It has been far too long since I’ve blogged. Google is punishing me, which is well-deserved, so I figure I had better get back at it. I kept waiting for life to slow down. Y’know, like usually in September when busy season is over and the kids go back to school? Yeaaaah, that didn’t happen… Instead I had an almost 1 year old getting into everything and 4 weddings in 7 days :O This was one of them. I have been dying to shoot at Manning Park ever since seconding for my girl, Charlene, a year or 2 ago, and completely falling head over heels in love with the place. There’s something so incredibly magical about this area!! Obviously it has breathtaking views, but it also has this sense of quiet and serenity, and the sun is just always better at Manning 😉 I also had one of the best couples ever for my first time here, so it all added up to be a perfect day!!
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Erin & Kyle had known eachother since kindergarten. They grew up in a small town, where everyone pretty much knows everyone else. And yet, they didn’t start dating until the day before graduation! And the rest, as they say, is history.
Erin had moved from Smithers to Abbotsford for a few months a couple years ago to take some courses. During that time, Charlene and I had hosted a Focus Workshop, which Erin took, and which is how we met! So when Kyle finally popped the question on a starry night out in the bush, Erin got in touch to see if I would be willing to travel to Houston for the wedding! I was super pumped, as I love shooting in new places!!
So last Thursday, I drove to YVR, and hopped on a prop plane for the 1 hour flight to Prince George. From there, I rented a car, and drove through the mountains for a few hours with a really good playlist, and no other responsibilities. There’s something so peaceful about having no kids to take care of! No diaper changes, no owies to kiss, no feelings to figure out. Just my thoughts, the road, and some kickass 80’s tunes. yeah, I’m getting old. So sue me.
I arrived in Houston around 6, and headed up to the farm where the reception was being set up. These guys were so calm. It was almost eerie 😀 Everyone was just chatting, placing wood rounds, candles, and twinkle lights, eating sushi, and enjoying themselves. There was no stress, no tantrums, no tears. I hung out for a bit, got to know Erin’s family a bit (but not by name, of course. You know me better than that) and then headed back down the mountain for a good night’s sleep.
The morning of the wedding was cold and wet. Like, really wet. But being a true #pnwgirl, I had packed my gumboots 😉 The day went pretty much the same as the night before. Everyone was so chill, and really living the moment. It was so wonderful!! We had such an awesome day, screaming through the back roads of Houston in an old beat up motorhome, tunes cranked. Guys, I absolutely loved being there for you both while you made your lifelong commitment to eachother. I came as a photographer and left as a friend. And to me, that’s perfection.
I’m pretty sure these two planned the most laidback, country wedding I’ve ever photographed. The ceremony took place in their field, with gorgeous views of the mountains as their backdrop, and the reception was in the barn on the property. Their details were rustic and colourful, and the whole day felt like an extension of them and their personalities. What made this location even more special, is that Monique’s parents actually bought this farm from Richard’s grandparents, and that’s also how these two learned of eachother’s existence! They didn’t see much of eachother through school, but at a housewarming party Monique was attending, Richard showed up, and Monique was like “Man, has he grown up!” and her 2nd thought, “I really like his beard”. haha! Facial hair, ftw 😉 That was the beginning of their story, and obviously it all went uphill from there!
This was my first time shooting at the Vancouver Club, and it was stinking DELICIOUS. How can a location be delicious, you ask? Well, i can’t really answer that in any sensical manner, but it was. Just take my word for it. And so were Matt & Vanessa. DEEEE-LICIOUS. Shooting downtown was such a fun change of pace for me, and really made me concentrate more on architecture, angles, and lines, as opposed to the forests and mountains that I’m used to!
These two met at the Blarney Stone at a birthday party for mutual friends, and hit it off immediately. After a night of chatting, laughing and even sharing their first dance, they both became excited about the prospect of having eachother in their lives for the long haul! They compliment eachother so well! Vanessa, sweet like candy (Matt’s words), and Matt, charming and loyal (Vanessa’s words). The thing is, I could have described them the same way after meeting them at their Queen E Park engagement! They are both an open book, and so legitimately interested in other people’s lives and wellbeing. Love you guys!!
Remember that ridiculously crazy windstorm that battered the valley in August of 2015? The one that Tyler & Amanda had to brave for their wedding day? Travis & Michelle missed it by one day. So they had the insanely gorgeous moody skies, but none of the crazy drama that came with it. We had to deal with a bit of rain, but that’s to be expected by now, isn’t it?
So, due to the weather, the ceremony was moved indoors. This wasn’t Michelle’s first choice, but the staff at the Falls did an amazing job ensuring the indoor ceremony area looked perfect. The wedding party included Michelle & Travis’ kids, and I loved watching them do their sand ceremony after the first kiss – a symbol of all of their lives joining together. After the ceremony, we explored the golf course for portraits, and also found a gorgeous spot across the road with a view of Mt. Cheam. The reception was decorated to the nines, thanks to the amazing floral wizardry of Deborah Lee Designs I love how they incorporated their love of the outdoors into their decor. Thanks again, Travis & Michelle for having me along to document your big day!!