Playful and Rainy Lazy Acres Wedding
January 19, 2021
British Columbia Real Wedding
Alison + Chris
Similarly to the rest of the world, my now Husband and I were forced to re-envision what our wedding day would look like. Being together for 7 years neither him nor I wanted to go through another year of planning (or waiting!) and we were hopeful that some family would have the opportunity to celebrate with us. As the province announced small gatherings would be allowed, each detail began to fall into place. A friend gave us permission to use their land as our ceremony venue which included a cliffside plateau overlooking Pemberton Valley. Family who could not attend agreed to be with us virtually via Zoom. Chris + I put our hopes into our string of good luck and ordered my wedding dress, necklace, dress pants, shirt + tie online, without trying anything on. Our luck prevailed; everything fit!
The morning of our wedding day the forecast called for a massive thunderstorm right as our ceremony would begin. Again we put our faith in our good luck and the dark clouds remained at bay with just enough time for a beautiful sunny ceremony with an astonishing view of Mount Currie and our formal + family photos to be complete. As we sat down to eat surrounded by a beautifully cozy atmosphere and an element of playfulness that we could never have planned: the thunder & downpour began. This kicked everyone off into a fit of laughter; that we had narrowly missed being drenched. Without a formal program the night progressed in a natural way that couldn’t have been more perfect and true to Chris and I as a couple. We are so grateful + wish to showcase the incredibly talented group of local vendors that really made the wedding extra special. Alyssa Rae Photography
who captured every detail (and arrived prepared with gumboots & rain jacket!) Bandit Blooms
who arranged all of the flowers, Lazy Acres,
the incredible venue that went absolutely above and beyond. As well as one of the most sought after catering companies in the area Collective Kitchen
and the show stopping cake made by a friend and neighbour. In a time of uncertainty, our day was a glimmer of light, full of family, love, laughter, good times and best of all good luck!
– Bride, Alison
Alison + I met through a mutual friend – Andrea (who is another local photographer in our area; and as a matter of fact, a neighbour in my townhouse complex!) I shamelessly stole Andreas contact off her business card that had been pinned on the mailbox cork board and asked her if she wanted to be friends as I was new to the area. We planned on hiking up to our local waterfall in town to get to know each other. I made my way to the end of the complex for our friend date to be surprised by not one, but two new friends! Alison proudly stated with a huge smile on her face that she had invited her self on our hike; and I am so happy that she did.
Alison + Chris met the challenges of planning their wedding day during a global pandemic with grace, patience and unwavering flexibility. Almost everything, right down to the weather was uncertain and yet the moment I walked into the loft where they were getting ready I was met with a wave of calm & excitement. It didn’t matter if the sun was shining or the rain was falling from the sky, nothing, not even covid, would ruin their wedding day. The intimate wedding atop a cliffside plateau overlooking Pemberton valley with the enormity of Mount Currie behind them was a true reflection of their adventurous love. The support, comfort + bond of their family was represented by the warmth of the glowing firepit, a family style dinner & laughter erupting from a traditional game of beer pong. Having to adhere to the health guidelines did not deter anyone from celebrating this couple; I am beyond grateful to have been chosen to capture each and every moment of this day. I hope the love + easy going nature of this couple is reflected in my images. Here is to more intimate + unique weddings and the continuation of celebrating love during this uncertain time!
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