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Fiona & Joel // West Langley Hall Wedding

Every time I come home from a wedding I feel more alive, more in love, more in tune with who we have been created to be…people who love freely, love thankfully and love in community. I always feel like my eyebrows are a little higher, my cheeks sore from laughing/smiling and my heart so connected to our purpose and being. Although my feet are sore and my back needs stretching…I feel just so happy and so ready to conquer the insiginificant mountains in my life.

Fiona and Joel’s Langley wedding at West Langley Hall was a beautiful experience. It was what weddings are supposed to be when you get to the core of everything. I kind of felt like it was exactly what would happen in Little House on the Prairie…what Laura’s wedding might have been like…fitting that both towns are called Walnut Grove! They got ready with their families, the ceremony was at her home church, they had a standing reception where friends provided treats and live music(amazing!) and people relaxed on the lawn and celebrated with the bride and groom. The evening reception was filled with lights, lamps, homegrown herbs on the tables to brighten the meal, paper flowers sprouted everywhere…simple, artistic and thoughtful. And then…wait for it…they finished the evening not just with dancing, but with an old fashioned Céilidh dance where almost everyone…probably 95% of the crowd…got onto the dance floor and twirled their skirts and laughed and sweated. It was the most exurberant dancing I have EVER seen…and I want to be friends with EVERY SINGLE PERSON there because they were just that much fun to watch. It was community coming together to celebrate and be celebrated. And I walked away that night just so happy to see two people living life this way.

Fiona is such an artistic person and that shone everywhere…and I knew that Joel was pretty fabulous from when we met at their engagement session but I didn’t realize how thoughtful he was. I wish that I had recorded their speeches because the way he thanked his family and friends…well, Fiona…you have done well:)

Fiona, Joel…I feel beyond honoured that two such artistic people wanted me to capture their day. Fiona, it has been over 10 years that I have known you and what an incredible journey of watching you grow. You are amazing and your beauty and your heart shone. There was such joy on your face…look at the dancing…I don’t think a bride has ever had that much fun. Joel…you are pretty darn fantastic and I have loved getting to know you more. I am looking forward to more meals at your home.

Fiona had her dress waiting when I arrived…right next to her mom Weike’s dress. I told you they were thoughtful. She wanted her dress photographed with her moms. So beautiful.

A bunch of her girlfriends came over for the morning to get ready together and they were the funnest group. All looking beautiful and laughing and supporting her when all the craziness before a wedding occurs.

Fi, you are STUNNING!!!

The church was decorated with paper flowers and art on the walls to go with their wedding verse…and the art of course she painted.

Joel wore his Grandpa’s cufflinks and his Opa’s shoes as part of his wedding outfit.

Deliciousness for the standing reception. And music by uber talented friends….and uber good looking friends:)

These three ladies took care of organizing all the food…amazing!

And then we went into Fort Langley for their portraits…wow. I am in love with what we created this day! And the car…pretty fancy schmancy…it is Jon Fluevog’s car that he lent to them for the wedding. Joel’s family are car buffs…but even I could tell that it was something special. And a lot of fun to use that day!

This next image…is a re-creation of the one after that! The groomsmen had all grown up together as their parents are all a part of the same bible study…since their kids were littlens. So we copied the holding hands pose from eons before.

One of my favourites from the day.

West Langley Hall looked AMAZING!


To decide on the order of who would eat…they had people draw pictures of the couple!!

And they served their food to every.single.person.

Ok…this question is for all you who didn’t attend the wedding…and I’ll even send a little prize your way…so leave your answer in the comments. Question: what is the significance of the table numbers?

So for all of you who have no idea to the above question…(like me! I never figured it out without being told)…chance for a fun prize #2…what is the significance of this photo? Put your answer in the comments below! First to answer correctly wins!

Another one of my top fav’s…they are glowing.

For some reason, when editing and posting this…this image makes me tear up. For real…I am crying when writing this. Know what this photo is? It is the look of two parents watching their kids love on each other. Fiona was giving her speech at the time, honouring her siblings with her words of love…and this is the gleam in the eyes of Burt and Weike, just loving it all.

These two spunky people led the energetic dancing at the end. They have almost more energy than a class of kindergarteners!

You’ll want to be friends with all these people too when you look at these…aren’t they all just fun?!!

And my last image of night…after a 12.5 hour day…a long exposure of the night sky. mmmm…loved everything about this day.

  • Catherine Lee - July 12, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures and every single detail captured the real meaning of love,family and friendships. Fantastic job Damara!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Tuininga Rajala - July 12, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    A beautiful job as always, Damara. Such a fun & beautiful wedding! I love seeing your posts!!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria VBerg - July 12, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    Aren’t they all Prime NumbersReplyCancel

    • damara - July 12, 2013 - 7:49 pm

      Maria! You win!!!! Send me your address through the contact form and I’ll send you something fun!ReplyCancel

  • Martina S - July 12, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    Beautiful pictures .What a fun idea to recreate poses from old pictures ,love it. My answer to 1st question – Prime Numbers and the second one her friends look like Painters palette or a recreation of old photo from brownies lol We miss youReplyCancel

    • damara - July 12, 2013 - 8:58 pm

      Martina…you are right about the PRime Numbers! But someone beat you to the prize…ha! Maria was first! How did I never even have an idea that it was prime numbers!! Painters palette…nope…but sort of close!ReplyCancel

  • Linda K - July 12, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    You captured this wedding beautifully!
    I love seeing your talent in the writings & creative
    Photography!!
    Great work Damara!!!ReplyCancel

  • sue - July 12, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    O did you capture the mood . . . of outrageous laughter (106 & 087), of thought-filled moments, and of a welcoming way Fi & Joel had on their special day. You KNEW you had the perfect back-lighting with 064 and 068. Congratulations on the use of your artistic eye capturing the love felt that evening!ReplyCancel

  • Martina S - July 12, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    RAINBOWReplyCancel

    • damara - July 12, 2013 - 9:31 pm

      Martina…SO CLOSE!!! Keep trying…it’s a bit more specific than that!ReplyCancel

  • Martina S - July 12, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Spectral colors ??ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - July 12, 2013 - 9:49 pm

    I can’t stop looking at these! Such a beautiful day captured in such a beautiful and authentic way.

    Your skills never cease to amaze me, Damara.

    Joel and Fiona — dang, be models already… sheesh, so good looking!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne - July 12, 2013 - 11:05 pm

    Damara – stunning! I think one of my favourites is when they’re in the car and you’re outside the car in front of the windshield. By the way – I heard all the music during the stand up reception as my house is right behind there. Didn’t realize you were there . . .ReplyCancel

  • Liz - July 14, 2013 - 10:28 pm

    What a great album and a nice way to capture the whole day!! Joel and Fiona’s wedding day was well thought out and a very wonderful day. Hope the newly weds are having a great honeymoon.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - July 15, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Once again Damara, just BEAUTIFUL photos. Your posts always leave me feeling so happy. It’s easy to see how much these two love each other. I’m sure they’ll cherish your photos the same way I cherish the memories you gave us 🙂ReplyCancel

  • NJM - July 19, 2013 - 8:21 am

    All the rainbow ladies dated Joel in the past?ReplyCancel

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