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Sometimes when I have ended wedding seasons in the past, it’s like the good Lord reminds me just how much I love what I do on that final wedding for the year. This is EXACTLY what happened this past weekend!

Jacqueline emailed me literally years ago. Her email would be the first of numerous, heartfelt and kind messages I would receive from her. We talked back and forth about their plans and COVID and Canada’s restrictions. After years of adjusting and planning and re-planning, we finally had a date and a venue! Jacqueline and Kevin were actually married a year ago to the day of their actual wedding celebration in the states but that didn’t take away any of the joy or emotion of their day. It was perfect. From the weather to the toasts to the vows… I’m not sure we could have special ordered anything so wonderful for them!

They planned their beautiful wedding day at Diamond B Barn and the views were just incredible. There are some locations that are just so epic that it’s overwhelming at first to a photographer because I know that the expectation is high. I’m not even talking about other people’s expectation! I’m talking about my own.  When I see tall grasses, glowy light, rolling hills, willows, mountain ranges, wide river beds and beautiful trees, I know that I can create a TON of amazing portraits! However, it’s up to me to make all of the calls and get them out there when the light is perfect. I was watching the sun setting like a hawk. Around 6:40, we decided to go for it and of my goodness! What a dream!!! You’ll see what I mean when you scroll!!

As beautiful as the portraits from this wedding day are, nothing compares to the beauty in the hearts of Kevin and Jacqueline. One by one, as parents stood up to share and toast to the newlyweds, I became more and more convinced that Kevin and Jacqueline were truly one of a kind. I teared up listening to their parents speak of the sweet qualities they  noticed in their children when they were so tiny that have followed them into their adult lives. I loved seeing Jackie do a first look with her three younger brothers since that’s the trajectory of our own family dynamic! I loved hearing her dad explain that she has always been the low-maintenance one. I would totally agree. Not once did I hear her get irritated or frustrated that something wasn’t going the way she envisioned it. Like I said before, truly, these two were a dream to work with!

It was an absolute honor to capture their day. I’m still in awe of how beautiful it was and I have been counting down the hours until I could share this beauty on the blog!! Enjoy my many, many favorites!!!

 

 

Ceremony + Reception | Diamond B Weddings

Dress Designer | Sophia Tolli, The EMMA Gown

Florist | Mums Flowers

Hair | Honey Mountain Beauty

Make Up | Orenda Beauty LLC

DJ | Destination DJ

Catering | Hellroaring Saloon & Eatery

Bridesmaids Dresses | The Dress Lounge

Bridesmaids Dress Designer | Mori Lee + Jasmine Bridal

Groomsmen Attire | Moores Clothing for Men

Rentals | Empress Tents and Events

 

 

 

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— Katelyn

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