AHHHHH!! I had a blast with these two exploring the countryside on Chilliwack Lake road for their sunrise engagement session! The light was perfect, the company was pretty much totes adorbs, and the backgrounds were stunning. Kinda all makes it worthwhile getting up this early. Cuz lemme tell you, it’s not something I do for just anyone 😉
Beth & Joel, from my fairly extensive experience, seem to be a perfect fit for eachother. Beth is quiet, but witty, magnanimous and gentle, respectful and generous, and Joel? Joel’s funny. I don’t know him well. In fact, I only met him a few months ago for a quick handshake and a “how do you do?” after church one Sunday. But he had us both in stitches for much of the session. I’m sure he has many other redeeming qualities, and if I listen to Beth, they are endless 😉 I love the quiet way these two interact together, and how Joel always makes sure Beth is alright. Totes adorbs RIGHT??! Thank you both for traipsing about with me in the jungle, and being patient while I tried to get the shot below. EEK!! One of my faves FO SHO.
Exploring Agassiz with Monique & Richard for their engagement session was perfection. And even more perfect? It didn’t rain. Well, actually, that’s a lie; it did rain for a few seconds, but that just resulted in some ridiculously awesome cloud formations, as evidenced by the first photo in this set. We started at Monique’s house, which is where their wedding is going to take place. Can I just tell you how excited I am about that? I mean, the view from here is second to NONE. Her living room has this uninterrupted view of Mt. Cheam in all it’s glory. It’s gorgeous!! There’s also this amazing stone shed, blossoming trees, the river nearby… It’s pretty much, well, perfect! So after shooting around the property for a bit, and being photo-bombed by Monique’s dad 😀 we headed off to the river to cap off the session with some amazing light. Thanks you guys for showing me around a bit, and keeping me thoroughly entertained!!
I had been looking forward to Ben & Keloran’s wedding for WAY too long!! I met Keloran at a Starbucks in Abbotsford what feels like many moons ago, and hit it off. Like, so much so that our initial meeting took over an hour and a half if I remember correctly. She was ridiculously gorgeous, super easy to talk to, and so down to earth. One of those people that really have no clue how insanely beautiful they are. Which is fun 😉 Although I wanted to physically punch her out a few times on the wedding day when she put herself down. GIRL?? You are a stunner. And not only that, you are a beautiful person inside. Now just tuck that away for future reference. And Ben? Dude, you are a blast. Kinda quiet, but pretty much everything that came out of your mouth on Saturday made me laugh. You had the perfect reaction to seeing your bride for the first time (not that their can be a perfect one, but somehow yours just was), and it made for my favorite first look EVER. And even though it rained during portraits, you guys were in great spirits. You were just wrapped up in eachother and your friends and your family, and it was a beautiful thing to be a part of. LOVE YOU BOTH!!!
When I first met with Phil & Evalynn last year, they mentioned they really wanted to have their engagement session in the snow. Welllll, we all know that the west coast winters are like 100 solid days of rain. Getting copious amounts of snow here in Chilliwack is like the myth of the Ogopogo. People say it happens, but nobody has pictures to prove it. Ok, I’m exaggerating a little. But even when it does snow, you blink, and ta-da!! It’s gone. So we made plans for a Manning Park engagement. I 2nd shot a wedding there last year for Charlene Stam , and I was super excited to take advantage of some of those views!! So we left bright and early on a Saturday morning, grabbed some Timmies, and made our way up into the mountains. Well, as it turns out, the road to the lookout is closed in the winter for cross-country skiing!! SERIOUSLY PEOPLE??!! How can they do this to meeeeeSo we didn’t get the amazing views I was drooling over, but we did get to play with some amazingggg light. Love love love the colours in all of these shots!! Can’t wait for your wedding you guys, it’ll be here before you know it!!
The winner of the “canoe on the roof” Starbucks card is Rachel Treur!! Send me an email (email@example.com), and I will send you the link to your card! Thanks y’all for playing 😀
A surprise wedding?? Yep, you read that right!! Pretty sure this is one of those things that may come along only once in a career, and I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I got to experience it after only a couple years of shooting weddings. Words can’t even describe what it meant to be a part of this day. And not only because it was this crazy, novel idea, but as i got to know these two, I realized they are two of the most genuine, and sweet, and happy people I have ever met. Now, I bet you want to hear the story 😉
Matt & Mindy have been together for close to 9 years. They got engaged about 4 years ago, and began planning their wedding day! But, as everyone who has planned a wedding knows, they tend to get out of hand really fast. The budget gets stretched, and then blown right outta the water, the guest list gets longer and longer and longer, and soon you just kinda start to feel that somehow in all the chaos, you’ve lost your end goal. Which is a celebration among close friends and family to witness your commitment to one another. So they put the wedding on the back burner and went on with life.
Well, Mindy was out with a friend a few weeks ago, and they began chatting about weddings, and if her and Matt were going to start planning again, and her friend said offhandedly, “maybe you should just plan a surprise wedding.” They laughed, and talked about it some more; what it would look like, what would be involved etc. Then Mindy became quiet, turned and faced her friend, and said, “I think I might just do that.” And THAT was the beginning of “THE SURPRISE!!”
I received an email from Mindy, who had heard about me onFacebook, and it basically said, “Hi! We are thinking about planning a spur of the moment wedding, and would love to meet with you to discuss the process!” I emailed her back, said I was available and would love to meet and she responded by telling me about the surprise. I freaked out, people. We met 3 days later for coffee, planned times, locations, logistics, pricing, and got the ball rolling.
A week after THAT, on Valentine’s Day (which they don’t even celebrate, so it made the wedding date that much more amusing 😀 ), Matt was nudged awake by his lovely fiancee. She gave him a gift, which he opened, in confusion. They don’t celebrate valentine’s remember?? It was a photo album. He began flipping through the pages, while slowly waking up. As he neared the end, he turned the page and across the pages in bold letters it read, “WILL YOU”. He flipped again, and it said “MARRY ME”. He flipped to the last page, and the word “TODAY” leapt off the page. I’m not exactly sure of the conversation that ensued following that, but I can imagine 😉 Mindy had ordered him a tux, which was ready for him to wear, and everything else was already in motion. She told him where to go and at what time, then she left for hair and makeup! They didn’t see eachother again until the ceremony at 1:30!
Matt was an amazing sport, and arrived with that huge Matt smile, right on time. The ceremony was held at Riverside Recreation site which is about 15 minutes before Chilliwack Lake. Mindy walked to her ceremony site, arm in arm with her father, to where Matt was waiting. Some of their closest friends and family stood in a half circle on the banks of the river, surrounded by towering evergreens, and watched them declare their lifelong commitment to eachother. Tears were shed, belly laughs were had, and vows were made. Immediately following the legalities, everyone hung out around the fires, made smores, and drank hot chocolate supplied by Decades Coffee .
Following the festivities, we continued down the road to Chilliwack Lake for photos, while the guests made their way back to town to begin mingling at Harvest Cafe before the dinner reception! We had an absolutely gorgeous afternoon for photos, and I was so excited to have Larissa Eileen, Photographer at my side all afternoon!
Dinner at Harvest Cafe was out of this world delicious, and we spent the night mingling, drinking, dancing and laughing! Matt & Mindy (well, Mindy anyway, since Matt didn’t have a choice in the matter) thank you again for having me as your photographer. I’m blessed beyond words to have met you both and celebrated this amazing day with you. I’m excited and proud to call you a friend. Hope you guys have an amazing honeymoon to your mystery destination!! (Yep, another surprise 😉 )
Mindy’s parents seeing her for the first time, all dressed up as a beautiful bride.
How is this for an “aisle”? Can’t beat this location!!
And Matt seeing his bride for the first time!!
Time to warm up with s’mores and hot chocolate!
Music for around the fire!
Chilliwack Lake is one of the most beautiful locations around here. Probably in the world, actually. I’m not biased.