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Michelle & Allen love the outdoors. Camping, hunting, fishing, you name it, they love it. So they had to incorporate that into their wedding day! Personal touches that they came up with based on their lives, their personalities and their favorite past-times. Not ones they found on Pinterest and decided to use because they’d been repined a thousand times, but ones that captured the essence of who they are. Cowboy boots, antlers, line dances and a camouflage garter – it was perfection!!
Michelle got ready surrounded by her family. She was calm, but excited about the day that was starting to unfold.
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Michelle spent hours making these awesome and totally unique bouquets and boutonnieres by hand!!
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Her awesome country garter 😉
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loooove this!
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Again, I had the pleasure of working with Kerensa Leigh Photography , and she went to hang out with the guys to get a few pics of them getting ready. Allen wasn’t super stoked about the idea, but was convinced by his beautiful bride to allow a few minutes of pictures 😉 Good way to start a marriage you two!! Compromise is what it’s all about.
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The ceremony was held at Cornerstone CRC . I love it when churches have a balcony because it allows us to have an awesome 2nd perspective of the service.
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I love this moment.
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To signify the strength of their bond and their marriage, they tied a fishermans knot in front of friends and family.
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MARRIED!!
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Following the ceremony, we took off with the bridal party to this beautiful location. I had driven by it quite a few times, and finally summoned the nerve to call the owner to see if we could get permission to shoot there. He was ok with it, and how thankful are we?? What a gorgeous spot!!
Photographer FAVE!  ↓
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Ugh, are you kidding me?!  GORGEOUS!!
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One of my faves 🙂
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Dude.  You are stunning.
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I can’t get over that unique bouquet – so fun!!
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Bahahaha, so awesome
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CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!
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Sisters are forever <3
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Very GQ boys. Very GQ.
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oh, GO ON with all your gorgeousness.
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Ok, I’m totally a broken record, but this girl can WORK IT!!
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And then off to the reception at Yarrow Hall ! It was a night full of emotional speeches, great food by Cookies Grill, and awesome dancing.
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I love their puzzle guestbook!!
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And hot chocolate wedding favors? Sign me up!
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Such a cute caketopper
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I love the first dance. It’s the perfect time for the couple to just relax, have a quiet moment together and soak in the fact that they just got married.
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Ok, and seriously make me melt.
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LOVE!!
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Michelle and her sisters surprised everyone with an impromptu line dance – work it girls!!
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Another amazing day with another amazing couple. Love you guys to pieces, and wishing you guys many blessings as you start your lives together!!

I went through a phase with my SIL of hiking once or twice a week. We even bought “hiking shoes”. It was fun while it lasted, but then life got in the way, and our best intentions fell by the wayside. I’m sure one or two of you can relate 😉 Anyways, I was absolutely blown away by the amazing GORGEOUSNESS of the mountains and lakes we’re surrounded by! During one of our forays, I came across the meadow. A meadow blanketed by ferns and speckled throughout with these huge, old-growth, moss-covered trees. Oh, and perfect light. Kind of a trifecta of amazingness. So when Tammy (yup, THAT Tammy. That gorgeous, ridiculously talented Tammy from Blooms in Design ) contacted me for a maternity session, I knew I wanted to drag her and Wes there. Poor girl. I guess I didn’t really contemplate for too many seconds the fact that she’s carrying an extra human being around, before I asked her if she was up for a little “walk”. But the little bit of sweat was worth it, no?? And we couldn’t leave Cultus without some shots at the lake. I’m kind of in love with this session!! Tammy & Wes, wishing you rest and patience as you bring your little bub into the world!!
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Photographer FAVE! ↓

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I’m really good friends with Larissa, who is also a photographer, who is really good friends with Laura, the bride! Which was really awesome for me, because Larissa was asked to be a bridesmaid, which meant she couldn’t also be a photographer, which meant that she told the bride about this awesome friend that she has, who is also a photographer! BAHAHA. Not even sure I follow that train of thought. But in summation, I was asked to shoot the wedding of this ridiculously sweet, kinda crazy couple who have an equally sweet and equally crazy group of friends! Just to put that into perspective, Mitch, one of the groomsmen, introduced himself by saying, “Hi, I’m Mitch” as he shook my hand, and then continued by stating “I’m a hugger”, which resulted in him giving me a hug, lifting me off my feet and twirling me in a circle. Which actually didn’t phase me at all, because that’s totally how I roll. Nice to meetcha Mitch. Any other tricks up your sleeve? And as it turns out, Kerensa (hooray for another opportunity to shoot with her!!) received the same treatment! And I actually have pics from her camera of the groomsmen CARRYING her while another groomsmen took a bunch of pictures! It was THAT kind of a day 😉 TONS of fun, TONS of laughs, and I think I may have even snorted a time or two. I can’t believe I get paid for this…
The day started at Larissa’s house, where the girls had their makeup done by the fantastic Chantelle Arends. I am in LOVE with Laura’s dress (check out the back!!) and love how all the bridesmaid’s dresses are unique and different, and yet coordinate so well. And the FLORALS??! Ahhhhh, so beautiful!! Another amazing job by Quik Pik!!
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Laura, you are so beautiful.  And your dress??  Oh ma word.
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Kerensa hung out with all the guys and got a few shots of them getting ready. The ceremony and reception were both being held in the backyard at the groom’s parents place and it was set up so beautifully. Plus, the weather was amazing!!
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WOO-HOO!! MARRIED!!
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After the ceremony we did a bunch of family photos on the property and then headed to an amazing location, sourced by Larissa. Did I mention it’s really handy to have another photographer in the wedding party?? I would like to point out how difficult it was to get any “normal” photos of this bridal party!! Kerensa, fist bump, pretty sure we did a good job 😉 We have TONS of crazy stuff, but we also got some amazing, classic shots of this awesome group of people.
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They actually could pass for being gentlemen here couldn’t they?
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I have NO idea what’s happening in this picture.  Like, none.
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GA GA Gorgeous!!!
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Um, wow.  I have no words.  Thankfully Kerensa was dealing with them at this point 😉
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I think we both could have shot there allll day, but there was a party waiting, so we headed off to the reception! We had another DELISH dinner and dessert catered by Cookies Grill . The reception was infused with laughter, stories, slideshows and dancing, which sadly, we missed 🙁 I’m sure you guys had an amazing evening, and we were so excited to be a part of your day. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness and hilarity!!
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  • I want several pairs of those cowboy boots.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful portraits, gorgeous details and that bouquet is amazing. This is simply wonderful wedding imagery.ReplyCancel

  • Ahhh cowboy boots!!! I am such a sucker for a girl in them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Love them all, but that photo with the boots and earrings surprised me. Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • I love how you told their story and displayed all the details! Beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Devan Jonk

    Ahhh soo nice! I am by no means surprised by the shirtless photo, in fact I’m sure is was my boyfriend (Cam) who thought of the idea! 🙂 Great photos, such a wonderful day it was!ReplyCancel

  • alyssa t

    It looks wonderful Jete! Oddly enough, Chantelle is my cousin on my mom’s side. Chilliwack is such a small place!ReplyCancel

  • wow this is beautiful jete!!ReplyCancel

  • How fun! – the first time I have seen a groom in jeans and I love it! – that bouquet is amazing! – great job!ReplyCancel

  • Love the bridesmaid dresses! The guys are hilarious! That last one is my favorite! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Hi I’m just wondering if you have sept 19 available for a wedding ?ReplyCancel

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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    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

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

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  • Greta

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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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