“I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp, and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves, and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor, and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make someone else gasp, and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against, even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer and reveal a secret compartment. I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world.” -Lemony Snicket

The dock swayed and bobbed gently as they walked down it towards the boat. Suitcases and backpacks, babies, sunhats, swimsuits, and anything else you’d need for a weekend away at camp. Emily & Brad’s guests were in for a weekend of fun. A weekend of watching the Princess Bride on Friday night, witnessing a marriage on Saturday afternoon, and enjoying a great brunch on Sunday morning before walking back down another dock and back to normal life. Camp for a weekend.

The morning came, sunlight touching the tops of the trees and running down to the floor of the forest. She headed down to the water with one of her best friends for an early morning “pore-cleansing” swim in the awakening waters of the Pacific Ocean. After breakfast, he headed down to the dock to welcome more guests and get the marriage license that was left in their apartment in all the hustle (things never go perfectly on a wedding day, you know). They met in a little while, in the middle of the forest, ready to get married.

I can say so much about Emily & Brad’s incredible wedding by the sea. About personal vows, her brother officiating the wedding, a scotch hour before the reception, hand drawn birds of prey as table numbers, lawn games, picnic baskets at the ceremony, and the stars, oh the stars. But at the heart of their wedding was a big love. Emily and Brad are the kind of people you want to be your best friends. They are interesting, they are kind and caring, they are thoughtful, they are genuine, and they are up for anything. If we could photograph people like Emily & Brad every weekend, arriving to their weddings via a trip across the waves, hey, I wouldn’t mind that so much. It was the kind of wedding that inspires and energizes. The kind of wedding that reminds you of the why: of the big love.

You’ve gotta see it to believe it. Make sure you watch their slideshow below. I actually have a confession–I teared up every single time I watched it (which was about 20 times because I created it). It’s… just beautiful. Lovely. It’s Emily & Brad.

(PS. Charles is their cat–Brad mentions him in his vows).

















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55 Responses to Emily & Brad >> Gambier Island Wedding

  1. Judi Carmichael says:

    Loved the pictures.

  2. Rob Carmichael says:

    I loved the slide show. The pictures are wonderful. They show what a happy day it was.

  3. Katie Gosse says:

    These pictures are beautiful.SO happy for you Emily. I also love the birds on the table :)

  4. Kelsey Roberge says:

    The photos are amazing, and loved the video. You really captured the feeling of the weekend. :)

  5. Jean Robinson says:

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks Nickersons for the wonderful memories !

  6. Nicole Read says:

    Beautiful wedding! Emily you look stunning! Sad I couldn’t be there, but these pictures are the next best thing :)

  7. Saadia Syed says:

    Love these!!! The video is amazing!!! I can see why you cried every time!!! Beautiful!!!

  8. Danielle Murray says:

    Absolutely lovely! The Nickersons captured this wonderful day perfectly.

  9. An amazing weekend, for an amazing couple, captured perfectly!

  10. Emily Vera says:

    Wow- gorgeous, artsy photos! Absolutely stunning and creative. Looks like it was truly a perfect wedding-full of love and friendship!

  11. Dana Elliott says:

    You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful bride to photograph.

  12. Ryan Carmichael says:

    These are so beautiful! I truly apologize if at any point I was “that guy” getting in the way of the professional photographers. Like this: http://www.popphoto.com/news/2013/10/dont-be-guy-your-next-wedding (Notably during the first dance… Eeee *pulls collar and grits teeth*). At least my cameras were photogenic! I noticed that both my Sprocket Rocket and my Polaroid Spectra made it into shots (I’m hoping that doesn’t mean I was just in the way too much). The slide show is definitely a tearjerker. I loved the inclusion of abridged vows and the motion/stills segments. Again, beautiful, amazing work.

  13. Shauna Garside says:

    Wonderful! Love it all!
    The photos really capture all the fun and love of the weekend. :)

  14. Maxine MacLure says:

    Wonderful to relive the wedding weekend. The photos are beautiful.

  15. Marnie Smith says:

    I especially love all the scenery ones the water and mountains! And of course all the ones of Brad and Emily!

  16. It’s clear that this celebration of Emily and Brad’s relationship was a beautiful occasion that brought together so many of the people who care for them. Warm congrats, you two!

  17. Anne Lomas says:

    What a an amazing wedding. So glad that I was able to be a part of it! These photos really do capture the feeling of the whole weekend.

  18. Nichelle MacDonald says:

    Beautiful pictures of a Beautiful day!! Congratulations to the cutest couple around and a big thanks to The Nickersons!

  19. Rurik Muenter says:

    Nice photos guys! what a happy day!

  20. Cherie MacLure says:

    I love the video … Great choice on photographers!

  21. Jenni Raine says:

    The photos have such artistic perspective. I think they are beautiful as a collection, but if you just pick one at a time, it’s dazzling!

  22. Fabiola Leenders says:

    What beautiful pictures!! Slideshow brought a year to my eye. I’m sorry to have missed it Emily & Brad!

  23. Rachel Forte says:

    gorgeous photos! absolutely captured the love and warmth that was present throughout the entire event. and the amazing venue!

  24. Bethany Swallow says:

    Amazingly beautiful. Wow, what a wonderful weekend full of love.

  25. Nancy Ritchie says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures!

  26. Gordon Watts says:

    Gorgeous couple! Great location! Genius pics! I so wish I could have been there.

  27. Jamie MacLure says:

    Beautiful pictures Emily & Brad. We had a wonderful time!!!

  28. Karyn Roy says:

    Such beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple on their most special day. It was an amazing weekend and so nice to have these to remember it by……….good job Nickersons!

  29. Daniel Havens says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures and video. Re-lived a wonderful weekend! So happy for you both.

  30. Donnie Carmichael says:

    Fantastic photos, great music, incredible loving couple… doesn’t get better than that!!! Love from Whistler’s D&D Team… Donnie & Danny XOXO

  31. Rick Treby says:

    Great photos Jean was almost drying over the beautiful pictures.

  32. Rick Treby says:

    Actually the drying was after the crying!

  33. Maritte Tomlinson says:

    LOveLOveLoveit!!!! So sad I missed it!!! LOVE IT!!

  34. Melanie Carmichael says:

    Emily and Brad are such a wonderful couple, so glad that you will always have great memories of your wedding weekend as shown in this wide variety of pictures and video. We all had a great time!

  35. Ekaterina Daviel says:

    Such a beautiful wedding! The pictures are incredible and what a creative way to present them! I loved the slideshow, especially the excepts from the wedding vows, and the movement created with still shots. Great job Nickersons, and congratulations Brad and Emily!

  36. Kristine Ferris says:

    These are just lovely! I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through them. Very happy for you!

  37. Robin Chang says:

    Wonderfully done. Hats off to such professionals who help us to relive a beautiful weekend with such beautiful people. Many thanks!

  38. Elizabeth Bagnall says:

    A beautiful collection of pictures that perfectly capture a beautiful couple.

  39. Jenna Pye says:

    Great work S&G. Love the sunset pictures. Em and Brad, you two are a gorgeous and happy looking couple. Can’t wait to see you again. -jenna

  40. Katie says:

    WOW!!!!!! Congratulations Emily & Brad!!! What an amazing weekend. Beautiful photos; I especially love the ones taken at night. The Nickersons seem to have a gift for this.

  41. Danika Dudzik says:

    An amazing wedding weekend! I enjoyed every moment spent on that island, it was all so beautiful. The pictures captured every element ensuring the memories will last forever.

  42. Judy hickey says:

    Beautiful !!! A inspiration for my wedding :)

  43. Kelsey MacDonald says:

    These are beautiful! Emily, you look gorgeous. I’m so happy for you guys. Cheers to an infinite amount of happy moments ahead, guys. <3

  44. Shelley Musgrave says:

    Incredible video and pictures. Brought tears to my eyes and it felt like you were there celebrating with them all.

  45. Sarah Busch says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Congratulations Emily and Brad, all the best to you two!

  46. Jordan Dyck says:

    Nice job Nickersons! What a great time!

  47. Randy Richard says:

    Great Pics Nickersons!

  48. Wes Furrow says:

    Brad and Emily, Great wedding photos!!! Wish I was there!!!

  49. Adam robinson says:

    Cool beans

  50. Cynthia Corriveau says:

    Lovely picutres
    You look good together
    Thanks for the great weekend

  51. Myra MacLure says:

    The pictures are lovely. Love Nana

  52. Lorne MacLure says:

    The setting was very pretty.

  53. Hannah Friday says:

    Stunning photos! Every shot projects life…and hearing Em’s voice made me cry (but in a good way, because of how much I love her.)

  54. Lisa Stevenson says:

    The photos are gorgeous, and it looks like WAY too much fun was had!

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