Dallas Kolotylo Photography

Vancouver – British Columbia, Canada.


Jan 2014

Kelsey + Jerrit

An Intimate Laid-Back Wedding at a Vintage Bar in Vancouver

Kelsey and Jerrit had a simple wedding, with only 50 guests. I love how they decided not to worry about details and just find a place that would already look beautiful without any additional effort! Photography by Dallas and Sabrina for Dallas Kyoloto Photography.



The wedding took place at The Diamond, in Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on June 16, 2013. Here’s the story of this cute couple.
Jerrit and I met when a mutual friend organized a trip to Vegas. There’s nothing quite like spending 96 hours straight with someone to jump-start your friendship.
When we returned home to Vancouver we became inseparable, just as friends at first.  We bonded over our love for perogies, our desires to travel, and our identical music collections. We realized we wanted to be more than friends shortly after Jerrit was getting perogi making lessons from my mother, and we were finalizing our trip to Thailand together.  We came to the realization a lot slower than our friends and family did, who apparently knew all along we would end up together.
Fast-forward a couple years later and we are in a room surrounded by those we love, saying “I do”, and starting the next chapter of our lives. We definitely didn’t know that this was where our futures was headed as we embarked to Vegas together for the first time, but we’re so thankful things turned out how they did. We are really looking forward to the many perogi-filled years of travel together to come.


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Name on thing you regret…

No regret!

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And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

We are really happy we decided to keep our wedding small and hassle-free. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the little details when planning a wedding, so we made a list of what was most important to us, and everything else we didn’t stress about. The top of our list was:
  1. The photographers.  Before we even set a wedding date we already knew who we had to have to photograph it – Dallas and Sabrina Kolotylo.  We absolutely love how amazing our photos turned out, how they captured the emotions perfectly, and accurately tell a story of how the day went.  Asking them to do our pictures was one of our best decisions.
  2. The venue.  We wanted a place that was intimate, charming, and looked great as-is without decorating.  It was important that the food and drinks served not only taste good but could be enjoyed by everyone with food allergies and special dietary needs.  We chose The Diamond in Gastown for these reason, and it turned out to be a more than excellent choice.
  3. Our guests.  Our vision for the wedding was small and intimate.  As hard as it was to decide where to draw the line on who to invite, we are glad we were able to keep the attendance under 50. This ensured we were actually able to spend time celebrating with each guest throughout the course of the evening.
It was so nice to be able to just show up and spend time with our close family and friends without having to check on or worry about decorations, dj’s / bands, party favors, place settings, or really anything at all.  By hiring the people we did, and having the amazing support system of family and friends that we do, we knew everything would be taken care of and the day went off without a hitch.

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The word of the photographers.

Sometimes we have step to back and take a second to appreciate how crazy awesome it is that we not only get to do what we love as our living but also how privileged we are to work with such fantastic people.
When Jerrit and Kelsey first contacted us about photographing their day we knew straight away that they were going to be great to work with. We suggested to go for a drink, and Kelsey suggested The Narrow on main street. That’s when we realized that we were going to love these two. For those that aren’t familiar with the Narrow in Vancouver it’s an unmarked underground pub that you can only access if the red light above the door is on. After chatting a bit over a few beers we knew their wedding was going to be fantastic. Along came the wedding and sure enough they ended up having an incredibly chill day that perfectly reflected their personalities, getting married at the beautifully vintage Diamond in historic Gastown, downtown Vancouver.
Oh also, they had a wedding cheese cake, literally, a cake made of cheese. So not really a cake at all, but a lot of delicious cheese wheels stacked up in the shape of a cake. Pretty awesome in our books.
We wish the very best to you Kelsey and Jerrit in your journey through life together.

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