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!