Sam and Caitlyn had the best backyard wedding ever in their hometown of Taber, Alberta! We started at the farmhouse getting ready and setting up for the reception, and then they had the ceremony at their local church! The day ended with the best outdoor reception ever- complete with burgers, string lights, and a sparkler exit just as the sun was setting.
Personally, this was one of my all time favorite weddings to shoot ever. We started the weekend off on Friday with a bridal session/first look in the mountains nearby- the Canada side of Glacier National Park. It was so freakin amazing and despite shooting at noon (the absolute worst time to take photographs outside) the photos turned out SO beautiful. On the actual wedding day Caitlin mentioned to me several times how she was SO glad we did the photos of them the day before, because it gave them so much more time day-of to focus on other things and other pictures! Not only did they get rad pictures together, they also didn’t have to worry about getting pictures together on the day of their wedding!
I did have mutual friends at this wedding so honestly it was like one big friend reunion. We all (even the bride) ended up camping in a nearby campground the night before and Caitlin and her bridesmaids made bouquets in the dark with headlamps (see below). We all slept in a giant 10-person tent and then got up the next morning to a beautiful summer morning to get ready. This was such a authentic, meaningful wedding and I feel so honored to have been able to capture it. As you can see, this day was filled with so many happy moments and personal touches by Caitlin and Sam. (Scroll down to see them and the bridal party stop and get slushies at 7/11- just a family tradition haha!).