As my mom hurried around the house stacking plates and mugs in the dishwasher, wiping down the countertops and grabbing her purse (yes, she really did clean the kitchen before we left for the ceremony) Kristen and I stood in our high heels on the driveway. “I am excited to just get there! I wish our wedding venue was five minutes away and not an hour away! I want it all to start!” We sat in the back seat, my Dad driving and my Mom in the passenger seat beside him. I don’t quite remember what we talked about but I do remember sitting crossed legged, my heels kicked off. I was thrilled with my choice of dress. “I’m sitting cross-legged. What other bride sits cross-legged on the way to her wedding? This is great.”
Meanwhile, Randy and his groomsmen (plus a few other good friends!) had met for breakfast earlier that morning. After a leisurely start, they drove out to Fraser River Lodge to get ready for the ceremony. The venue was, and always will be, perfect for us. I love the log walls. I love the snow-covered mountain view. I even love that little evergreen tree on the deck in the photo below.
But most of all, I love that man on the deck, walking towards the camera.
When we started talking wedding plans, I asked Randy what he thought of photos before our ceremony. As a wedding photographer, I really love “First Looks” – a private moment where the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Without a hundred eyes on them. But I wanted to know what Randy wanted. It was his wedding day, too. If he had imagined seeing me for the first time at our ceremony, then we’d make that work. Thankfully he said “Sounds great!”
I walked down the gravel path towards Randy and talked to him the whole time. “I’m hereeee! I see youuu! Don’t turn around! I’m comiiiing!” He was nervously laughing. I thought it was fun how I could talk to him and see him but he couldn’t see me.
And then we saw each other. And smiled a million smiles.
I knew Kristen was watching from a far, but it’s funny how you really do forget everything but your groom in those moments. So when we turned around and actually saw Lydia and Kristen again, I said “Woah! Hi!!”
After the First Look, we headed back to the lodge to walk to the back field. We ran into Mom on the way. I love these two photos. Lydia, you’re amazing. She was emotional but I wasn’t. I was only happy – that’s the best way to describe my emotion all day. Happy.
This turned out to be Randy’s favourite photo from the whole day. We have it printed the biggest out of any photo on our bedroom walls.
I loved all of the photo locations we got for our couple photos. After thirty minutes or so with just us, we met our bridal party at the top of the hill, next to the best view in Agassiz…!!
I like how the black dresses turned out. I’m happy.
I loved my hair… and this hair clip! I need another excuse to wear it!
Part Four and the final Part Five to come soon!
Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Dress Store: Belle Bridal
Hair Stylist: Jessica Leigh Blackmon
Makeup Artist: Kristy Gonsalves & Brittany Newton
Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth
Bride’s Wedding Band: Brilliant Earth
Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto
Earrings: Vivid by Esther
Necklace: Sukran Kirtis Jewelry
Clip: Molly by Hushed Commotion
Veil: Marisey Accessories
“Jamie & Randy” stamp: Rubber Stamp Champ
Flowers: Bethany Ann Flowers & Styling
Groom & Groomsmen Ties: JCPenney
Groom’s Suit: J. Crew & Banana Republic
Bride & Bridesmaid Robes: Victoria’s Secret
Photography: Lydia Jane Photography
Videography: Hello Tomorrow Films
Sound/DJ: Johnny Velasquez