Marty & Karin’s South African inspired wedding at the The Orchard Chilliwack was awesome. I knew after their engagement session at Crescent Beach last year, that their wedding was going to be great, but I didn’t know just how great. Turns out that when you are really really nice person, and you meet another really really nice person, and you decide to get married, you also have a bunch of really really nice friends that want to stand by your side on the day. And it would also make sense that your families are also full of really really nice people. Seriously. I keep thinking that one of these days I’m going to have to work with a crazy person, but it just never happens!
Marty & Karin got married on a gorgeous, albeit windy, day in Chilliwack. They started the day getting ready at their parent’s homes. When I walked in, I wasn’t even sure I had the right house! It was so calm, so quiet, so peaceful. Girls were strolling around, drinking coffee, and Karin was as chill as could be. I think the story might have been a little different at Marty’s house, now that I’ve gotten to know his sisters a little 😉 But still, one of the calmest, most laidback couples I’ve ever met. They saw eachother for the first time when Karin was walked down the aisle by her dad at the ceremony. They professed their commitment to eachother before God and their friends and family in a beautiful church with light streaming in through the side windows.
Following the service, both families met at Marty’s parent’s home for lunch, after which we headed off to Vedder for some photos with the bridal party. It was hot and sticky, but these guys suffered through with no compaints. Even while Kerensa and I were giving some special attention to just the bride and groom, the guys made a game of baseball in the grass with a big stick and a rock. I feared for my life a couple of times, but I survived. After photos, we made our way to The Orchard, which was the perfect outdoor location for this couple to finish the day. It was set up so beautifully with hanging lights, succulents, and windmills. Dinner by Culinary Touch Catering was amazing!! They did some pork loin or something on the bbq, and it was ridiculous. I could’ve eaten it cold for breakfast the next day. The evening was rounded out with some hilarious and emotional speeches, and an awesome skit celebrating Marty’s work as an electrician.
Full list of vendors involved in Marty & Karin’s day:
2nd Photographer: Kerensa Leigh Photography
Ceremony Venue: Carman United Church
Reception Venue: The Orchard
Hair Stylist and MUA: The Strand Stand
Caterer: Culinary Touch Catering
Florist: Quik’s Farm Floral Shop
Cake: Benanna Bakery
Where to even start. Oh wait, I know where. That moment when I walked into the hotel room, hung out and got to know everyone a bit, and then started to take some photos of Alysha while she was making a last minute list of family photo configurations. She stopped writing, and got perfectly still. I asked her what was wrong, to which she replied something like, “I hate pictures.” Folks, THAT is a perfect start to the day. hahah!! Don’t worry, she got over it. And you would never guess she has this phobia – the camera freaking LOVES her!!!
We had such a great day. It was sunny and hot, and these two are laidback, and totally adorable together! This was my first time shooting a Redwoods Golf Course wedding, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The staff there are amazing! They made sure everyone was where they should be at all times, helped with little things like boutonnieres, and treated Kerensa and I like queens! Annnnd, Alysha & Nathan got to enter their reception in a tricked out golf cart! SO FUN. You guys, thank you so much for having me shoot your day!!
They had written letters to eachother which they read before the ceremony, without actually seeing eachother. EMOTIONS people. GAH.
LOVE THIS!! The groom surprised the bride with a drumline in the middle of the reception! These guys are GOOD.
Full list of vendors involved in Nathan & Alysha’s day:
2nd Photographer: Kerensa Leigh Photography
Venue: Redwoods Golf Course
Planner: Meghan with Redwoods Golf Course
Hair Stylist & MUA: Wedded Bliss
Caterer: Redwoods Golf Course
Cake/Cupcakes: Kick Ass Cakes
DJ: Craig Robinson
We all have stories. Stories that began when we were born, but evolved and changed and became more meaningful as we got older. Stories that molded us and turned us into the people we are today. Some people have really tough stories. The ones that make you cry the ugly cry, and wish that there was something you could do to take the pain away. Others have stories of accomplishment; of rising above what could have been their story, and turning it into something beautiful. But we all have them, and they should all be told. Maybe not to everybody, but to someone. Someone that hears us and knows who we are. Someone who can hold us up during our dark times and be there when the going gets ugly.
For these two beautiful people, that someone is eachother. They’ve gone through a lot in their marriage – Jennifer leaving her family to live here in Canadaland, and recently, a summer’s worth of trauma for Jennifer who ended up with appendicitis and 6 weeks of hospital living and 3 surgeries. Um, if that isn’t a tough story… So they wanted to celebrate. Celebrate this relationship that was tried by fire, and which survived through hard work and strong commitment. Friends, THIS is what marriage is about.
Jennifer & John, I’m so grateful to have met you both. I can only imagine what God has in store for you both in the coming years, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to use you both in wonderful ways. So thankful you chose me to document this anniversary for you both and at one of the most beautiful locations in the world: Jones Lake.
RIGHT??!!!!!! Fasten your seatbelts and feast your eyes, people. It’s a gooder.
And then this happened. And once again, it wasn’t my idea!! John definitely needed some convincing, but it was so hilarious once he went in. And he made Jennifer pay 😀
GAH!! I love these two, I love their families, I love their friends!! James & Lissa were guests at a few weddings I have shot over the last couple of years, and they were always a riot. So when they got engaged, and Lissa called me to let me know, I was so excited!!! We had such a beautiful day, despite getting “mosquitoed” out of our first location :/ But Rowena’s never disappoints. So many unique and beautiful locations. And Lissa had a very elegant and formal theme to the wedding, so the old inn and the pillars were a perfect backdrop for her wedding photos.
James & Lissa have pretty different personalities. They actually remind me a lot of me and my hubs. Lissa is all in, grab life by the horns, go get ’em type of personality, while James is quieter, more analytical and keeps Lissa in line. It’s a good mix!! They met in high school; and while they had different groups of friends, Lissa couldn’t stop thinking about “that guy”. She finally had an opportunity to get to know him a little at a mutual friend’s birthday party, and the rest, friends, is history!!
Lissa & James, thank you again for bringing me along on your greatest adventure.