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Vancouver Trip: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1

It has been 17 years since the Vancouver Canucks have been in the Stanley Cup Final. I still remember watching that disappointing Game 7 against the New York Rangers at my family's church in 1994. I was only 8 years old. I lost interest in hockey throughout my teenage years, only watching the occasional game. Then, in 2004, the Calgary Flames made their amazing run for the Stanley Cup. I was living in Calgary at the time and was drawn back to hockey by how crazy the city went during that time. I did cheer for the Flames for a few years before returning to my first love, my beloved Canucks. Now, I am a huge fan of hockey watching as many games as I can (whether the Canucks are playing or not). I also happen to be dating an amazing woman who loves hockey almost as much as I do. We are both so excited for how far the Canucks have made it and are really hoping they can finally go all the way this time. Which leads me to the entire point of this post, last week Clare and I made the trip over to Vancouver to watch the Canucks take on the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on the big screen at the CBC Pavilion Fan Zone. It was an awesome game and an amazing experience to be apart of. We arrived early (about 2.5 hours before the game) to secure the best spots to watch the game and to be in the middle of everything. The atmosphere was electric right from the beginning. People had gone all out dressing up for the event.

It was an incredibly tight-checking game with no goals scored on either goaltender. Entering the last minute of the 3rd period, it looked like the game was headed into overtime at 0-0. With 18.5 seconds left, Raffi Torres of the Vancouver Canucks scored the game's winning goal. The entire city ERUPTED! I just held down my shutter while joining in with the celebration so these shots are a little burry. After the game we followed the crowd down to Granville St. where a wall-to-wall party had broken out.

These photos don't even begin to capture what it was like to be there. Cars were honking, people were high-fiving everywhere (even the cops), and chants of "We Want the Cup" could be heard all across downtown. Here is just a little taste of what it was like to be apart of this.

And........... THE GOAL!

And the party begins!

We came across the band Heads Hang Heavy rockin it on Granville.

I have uploaded more shots (93 total) of the day if you want a bigger taste: Part 1Part 2

Cassie and Jason: Married in Vancouver

In December 2010 two of my good friends, Jason and Cassie were married in Vancouver BC. It was a small and intimate wedding- there were only 10 guests, with my girlfriend Clare as the Maid of Honor. After getting ready for the day at The St. Regis Hotel we headed to Granville Island for some pre-wedding portraits. The short but beautiful ceremony was held at the Bloedel Conservatory, which was all lit up with Christmas lights. After taking advantage of the beautiful fountain outside for some potraits after the ceremony, we headed to Gotham Steakhouse for dinner. The food was amazing and was followed by a Super Mario wedding cake that suited Jason and Cassie perfectly. One of the most memorable moments of the day happened just before the ceremony. Upon arriving at the Bloedel Conservatory,  Cassie accidently threw the marriage licence over a railing and if not for a well-placed tree, it would have landed in an indoor river. Everyone had a few giggles and decided that it was good to get the possible disaster done early!

This was an intimate and joyful wedding. I think the photos capture the energy of the day.

Congratulations Cassie and Jason. You guys are so much fun, and your wedding didn't disappoint!