{Tyler + Amanda} Kids at Heart Engagement | Storm Crow Tavern + Castle Fun Park

 Couple sitting in Storm Crow Tavern.   Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples.

Have you ever looked at a photograph of your newly engaged friends thought “Man, I have never seen them look like that!” Maybe it’s a friend wearing a suit when he’s clearly a shorts and t-shirt kind of guy. Maybe it was a girlfriend sitting daintily in a park when you know she would rather be hiking. Maybe it was you standing in the middle of a city block when really you and your fiancé love to go four wheel-driving in the mountains.  No matter how pretty the backdrop or how epic the scenery – if someone puts you in a place where you feel uncomfortable or unnatural it will reflect in the photograph.  So here is a radical idea for you, what if engagement photography could actually be a ton of fun? What if you could get pictures that make you genuinely laugh or cry, and that make your heart sing. Pictures of you and fiancé that everyone will look at and think “Wow that is SO them!”

When I started to transition to documentary photography + my love for real stories and moments, I wanted that to spread into my engagement photography as well. To me being engaged is a pretty crazy and unique time of life. You’ve moved past the “we are a couple” stage into a new stage that says, “we are going to be together forever” but you haven’t officially said, “I do.”  It’s a time of deep love, eager anticipation and naturally a good deal of stress. It’s usually a fairly short time in the grand scheme of things but it’s incredible in its emotional power.

So it makes sense then, to capture the depth and breadth of this crazy time one would want photography that is as unique as this period. I knew when I first started talking with Amanda and Tyler that they would be on board with something more along the lines of an adventure. When they asked for recommendations for a photographer for their upcoming wedding they specifically said, “someone who will be able to capture us as we are since we are pretty quirky and not very cookie cutter.” I knew we would be a good fit after that!

We messaged back and forth, throwing ideas around about different date options. My leading question is always “If you had a day with just the two of you to connect and spend time together, what would you do?” For Amanda and Tyler, the response was – explore a castle! Unfortunately, the nearest real castle is a ferry ride and long drive away so we found a second-best option as our solution – a local fun park that is aptly named Castle Fun Park.

Amanda and Tyler are self-proclaimed nerds and love all things cosplay, Ghostbusters and Disney. We started their date with a quick lunch at the Storm Crow Tavern (a nerd bar)  where the walls are lined with board games and the menu full of things like “butter beer” and “Romulan Wings of Vengeance.” After a couple rounds of Jenga, we headed to the fun park. There they had so much fun mini golfing and hitting up the arcade for some Dance Dance revolution. The day was full of laughter and ice cream and the combination left their hearts full, and me knowing them so much better.

Looking over their images I discovered something surprising about myself that I wasn’t expecting. It made me realize that I personally have slim to none pictures of my dating and engagement years – just some blurry snap shots and cell phone images. What Amanda and Tyler now have is a documented day of what their life was like when they were dating. In 5, 10, 15 years when little ones are running amuck in the house and the season of their life changes again they will be able to show their kids who they were when they met. They’ll be able to relive these moments together over and over. That’s what I want for all engagement sessions – a snapshot of a time that is quickly gone but so unique that it is worth capturing in detail.

 

 Couple sitting in Storm Crow Tavern playing board games.   Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are.
 Storm Crow Tavern, Vancouver BC   Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
 Couple Playing Board Game and sharing lunch.   Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
  Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
 Couple playing Jenga in tavern, butterbeer drink.  Genuine Smiles  Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
 Storm Crow Tavern Jenga game with couple.   Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
 Alternate Jenga - write challenges or dares on the blocks and break the ice with friends.  Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
 Jenga tower falling down during couple's date at Storm Crow Tavern  Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
 Black and White aftermath of Jenga tower falling over   Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
 Ring Shot with Jenga Tower. Middle Earth and Talk to a stranger challenge   Storm Crow Tavern Documentary Engagement Photography, Nerd Bar, Board Games by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #tavern #vancouver #candid #storytelling
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 Hole one at Castle Fun park, skipping    Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
  Mini putt collage of couple   Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
 Couple connecting during game of mini golf Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
 Castle Kiss, romantic date, Feeling like a princess   Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
 Standing by the Iconic Castle from Castle Fun Park  Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
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 Visiting the arcade inside at Castle Fun Park.   Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
 dance dance Revolution arcade game challenge   Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
 dance off with dance dance revolution   Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
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 Winner of the dance fight!  Castle Fun Park Documentary Engagement Photography, minigolf date by Mimsical Photography. Real stories about Real Couples that are just as unique as they are. #unique #vibrant #personality #nerd #princess #ecclectic #gamer #couple #minigolf #vancouver #candid #storytelling #connect #datesforcouples #arcade #arcadedate
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