Karen, once again you blow my mind!!! Am beyond happy and in love with all!!
It wasn’t about the napkins, the flowers, the invitations. Nor was it about where she was going to get ready or if he was going to wear a boutonniere. It honestly was one of the most stress-free Comox Valley Weddings that I have photographed, not because it was so finely planned and scheduled – the opposite. The plan was loose – arrive and celebrate!
In the late afternoon, friends arrived to join family for a pool party after which the bride and groom snuck away, ever so briefly, and returned to say their vows. Then it went back to being a pool party – it all made sense, it felt beautiful. There was no schedule, some fabulous speeches got thrown in (Kudos to Carl for the most animated speech I have yet to see), there was laughter, kids running, people dancing, food enjoyed.
I was so happy to be there. Really. Especially because I almost wasn’t. On the Monday before this wedding, I had a freak eye reaction. Random. I called Chris and Kendra to let them know ASAP, and I quickly arranged a back-up. I was a spiralling disaster about it. In true form, these two were so kind – telling me “we want you, if you are okay. Being okay is the most important thing.” I didn’t get the okay from the doctor until Friday at 5 pm. Staying in touch with these two throughout the week, they didn’t seem to break a sweat about it at all and were just incredibly caring. That is who they are.
I have known Chris for many years; our businesses have grown up together, he has trained me at his gym Bodynetix, he has been a friend and Kendra, well, you fall in love with her right away. She is the type of person that people feel safe with, she is easy to adore (even if I am still cursing her a bit for how sore I was after my workout with her at Bodynetix last week.)
Chris and Kendra’s journey started may years ago, with a non-eventful date. It took many years until they found their way back to each other, through a series of fateful circumstances that saw them working together. In a short time they have built a life inspiring others, pushing and growing together and taking on new challenges. Soon they are headed off for one year of plan-as-you-go travelling.
A beautiful way to start what is guaranteed to be a life well-lived.
Chris and Kendra, your day was just what you wanted and that makes me so sincerely happy. It is a well deserved gift that I hope you carry with you at all times. Remembering all the love and joy that such a fantastic group of people shared with you. Again, I was so happy to be there <3