Charlene & Joel, thank you for trusting me with capturing your big day! And thank you for sharing with me which photos were extra special for reasons I may not have even understood at the time. What stands out the most to me when I look back at your wedding day is how much fun you two had together! I’m pretty sure the smiles never left your faces once you laid eyes on each other. This lover of candid photography was in heaven as I photographed you two truly taking in the day moment by moment, enjoying your time as newlyweds, and also celebrating with the special people surrounding you that have supported and encouraged you over the years. We are so blessed by your friendship & it was truly an honour to be a part of your beautiful day in this way; the kick off to such an exciting new chapter.
I’ve asked Charlene to share a little bit about their perfectly imperfect wedding day from her perspective below. The beauty is in the story, it’s in the people who lived the story, and there’s just something about connecting the story with the photos that really make it come alive! Thank you, Charlene, for sharing your heart with us!
“I think most brides reflect on their wedding day and murmur, “Ah! It was so perfect…” It’s easy to seek bridal perfection as a wife-to-be with Instagram, Pinterest and Google in our lives. There is always something that you ‘must’ have in the planning process.
Ironically, I might be one of the rare brides that say, “Imperfections created my favourite moments on my wedding day.” The fascinating part of the observation is that I’ve wrestled with perfectionist tendencies most of my life. In planning a wedding, I quickly learned to let go and not waste my emotional energy on flowers, dresses, and center pieces. It was incredibly tempting and testing at times! Can anyone else relate?
Of course, I can’t deny that the weather was surprisingly perfect for an Alberta September wedding. The weekend before had been chilly rain and the week after was fluffy snow. It was a risky choice when deciding on an outdoor wedding date. Oddly, my weather wish came true as the fall colours made the pictures really pop!
If you’re curious, it was these specific imperfections that illuminated a glowing grin to appear on my face. There was the candid freak out moment where I got my veil caught in a zipper. I had to tearfully alter it at midnight. Just hours before 0ur ceremony, I burnt my left bicep with a steamer and thankfully my dress had sleeves to hide the brilliant red wound. My maid of honour missed the music cue and interrupted my groom walking down the aisle with his mother in a golf cart. That moment of her awkwardly reversing is etched in my memory and still causes me to chuckle. I couldn’t seem to pick a third bridesmaid, so I had ten close friends that wore ‘something blue’ in the crowd. The ring bearers ran so fast down the hill that the order of the letter boards got scrambled. Due to my dad’s mobility issues, we made modifications on how he’d walk me down the aisle as I supported his gait. I was so excited and nervous that I don’t remember much of the ceremony, yet I’ll never forget looking out at the crowd gathered to celebrate our vows. The audience was filled with friends and family that had been a part of our greatest failures and successes in life. They’d watch the years of tears and frustrations when we didn’t understand our singleness. Those moments were far from perfect, but they had hope and chose to love us in our brokenness.
In the imperfections of life, I find victory and vulnerability that is compelling in my marriage journey. The wedding day had many unexpected hiccups, yet what I’ll always remember is my daddy walking me down the aisle towards my groom as everyone cried and the extensive laughter that filled the reception tent. I treasured the gift of two lives becoming one. In the end, I am reminded that it’s just a day that marks the start of many new chapters in our lifetime.
If it helps, you can be a bride that has an incredible imperfect wedding because life isn’t designed to be perfect. That reduces the stress and pressure significantly, which allows you to have fun and enjoy all the festivities. If you give yourself permission, you might even celebrate how the photos capture the real and raw parts that ooze authenticity. Finally, just be sure to hire Krystle as your photographer because she’ll make even your fake flowers look real!”
– Charlene Giesbrecht
Other vendors involved in bringing Joel & Charlene’s beautiful wedding day vision to life:
Makeup: @paydenjo.beauty & @cydney_newton
If you’re interested in seeing a few of my favourites from their engagement session, click the link below! This beautiful couple couldn’t be more photogenic; we had a blast hanging hanging out at an abandoned warehouse & we followed it up with a walk out to the pond!