This couple’s full wedding post will be coming in a couple of days, but for now I just wanted to share the “rowboat wedding” portion of the day. You can imagine my delight when Esther shared that she had always wanted her wedding photos in a rowboat!! I have always wanted to shoot wedding photos in a rowboat, so we knew we were a perfect match πŸ˜‰ I mean, have you seen the Notebook?? We didn’t have a kajillion swans or a downpour unfortunately, so we just had to work the gorgeous evening sun the best we could.  ←That was me being facetious, in case you don’t know me that well…

But let’s not waste time using words. Oh, but I just wanna say one last thing. Once again, I got to work with Charlene , and I just want to say that I love her truly, madly and deeply. Not everyone understands just how happy taking these photos made me, and while she didn’t hesitate to make fun of me and my excitement, she totally got me. And that, ladies and gentleman, is a wonderful thing. The end.

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  • Susan

    So lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, beautiful photos! I love the one from overhead! I have been dying to shoot a session like this! Awesome job!ReplyCancel

  • I love sweet sessions like this. How did you achieve the one from the top shooting down? On the tree?ReplyCancel

    • urbanfig

      Thank you Lin! I shot that one standing on the dock with a really wide angle – it needed a little bit of photoshop to get rid of the dock and my feet πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • How romantic to go on a boat ride for wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lena Odie

    So lovely! Reminds me of Anne of Green Gables with Esther lying in the rowboat…glad it didn’t have a leak though πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

I can’t even tell you how excited I was to wake up last Saturday morning to pack my bag and head on over to Meaghan’s house to hang out with her and her family and bridesmaids on her wedding day!!! Meaghan is one of those people that is as gorgeous on the inside as she is on the outside. And I know people say that a lot, but it is so true. She has a heart of gold, and would do anything for anyone. I think it’s true of her whole family. I got to hang out with them for the day at her her brother’s wedding a few weeks ago, and we had such a fabulous day. So I knew this wedding would be just as awesome!!

I was super stoked to be able to shoot alongside the always wonderful Kerensa Leigh , as well as my amazing friend Larissa, from Lavender Pier Photography. Larissa is a close friend of Meaghan’s, and came along to style the photos. Those two had big plans for photos, but inevitably, spring in the valley had other plans and we had to deal with a LOT of rain in the afternoon. Hopefully we’ll be able to do a bridal shoot in the future, on a glorious sunny evening, and utilize all of their ideas!!

I love the getting ready part of the day. Especially when I’m given a lot of time. I have the opportunity to try for unique angles and compositions that I wouldn’t have if I only have 20 minutes. Oh, and I get to down a mimosa or two. Just kidding. Or not.
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Love me some sparkly bokeh!! And yes, that is a black diamond πŸ˜‰
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Meaghan’s friend, Vanessa, from Illusions Hair Salon did an absolutely stunning job on her hair.
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One of my favorite shots of the day!! I love the beauty and simplicity of it. GORGEOUS!!
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And this one is another favorite!! I love Meaghan’s parents so much it’s almost creepy.
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Helloooo, groom in a bowtie! Kerensa got this fantastic shot of Luke while he was getting slicked up.
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Meaghan and Luke wanted their day to revolve around their family and friends, and they wanted time to really hang out and enjoy eachother. So we met for a first look, so they could hang out for the afternoon before the ceremony!
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looooove πŸ˜‰
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After the first look, we all headed to Garrison Bistro where the happy couple treated us to an amazing lunch! Can you spot Luke in the first image? Totally love that shot πŸ˜‰
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Then we headed out for photos! The weather cooperated for the first little while…
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STUNNING!!
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Loving these bride and groom signs from the wonderful ladies over at Winks Home, Garden & Gifts
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Ahhhh, my fave!! Even though it was coming down in buckets here, they worked it, and it was WORTH it!!! And that chandelier??!! So perfect!! A huge thanks to The Rusted Star for their beautiful piece!
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This girl… Seriously??!!
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Then we met for family photos, before heading off to Eden Mennonite Church, where Pastor Shawn from Promontory Ministries did a wonderful job on the service.
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Love the shot on the right from Kerensa’s view on the balcony!!
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And how cute is the send-off with bubbles!!
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Haha, these two know how to make an entrance πŸ˜€
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The reception at Squiala Community Hall was so cool. Instead of a sit down dinner, they had servers walking around with trays of appetizers, as well as different food stations set up throughout the hall. It encouraged a ton of mingling, and was so warm and cozy! I absolutely loved it. And they did such a beautiful job decorating. So much hard work goes into a wedding day, and we don’t often realize it!! There were some amazing speeches, hilarious videos, and beautiful slideshow. Then they danced the night away surrounded by friends and family. What a wonderful day. Luke & Meaghan, once again, I’m so happy to have been your photographer!!!!! THank you thank you thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
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  • Lena Odie

    LOVE the second last photo…beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Really amazing work here! Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    What a beautiful couple and lovely photos!ReplyCancel

  • It’s hard for me to name just one photo that really stands out to me! They are all fantastic. Great job telling their wedding day story!ReplyCancel

  • I love this! I really just love her ring it’s so unique and fabulouS!ReplyCancel

  • This looks like such a gorgeous wedding – and you captured it perfectly! I’m seriously in love with the posing for all of the wedding party portraits too! Beautiful beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • These are images are just beautiful!! I love the photo under the big tree! Soo pretty!ReplyCancel

  • AWESOME pictures by a very talented photographer!! You captured their special moment so well and I’m sure they are in love with all the images!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful wedding! Really love the pictures.ReplyCancel

I’ve seen secretly photographed proposals on other photographers’ blogs, and have been equal parts terrified and excited that someone would ask me to shoot one. Β Terrified, because what if the bride-to-be sees me lurking in the bushes and I spill the surprise? Β Or what if I miss focus at the exact wrong second? Β Or what if the guy stands in totally the wrong spot and I can’t even get the girl’s reaction?? Β So when Chad emailed me and asked if I could meet him up at Greenpoint and secretly shoot him proposing to his girlfriend, Sarah, I think my heart almost stopped. Β I had told him the general location that I would like him to do it, and showed up 2o minutes early to find a good hiding spot. Β Turns out there isn’t actually a lot of cover near the beach, so I ended up hiding behind a tree πŸ˜‰ Β I even dressed in black to attempt to blend in with the surroundings. Β Haha!! Β Who knew you would need to invest in camo when you became a photographer?!! Β I saw them drive into the parking lot, and start walking down the path. Β The wrong path. Β They were supposed to head to the beach, what were they doing on the path?? Β But Chad gently steered Sarah towards the water and my heart started beating again. Β They threw some rocks, chatted a bit, and then Chad grabbed both of Sarah’s hands and started talking to her. Β I don’t know what was said, but the romantic in me came up with a lot of possible scenarios πŸ˜‰ Β Then he got down on one knee and asked the love of his life to marry him!! Β I was so honored to be a part of this proposal, and so excited that I can give these photos to them so that they will always remember how it happened. Β Chad & Sarah, I’m beyond happy for you both, and absolutely cannot wait for your wedding this summer!!

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  • Stephanie

    Wow!! That was sooo cool that he asked you to snap pics of the proposal!! Beautiful pictures, as usual πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • urbanfig

      Thanks a lot Steph! I was so stoked when I got his email, but totally started stressing πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad it worked out well!ReplyCancel

  • […] This girl is insanely photogenic, and such a sweetheart. To prove my point, check out their engagement session at Harrison Lake! Following hair and makeup, we went upstairs where she got into her stunning, […]ReplyCancel

I, for one, am SO THANKFUL that Derek & Lauren decided to get married on a Friday. Β We had a VERY cold day, but it was partly sunny and not a raindrop in sight. Β The NEXT day, it snowed!! Β ALLLLL DAY!!! Β  So yes, we froze our tushies off, but what a beautiful day. Β Actually, I shouldn’t say “we”, since one of the bridal party lent me his winter coat, so i was nice and toasty πŸ˜‰ Β What an amazing day. Β The bridal party were all so laidback, fun, and so so sweet. Β I started with the ladies at the Coast Hotel . Picture a one bedroom hotel room with TWELVE warm bodies in it!! Haha! It was a room packed full of love, lively chatter, makeup, hair straighteners, shoes, dresses… You get the picture. Lauren was totally calm, and a picture of beauty. Seriously, this girl!! Look at those cheekbones! And equally beautiful on the inside. Although I hear she’s feisty enough to keep Derek in check πŸ˜‰
I had to be a bit creative with the dress shot, since there was no room in the hotel room to hang it!!
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This dress was absolutely stunning. Like, STUNNING.
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I can’t even handle all this bling!! And I have no idea how you girls wear heels this height all stinkin day.
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One of my FAVES from the day!!
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And while I was hanging out with all the girls, Charlene Stam headed over to the Westeringh’s home to chill with the guys!
And another one of my favorites from the day – such a beautiful shot. *melt*
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After everyone was beautified, we arranged to meet for a first look. A huge shout-out to Chilliwack Golf Club for allowing us to shoot the first look and family pictures on their grounds! From there, we stopped in at Major Leagues, which is where Derek & Lauren first met, for a few shots, and then spent some time at Cultus for some shots with the bridal party!
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Love this shot from Char!!
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ooooh dude. You are freakishly gorgeous!!! And I’ve gotta say, a black and white looks pretty good on you πŸ˜‰
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All the boys, looking mighty fine in their tuxes.
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Since half of these guys are brothers, we were bound to get some shots like this πŸ˜‰
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And this girl?? haha so much spunk!!
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In love with those long, black dresses – so classy! Such a wonderful bunch of girlsΒ β™₯
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And just because these two are both huge football fans, how could I not throw in a gif for them?
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Once we were good and thoroughly frozen, we headed to Cooke’s church downtown to make it official, and then immediately following the ceremony was the reception at Camp River Hall . It was a night full of great food, wonderful speeches, a hilarious video put on by Derek’s sibs, and a great dance party! Char and I both had such a wonderful day, and were blessed to be a part of your wedding!!
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This January, I had the DISTINCT honor of collaborating with my friend, Charlene Stam Photography , and hosting our very first amateur photography workshop in Chilliwack and Abbotsford! We both get quite a few questions about photography, potential workshops and mentoring. I always helped out when i could, but never considered the idea of putting together a workshop. I’m not a teacher, and I’m DEFINITELY not a public speaker. In fact, the thought of doing any speaking in public makes my eyes water and my knees weak. But, not only is Charlene a great friend, apparently she’s also someone who makes you think you can do anything you put your mind to!! So, we decided to go for it, and see what happened. IT WAS AWESOME!!! We seriously loved teaching this workshop almost as love as we love shooting. And that says a lot πŸ™‚ We had an amazing group of girls, and an awesome location – thanks to the owner of Precision Building Design! We’re in the middle of planning our next one, so if you’re interested in attending, keep an eye on our Facebook pages for the announcement!
The location of our evening classes. Spoiled right??!!chilliwack-photography-workshopThe gift bags for our attendees. Along with a full color, 110 page book that outlines everything we taught so they have something to reference if they run stuck! We also have a private Facebook page that they will always have access to, to ask questions, post photos for critique etc!
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P.S. Did I mention that we’re hilarious? Β No dry teaching style to be found here!!
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The workbook – we’re so proud of this baby!!
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Last weekend, we had our final class – a live shoot with 2 couples – and it was the most horrendous weather EVER!! So we found a park that had this covered picnic area, and did our best with what we had. Too bad, but that’s the valley for ya πŸ˜‰ I felt so bad for these models. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it is to hold a pose for 3 minutes, so that we all had a chance to figure out our settings and shoot them!! But they were amazing sports, and we’re super thankful for their positivity!!

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Yep, good times πŸ˜‰ We’re sad it’s over!!!
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