"We are both nervous and excited."
Words I hear from almost every single couple prior to their engagement session.
Most folks go into this session not knowing what to expect. They may consider themselves 'unphotogenic', or 'awkward'. They may have decades worth of terrible walmart-studio-style-family-photos experiences that they are still working through in therapy. Whatever the reason, it's safe to say that most folks aren't terribly thrilled about having their photos professionally taken. It's all too common and I have heard it all.
And this is exactly why I offer engagement sessions free-of-charge with all of my full-day wedding packages. Because it gives me a chance to show you how painless and fun a session with me will be! We are going to laugh, explore, get our feet and hands a bit dirty, and I am probably going to say a couple of swear words (... who am I kidding? I am most definitely going to say a couple of swear words!)
The engagement session gives us a chance to break the ice, get to know each other, and have a bit of fun. Oh, and the icing on the cake is that you walk away with a few awesome photos to mark the 'engagement' period of your relationship. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by doing this important session with your Photographer prior to the most important day of your life.
Dayna, Zach, and I met at Syringa Creek Provincial Park on the shores of the beautiful Arrow Lakes for their late-afternoon engagement session. As the sun eased itself down behind the surrounding mountains, they danced, splashed, and climbed rocks-- making happy memories to last a life time. And I was there to capture it all.
I am not sure that I have ever met a couple as wildly in love with each other as Megan and Greg. When these two look at each other, you can almost literally see the sparks sizzling between them. It was an absolute joy to watch them exchange vows.
Megan and Greg very sweetly decided to mix things up at their wedding. Rather than exchange their personalized vows during the ceremony in front of an audience, they opted to share the vows they had written for each other privately-- during their first look. I thought that this was extremely touching and such a wonderful, personal touch on their special day.
One of the best things about the Kootenay Weddings is that 'backyard wedding' tends to mean 'acres of rolling hills, private forest, and manicured lawn' and this wedding was no exception! What a perfect spot.
After the ceremony, guests mingled and caught up amongst fruit trees heavy with late-summer fruit. The children ran around barefoot amongst the raspberry and strawberry bushes, and there wasn't a single face without a smile. The entire event felt relaxed, easy, and so full of love. Exactly the way a wedding should be, in my opinion.
I first met Chantel and Jesse last June when I came to Creston, BC to photograph their engagement. We had been exchanging emails for months at that point, so I was excited to finally put faces to names! When I met them I was immediately struck by their warm, incredibly friendly personalities and gorgeous smiles. They are truly a beautiful couple-- inside and out.
Their engagement session was so much fun. I drove home that day basically counting down the days until I would get to see them again at their wedding. Luckily for me, I didn't have to wait long! Their big day came just a few months later, on September 2.
This wedding was tender, sweet, and full of happiness from start to finish. Jesse and Chantel shared a private prayer just before walking down the aisle that absolutely had me misty eyed... and let me tell you, it's rare that I shed a tear before the vows even start!
Creston Weddings are quickly becoming some of my favourite Kootenay weddings. I'm speaking generally here, but they tend to have a rustic charm that so appeals to me, and the couples are always warm and down to earth. It doesn't hurt that the Creston Valley landscape is absolutely beautiful and the vendors in that area are a joy to work with. (Just take a look at the florals and incredible dessert table here!! Props to Brittany's Flower Farm, and Luv at First Bite Desserts!)
All in all, another flawless Kootenay Wedding with a flawless Kootenay Couple on a flawless Kootenay day. How could I ask for anything more?