stef and niki were married at copper point resort on a gorgeous fall day this past september. it was a destination wedding for them… they live out on the coast in vancouver and traveled to the columbia valley for a number of reasons… it was close for everyone attending the wedding and just seemed to be the perfect location for their most amazing celebration.
over the course of the year leading up to this big day, niki and i chatted a number of times on the phone. i was always touched by how thoughtful and curious she was… often wanting to hear about my life and how things were going for chris and i. we talked about our cats and about my niece everley grace. she is one of the most kind and thoughtful people i have ever met. the engagement session was so much fun and i really enjoyed getting to know both niki and stef a little more before the big day.
on the wedding day i arrived to find niki and her ladies enjoying the morning in beautiful robes and niki was wearing fluffy slippers. a vision of beauty, she was ready to go and busy arranging gifts for her bridesmaids, her mom, her cousins and nieces and yes, for me and my assistant terri as well. it was a pleasure to watch everyone open the beautiful handmade jewelry that she had made for them and see the delight in their eyes as they read the letters that she and stef had written from the heart.
niki’s sister, cousin and mom helped get her ready for the ceremony and i loved capturing it all as the day unfolded like a graceful flower. i had been fortunate enough to spend a little time with both niki’s cousin sara and her new husband as well as stef’s parents blaine and trudy a couple of nights prior as stef and niki had gifted them each portrait sessions with me as thanks for all of their love and support with the wedding. i also get to capture stef’s parents next summer on a trip back to the valley!
when i headed down the hall to visit stef, he was looking quite handsome in his suit… i hear people say a person has ‘a million dollar smile’ and in all sincerity… i think that grin on stef is exactly that. he has charm and presence and i can see why these two are so deeply in love and so sweetly enchanted with one another. niki told me that they have big intentions in life and i believe her. this couple will most definitely have an impact on the world.
it was fun to be a part of this day and even more than that… it was moving and inspiring to be around this couple. although i had many more conversations with niki leading up to the wedding, i got to know stef a little better over the course of the day and he is just as much of a wonderful and thoughtful person as his wife. these two are the real thing… just listening to the speeches i was in tears. their parents were brimming with pride at who they have both become. i loved hearing how much stef cherishes niki… it was confirmed by the way he was just watching her with this look of devotion as people spoke about her. these two really seem to leave a lasting impression on everyone they meet.
the day was absolute perfection. stef’s grandfather brought a gorgeous classic car that they rode off in as guests enveloped them in bubbles and we found an amazing location for some photos with the car under a beautiful canopy of trees. the night was filled with dancing and music as stef and his groomsmen entertained the guests with some live tunes. stef’s dad blaine even got up for a couple of songs… quite the talented family!
congratulations stef and niki… thank you for inviting me to capture your wedding day and to share in the vibrant light that is your love. i am so delighted to know you both and can hardly wait to see all that you continue to do!