Henry and Joka’s wedding from start to finish was beautiful, it was a sunny day that gave that heavenly glow wherever we went. I cant begin to describe how meaningful their nuptials were, both families gathered to celebrate their marriage, some even came from across the globe. As Henry and Joka embark on their life as husband and wife I want to wish them the very best, full of blessings and joy!
There are people you come across in your life that fast become like family. Ben and Nicole were introduced to me through his parents, Sue and Roland.
Sue and Roland have been a longtime source of encouragement, love, and support to myself. When Ian came into my life they showed that same unwavering love to us both.
Ben and Nicole are a lot like his parents. Their heart for others is unrelenting, and their love for each other is humbling. Being apart of their wedding day was a true honor as the private affair was only a select amount of family members, I understood that those who couldn’t attend till their much larger wedding next year would want to re-live the day through these photographs.
Ian and I both wish Ben and Nicole a lifetime of love and laughter with their future child.
The flight to Chilliwack felt different this time for me; for the first time since moving to Yellowknife in January of this year, I had a sense of misplacement. I had three previous wedding photography engagements in BC that needed to be fulfilled between January and August, and each time I travelled back I’d say: “I’m coming home”.
This time however, something had shifted. As I sat in the terminal waiting for my flight out of the smoke-filled city of Yellowknife, I felt I was leaving home. I had finally settled into my new life in the North and was excited about the new season that is about to start for Stephanie Lauren Photography. Change of home aside, I was as excited as ever to make the trip to my true original home town to spend time with family and photograph my last summer wedding.
Back in January when Sheila and I spoke before my wedding we talked about her son’s upcoming marriage to his high school sweetheart, and in the end we were honoured to photograph unforgettable moments in each other’s lives.
Now, a little about the Bride and Groom:
Cody and Paige met in the seventh grade. Cody was smitten immediately, and eventually their friendship would blossom into a great love story that would produce the greatest addition to their life, baby Hunter.
Not even three months prior to the wedding Cody and Paige welcomed their beautiful baby boy into the world. Paige said to Cody during her vows, “you have already gave me the greatest gift of my life”. The sincerity of their love is humbling and the immense joy they share is infectious to those that surround them.
Thank you for sharing your story with me Cody and Paige!
The girls all gathered at Paige’s grandparents home, a beautiful and rustic loft-style home. I couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop to photograph the bridal preparations.
Cody and his groomsmen got ready at his parents’ new farm property, where the ceremony was to take place in the open field out back. Their shared moments of laughter and morning golf had them mischievous and playful for pictures.
You know these men are a group of confident athletes by their request to have a GQ shirtless group shot.
Cody’s mom Sheila was busy finishing all the last details of the decorations and food, but took some quality time to help her son get ready. If ever you could see the overwhelming love of a mother, it is surely in the embrace of her son on his wedding day.
Paige stood gazing at her dress, the moment was finally here, her forever was about to start.
Once they saw each other for the first time…
After their first look, Cody surprised Paige with a beautiful eternity bracelet; she held back happy tears and was beyond elated with his gift.
After Cody and Paige’s first look and bridal portraits, we headed back inside to cool down. Hunter was happily cradled in his grandma’s arms and everyone was excited for the group pictures.
The Ceremony and Reception were held at Cody’s parents’ farm, a beautiful property looking out on Mt. Cheam. Rustic hay bale seating made for a true country wedding in the warm community of Rosedale.
The morning began with laughter… Carolynn and her bridesmaids took their time to enjoy the morning and the pampering that only comes with hair and make-up. Today was the day she had been waiting for since the moment she fell in love with Braden, today she would become Mrs. Adams. I was completely honoured being apart of her day and telling her wedding story through photographs, it meant the world to me.
Carolynn is a talented artist and she hand painted each bridesmaid a lovely word art piece.
Carolynn’s father is a jeweller and hand-crafts unique pieces, it only seemed right to showcase her wedding jewellery on the tools that make such beautiful thins.
Braden grew up with a strong love for baseball so we incorporated it into the big day.
The orchard has got to be the most romantic idea to me…. leading lines and deep earth tones.
Dori and Justin met many years ago, as their families attended the same church growing up. The age difference meant nothing in comparison to the friendship and blossoming love that they had for each other.
I met Dori in high school, she was a few grades younger than I but we shared a certain kinship in our love of theatre. When I bumped into her at a graduation banquet a year ago I finally met her fiancé, Justin. Justin has such a soft heart , all around a great man that was enamoured by our “little” Dori. Soon wedding plans were in full swing and she contacted me about photography, and the rest as they say is history.
Dori was a stunning bride, glowing inside/out. Her sweet smile and joyful heart blessed me as I photographed their wedding day. Congratulations again Mr. & Mrs. Grimard!
AJ and Michelle are so fun and full of personality, it was a pleasure to be apart of their big day. From an old soul biker boy to a rock and roll victory curl girl this day was already shaping up to be full of individuality. I loved every moment and every detail that went into their wedding. Congrats again to Mr. and Mrs. Phelps!
Johan and Kailie were married this past July, on a warm summer day. Two friends deeply in love with one another tying the knot surrounded by friends and family up at Camp Charis.
I was blessed to be asked to do their wedding, and loved every vintage detail; old books, hydrangeas, and lace. The simple sweetness of tradition mingled with the overwhelming sense of family in the air made this day one to remember.
↓ Kailie honored her grandfather by sewing his cufflinks onto her bouquet.
↓ A fun planned shot that we took on a bridesmaid’s phone to text to Johan before the ceremony.
↑ He absolutely loved it!
↓ AND then he saw her walk down the aisle, and his expression made me teary eyed as well!
Selena has been a long time friend since high school and earlier this year we did a family session. When we got to talking about pictures she had mentioned re-doing her bridal photos.
Long story short, their wedding photographer showed up at our location shooting another client. Selena and I remained quiet… Her husband however, when asked by the photographer was completely truthful about the purpose of the session… I nearly died.
Aside from that, Selena and her little family knocked this session out of the park. I simply adore each shot!
Dean & Lindsay, what can I say. How often do you get to shoot a bride who reminds you of the grace and beauty of Princess Diana. I was anticipating this wedding the moment they got engaged, having photographed her older sister Danielle two years prior I knew the details alone would be stunning. So without further adieu, their wedding!
And then came the “first look”.
The best part of any of the Block daughter wedding’s is the fact that their mom has designed and made each and everyone of her daughters wedding dresses from scratch. Extremely unique to the personalities of her girls.
I absolutely loved Lindsay’s, as it was very much a whimsical summer dress, playful and full of movement.
I wish them both a lifetime of happiness in each others arms and an eternity of love within each others hearts.
Royce and Tasha are such a fun playful couple, together with their entire family you couldn’t feel any more at home. I adored the vintage feel of their wedding, incorporating yellow, grey, white and lace. I love being able to share my passion with my bride and groom and give them photographs that match their vision!
Congratulations to Royce and Tasha Hoxie!
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