unique-wedding-photography-in-vancouver-canadaIn 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.
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Off to Duke’s for a drinkie!Van Huigenbos wedding


After some rainy umbrella photos, we ended up here to end the night.  What a gorgeous set up!!  backyard-wedding-under-tentsbride-and-groom-enter-reception-under-thrown-confettiUrbanFigPhotography024UrbanFigPhotography025UrbanFigPhotography026UrbanFigPhotography028UrbanFigPhotography029

All vendors involved in Pete & Abby’s wedding:

2nd photographer: Kerensa Leigh Photography
Ceremony Venue: Atchelitz Thresherman’s Village
Hair & MUA: The Loft Hair Studio & Beauty Bar
Catering: Catering Visions
Florist: Cathy Sinclair

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!!

country-wedding-in-chilliwackunique-wedding-photographybride-getting-ready-with-help-from-friendsAfter 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.editorial-photo-of-bride-and-groom-on-couch-in-fieldOne of my faves!  The old fence, the huge old trees, and the cows in the background <3award-winning-chilliwack-wedding-photographeroutdoor-chilliwack-weddingThis girl.  Seriously.  How can you  not love her??portrait-of-bride-laughingAnother of my faves!!urban-fig-photographyportrait-of-bride-standing-in-a-fieldAnother hilarious, laidback bridal party.  I can’t believe I get paid for this some days…large-bridal-party-at-chilliwack-weddingchilliwack-outdoor-farm-weddingMy all-time favourite of the day!!  Urban-fig-photographyAmazing view right??!!outdoor-farm-wedding-in-chilliwackGAHHH, I cannot get over how cute this is!!!ring-bearers-enter-outdoor-ceremony-on-small-side-by-sideBreanna making her entrance.  So stinking beautiful, my friend.bride-enters-ceremony-on-a-horse-led-by-her-dadUrbanFigPhotography016bride-and-groom-exhange-rings-at-outdoor-chilliwack-weddingfirst-kiss-at-outdoor-farm-weddingUrbanFigPhotography019gorgeous-outdoor-wedding-in-cornfield-in-chilliwackmaid-of-honour-giving-toast-to-the-bridepink-rustic-glam-decor-at-outdoor-weddingbride-and-groom-react-to-speechyellow-and-blush-outdoor-weddingLittle guy was all partied out 😀UrbanFigPhotography025chilliwack-wedding-photographerUrbanFigPhotography027UrbanFigPhotography028UrbanFigPhotography029UrbanFigPhotography030UrbanFigPhotography031These guys set up an amazing flash mob to kick off a night of dancing!UrbanFigPhotography032

All the vendors involved in Greg & Breanna’s day:
2nd photographer: Kerensa Leigh Photography
Wedding Coordination & Design: In Check Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bride’s family farm
Hair & MUA: Darcie Cromarty
Catering: Restaurant 62
Florist: Little Mountain Garden Centre & Florist
Cake: Sardis Bakery
DJ: All Tunes DJ

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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 😉
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All vendors involved in Kim & Linden’s big day:
2nd photographer: Leida from True Colors Photography
Videography: Ben Lum
Ceremony Venue: First Ave Christian Assembly
Reception Venue: The Coast Hotel Chilliwack
Hair Stylist: Montana’s Bridal Hair
MUA: Kristina Bray – Fresh Esthetics
Catering: Preston’s Restaurant
Florist: Vaandrager Nursery
Cake: Christine’s Creative Cakes
Decor & Florals: Cinderella Slip Ons

I love hearing the stories of how my couples meet. Sometimes they’re so random, and it seems crazy that from one serendipitous interaction, a lifetime of happiness can be built! These two met at a concert in Vancouver. Allan is a good friend of Mikayla’s brother, and he started hanging out with him a wholllle lot more after he met his sister! The rest is history <3 This wedding was so laid back! I began the day shooting at Mikayla's parents where the girls were all getting ready. Once the guys were all decked out and ready to go, they made their way over in the limo, and Allan & Mikayla had their first look in the bride's beautiful back yard. They were so happy to see eachother!! After they took a moment to talk about their excitement and feelings about the day, Mikayla led Allan inside where she gave him a piano solo. These kind of moments are what I live for. You could tell how much this meant to both of them, and the emotions ran high. Sometimes it's hard not to feel that you are not welcome during a moment. That you are interfering. But on the other hand, I know that the images I'm creating are going to be ones they will cherish forever! From there they all piled into the limo for a ride to Yarrow, where we hung out for the rest of the afternoon doing photos at Browne Creek Wetlands, and along the river! After a couple of really really hot hours of shooting, we made a pit stop for ice cream, before meeting both families at Gwynne Vaughn Park for family photos. Allan & Mikayla, thank you so much for having me and Kerensa along for your day! Can't wait for you to see your canvas and album!!Vanderwaal blog 2Vanderwaal blog 3Vanderwaal blog 4Vanderwaal blog 4aVanderwaal blog 4bVanderwaal blog 5Vanderwaal blog 6Vanderwaal blog 7Vanderwaal blog 8Vanderwaal blog 8aVanderwaal blog 9Vanderwaal blog 10Vanderwaal blog 11Vanderwaal blog 13Vanderwaal blog 14Vanderwaal blog 15Vanderwaal blog 16Vanderwaal blog 17Vanderwaal blog 17a
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With all the freakishly hot weather we had this summer, we figured a beautifully sunny, outdoor Trethewey House wedding near the end of July would be a given! Beth & Joel had dreams of a garden wedding; twinkle lights, white wooden chairs, lots of greenery for a earthy feel, and just loving on friends and family under a sky full of stars. It all came true, and then some, in my opinion, with the exception of the sky full of stars. The sky exploded on them with a vengeance!! It was one of the heaviest rains all summer. BUT! It held off until we were nicely protected under the white tents of the reception. It drizzled during the ceremony, didn’t rain at all during portraits, and then unleashed during the evening. But this results in 2 things. An AMAZING rainy day wedding portrait, and a ton of memories 😀 Beth & Joel, you’re wedding day was so perfect. And if it’s true that you can tell a person’s character by the people that surround you, then man oh man, is God doing amazing things through you two. I loved spending the day with you both, and your wonderful friends and family. Much love, and best wishes for your future together!!
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Full list of vendors involved in Beth & Joel’s day:
2nd photographer: Charlene Stam
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Trethewey House
MUA for the bride: Organic Makeup Artistry by Stef
MUA for the bridesmaids: Jacalyn Stewart, friend of the bride
Hair: Sarah Van Roekel
Catering: provided by the bride’s church
Florist: Danielle Weber, friend of the bride
Planner: Cindy Rowell

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