I call myself a history nerd, so a Fort Langley National Historic Site Wedding has been on my bucket list both for the charm of a Really Unique Venue and the richness of a historically significant corner of earth. But when you add in two adorably-in-love people, a surprise cap gun salute during the reception, and a ALL THE OTHER DETAILS, you KNOW it was a wedding day for the history books (pun only partially intended :-P).
Charlee and Josiah infused so much personality and heartfelt meaning into their wedding, I kept pinching myself in hopes the dream was reality: from a dress hand made with love by Charlee’s aunt to a wedding booklet filled with charming illustrations to a centerpiece-building-competition (USING LEGOS!!!) during cocktail hour to … well…everything! This Fort Langley National Historic Site wedding was just everything it should’ve been (and then just a little bit more, too…including a backflip during the reception and a recessional song written by the groom’s father).
(Note the award-winning lego centerpiece creation — “best cake topper,” indeed!)
(Note, too, the hand-drawn caricatures for the cover of the wedding booklet!)
Charlee spent the morning primping inside a Fort Langley oTENTiks with her best girls and then slipped outside the walls of the fort to walk with her Dad to the waiting, eager, happy groom. I can’t imagine a better spot to prepare for a wedding day, can you?
And then…the cap guns. =D
The highlight of a Fort Langley Historic Site wedding is, of course, the portrait session possibilities inside the Fort — abounding, amazing, and absolutely stunning!
Of course, being a stunning bride in a stunning dress with a stunning hairstyle and a stunning groom is pretty swell, too…
Throw in a little happiness, too, and it’s a giggle fest of joy and love.
After rocking their photo shoot, Charlee and Josiah joined their guests for a long table reception upstairs in the Great House as everyone was putting finishing touches on their lego centerpieces for the competition. (And as far as a wedding reception game, this one was brilliant — I loved seeing everyone interacting, building together, and then providing Josiah and Charlee a detailed explanation of their creation during the judging. These weren’t just simple objects; these people know how to lego!)
The crew cleared away a few of the tables to make way for one of the most rousing dance parties I’ve ever seen. These guys ROCKED it!
Josiah & Charlee’s Fort Langley wedding day was made extra fabulous by these amazingly talented people:
Dress: Charlee’s Aunt Lynda
Nail Art: Little Lounge Nail Spa
Eyelash Extensions: Alice
Earrings: Caves and Izy
Makeup: Rebekah Joy
Cake: Laurie Kilpatrick
Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Programs & Painted Backdrop: Teina Smith
Photographer: Jenni Marie Photography
Want to see even MORE portraits from Josiah & Charlee’s Fort Langley Historic Site wedding? Here you go!