the smithers wedding - august 7, 2010 || i am a destination photographer

i love my job. i love that i get to be with people on one of the happiest days of their lives. i love that my job takes me to different places on the map. i love that my job…really doesn’t feel like a job. :)

when my fellow photog collegue mike asked if anyone was available to do a smithers wedding in august a few months back, i was like, “hmm..i AM on holidays..but..i could sneak away for a couple days to “work”…ya, i could do that.” and so when this amazing couple contacted me and we talked for a bit, i KNEW we connected and they said they would love for me to come up.

yay! road trip to northern BC! i have never been to northern BC except for my brothers wedding in fort st. john a few years back. so this was gonna be fun!

so from calgary on the thursday before they got married on the saturday, i loaded my gear and boarded a plane for prince george. the next day i did the 4 hour drive to one of the most amazingly gorgeous places in BC i have seen. it reminded me so much of germany/switzerland…then i googled and wikipedia called smithers, “little switzerland”. huh, imagine that. :)

because of the kind of work the bride does, i am unable to show you any close-ups of her gorgeous face, or reveal their names. there are sooooo many photos i’d love to share with you all..but i honour my clients wishes…always. :)

so here are some photos from our day…the ones i am able to share with you.. :)

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 they had the most touching first look..she teared up..oh how i wish you could see that photo… :)

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 they got married on the river at the riverside park, on a gravel pad..it was a 10 minute walk thru the trees to the ceremony site…the trees were lined with these lanterns..so enchanting..

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 the location had stunning 360 degree views!

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 these wild flowers were AMAZING..the shots i got in here…duuuuuuuuuuude.. :)

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 the reception was at driftwood lodge. oh. my. word. GORGEOUS venue. GORGEOUS views. so amazing..

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 the bride caught a 40lb salmon the week she married..the caterers smoked and baked the salmon for the reception meal. TOO COOL! her friends made these for her at the reception for a surprise..she was indeed surprised!

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their guest book? old skis. i know, right!? :)

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then i had a little fun doing SEVERAL different ring shots.. :)

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during the reception, i looked outside and i said to myself, “self..the light is freaking amazing..you had better kidnap your bride and groom and avail of it!”

so self did. :)

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thank you again, you two, for allowing me to come and share your day with you. i’m so honoured to know you and be a part of it. great big love to you guys! xoxo

14 comments

fran chelico
WOW!! You totally nailed this!! Beautiful detail shots and those landscapes & sunsets ... WOW!!! STUNNING!!! nice homerun girl!
Michelle Dueck
WOW WOW WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous, possibly the most gorgeous pictures I have ever seen of a bride and groom. Good on ya Tracey. You are amazing!
Kristal Jem
Sister...this is probably my favorite shoot of your's yet. Love how you used the lighting at the end of your shoot. Your so talented and never stop what you love doing so much.
Kathy Marliss
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! I can't stop looking at them, you did an outstanding job!!
Tracie
WOW! So stunning. ABSOLUTELY.
jana
stunning. and we haven't even seen their faces yet! now THAT's talent! :)
bethany
how intriguing!! i agree with what ever one else has said: STUNNING!
libby
oh tracey! lovely !! sunsets make me swoon -- you did wunderbar!
tracey
tracey
wow, everyone..thank you for your encouraging comments. not gonna lie..it was a dream to shoot. my couple rocked. the venues rocked. the weather rocked. yep..it all pretty much rocked. :) xoxo
Jenn
Tracer, all I can say is you make me get all welli - so amazing is your eye and creativity! Love it!
Monique
Hello Tracey, I am a friend of Michelle Dueck's and met your husband once at her house. I am a "student" in photography and have admired your work for a while. I LOVE your shots. They are beautiful!
april
no other could have seen these images as you did - perfect eye and your "self" is pretty amazing! you have captured the light of GOD!
lyndsay Bilodeau
Love your photos of my sister's wedding. Especially the ones of them in the field. They are so beautiful.
Kirsten
you wouldn't happen to want to take another Smithers vacation in August this year, would you?? I'd loooove you to photograph our wedding too!

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