I feel the need to interrupt our regular programming for a public broadcast about the Chilliwack Corn Maze!!   Meh. Who am I kidding. There hasn’t been regular programming around here for months! But that doesn’t negate the fact that the corn maze is AWESOME SAUCE. I speak from personal experience. I’ve actually done the corn maze, and I think it may have taken me about 5 hours… (I’m really bad at directions). haha, totally kidding – I think they actually come and find you if you’ve been in there that long!! I’ve also shot some sessions there, including this gorgeous wedding recently.
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There is a ton of stuff at the Corn Maze to do as a family – go cart racing, hay rides, pumpkin patch, huge jumping pillow, the maze itself, and you can also reserve a fire pit, and hang out at night! If you’ve never been before, I’m tellin you. Pack up the kids and DO. IT. NOW. You won’t regret it. And I guarantee you’ll go back 😉
As a thank you to my loyal readers, in collaboration with the wonderful owners of this fantastic venue, we would like to offer FREE TICKETS!! to a random person who answers the following question correctly!

***What is the design of this year’s corn maze?***

Comment below and you’ll be entered to win a free pair of tix to the Corn Maze and their pumpkin patch! Good luck!!

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  • Marlene Maljaars

    RCMP and Raise a Reader? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carmen

    The Raise a Reader logo and an RCMP thing!ReplyCancel

  • Wilma Harrison

    Raise a reader ….. Horse police ….ReplyCancel

  • alyssa

    Well, since everyone already told me, raise a reader and a mountie on horseback! I love the corn maze, we go almost every year, and we don’t even have kids!ReplyCancel

  • Willemijn Maljaars

    Raise a reader and a Mountie?? I am being a copycat…ReplyCancel

  • Karen Eckhardt

    Raise a Reader/ Mountie!! Very fun place!ReplyCancel

  • Jody

    Raise a reader and RCMP 🙂 saw it in the paper also!ReplyCancel

  • LeanneM

    RCMP and Raise a Reader 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    Raise a Reader in connection with RCMP!ReplyCancel

  • Raise a Reader:)

    Hoping to get out there yet this year. Love that place:)ReplyCancel

  • Elsie

    Mountie on horseback with a flag and the Raise a Reader logo (two kids sharing a book)ReplyCancel

  • Greta

    Didn’t even know there was all that extra stuff to do now:) Raise a Reader/RCMP.ReplyCancel

  • Jen S.

    Well, I’m pretty sure it’s the RCMP and Raise a Reader logo.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle de Raadt

    RCMP and Raise a ReaderReplyCancel

  • karin

    RCMP Raise a Reader 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia

    RCMP, and Raise a ReaderReplyCancel

  • Rebecca burr

    RCMP 140 year anniversary and raise a readerReplyCancel

Matt and Lisa’s wedding was amazing!!!! They are a super sweet couple and their wedding party was chock-full of great people – people who genuinely care for these two and want the absolute best for them. The day was littered with hilarious stories and tons of laughs. The day began with Lisa and the girls getting their hair and makeup done. I had the pleasure of shooting with the lovely Kerensa Leigh Photography and we were made to feel so welcome. Lisa, you were such a stunning bride, and are you KIDDING me with that Vera Wang dress??!! SO GORGEOUS!!
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SO LOVE this pic!!

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Does this chick not have the best profile?!  Gorgeousness.

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Kerensa snuck out at one point to go get some photos of the guys getting ready.
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Then the guys and the ladies hopped in their respective limos and we all headed to Yarrow to the ceremony at the beautiful Secret Garden . There was an accident or roadwork or something going on on hwy 1, so we ended up taking Fraser Hwy from Langley to Yarrow, so it took us WAY longer! We were only about 25 mins late for the wedding… But hey, I’ve heard it’s fashionable to be late – we had that in the bag!!
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MARRIED!!  After making it official, we did some family pics, and then drove to Cultus for some bridal party photos.  It ended up being a gorgeous afternoon and we had some beautiful light on the docks.  Of course the guys had to get a few shots on the jet skis 🙂

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AHHHH!!  Gorgeous!

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That veil!  so beautiful!  Makes for such romantic and ethereal images.

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the boys gettin their crazy on…

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And the lovely ladies!

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Following the formals, we cruised on back to the Secret Garden for a reception that was full of great food, fantastic speeches, tears, TONS of laughter and a rockin dance floor.  I can’t thank you guys enough for having Kerensa and I as a part of your day.  The love you guys have for eachother is so obvious, and we just really loved hanging out with you two and your wonderful family and friends.  xoxo

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I stumbled on this location while doing a google search one day, and seeing that it was in my area, knew I simply HAD to find it. I love the texture, character and essence of an old broken down building, and this one was top notch!! I’d been wanting to do a creative, styled photoshoot for a while, and knew that location would be perfect. So I enlisted the company of my SIL Cori, and off we went one afternoon for a hiking adventure. Turns out it was way more accessible than I thought, and I started thinking about what I wanted the session to look like. I wanted it to be dreamy, romantic and slightly vintage. Considering my highly procastinative (yup, that’s a word) personality, I didn’t end up with a ton of props or unique ideas, but I’m so so happy with how this session turned out. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, and it was a BLAST, thanks to my stunning model, Melissa, and my partner in crime, Charlene Stam. A huge thanks to Sherrilynn Poulton for Melissa’s fantastic makeup, the ridiculously talented minds over at Quik Pik Flowers for the beautiful floral headpiece, and Melissa’s friend for lending her the adorable vintage dress! Some of these photos are Charlene’s, and I was so stoked to have her along, to bounce ideas off of, and to get some awesome, unique perspectives. EEK! So excited to share!!
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I have been so excited about Jason & Malin’s affirmation ceremony. I did their engagement photos at the beginning of this year (which was also the same day they were officially married), and they were so ridiculously comfortable in front of the camera!! If you haven’t heard their story, click the link above to get acquainted with them. So today was an affirmation of the vows they spoke back in January with their friends and family present to witness it. It was an absolutely perfect day, and I had the pleasure of having my super duper talented sister-in-law, Andrea Devisser, as my 2nd shooter!
I started the day at the beautiful Coast Hotel where Malin was getting ready with her two closest friends. As you may know, Malin is from Germany, and so are her friends! It was so so awesome that these girls were both able to fly down and stand at Malin’s side. We didn’t have much time at all, but women are good under pressure… RIGHT?!wedding-dress-windowwedding-shoes-bling-flipflopsbridesmaids-helping-bridestunning-bride-looking-out-window
And while we were running around at the hotel, Andrea made her way over to Jason’s parents’ place, where Jason and his guys were getting spiffy. Funniest wedding day story EVER alert!! Andrea drives up to the house, gets out of the car, and notices a ginormous doberman on the front patio. Or maybe there were two? I should probably let her tell the story. Anyways, she thinks they must be friendly, and starts walking up the stairs to the porch. At which point one of the dogs lunges at her, freaks her out, causing her to jump rather athletically backwards down the steps, which in turn caused her skirt to rip from bottom to top. Literally. When someone came outside to rescue her she was literally holding the skirt around her!! Thank goodness it was not a houseful of men, and she managed to borrow a skirt from one of Jason’s sisters. Crisis averted 🙂
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Jason & Malin’s ceremony was held at the beautiful gardens at Gwynne Vaughan Park. Their details were pink and cream, and I loved the whole romantic feel of it all.
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After the ceremony, Jason & Malin had arranged for their bridal party photos to be shot at a STUNNING private lake. I mean, seriously??
Malin, you are so so beautiful.
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right???????!!!
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We had so much fun with these guys!
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Hahaha
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Love the romance of this.
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My 2nd fave of the day!!
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ahhhhhhhh the light!! The sun came out for a few minutes and we took full advantage 🙂
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Photographer’s favorite!!
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The reception was held in Jason’s parents’ back yard. I know they put a lot of work into this, but it was so so worth it. It was so relaxed, the food was DELISH (catered by the ever fabulous Cookies Grill ) and the setting was beautiful. Plus the kids could play on the round bales behind the reception tents = a perfect 10! Thank you Jason & Malin for having me and Andrea there to shoot your day, and we wish you nothing but happiness and excitement in the months and years to come!!
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  • Steph

    Beautiful pictures of an awesome wedding!!
    And yes those two dobermans are rather freaky if I may say so myself!ReplyCancel

  • Another wonderful location with an oh so beautiful couple. I live the sitting in the bridge shot, very creative. I also, love that shot of them in the dock with the reflection of the sky. That’s why Brides and Grooms need a professional. We see what others don’t.ReplyCancel

  • So beautiful! Seriously gorgeous photosReplyCancel

  • the photos by the lake are gorgeousss! the doberman story made me cringed haha!maybe because one of my neighbours has one and i know what they could do to her!! :SReplyCancel

Sam & Andrew’s wedding day started with a bang.  And not a good one.  Erik’s truck has been acting up lately, and since he was in Whistler with the kids and my lovely van, I was stuck with his piece of ka-ka.  And of course, I live my entire life by the old adage of what can go wrong will go wrong.  So I had pulled over at a gas station in Yarrow on my way to Sam’s house and OF COURSE, the truck won’t start.  I wanted to cry, but instead banged my forehead against the steering wheel, popped the hood, jiggled the battery post connections, scraped the corrosion off with a handy scraper Erik had left me, and tried it again.  Nothing.  This time I hit the steering wheel with my fist, because my forehead hurt already, and then called Sam.  Pretty sure there’s nothing more embarrassing than calling a bride on her wedding day to let her know that you would like nothing more than to cause a bunch of drama.  She sent her ridiculously sweet mama to come and rescue me, and then even MORE embarrassingly, my truck started while she was on her way…  nuff said.

Sam was super chill, surrounded by friends and family and absolutely glowing!! She had her makeup done by the super sweet and talented Darcie Arcand.
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I snuck in the bathtub and shot this over the shower curtain – scared the crap out of these girls!! *evil laugh*
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Seeing Sam in her dress made it real for Sam’s mom – the tears were starting! <3
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While I was hanging out with the girls, Rachel got a few shots of the guys hanging out and getting ready. Then they all moseyed over to the farmhouse in Yarrow for Sam & Andrew’s first look!
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I always love the emotion we capture when we shoot a first look. So so special. While we waited for the guys to show up, we shot some of Sam working her dress and her adorable cowboy boots!
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You’re such a beauty, Sam. Inside and out.
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And then the moment these two had been waiting for ALL MORNING!
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I like to imagine that he’s completely blown away by how beautiful his bride is and how amazingly blessed he is to be marrying her.
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After the first look, we did some shots under Sam’s willow tree. I’m in LOVE with these and we had so much fun!! I have a lot of outtakes from this part of the day 😉
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Then we booted off to the Chilliwack Corn Maze , the site of their ceremony and reception, to pick up their flowers. We quickly shot a few photos there before heading off to a final location along Chilliwack Lake road.
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Photographer’s fave of the day <3 <3 <3

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Then we went back to the Corn Maze so Sam & Andrew could make it OFFICIAL!!
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Sam was hiding behind a sheer curtain in the orchard, which is where her dad saw her for the first time. Second to the groom seeing her for the first time, this is so so awesome. Daddy letting go of his beautiful baby girl. Sigh.

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Annnnnnd ceremony time!
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Loved this sand ceremony.

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Husband and wife!!

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And then a gorgeous reception full of country details. Sam’s aunt did an amazing job on all the flowers. I love how bright and cheery the sunflowers are!
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Instead of tinkling glasses, they devised a target that had all sorts of different kisses on it, and then you had to shoot a gun at the target to see what kind of kiss Sam & Andrew had to do.  It didn’t take long for that idea to take off!
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Amazing food by the Ramada!!  Along with a whole pig on a spit, which Sam set up as a surprise for her man 😉
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And a very apt cake for these outdoor lovers!!  Great job by Kick Ass Cakes
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Thanks again Sam & Andrew and all your friends and family for making us feel so welcome. We had such an amazing day and know you guys did too!! Congrats again!

  • Fun outdoor wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Love the details you captured. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, where do I start? The coolest thing ever is that you found a couch out in a field. Who woulda thunk that? No really, that’s awesome! The outdoor willow tree shots are great but I really love your group shots and how creative you get with them. I’ve seen small and large groups shot so many different ways just on your blog alone. Live your crisp vibrant style and detail captures.ReplyCancel

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