This kinda summarizes what this whole day was about. So much love!!
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Another gorgeous day for a wedding!!  I first met Mat & Nicole at Nicole’s sister, Kristen’s, wedding which I photographed last August! I can’t get over how much these two look alike, and despite their differences, how similar they are. It was such an honor to be a part of both of their wedding days!
Mathew & Nicole are so sweet together. They both have an awesome sense of humor, and I caught them whispering to eachother and laughing numerous times throughout the day. As corny as it sounds, you can kinda feel the love radiating out of these two 😉
I started the day at Kristen’s house where Nicole and the girls were hanging out and getting hair and makeup done. These girls be CRAY!! They were hilarious!!
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I couldn’t not include a photo of the most ridiculously adorable little dog I have EVER seen!!
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Nicole received her stunning makeup by Allison Giroday and her ga-ga-gorgeous hair by Alex of A La Mode UpDo’s. These girls are wicked talented!!
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Oh seriously. I love this shot of you!!
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My awesome-sauce 2nd shooter Kerensa Leigh started the day at Kirkland House , where the guys were hanging out and getting ready.
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Mat looking very GQ on his wedding day…
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Love this shot! Kirkland House has so many awesome nooks and crannies to shoot in!
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I so wish I could’ve had an outdoor wedding ceremony! This is so gorgeous!! And those florals?? AMAZINGGGG!! Thanks to the talent that is Flowerella!
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SO MUCH CUTENESS!! I can’t even handle it!!
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Nicole grandparents are awesome. I had the pleasure of meeting them at Kristen & Ryan’s wedding, and totally fell in love with them. They are so genuine and sweet, and love these girls so much. So special that he walked both of his girls down the aisle!
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This is love people.
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Making it official!
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MARRIED!!
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After doing family photos on the property at Kirkland House, we headed to Tsawwassen for bridal party photos. I had scoped out the area the week prior and found this amaaaazing field of buttercups. The only problem is that you had to walk through a teeny tiny little path and traipse through muck to get there. I am SO STOKED that Nicole trusted me and went for it!! I have so many beautiful photos from this field!!
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Such a beauty!!
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Nicole gettin all sassy 😉
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hahahaha, see what I mean!! These guys are a great group!!
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beautiful. Every single one of you.
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The light!!!  And you two seriously look like you have prior modelling experience.  So if you ever run stuck in the employment department?  You might wanna pursue a career 😉
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STUNNING shot from Kerensa!!
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Harris Barn was decorated beautifully for the reception! White wooden chairs with burlap ribbons, white table linens, gold chargers with olive green napkins and topped with an antique key as a gift for the guests, beautiful peonies in all shades of pink and blush, accented with creams and fresh greens, and these ridiculously AWESOME lit up marquee letters!!
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Adorable ombre wedding cake by Jennifer Stafford
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So romantic
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First dance as husband and wife!!
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Swoon
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Hahahaha – this was pretty hilarious to watch! He went after that sucker with his teeth!!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE. Another epic photo to round out the night by Kerensa! Nicole and Mat, and your families, thanks again for having me!! It was a blast meeting so many of you, and we are incredibly thankful for your generosity and hospitality.
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Full list of vendors involved in Mat & Nicole’s day:
Catering: Austin Gourmet
Ceremony/Reception Location: Kirkland House / Harris Barn
Dessert: Jennifer Stafford Events
DJ: Scott with Creative DJ Services
Floral Design: Flowerella
Hair Stylist: A La Mode UpDo’s
Makeup Artist: Allison Giroday Makeup
Planner: Shelby O’Neill
Videographer: Andrea Gurniak Photography
Photographers: Urban Fig Photography

This girl has babysat for us a few times and is such a sweetheart!!  I was so excited when her mom called me to set up a grad shoot as a gift for her.  She is  incredibly sweet, soft-spoken, humble, genuine, and beautiful, and was an absolute joy to shoot.  She is so easy and natural in front of the camera and we ended up with so many awesome shots!  Danae, I’m stoked to have been able to hang out with you for an evening during this ridiculously exciting time in your life!!  And I wish you every success in whatever you pursue.  xoxo

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Keith and Darcie met in the boxing ring. That should kinda tell you a little bit about these two! Active, outdoorsy and full of p&v 😉 Especially Darcie. This girl hates having her picture taken, and hates “posing”, so presented a bit of a challenge. But I know her a bit from high school, so i just bossed her around a little bit and stayed clear of her fists! And we got some great shots 😉 And good grief, for someone that looks as good as this in photos, what the heck is she worried about??!! Anyways, we had a blast, I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt, and I got to shoot a gun for the first time!! I think I might have peed my pants a little. That sucker was LOUD. Love you guys, and can’t wait to hang out again in a few weeks on your wedding day!! WOOP!!
Ahhh, the light in here!!
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haha, see those knuckles?  Apparently she had to work out some frustration on her punching bag at the gym 😉

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This location!!!

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Keith loves to hunt, so we had to bring the gun along and do some photos.

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and again, no traditional “guy helping girl” shots allowed!!  😀

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The guy can shoot 😉

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My turn!!  LOL!  That was definitely a first 😉

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She hates this picture, and it’s one of my faves.  Crazy girl.

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Definitely my fave!!  I can’t get over this spot!!  GAH!!

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And just because I think gifs are fun.  Even when they aren’t shot with the intention of being a gif so none of the backgrounds line up.  It’s all good.

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These two.  I could seriously have shot them for an entire day!!!!  So much fun, totally hilarious, very laidback, and genuinely sweet.  I’m privileged to have met them, and proud to call them friends!!  Jess is the spunky and talented creative behind One Bright Day Photography. Her and her hubby Jesse, came down from Alberta last week to visit a friend who was celebrating her graduation out here. They did a bunch of touring around, but one of Jess’s hopes was to have a photo session with her love down here on the beautiful west coast! She emailed me to see if I was available, and we planned a very spur of the moment session down at one of my very favorite locations! You can view some of those sessions here and here . She loved the unique feel of the old building, and the stunning views of the river. We drove down to the spot, got out to make the little hike down the the water, and oh man… It was completely underwater… I knew the water levels were high, but this high??! EEK!! So, major change of plans. We were still able to shoot some great stuff in and around that location, but then hopped back in the vehicles to try a location that I used to go to with my hubby when we were dating. I remembered it as being totally gorgeous, but wasn’t sure exactly where it was anymore, or how accessible it was. We ended up having to flag someone down to ask for directions, but wowzers, was it ever worth it. I can’t get over how “go with the flow” these two were, and it shows in their images!! I was able to be a little crazy and creative, and am still so excited to have collaborated with this amazing couple!!
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They say “better late than never”, whoever “they” are, but they have a point.  I’m way behind in blogging, but this session is still so worth sharing!  Faye & Jimi are a riot!!  We had so many laughs while strolling around Clearbrook Park, and i can’t WAIT for their wedding!!  Love you guys!!

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