I met Stephanie in Grade One. Mr Ansell’s class. I met Tyler 21 years later, at Lighthouse Park. Tyler is training to be a doctor. Stephanie is a Nurse Practitioner. Together these two save lives and slay a party. Here is their wedding story.
“Come to our rehearsal dinner.”
This is always an invitation I enjoy. Meeting family and friends, those closest the bride and groom, in a relaxed environment allows me to connect with each person without the pressures and distractions of a wedding. It was the start of a wedding weekend that put the emphasis on family.
Alex and Christine told me they didn’t know where they were getting married. It was the summer before. Details, really. But they knew they wanted to seal the deal with just their closest family beside them. They knew that it would be a small moment with momentous meaning, and wanted to remove the gigantic expectations from the ceremony. They said they might get married in their living room.
"How many guests are you having?"
When people tell me their having an intimate wedding, I typically think third or forty guests. So when Aly and Denis told me that they would be just twelve, including themselves, I was beyond incredibly excited to join such a close circle of family at their wedding.
I grew up in the Okanagan. The land of vines and rolling hills, carved out of the mountains by glaciers. It’s a beautiful place, whether skiing in the winter, overlooking the valleys wrapped in clouds, or cruising down the lake on a hot summer’s day.
That’s why I love going back to photograph Okanagan weddings. It’s beauty is so certain, and so different from anywhere else I’ve ever been. Wedding photography in the Okanagan takes on a certain look and feel of the valley. The hillsides glow gold while trees and vines surround the blue water. So I was an honour to be invited to photograph Erik and Catherine’s wedding at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards.
I hope to be back soon, because the sunsets are as epic as the wine. Enjoy the photos. I will let Catherine tell the rest of the story.
Vows don’t make me cry. I attend at least 20 weddings every year, and years of exposure therapy have left me immune to all of your attempts to tug at my heart strings. It’s fine, they aren’t about me.
But Jesse’s vows got me.
Jesse and Ashley have been through tough times. They’ve battled illness together that no one should have to go through, while making it through school and those tumultuous early years of getting your life together. You’re mostly here for the pictures, so I’ll just say that in short, they’ve fought through more trouble than most couples ever go through, and they aren’t even old enough to claim they’re in their mid-twenties.