June 14, 2012

Kyle & Julia: Enchanted Minter Gardens Wedding

I knew this wedding was going to be difficult to narrow down my choices of which photos to post on this blog.  So I apologize in advance for my super long, photo filled post! :)  

I had a fantastic time with Kyle and Julia at their engagement session back in March, and it had me looking forward to shooting their wedding on June 2nd!  Their wedding took place at Minter Gardens in Chilliwack, BC and their theme was "Enchanted Forest".  It was gorgeous... they made a lot of the decorations and centrepieces themselves!

Melissa (from Melissa Page Photo Art) assisted me for the day (thanks!!!) and we started off with the bride, Julia and her 7 lovely bridesmaids: Ally, Joleen, Gabby, Michelle, Casey, Leanna and Arianna (try remember all of those names!).  These ladies were great.   As you know, when you live in BC, you have to expect that it could rain on a wedding day, no matter what season... and that's how the day started off... pouring rain.  The ladies braved the weather, armed with polka dot umbrellas, and we managed to keep them dry and get some great shots.
Julia was gorgeous.  Her dress, hair style and bouquet suited her perfectly.  She looks like a bride out of a wedding magazine!  
The girls headed back to the bridal room to refresh and wait for the ceremony to start, so we had a chance to work with Kyle the groom and his groomsmen: Erik, Tyler, Jarvis, William, Chris, Daniel and John.  They looked sharp in their grey tuxes.
Thankfully the rain stopped and the sun peaked out through the clouds just in time for their ceremony!  
Kyle and Julia chose not to have a first look, so the ceremony was the first time they saw each other.  Kyle's reaction to seeing Julia was priceless.  He was beaming!  I love the grooms' expression when he sees his bride for the first time.
Julia and her father walked down the aisle to the song "Enchanted" by Taylor Swift... a perfect match for their wedding day theme "Enchanted Forest".
After the ceremony we had even more time for more photos!  (I love when couples have a lot of time in their schedule for photos!).  We took some wedding party group photos, family photos and of course the bride & groom portraits.  Minter Gardens is gorgeous... pretty much every inch of the venue is a great setting for photos.  My favourite spots were the trellis and the bridge & walkway covered in ivy.
Their reception was held inside the Trillium Room at Minter Gardens.  Melissa (my assistant) and I were mesmerized by all of the details and decorations.  They made all the centrepieces themselves and put a lot of work into their "Enchanted Forest" theme.  There was plenty of DIY details that we couldn't stop taking photos of.
I also have never seen a seating chart quite like this one!  It was made of 2 ladders on either end, decorated with candles and flowers and hung between them were the table seating charts and engagement photos of Kyle & Julia.  So creative and clever!
We set up the off camera flash for the dancing, and I love the results!  It makes the photos a little more intriguing and drowns out the "colour dots" the DJ's light system throws around! :)  (sorry to the DJ! the colourful lights are fun in person, but I'd rather not have green or blue streaks across my bride & groom's faces.)

For their first dance, Kyle and Julia danced to "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones.
One thing I LOVE... and that has become more and more popular with weddings is a Grand Exit!  Kyle and Julia had a grand exit (yes!) where all the guests blew bubbles!  (Big thanks to Melissa... she's hiding behind them holding a flash the whole time!)  We wanted to make sure the bubbles would show at night in the photos with the extra light source.
Congratulations Kyle and Julia!  Thank you so much for having me as a part of your day... it was fantastic working with you, your wedding party, family and friends.  Hope you are now relaxing and enjoying being a married couple!

Interested in seeing even MORE photos from Kyle & Julia's Wedding?  You can check out their gallery on my website here! 

Wedding Vendors & Details:

Venue: Minter Gardens, Chilliwack BC
Photographer: Cecilia Flaming
Assistant Photographer: Melissa Page
Videographer: Elycia Reimer
Officiant: Pastor Ed Goertson
Florist: Radke Designs
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Walther
Wedding Dress: Pronovias (from Sposa Wedding World)
Bridesmaid Dresses from: Davids Bridal
Tuxes from: Black & Lee
Decor: Angel Kisses Decorating
Cake Artist: Terra Lee Venema
DJ: Discount DJ
Limo Service: Modern Limosine Service

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