Gary & Liena’s Wedding

A bride and groom toasting at the reception with guests inside Kirin Seafood Restaurant in New Westminster, BC © 2014 Jenn Lin Photography

This past March I was asked to shoot a wedding for a close friend of my brother’s. For me it was definitely a learning experience, and one that I am very grateful for. The thing that stands out for me most about the event was the fact that I got to hear about a different side to my brother that, up until that evening, I had not known about. Wedding speeches are great for revealing the little intimate details in people’s relationships with one another; in this case, a long and enduring friendship.

Here’s a small selection of photos from the ceremony and reception which were both held inside Kirin in New Westminster.

A few things I’ve learned from covering my first wedding as official photographer:

  1. Every couple is different, and helping them get into comfortable poses is paramount to creating memorable portraits;
  2. Don’t be afraid to use multiple light set ups and get your assistant to really work for you;
  3. There is no time for retakes on someone’s wedding day, so get it right the first time;
  4. It’s ok to be nervous at first, especially if you feel inexperienced, but it’s important to act professional and confident regardless.

Do you have any first-time wedding photography experiences that you would like to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

Until next time,


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