Friday, November 11th, 2016
justin and hannah met in the community living project that they both called home. he had his eye on “the new girl”, but she was otherwise attached, so he exercised patience and waited until the right time to pursue her. and once it was right, it was right. they had lots in common and worked hard to create a solid foundation in their relationship, dating for a couple of years before making the decision to be married.
the way they speak to each other is very tender – they are both gentle and don’t love having all the attention focused on them (though you wouldn’t have known that from the PDA show they put on at the reception ;). i have a soft spot in my heart for these two and know they have an incredible future ahead of them.
ceremony venue: the orchard at the fort | reception venue: fort langley community hall | dress: truvelle | suit: indochino | flowers: mint & moss | donuts: cartems
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
there is something so personal about getting to celebrate a really important day in your life by holding a party in your own backyard. it is SO much work, but so rewarding to be able to gather all of your people in a place that is so comfortable and familiar. on top of that, it really reflect the intense value the couple places on family, which has never been as true as in the case of ian & catherine. they are young, but have had long term friendships with most of those they have surrounded themselves with. their wedding party was made up of people who knew them so well and were incredibly excited to see them make this commitment. and speaking of commitments, when i asked ian about the beginnings of their relationship, he told me he knew it was her from the start. can i also say that i love that the girls were up getting ready at the crack of dawn and the guys spent the morning shooting and eating farmer sausage?
venue: family farm | wedding coordination: the bright lights events | flowers: confetti floral | hair: taija martin | make up: hannah mckie | catering: simply savoury | tent: phoenix tents | vintage rentals: past pieces | second shooter: alanna govenlock
Friday, August 19th, 2016
ryan & vankie. these two were bursting at the seams…it was hard not to smile just looking at them. he had to pass a few bridesmaid administered tests in order to gain her hand, but once he did, you would have been hard pressed to get him to let go. so excited for you two and your future together!
Monday, July 11th, 2016
the way hannah described their relationship was “comfortable” and that was certainly reflected in their wedding day. married barefoot under a willow tree followed by a family style dinner at long tables, kids running wild, adults drinking cider and everyone dancing into the night. it was the kind of day you didn’t want to end.
Sunday, May 29th, 2016
they sat in my kitchen while i stood at the stove making grape juice. they told me about the past and predicted the future, highlighting some of the struggles they have already faced and looking forward to the adventures to come. levi talked a lot about his pursuit of janelle and she would smile and nod and blush and then in her own thoughtful way inject her perspective on their courtship. their wedding, they hoped, would be a sweet union of tradition and fun all set in the place they met and eventually fell in love. they wanted to honour their families and celebrate with the friends who had watched as their relationship had grown and cheered them on when they got engaged. and they wanted everyone to relax and enjoy themselves in the beauty of God’s creation, from little cousins to grandmas and everyone in between. as i walk through the images of this day, i feel it all. all those hopes and wishes and plans…they were all wrapped up in this beautiful package called levi & janelle’s wedding day.
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Monday, May 16th, 2016
the email that came through was much like many others, “i’m getting married, are you available? etc. etc” which is great, but it’s always nice to hear a bit more from my couples to make sure we will be a good fit. so i prodded a little and she responded with a very thorough description of how they met (a high school theatre group), their first date (boston pizza) and the sweetest synopsis of their current relationship (“we spend our days working like dogs, eating gluten and corn free stir fry (he has crazy allergies), playing video games, laughing like the children we are at heart, and watching british television. i’m sure that if he never met me he would have exploded from not laughing ever. we balance each other out because he makes me want to do things like go to college and get a job and I bring out his silly side that just makes life more fun”). it was right then and there that i knew we would not just be a good fit, but a perfect one.
aidan & lorianne:
venue: burnett fellowship church & south bonson community centre | caterer: watershed arts cafe | second shooter: zaac pick
Saturday, January 9th, 2016
krystal is a woman who doesn’t enter relationship lightly. she is sweet and quiet and doesn’t like to draw attention to herself. josh is a man of many words and knows what he wants…and he wanted krystal. he’s very open about his relentless pursuit of her, waiting patiently at home for her to return from traveling adventures so that he could continue trying to woo her. and for a time she resisted. she knew that if she chose to date him, she would be doing so with the outcome of marriage in mind and that was a big decision to make. once she made it, though, things moved swiftly and any doubts she had were removed. their commitment to each other is emotional and passionate, but is wholly based in truth…the truth of who they are and what they believe and who they want to be together. josh shared during the reception that he was never a crier. he can remember the number of times he had cried on one hand. but when he shared with krystal’s sister for the first time that he loved krystal, the tears freely flowed…and they haven’t stopped. their bond drew this untapped part of him out and it is a beautiful sight to behold. isn’t that what love is all about? allowing someone to see so deeply inside of you, through facades, darkness and hardness to who you really are and then trusting them to hold that part of you with care; knowing that they can hurt you, but choosing to be open to that pain because being known and loved for who you are is a more satisfying payoff than you could have imagined. here is a celebration of that love:
ceremony: cityview church | reception: the earls loft in yaletown | hair & makeup: aly mcrae | flowers: the flower factory | groom’s suit: eph apparel | bridal gown: hailey paige | second shooter: jennifer foik
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
mike and leslie met at a wedding – it happens, folks! it certainly wasn’t by pure chance, though…the wheels (aka vicki: leslie’s friend and mike’s sister) had been set in motion years prior to conjure up a way for the two to cross paths. and once things were rolling there was no turning back.
which leads us to the cidery, the home and business they have recently acquired and the backdrop for this warm and beautiful party. they used to host meals in their small vancouver apartment and they wanted this to feel like an extension of that…long tables, facilitating good conversation while the music, charcuterie and wine flowed. they had raised their own chickens for the meal and served their signature cider as we listened to heartfelt speeches of lifelong friendship. it was the kind of wedding you leave with new friends, tired feet and a warm belly. the best kind.
music by rosie thomas, bahamas and edith piaf
venue: dominion cidery | dress: lisa’s bridal | hair and makeup: aly mcrae | tie clips: frawn | girls’ necklaces: karen rousseau | food made by couple and friends, served by: waiter on the way | dj: germany, germany | second shooter: shaleah priebe
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Monday, September 14th, 2015
i think if you check out the sign these guys made for their ceremony, it will give you a good idea of what their community looks like. lots of people from lots of places, all descending on mason’s riverside family home to celebrate their marriage. it was quite the party.
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Thursday, September 10th, 2015
jonas & sarah. their day was a feast for the senses…the warm sun on our skin, the smell of wildflowers and the heaviness of the air from rain the night before, the sound of an old piano echoing across the field, the taste of honey and of course, the sight of love. it was a good day.
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