I knew I liked Samantha from the very moment during her engagement session, where I joking called her a "sweaty bitch" and rather than slap me, she laughed said that I was her kind of people.
Sam and Brandon held their wedding on Brandon's family's gorgeous property in the farming town of Creston, BC.
Nestled in the sunny south eastern corner of British Columbia, Creston feels like the town where time stood still. The sort of place where people don't lock their doors, where kids still walk to the local ice cream parlour, and where everyone knows your name. In the summer, the town's countless orchards explode with berries, and in the fall you can buy pumpkins, gourds, and zucchini by the kilo. It's friendly, and the climate is incredible. Basically, what I am trying to say is that I love Creston.
This wonderful couple hosted their ceremony on Brandon's parent's beautiful, tree-lined drive way. Afterward, guests enjoyed lawn games, drinks, and appetizers on the lawn, by the shade of those very same trees. After plenty of time to win (and lose) a few games of bocce, everyone headed to Casey's Community House- Creston's newest, and coolest wine bar and tap house for dinner, drinks, and shenanigans.
When I think about Lisa and Chris' wedding I think about laughter, happy tears, candied Italian wedding almonds, and so so so many handcrafted paper flowers.
Lisa and Chris tied the knot in a very intimate wedding ceremony over looking Nelson BC's beautiful Kootenay Lake, at the incomparable Blaylock Mansion. Afterwards their 10 guests met at the The Prestige Lakeside Resort for delicious appetizers, dancing, and way, way too much delicious food.
Though the event was my most intimate of the summer, it was not lacking for a second in heart! Lisa and Chris love each other deeply, and their tenderness for each other was both adorable and moving. I'll never forget the way Chris burst into tears upon seeing his beloved for the first time during their 'First Look'. Or the way Lisa sweetly wiped his tears from his cheeks with her thumb. We should all be so lucky as to find someone who loves us as much as Chris loves Lisa, and Lisa loves Chris.
Congratulations to this incredible couple!
Ceremony: Blaylock Mansion
Reception: The Prestige Lakeside Resort
Flowers: Marquis Flowers (Lethbridge, AB)
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Aura Salon and Spa
Wedding Cupcakes: Starbird Bakehouse
Wedding Macarons: Macs and Custard (Lethbridge, AB)
Catering: The Prestige Lakeside Resort
I've lived in the West Kootenays for nearly 6 years, and it wasn't until I met Paige and Todd that I had even heard of 'Sheep Creek'.
Sheep Creek, as I came to learn, is a little settlement located about an hour from Rossland, BC down a very old, very bumpy, very narrow mountain road. Nestled deep in a valley that only the locals seem to know about, Sheep Creek is absolutely gorgeous, and incredibly private. Which basically makes it the ideal location for a rustic mountain wedding.
Paige's family has owned acreage in Sheep Creek for generations, and the location is the backdrop to some of Paige's fondest childhood memories. It was the perfect venue for this laid back, super fun couple to say 'I Do'.
When we started the day, the sky was grey and ominous, but otherwise warm and comfortable. Miraculously we got through all of their first look, wedding party photos, ceremony, and even family photos before a rain drop fell. But on the walk from the ceremony location to the reception the rain started... and man, did it come down.
The sky absolutely opened, and what happened next was a deluge of biblical proportions. Fortunately at this point all the guests and members of the wedding party were safely under tents, but I kept looking at Todd and Paige waiting for some sort of melt down or expression of disappointment. But guess what? There was none.
Their concerns were only for the comfort of their guests, but after looking around and seeing smiles on everyone's faces, the couple seemed to fully embrace the rain with a 'Que Sera, Sera!' attitude that seems unique to folks here in the Kootenays. The couple and their guests didn't let the torrential downpour (which kept up for nearly 2 straight hours!) ruin their evening in the slightest. I absolutely love this about my Paige and Todd, and all of my Kootenay Couples.
I truly believe that I get to work with the best clients in this corner of the world, and Paige and Todd's wedding only proved it to me again.
Bridal Party Hair: Pam and Miguel Legere at Details Hair Salon.
Bridal Party Makeup: Spa Caldera, Rossland.
Flowers: Kootenay Floral
Catering: Julie Eyres
Day-of Coordinating: Brielle Hwalstead
Donuts: The Pastry Shop, Trail BC
Cake: Sweet Dreams Cakery, Rossland.
Second Shooter/Photography Assistant: Jesse Winkiewicz