In the middle of the cold prairie winter, sitting around my living room when Ryck & Steph and I were going over the details for their wedding day, I said… “We’re going to be in a pretty spectacular setting for your wedding. And you guys are adventurous. What do you think about maybe doing a “Next-Day Shoot” at a lake or river or something?
Our friends, Steph & Ryck invited us to leave the prairies for a few days and capture their mountain and meadow wedding day in Alberta, Canada. This was such a special wedding to photograph for a lot of reasons. Steph & Ryck are pretty much ridiculously and romantically in love. Like, a LOT. I’d say they both wear their heart on their sleeve. They are both thoughtful, intentional, laid back and not afraid to express their emotions, so it was such an honour to be a witness to it all.
Beth & Tim have become good friends of mine over the last few years as they have also settled in Saskatoon. We share a local faith community, and as families we’ve bonded over conversations while preparing and eating really tasty food & drink together. It’s been amazing to see them progress as a couple, into buying a home – to put down some physical roots – and now to having baby William join their world.
It’s a bit ironic that Ryck might not be able to see this blog post immediately, as he is at a wilderness camp in the middle of Quebec with limited internet capabilities. Or maybe it is actually very poetic?! This outdoors-y couple met me for a laid-back snowy, riverbank engagement photo session that included beer, campfire and Tim Horton’s hot chocolate.
Taryn & Emily are sincere and kind. Their wedding day was heartfelt and joyous. Details were in abundance: paper flowers made by the bride, a hand built wooden backdrop at the ceremony, wooden trays (made by the groom) adorning each table at the reception, custom sewn bow-ties, detailed sugar cookies made by the matron of honour, a custom coffee bar for the guests, tables heaping with dessert and cakes made by friends– this wedding was one where hand crafted was part of the day.
A friend of the couple asked me if I had ever been to a wedding this epic before. My response was that I believe every single wedding is epic. Whether you’re having a small, intimate exchange of vows in your living room, or a romantic backyard wedding, or a sparkly ballroom event- anytime, anyone wants to announce their love and commit to it- well- to me that is epic.
Pour yourself a drink and settle in. I tried to edit the photos down to a more manageable amount for a blog post, but really – I just couldn’t. Maybe it’s because they are your stories that you’re allowing me to help create and tell alongside you and these stories are real and authentic and full of love. And that’s simply why it’s not easy to leave anything out.
I’d suggest you pour yourself your drink of choice and settle in. Why? Because this blog post is epic. I thought I had it all ready to post, and then I had to go and add in more photos to the story, just because it was so, so good. Why will you make it to the end of this epic blog post? Because who doesn’t adore love? That’s what this wedding is all about. Enjoy.