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coming into people’s lives for one of the most precious and significant parts of their love story is always an honour… i feel like i get a chance to see a couple in their most brilliant and beautiful light as they shower the love of their life with an open heart. it is often a day filled with emotion and highlighting the unique and amazing connection that a couple shares.

it’s not very often that i get the chance to photograph such a special day for people that i already know and love… my beautiful cousin tori married her sweetheart matt on july 31st at cherry creek estate in kimberley, bc and i had the honour of not only witnessing it all unfold… but creating these photos as mementos of their story.

i had been anticipating this day since we first chatted last year and i knew it would be filled with beautiful moments and memories worth cherishing for years to come.

the guest list was full of my own aunts, uncles, cousins and family… including my ninety year old grandmother shirlee. i had the opportunity to photograph my extended family four years ago when britney, another beautiful cousin of mine was married in winnipeg and it was so much fun!

matt and tori chose to marry in a small church just a few minutes away from tori’s family cabin on moyie lake just outside of cranbrook. it was a lovely location that had a balcony overlooking the seating area and a bell that matt and tori got to ring as the guests emptied out of the church, announcing to the world that they were married!

the reception was held at cherry creek estate. it is a beautiful rustic location with so many amazing locations for photos. the barn was a perfect setting for the dinner and speeches while the first dance and lawn games took place outside.

tori’s brother john fache (my talented cousin) is the owner of camp & city, where he creates beautiful wood pieces. he made hatchets for the groomsmen which sadly i didn’t get to see or photograph but had to mention. he also made some pieces for the tables and the lawn games. tori’s mom sus made the robes for the bridesmaids and cousin britney fache, the brilliant owner of fache floral design in winnipeg offered to assist matt’s mom donna in the creation of the  florals for the wedding, which were stunning. matt’s sister yvonne created tori’s beautiful hairstyle and the list just keeps going with the talent on both sides of this family!

there was skeet shooting and a boat ride across the lake to the church… german horses, a beautiful sunset and personal vows shared before family. the speeches were heartfelt, at times moving everyone to tears (tori’s sister maddie’s was particularly pulling at my heartstrings) and the sparkler send-off was a perfect close to an amazing day…

matt and tori… thank you for inviting me to capture your day. you are both such incredibly sweet people and i wish you a beautiful married life together!

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  • Carol Brown - Kyla, your pictures have captured all the joy and love that was so much a part of Tori and matt’s amazing wedding day. You are amazing!ReplyCancel

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when i have the opportunity to photograph the celebration of two people who are so in love that you can feel it in the atmosphere… it’s pretty spectacular. the impact that love has on friends and cherished family members is visible as they bear witness to the vows that are made and the shift that takes place in those moments.

justin and sarah are some of the sweetest, loveliest and most devout star wars fans i have ever met. they celebrated their destination wedding at copper point resort in invermere this summer and it was a day i felt blessed to be a part of. it’s not every wedding that you experience romance, heartfelt speeches and tears with star wars trivia and belly laughter that echoes throughout the valley. these guys made each and every aspect of their day their own and i love that.

we had spent a sunny evening out at akiskinook for their engagement session last year, where we wandered around the property that sarah’s family had been spending summers for years. on the wedding day we found ourselves there again as sarah and her girls got ready at the house and we then returned after the ceremony so that justin and sarah could take their adorable sheltie solo (yes named after han solo of course) for a walk.

as sarah mentioned, it’s not every day that you get to take your dog for a walk in your wedding dress!

i can’t say enough about this day or this couple. sarah was an absolutely stunning bride and a dream to photograph alongside her handsome new husband. i loved having these two cuddle up in the forest for some romantic portraits as newly weds.

justin and sarah, i wish you the most wonderful life together filled with amazing adventures and lots of star wars related references and memorabilia! i look forward to seeing you both around the valley and thank you again for inviting us to be a part of this beautiful wedding.

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derek and claire are perfect for one another… i can say this will confidence after spending their wedding day with them and seeing the love that they share. i was moved by the way their friends and families spoke about them… both as individuals and as a couple. that had found each other young and stayed the course as they grew and navigated some of life’s greatest challenges.

i first got to meet derek and claire for their engagement session where we enjoyed chatting about their vision for the day and how they had been dreaming of celebrating their love in a way that would reflect their unique story. a summer wedding with vibrant colors and a dreamy enchanted forest feel.

the morning of the wedding was a rainy start to what derek and claire had hoped would be the perfect july day. as is sometimes the case with an outdoor mountain wedding, we all were asked to be a bit flexibly and trust that things were going to work out. the outdoor ceremony at eagle ranch resort became an indoor one at copper point resort where the staff did an awesome job of creating a space quickly and seamlessly. knowing that the ceremony would be indoors, claire and derek were dedicated to getting outside for some of the photos. we had umbrellas and raincoats and we were prepared for anything yet hopeful for a little magic.

since the gazebo out at eagle ranch resort was so special for claire and derek, we decided it was the perfect place to have their first glimpse. with the rain letting up just long enough for these two to share a timeless moment and read their vows aloud to one another, it seemed that the day was just getting better and better.

after the ceremony we headed out to grizzly ridge for photos of claire and derek as newly weds and with their bridal party. with all of the recent rain in the valley, the forest looked lush and brilliantly green on the property. the waterfalls were goregous and we captured some stunning portraits.  the flowers were from inspire floral boutique in invermere and the colors looked beautiful with the bridesmaids dresses and natural backdrop.

derek and claire, i am so happy that we brought your vision to life. i wish you true love, expanding joy and laughter all the days of your life.

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GLWI16_01_kyla_brown_photography_eagle_ranch_weddinggraham and larissa picked a perfect day for their destination wedding in the columbia valley. they were married in july at eagle ranch resort in invermere, overlooking lake windermere.

we hadn’t connected for an engagement session before their big day, so it was the first time having graham or larissa in front of my camera. i was delighted to find that they are both complete naturals and beaming with the love and excitement of their wedding day.

i visited larissa first at her room in copper point and spent some time capturing her beautiful dress, blue suede shoes and other details with her girls. graham was also enjoying the moments before the ceremony with his groomsmen on the opposite side of the hotel.

we had a gorgeous purple dodge challenger from the 1970’s that escorted larissa to the first glimpse location where both she and graham were overwhelmed with emotion upon seeing each other before they said ‘i do.’ it was a perfect spot to capture some formals with their bridal party and family and for these two to enjoy a few moments together.

the sun came out for the ceremony, which was officiated by larissa’s brother and there were lawn games that followed. my time with these two came to finale as they charmed their guests with a romantic, fun and creative first dance on the outer deck of eagle ranch resort. it was a stunning location with the mountains stretching out behind them.

congratulations graham and larissa! it was an amazing day and you two are so sweet, kind and perfect together!

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marcos and marisa are such an amazing couple… i first sat down with them last year to chat about their plans for a fall wedding at fairmont hot springs resort in 2016. they had some really great ideas for the big day and are both so sweet. i loved chatting with them about photography, life and love.

the engagement session was set for a friday evening and we had big plans for blue skies and sunset… as we met up in invermere it was overcast with dramatic clouds circling overhead and i knew instantly where we would go for fun, creative photos that could only be captured on a day like this by a couple like marcos and marisa.

there are huge bluffs that overlook the wetlands just outside of invermere… it is a spectacular spot any time of day but it works great for my photos in the evening when it’s overcast. i knew that marcos and marisa would have no trouble keeping each other warm and holding the focus of the photos. their love and connection was just as i anticipated… magnetic and brilliant against even the most dramatic backdrop!

marcos and i had chatted beforehand about sneaking his guitar into the truck as a surprise and he played the most beautiful song for marisa down by the water. these two have stories of love that will go down in history i’m sure. they lived apart for a portion of their relationship and marcos would play his guitar over the phone as marisa fell asleep each night.

marcos and marisa, running around the mountainside with the two of you in a bit of rain is a perfect example of why i love to do this. i can hardly wait for your wedding this october!

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