Abbotsford Wedding Photographer │ Al & Rachel

Being as Al & Rachel’s wedding was my first for 2013, I was ridiculously excited. The evening before, I actually went to bed at like 9, just to keep myself from driving myself crazy all night… I know, it’s a strange phenomenon, but it’s true. I can hardly stand to hang out with myself some days. Anyway, Saturday morning dawned pretty grey and drizzly, but as Rach (my lovely 2nd shooter) and I drove out to Abbotsford, the clouds started to break up and we even saw some sun!! I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to shoot in the pouring rain 🙂 We got to Rachel’s house at about 10, and makeup and hair were in full swing. Rachel’s aunt was hard at work steaming all the dresses, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look she gave me when I suggested hanging the dress in a tree outside for some photos!! Not that I blame her of course – but a girl’s gotta ask 😉 Finally the guys showed up, so Rachel jumped into her aMAZing dress, to get the show on the road! I always love seeing the look on everyone’s faces when they see their daughter/best friend/sister for the first time as a soon-to-be-bride. Pretty sure I saw some tears… Just sayin.

Rach and I had some time during makeup and hair to scout a location for Al & Rachel’s first look. We found a lovely spot in their neighbor’s yard with perfect light and no distracting background elements. It was my first time photographing a first look and I wanted it to be perfect! Well, when the guys showed up, everything turned chaotic. And I shoulda known – everywhere these guys go, craziness follows!! So all of a sudden I realized that everyone was going outside, and that the guys had already blindfolded Al, and had him ready! Well, the lighting may not have been ideal, but have you EVER seen a reaction like this??!! Amazing.

After the first look, they all piled into their huge-mongous limo, and off we went to Saar Bank Farms for pictures. What an amazing location for photos. The light coming in through the windows, the rustic walls and floors, huge beams, romantic strings of white lights… ahhhh, it was perfection!! And of course, having a wedding party this good looking always makes my job a breeze 🙂 I’m so in love with these photos!!

After shooting inside the barn for a bit, we decided to brave the 300mile per hour winds (well, maybe not that bad, but preeetty darn close I’m sure) and do some outside shots. The combination of the grey and yellow with the red barn is so fun! And the sky was awesome 🙂 These guys were totally ridiculous – I have so many shots of them, because they wouldn’t stop acting like total wingnuts, and I just couldn’t stop taking pics of the madness!! Pretty sure all the girls are used to it since they just went to chill out (and warm up) in the limo. You guys were total troopers though – it was a COLD couple of hours!!

Then we ducked out for some more intimate shots of just the bride and groom. I seriously could’ve shot you guys all day – you were up for anything and so patient. Love you both so much!!

And then WEDDING TIME!! There is absolutely NOTHING more amazing than seeing a proud pops walk his emotional daughter down the aisle and give her to her husband. CHILLS. Seriously. Man, I’m such a hopeless romantic aren’t I??? Al & Rachel, nobody in that room could stop smiling. Your happiness was infectious. Thank you so much for allowing me and Rach to be a part of your day – it was amazing!!

  • Marlene Kooyman

    WOW!! Beautiful pics! Love them all! Awesome job Jete!!ReplyCancel

  • wow, wow, wow! really….just wow! 🙂 these are INCREDIBLE!! my favorite wedding of yours by far!! Seriously stunning & beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • urbanfig

    Thank you guys!! Char, you are just the SWEETEST!! have I told you that lately??ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Amazing job! Very beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Wow you really know how to capture the day! Love the romance and emotion in these!ReplyCancel

  • These are phenomenal! I love the southern charm of this entire wedding, and you captured it all so well! I may be a little biased though, I’m a southern girl myself. 🙂 Very beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

    • urbanfig

      This is more like Canadian Western charm 😉 But I know what you mean!! Thanks so much for the comment!ReplyCancel

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