I’ve been riding this high of endorphins or something ever since I shot Tom & Kristie’s wedding on Saturday. Or maybe it’s just pregnancy hormones?? Either way, it’s been awesome. It was my first wedding of the season, and it. was. amazing. I’m always a bit nervous before my first wedding. I feel like maybe I won’t be as creative as I could be, because I haven’t shot a wedding for a few months. But these two were so… I don’t know… just INTO eachother, everything just felt perfect. They fell into all of these adorable, natural, intimate poses, and spent most of their portrait time just hanging out, snuggling, and laughing at eachother. I hardly had to pose them at all!!
The day was drizzly and overcast, so we met under a bridge for the first look and portraits. Umbrellas are awesome, but it’s nice to be able to just hang out, and not have to worry about trying to stay dry. Their whole wedding party was a blast, and my cheeks actually hurt from laughing 😀 Following portraits, and family photos, we met at Cornerstone Christian Reformed Church for the ceremony. Quik Pik flowers and Cinderella Slip-Ons are an absolute dream team, and had the church looking so fresh and beautiful!! After an emotional ceremony, we all made our way to the Ramada Abbotsford, which was also decorated to the nines, where we enjoyed another soul satisfying dinner (the Ramada team never disappoints!), fantastic speeches, and dancing. Tom & Krit, I’m so thankful to have been your photographer, and capture these moments for you. I hope you love them as much as I do!!
This was one of my favorite weddings to date. One of the most difficult to photograph, for reasons I’ll explain in a bit, but one of the most fulfilling. Tyler & Amanda had been planning their backyard wedding for what seems like forever. It was all Amanda had ever wanted, and they have a gorgeous view from their backyard on the top of Sumas Mountain. The wedding was set for August, which generally comes with nice weather here in the PNW. Little did they know, that they would wake up to the worst storm the Lower Mainland had seen in a very long time. And the repercussions of that weather affected every. little. detail. they had painstakingly crafted for their big day.
I showed up before the weather really got going. We hung out upstairs for hair and makeup, and despite the weather predictions, Amanda was in great spirits. I love this photo!! You can just feel the emotion <3
The drama started with the giant tents they had rented to cover the ceremony. They had been watching the weather, and knew they weren’t going to get the sunny ceremony they had originally envisioned, so they hired a company to come and set them up. Once the wind picked up, the tents literally lifted off the ground, and would have blown into the neighbor’s home it it hadn’t been for the line of trees bordering the two properties. We heard someone scream from the backyard, so we quickly went over to the window to see what was going on.
Amanda doing some documenting of her own.
A bunch of the cute mason jars that were prepared to go as table centerpieces once the reception was to be set up were blown off the tables and smashed to smithereens.
But this girl kept calm through all of it. I can’t get over how composed she stayed all day!!! Girl after my own heart <3 Tyler and the guys were getting ready at a separate location in Abbotsford, and because of all the trees across the road, could hardly make it back to the house!!Flawless makeup by Elizabeth Ann Makeup!
After the tents were taken down, guests began to arrive and get seated on the yard. The sky was super dark and ominous, and I would’ve bet a pretty penny that we were going to get soaked. BUT?? No rain at all. During the entire ceremony. Well, actually that’s a lie. I think it drizzled for a couple of minutes. But we don’t even need to count that – it wasn’t even enough to ruin hairstyles. Possibly one of my fave photos of the whole day!! haha!!Tyler trying to hold it together, but that one solitary tear got away <3Shot from an upstairs window in the house – I love how this shows more of the view! What a gorgeous place!Personal and heartfelt vows.And when your index cards get mixed up, you refer back to your phone where you typed it out in the first place!!Swooooon.
After the ceremony, we did some family photos in the backyard, and then strolled down to the neighbour’s house, who have a gorgeous pond in their backyard. We had about 20 minutes before it started to rain. And rain. And rain.
We ran back to the house where we had some appies (They managed to get the food warmed up before the power went out!!) and cut the cake. They were prepared with generators, so we did have lights and music all night. Once the rain let up again, we headed back outside for the first dance! Oh the tears, you guys.
Then the shenanigans began!! Lots of dancing, some emotional speeches, but all in all, an amazingly fun night. The difficulty was in going from inside to outside depending on the weather! I’d set up my lights inside, we’d spend some time dancing, and then we’d head out because the rain stopped. I’d haul my lights back outside, set them back up, keep shooting, and then the rain would start again! haha, it kept me hopping, and i was exhausted by the end of it. But I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thank you guys so much for the privilege of being your photographer!!
And yes, my friends, that is a grown man doing the splits!! FAVOURITE PHOTO AWARD!!
In August I had the pleasure of shooting one of the most laid-back couples of the year, at the most unique location, in some crazy weather. Pete & Abby both work on farms, so they decided to incorporate the farm “feel” into their wedding by hosting their guests at the Chilliwack Atchelitz Thresherman’s Village. They were hoping to be able to say their “i do’s” on a beautiful grassy area beside a creek, but the weather had very definite other plans. The wind was howling, and we even had thunder and lightning!! The rain held off until after the ceremony, even know though we were kept comfortable under a beautiful log overhang, but then it came down with a vengeance.
Following the ceremony, we took advantage of cover under the Bailey bridge and hung out for photos with the bridal party. From there we warmed up with some shots and champagne at Duke’s Pub, and then with no convincing needed at all, Pete & Abby agreed to stop near Bridal Falls for some rainy shots in the woods. We had literally 5 minutes to set this up and shoot these before having to leave for the reception, but those frantic 5 minutes were so worth it!! One of these shots is the one they decided to blow up and have printed on canvas for their home.
The reception was held under tents at Abby’s parents property, and it was the perfect ending to a perfect day. It was cozy, full of vibrant energy, and we were stuffed full of amazing food and drinks courtesy of Catering Visions. These guys smiled and laughed through all the rain and wind, and it ended up being an absolutely fantastic day. Photos of moms with their daughters always get me <3Love these colours together!So much swagggg
Off to Duke’s for a drinkie!
After some rainy umbrella photos, we ended up here to end the night. What a gorgeous set up!!
Breanna & Greg had the perfect wedding day. I mean, wedding days are all perfect, in their own unique, sometimes wet and drizzly, way 😉 But these two planned an outdoor farm wedding in Chilliwack, with the help of the two lovely ladies at In Check Events, and it was absolutely stunning. The wedding was set up in a cornfield under the gorgeous iconic Chilliwack landmark, Mt. Cheam, and they had perfect weather. I remember when I was planning my own wedding, soooo many years ago :P, I desperately wanted a backyard wedding, but it was mid-September, and my mom was just not on board. As it turns out, the weather would have been fine, but it’s definitely not a given, especially here in the pacific northwest. But these two lucked out, and the entire day was just gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a bride’s entrance quite as impactful as the one that Breanna concocted, but it suited her to a tee! And the adorable little ring bearers!!!
It was a blast chasing these 2 lovebirds around, and blogging this makes me so excited for this upcoming year’s couples!!
After the sweetest first look on the front step of Breanna’s home, we headed off to the field for family photos and took advantage of the scenery (and the couch) for a few photos with just Breanna & Greg.One of my faves! The old fence, the huge old trees, and the cows in the background <3This girl. Seriously. How can you not love her??Another of my faves!!Another hilarious, laidback bridal party. I can’t believe I get paid for this some days…My all-time favourite of the day!! Amazing view right??!!GAHHH, I cannot get over how cute this is!!!Breanna making her entrance. So stinking beautiful, my friend.Little guy was all partied out 😀These guys set up an amazing flash mob to kick off a night of dancing!
These two. Where do I even start. When I first met them at their engagement session, it was love at first sight. FOR ME!! Which might be weird to some, but it’s totally normal for me. I feel like this quote sums them up perfectly. (Credit: Found on Pinterest, and couldn’t find the original poster)
Their whole day was spent either laughing or crying. I don’t recall any in between moments!! It was perfect and beautiful, and they deserved every second. Kim & Linden, I wish you both every happiness, and I’m so glad I could spend the day capturing these memories for you. Keep loving as hard as you did on your wedding day, and you two are golden 😉 A Coast Hotel wedding is STUNNING! The ballroom looks beautiful all done up, and the staff were excellent. What a perfect spot to end the perfect day.Linden and the bridal party surprised Kim with a flash mob, and it was AMAZING!!! So glad they had hired Ben Lum and his team for video, because that had to get documented!!