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 πŸ˜‰ 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!!!

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Vendors involved in Ben & Keloran’s day:
Photographer: Urban Fig Photography
2nd Photographer: Larissa Eileen, Photographer
Venue & Catering: Rowena’s Inn on the River
Makeup Artist: Jen Hall
Hair: Maddy Bradley at Vivid Hair Boutique
Florist: Confetti Floral Design
Pianist: Paul Garay
DJ: All Tunes DJ

A sunny Manning Park Engagement!

When I first met with Phil & Evalynn last year, they mentioned they really wanted to have their engagement session in the snow. Β Welllll, we all know that the west coast winters are like 100 solid days of rain. Β Getting copious amounts of snow here in Chilliwack is like the myth of the Ogopogo. Β People say it happens, but nobody has pictures to prove it. Β Ok, I’m exaggerating a little. Β But even when it does snow, you blink, and ta-da!! Β It’s gone. Β 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 meeeee πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ So 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!!
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The winner of the “canoe on the roof” Starbucks card is Rachel Treur!! Send me an email (jete@devisser.ca), and I will send you the link to your card! Thanks y’all for playing πŸ˜€

A surprise wedding?? Β Yep, you read thatΒ right!!Β  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. Β Words can’t even describe what it meant to be a part of this day. Β 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. Β Now, I bet you want to hear the story πŸ˜‰
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Matt & Mindy have been together for close to 9 years. Β They got engaged about 4 years ago, and began planning their wedding day! Β But, as everyone who has planned a wedding knows, they tend to get out of hand really fast. Β 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’veΒ lost your end goal. Β Which is a celebration among close friends and familyΒ to witness your commitment to one another. Β 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.” Β They laughed, and talked about it some more; what it would look like, what would be involved etc. Β Then Mindy became quiet, turned and faced her friend, and said, “I think I might just do that.” Β 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 πŸ˜€ ), 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 theirΒ 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 πŸ˜‰ )

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Mindy’s parents seeing her for the first time, all dressed up as a beautiful bride.
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How is this for an “aisle”? Can’t beat this location!!
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And Matt seeing his bride for the first time!!
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Time to warm up with s’mores and hot chocolate!
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Chilliwack Lake is one of the most beautiful locations around here. Β Probably in the world, actually. Β I’m not biased.
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Off to the reception at Harvest Store & Cafe!
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  • Ang Jaclyn Photography

    LITERALLY, STOP. coolest wedding ever!!! gorgeous shots you two <3ReplyCancel

  • i’m in awe of this beautiful wedding pulled together in only 2 weeks! If we could do it all over again.., id do exactly this❀️! Gorgeous photography.. Glad she chose you.!ReplyCancel

  • Brianne Epp

    Wow! The pictures are gorgeous! So happy for you both! XoxoReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Smeding

    Wow. That first photo and the fog. Amazeballs. πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • awesome wedding, I feel inspired by your work & the idea πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Fox

    That was perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful story! A wedding like this is so much more memorable than a planned one. The location and photos are amazing!ReplyCancel

What a year. If you haven’t read all my sappy thoughts and feelings about 2014 in my engagements post, I suggest you head over there first. I would hate to bore you all by repeating myself πŸ˜‰ So now, a collection of images to sum up this year of weddings. These aren’t necessarily my favorite, or the ones that are technically perfect. But they are the ones that for some reason, make me happy. Thank you thank you thank you to all of these couples for letting me hang out with them on one of the biggest days of their lives; putting up with my bossiness and my hollering, my sarcasm and stupid jokes, my demands for them to walk through muddy, mosquito infested fields, climb mountains, and lug couches around. Thank you. And to give someone a tangible thank you, I’m throwing out another Starbucks card – just comment below, or on my Facebook status to be entered!
Derek & Lauren
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Meaghan & Luke
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Esther & Garold
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Sandy & Nathan
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Chad & Sarah
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Gregg & Heather
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Jeremy & Melissa
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Jodene & Caleb
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Alicia & Garret
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  • Janine Van Maren

    So many amazing pictures!! I loved the bright summer pics best- such great colors πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Jelier

    So many gorgeous pictures:)!!! I especially loved the one where they are blowing bubbles at the bride!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Neels

    Love the pictures but especially the ones of Garret and Alicia πŸ™‚ Especially the one where he is reading the letter and she is walking up behind him wiping her eye…choked me up.ReplyCancel

  • alyssa

    Beautiful Jete!ReplyCancel

  • Jete, you are one gifted woman!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderfully enchanting pictures! I love, love the outdoor group one with the bride on the bench, the peach bridesmaids and the men in casuals. You just really captured the whole scene well in the perfect setting!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Munro

    I would say a very successful year! Great photos πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • These photos are stunning! What a wonderful year for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    An absolutely beautiful set of wedding photographs – you had a fabulous 2014! You are, without doubt, one of my favourite Wedding Photographers in the Chilliwack/Abbotsford area… no… scratch that… one of my favourite Wedding Photographers full stop. Wishing you another fantastic year of emotion, fun and frocks in 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely gorgeous wedding photography, Jete! I look forward to what 2015 brings your way!ReplyCancel

  • These photos are absolutely breathtaking! You are an amazing wedding photographer. All of these couples must be very pleased with their photos!ReplyCancel

  • Great images. What a great year for you!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Gibbs

    Beautiful wedding photography! You have captured some amazing moments!ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love this year in review. You have such a wide range of talent for a wedding photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Awesome pictures, Im your fan!!ReplyCancel

  • Irene

    These are amazing wedding photos. What a great wedding photographer you are! I love the one of the little girl looking at the dress, and then the fairytale light painting. Simply exquisite photos.ReplyCancel

  • WoW all of these wedding photos are absolutely stunning!!!ReplyCancel

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