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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.
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  • Alyssa Kanis

    Seriously amazing!!!! You captured the day so well!!! Can’t wait to see every single photo once Erin gets them!! ReplyCancel

  • Florence

    Third last pic is my fav. Beautifully captured, as always, Jete. You do amazing work.ReplyCancel

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ That was the beginning of their story, and obviously it all went uphill from there!Simpson 1Simpson 2Simpson 3Simpson 4Simpson 5Simpson 6Simpson 7

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!!
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Vendors involved in Matt & Vanessa’s big day:
2nd photographer: Kerensa Leigh Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Vancouver Club
Reception Venue: The Vancouver Club
Hair Stylists: Blo Blow Dry Bar
MUA: Brittni Dominelli Makeup Artistry
Florist: Sunflower Florist
Cake: Anna Elizabeth Cakes
DJ: DJ Emilita

  • Elizabeth Rice

    The bride and the bridesmaids look stunning in those dresses!!!!ReplyCancel

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?rainy-day-wedding-inspo
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!!
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Angie & Alex got married at Triple Swaan Nursery in Abbotsford on a beautiful day in September last year. It was my first time shooting a wedding at Triple Swaan, and it was fantastic!! They have a gorgeously landscaped lawn for the ceremony location, and the perfect white tent for the reception. There are also so many locations right on the property that lend themselves to stunning photos for the bride and groom and their families and friends!
We had such a blast shooting this wedding. Angie & Alex are super chill, and hilarious. I knew after shooting their engagement session, that these were my people. So many laughs! And their wedding day was the same. Except maybe exaggerated, because their wedding party was equally hilarious. Gah, I’m feeling so nostalgic!! I love my new baby, but can I go back to work already?!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
Anyways, I have nothing else to say. Well, except for “please refer me to all your engaged friends.” Ok, now I’m done. Enjoy the images!!
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  • Elizabeth Rice

    Stunning!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Connie Harms

    Great images at a great venue: it’s the one our son and daughter-in-law chose as well!

    I love how I have come to expect one, or more, spectacular out -of -the- box image in every one of your albums, Jete!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Gorgeous pics as usual. Nice work Jete, I think my favourite might be the hairspray shot.ReplyCancel

  • LeanneM

    Love the first barn picture! Beautiful bride too!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle kuiper

    I absolutely love the one of the stunning bride under her veil …ReplyCancel

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