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?
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!