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?
Every time I have the honour of working at Blaylock Mansion it feels new and exciting. This stunning heritage mansion set in the lake-side hills of the beautiful West Kootenays has an incredible ability to transform itself over and over again with each wedding's unique aesthetic. Sophie and Kyle's timeless, elegant wedding was no different.
This was my first time at Blaylock Mansion seeing both the wedding ceremony and reception held on the property's lovely 'upper lawn'. I thought it was an inspired change of pace and an excellent use of the property. And can we just take a second to mention how stunning the florals were? Bella Flora really knocked it out of the park-- as per usual. Following Sophie and Kyle's moving personal vows, guests were invited to partake in lawn games and cocktails, while being serenaded by an incredible string duo.
Dinner was served 'family style' and provided by Nelson's incomparable 'Alligator Pie' catering. I think we can all agree that the dessert table, with it's macarons, mini tarts, cupcakes, bite-sized lemon merengue pies, and show-stopping cake was a mouth-watering centrepiece to it all! I'd expect nothing less from Starbird Bakehouse. Of course, none of this set up could have been possible without the work & know-how of Wink Wink Events.
All in all, an incredible event for an incredible couple, hosted by some of the Kootenays most talented wedding vendors. It was a privilege to be part of it all!
I don't like to play favourites with my weddings. I truly believe that every wedding is special, and each couple brings their unique flair, touches, and love to their special days. But every so often I get to shoot an event with a couple that changes me forever, that touches my very soul and leaves me shook. This year, that was Brad and Emily.
And you know something? I wasn't even surprised. From the very first moment I met this couple at their engagement session in the Fall of 2018, I suspected that they had that je ne sais quoi. And then when I edited the photos from their engagement session, I KNEW that they had it. This is a couple that brings an undeniable chemistry and ease to their sessions that makes me job as a photographer a cinch. And it doesn't hurt that they are both really, really, ridiculously good looking and have impeccable fashion sense to boot.
Oh, and did I mention that their wedding was going to involve a HELICOPTER RIDE TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN?!
Brad and Emily split their wedding day up into two parts-- the private, mountain top ceremony for just their nearest and dearest... Followed by a huge reception at Brad's parent's beautiful home for all of their incredible friends.
The helicopter shuttled the couple and their 15 family members up to the tip-top of a craggy mountain deep in the heart of the beautiful West Kootenays. It was the perfect day-- sunny, and clear, and the view extended unobstructed thousands of kilometres in all directions. To this day I can hardly believe that it was real life.
Once vows, rings, and a sweet kiss was enchanted, the newly weds and their nearest & dearest, hopped back into the chopper for a night of revelry. Brad's family home just outside of Nelson, British Columbia was the absolutely perfect spot for nearly 200 guests to let loose and celebrate the new Mr & Mrs. They had a half dozen lawn games set up, a pig roasting over a spit, an open bar pouring some cold drinks, and so much love and laughter.
What an absolutely incredible day!