and play with shadow and light for a modern feel.

Enjoy these autumn UBC wedding portraits! I wish these two love birds a lifetime of love and happiness.

Couple poses at UBC in front of Japanese Garden Doors.
Couples walks at UBC botanical garden.
Bride outside the UBC Law Library.
Couple poses at the UBC Botanical Garden on their wedding day.
Bride and Groom at the UBC Botanical Gardens tunnel.
Wedding portraits under the arbour at the UBC Botanical Garden.

Interested in more UBC wedding stories? Check out Jenn and Anthony’s engagement session at the UBC Rose Garden.


Kaitlin Day

Thanks girl! I love the moodier look with real colours. 🙂

Kaitlin Day

Thank you! I know, her dresses were beautiful!

Her dress (in both sets) is gorgeous! They are such a beautiful couple and I feel like you documented their love so well!

Congratulations to the beautiful couple. I just love your editing style, and these are so incredible!

The rich colors and contrast in the images are so breathtaking. What gorgeous portraits!!

Beautiful – and especially love the photo under the vine archway. So gorgeous. Congrats to the couple!

I love that they tied in UBC to their wedding photography! Such a great way to add a special touch to their big day!

These are BEAUTIFUL. And I’m in love with that light at the end. Wonderful work!

Every location in this blog is amazing! I love how you captured a little of their story in each location. Beautiful!

Brigette Burgman

GORGEOUS!! What a sweet location. Love your use of color, and that last photo at the end! =)

what a sweet elopement – and i love that last dusky shot in this post!