Vancouver Wedding Photographer Tomasz Wagner

Tofino Elopement

We’re not sure where to begin with this one. A Tofino elopement. More like somewhere south of Ucluelet. Our first, and for two very dear friends to boot. Do we talk about how a nondescript island in Barkley Sound became the ceremony site only moments after we discovered it? How the two-man crew of a private vessel rowed us out on a dinghy in pairs and instructed us to wait for the right moment to hop onto and off the rocky shore? We would have had more than our shoes wet if we hadn’t timed our movements with the waves.

It was a Tofino elopement like no other. An adventurous and intimate wedding at sea.

Or, we could talk about how before all of this went down, when Brittany & Sam first approached us last year about their elopement, we felt shocked and humbled and a high that returned in the days we got to spend with them over meals in a stunning home in Tofino; chats about video games and starting up food trucks; and walks that led us into classic Tofino elopement and beach territory. For half of us, it was our first time in this part of the world.

Do we talk about being late to the ceremony because of burritos and tacos? Or the beautifully ordinary process of two people preparing for their elopement together? We weren’t here with just anyone though—we were here with Brittany of the Canadian Rockies in a century-old dress with pussy willows in her bouquet, and Sam from the land of Texas, lover of Brittany and the beautiful sheen of the majestic mackerel. Two extremely talented photographers and kind, thoughtful humans.

We teared up when the first look happened and when they exchanged their gifts. We cried when they exchanged their vows. This is the way to do it, we told ourselves. And there was laughter, so much of it, on that tiny island near Tofino.

Here’s to you, Brittany & Sam, our dear friends.

Tomasz & Amy

If you’re interested in your own Tofino elopement, read this planning guide:

Tofino Elopement Photography by Tomasz Wagner
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  1. Elissa: So gorgeous :) And so happy for Sam and Britt... many best wishes! — Friday, June 19th, 2015
  2. Louie: Legends! — Friday, June 19th, 2015
  3. Kim: Totally choked up at the shot of Brittany reading the card from Sam. These photos are so beautiful and feel so *them*. You fracking nailed it, Tomasz!! — Friday, June 19th, 2015
  4. James: Brilliant, brilliant work. — Friday, June 19th, 2015
  5. Talia: Oh man! This got me right in the feels. So good! — Friday, June 19th, 2015
  6. jennifer armstrong: Damn. That's all just heart achingly beautiful. — Saturday, June 20th, 2015
  7. Rob: Well that's just fab! Gorgeous work Tomasz. — Monday, June 22nd, 2015
  8. Petar Jurica: CRAZY GOOD!!! — Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
  9. Sachin Khona: Beautiful work. Congratulations Britt and Sam!! x — Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
  10. Nadine: This is crazy good!! — Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
  11. Jean-Laurent: This is stunning Tomasz! — Thursday, June 25th, 2015
  12. Jai Long: super, mega, fantastic — Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
  13. Clarke Scott: feeling odd about these pics. awe, inspiration, and jealousy all at the same time! :) — Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
  14. Sandra: Lurking around, loving your work... <3 I think that this is one of my absolute fav. — Saturday, May 5th, 2018

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